Will I be dilated?
Dr. Patteson recommends that all of her new patients be dilated. Likewise, all diabetic patients need to be dilated each year. As the patient, you have the right to decline this procedure, but in healthy adults, it is strongly advised that you be dilated at LEAST every other year. Most patients can still see to drive home without a problem. It is recommended that you bring a pair of sunglasses to the examination, and if you are unsure about driving after the exam, you can bring a driver with you. We also have new technology that takes a photo of the back of the eye called an Optomap. Taking this photo is quick, painless, and in most cases, can replace dilation drops. The Optomap imaging has a cost of $30, and it is not covered by insurance.
When should my child's eyes be examined?
There are several misconceptions about children’s vision. The American Optometric Association recommends that each child be examined by one year of age. Dr. Patteson also recommends another examination by the age of three, and at least one more exam before each child begins kindergarten. There are many visual issues that can be treated effectively if they are treated early. Many conditions such as amblyopic (lazy eye) and strabismus (crossed eyes) that become much more difficult to treat as the patient gets older.
Can Dr. Patteson send a letter to my doctor regarding my exam results?
With your permission, Dr. Patteson can send a letter or form to other health care professionals. Our paper charts have been converted into electronic charts, which makes coordinating your health care even easier.