Patient Information

Seeing a new doctor for the first time can be a stressful experience. We hope the following list will address many of the questions you may have about your upcoming appointment. Please contact us if you need any additional information or clarification.


Q:   Do I need a referral to be seen as a patient at Retina Associates?

A: While Retina Associates does not require a referral to be seen as a patient, please be aware that some insurance providers do require a referral from your primary care physician to be seen by a specialist.

Q: What insurance carriers do you currently accept? 

A:  All major carriers are accepted.

Q: What can I expect at the first visit? 

A:   The initial visit will require dilation of both eyes with diagnostic tests and treatment performed if necessary.  It is a good idea to bring a driver during the initial visit.

Q: How long can I expect the appointment to last?

A: The initial appointment will last from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours depending on what treatment is required.  The return appointments will last between 30 minutes to 1 hour.  This time reference includes the time that it takes to dilate the eyes.

Q: What should I bring to my appointment? 

A: Either a list of all or all actual medications being taken-including eyedrops, driver’s license, and current insurance card.

Q: Will my eyes be dilated during return visits? 

A: For proper examination both eyes will be dilated at most return visits.

Q: Do you accept checks or credit card payments? 

A: We accept checks, Mastercard, and Visa.