Pediatric Ophthalmology
(724) 772-3388  
 
  & Adult Strabismus
     
     
 
Pediatric Ophthalmology
& Adult Strabismus
(724) 772-3388
 
PEDIATRIC OPHTHALMOLOGY
& ADULT STRABISMUS
 
New Patients
 
ATTENTION all New Patients:
The majority of New Patient exams are billed to your medical, not vision, insurance.  Initial visits constitute a complete medical examination of the eyes!
 
 
Your Office Visit
Your visit to our office will be most productive if you specify the relative urgency for your appointment. We make every effort to accommodate the needs of all patients and attempt to keep waiting periods for appointments to a minimum, however, you must understand that during school breaks and during the summer months, our schedule fills early, and is busy.
 
 
When calling to schedule your appointment, please have all your information ready including birth dates, Social Security numbers, Health Insurance Cards, your Primary Care Physician or Pediatrician name, and a calendar to mark the date.
 
If you are a new patient, your old records are important. Please be sure you have signed a release for information with your previous doctor and have this information sent to our office. Information received will be placed in a 'referral information file'. When checking in, please ask the receptionist if such information has arrived and if it has, it will be incorporated in your records. You may want to call a day or two before your appointment to verify your old records have arrived.
 
To help make your appointment with us go as smoothly as possible, please note that some common insurance companies require referrals. This list includes Aetna, Gateway, Unison and TriCare Prime. Please have a valid referral with a medical diagnosis (reason for referral) faxed to our office before your appointment. Our fax number is(724) 772-7021. You will get a reminder call from our office prior to your appointment. If we have not received a referral you may re-schedule your appointment or self-pay with a credit card, debit card, check or cash at the time of your visit. If you have any questions regarding referrals, please call our office. It is often a good idea to check with your insurance carrier as well. 
 
 
Eye Dilation
During the eye examination, your child's eyes may be dilated.  Dilation causes the pupils to stay enlarged so that a thorough examination retina and optic disc (inside of the eye) can be performed.  Some of the dilating drops also cause blurred vision at near by decreasing the eye's ability to accommodate, or focus.  This must be done for the doctor to determine your child's refractive error (need for glasses) more accurately. The dilating drops typically last for 4 to 24 hours.  The blurriness may typically last from 4 - 6 hours. It is not uncommon for a child with blue or green eyes to stay dilated for up to 72 hours.  Because of the effects of the dilation, you should bring a pair of sunglasses to the examination for your child.  Your child can return to school with one of our school excuses alerting the teacher that the eyes were dilated. 
 
If you are planning on driving yourself to your own examination, you may want to bring someone with you to drive you home since your vision will be blurred and sensitive to the sunlight. 
 
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