A complete ophthalmic evaluation takes about an hour. The ophthalmic assistant or technician will take measurements of your eyes and glasses. They will ask you background questions about your general health, allergies, what medications you may be taking, and the reason for your visit. I will then concentrate on the details of your illness and any conditions that may be contributing to it.
The examination is not painful, unless these areas are inflamed and tender from your illness. The initial part of the examination will determine if glasses are needed. We then assess the muscles that move the eyes, the way that the pupils react to light, and your peripheral vision. A microscope (called a slit lamp) is used to view the front surface of the eyeball and the lens inside. We measure the eye fluid pressure for glaucoma. Finally, the pupils are dilated to better observe the retina tissue and blood vessels that line the inside of the eye.
The dilating drops may blur your vision for several hours, but at the completion of the exam, other drops will reverse this effect. You will be provided with disposable sunglasses to add to your comfort.
Following this physical examination, I decide on the most probable diagnosis and cause and then formulate a plan of treatment. I will discuss this plan with you and prescribe necessary medication or recommend other treatments. My assistants may give you additional instructions and information.
Before leaving the office, you will be given a return appointment, if necessary, and a receipt for your payment.
Please call Kevin M. McAuliffe, M.D., P.A. at 904-268-7400 to schedule your appointment. For your convenience, we are available Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Kevin M. McAuliffe, M.D., P.A.
9925 San Jose Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32257
Monday-Friday: 8:15 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
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