Arriving prepared to Bellingham Retina Specialists will ensure an easy and productive first visit. Here are four key points to help you get ready.
- Please remember to bring the following: a state-issued picture ID, a list of current medications, your medical insurance cards and billing information, and sunglasses—your eyes will be dilated for examination and remain light sensitive for a few hours after the visit.
- If your medical insurance requires authorization to see a specialist, talk to your doctor and insurance company beforehand and bring an insurance referral.
- Plan to spend up to an hour and a half in the office for your first visit (follow-up visits are shorter) and, if possible, have someone ready to drive you home afterwards.
- Phone ahead with any questions or concerns however big or small; we want to make your first visit to Bellingham Retina Specialists as pleasant as possible.
In addition to an eye examination, special testing may be required to determine your diagnosis and prognosis. Most patients are able to complete their examination and testing on a single day, although it is sometimes necessary to return for further evaluation. In all cases we strive to make arrangements as convenient as possible.