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Personal Eyes cares about all its patients -- including its newest ones! If you're planning your very first visit to our Paoli, PA optometrist, Dr. Marie Homa-Palladino, we want to make that first visit as simple, streamlined and unsurprising as possible for you. This page will help you get some the necessary preparations out of the way and understand what you can expect from your appointment at our optometry clinic.
Like so many other types of medical facilities, we ask our first-time patients to fill out some important documentation, including their medical history, current medications you may be taking and any known eye conditions you may have. This data is extremely important because it helps direct our optometrists's attention toward any special circumstances or concerns that may be affecting your eye health and function. An underlying disease such as diabetes, for instance, can make you unusually vulnerable to retinal problems that can lead to permanent vision loss, while certain medications can dry out your eyes and cause chronic irritation. You can download the forms right here on this site and then fax or scan/email them to us beforehand, sparing you the need to arrive at our office early just to do paperwork.
During your first eye exam at Personal Eyes, our optometrist will discuss your eyes, vision, general health, lifestyle (such as whether your work requires you to look at a computer screen all day long), any any discomforts or other symptoms you may be experiencing lately. You'll take a series of simple evaluations so we can see how well your eyes are working, both individually and together, as well as a vision test to determine whether you have any refractive problems that are causing nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism or presbyopia. If you need glasses, we can write the necessary corrective lens prescription for you right then and there. If you'd prefer contacts, be prepared to stay a little longer for some additional evaluations and measurements.
One important aspect of a comprehensive eye exam is an examination of the retina inside the eye. To accomplish this, our Paoli, PA optometrist may need to administer eye drops that dilate your pupils, an effect that takes 20 to 30 minutes to achieve. You should known that the dilation may last for several hours, making you quite sensitive to glare. If you plan on driving yourself to and from our clinic, carry some dark glasses to cut the glare. If you're not comfortable with the prospect of driving with dilated pupils, arrange for someone to drive you or use public transportation.
There's no need to be shy during your visit to Personal Eyes. Feel free to ask our optometrist questions about various aspects of the eye exam, what to do about specific eye problems and how to maintain optimal vision. Call 610 647-2502 today to set that first appointment!
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