Frequently Asked Questions

 
I am a new patient, what do I need to bring to my appointment?

Please print and fill out our New Patient Registration Form and bring it along with your insurance card(s) to your appointment. If you do not have the opportunity print out the form ahead of time, we have copies available in the office.

 

Information About Appointments

 
What You Need to Know and What to Expect

You can expect to be seen at your appointment time, unless I unexpectedly have an emergency patient ahead of you.

 

Procedure Description:

My office is accepting new patients – both for those with and without insurance.  It is requested that all new patients fill out an information sheet which can either be completed in our office before your appointment or downloaded here and completed in advance. If you have insurance, please bring your insurance card with you to your appointment so we can make a copy to ensure that your claim is filed correctly. If you do not have insurance, we request payment for services rendered during your office visit.  The charge for the exam will depend on the extent of it. Please call the office in advance of your scheduled appointment to obtain an estimate of the cost of your office visit. If you currently wear contacts lenses, please bring either the prescription or the contact lens container/box with you as well as your contact lenses to your appointment. It is preferable to have your contact lenses in your eye for the first part of the exam as I will have you remove them temporarily during the last part of the exam. There is a $20 charge to check the  contacts for the correct prescription/fitting and this charge is not covered by insurance.

 

Pre-procedure:

If you need a referral from your insurance company for an office visit, please bring it with you to your appointment.  Additionally, your primary care physician can fax the referral to our office at 301-652-8529.  If you don’t know whether you need a referral, please call the number listed on your insurance card for further information.

 

Post-procedure:

If your eyes are dilated with drops, they will be sensitive to sunlight and your reading vision will be blurred for several hours. We will give you temporary sunglasses after your exam. Not every patient needs to be dilated each time they have an exam.