Palmetto Cataract and Eye Specialists

Your Visit with Palmetto Cataract and Eye Specialists

The office visit is composed of registration, pre-testing examination, examination, and check-out. You may verify if we accept your insurance online.


Before you can be seen by the physician, you must register with the receptionist. You should bring the following items with you to complete the registration process:

Pre-Testing Exam

After the registration process is complete, you will be brought into a screening room for pre-testing. Pre-testing involves:
  • Visual acuity examination
  • A refraction - a determination of your best corrected vision
  • An eye pressure check
  • Pupil and eye movement testing
  • A review of your medical history
  • A discussion of your ocular complaints or concerns
  • Ancillary testing (such as photographs, visual field testing), if needed
  • Dilation of your eyes

Dilation - what is it and why is it necessary?

Eye dilation requires the use of eye drops to enlarge your pupils (the dark circular open in the center of your eyes). Without this procedure, physicians may only see 30% or less of the eye’s interior surface. Dilation is necessary in order to detect and treat eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetes. It is especially important for this part of the eye exam be completed at least once a year. Photographs through an undilated pupil do not substitute for a dilated examination.
For more information, read our dilation form.

Refraction - what is it and why is it necessary?

A refraction is the determination of your best corrected vision. The results from the refraction may be used to prescribe new glasses. The results from the refraction are also necessary to determine whether any medical or surgical treatment may be needed for you. As an example, a refraction is used to gauge whether a cataract may be worsening, necessitating surgery. A refraction is needed to decide if an eye disease is causing your loss of vision. In other words, a refraction is used to assess the overall health of the eyes. For more information, read our form on refraction.


Your yearly examination with a board-certified ophthalmologist will involve:
  • A review of your ocular complaint or concern
  • A review of your medical history
  • Prescribing glasses or contact lens, if necessary
  • A detailed examination of the front of the eye
  • A thorough examination of the back of the eye after dilation (also, known as a fundus exam)
After completing the examination, your physician will discuss any abnormal eye findings and provide you with a diagnosis and treatment plan. If needed, additional follow-up visits, laser surgeries, or surgeries will be scheduled at your convenience.


After your exam is completed and your questions have been answered, you will be directed to the check-out desk. For your convenience, we will file insurance claims for you. However, in order to do so, you must pay any co-payments or co-insurances at the time of service.

After dilation, your eyes will be very light sensitive. If needed, you will be provided a pair of disposable sunglasses. Most people can drive home safely after dilation. However, if you feel uncomfortable driving, we recommend that a family member or friend drive you home (as dilation usually lasts four to six hours).

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