Your first visit to Retina Consultants of Long Island establishes a vital foundation for our relationship with you. During the first visit, we make sure to obtain important background information, like your medical history, and give you time to get to know your doctor. Your first appointment with us will involve a comprehensive eye evaluation, including a detailed examination of your retina.
To understand what to expect for your first visit to our practice, please read through this page. You will find all the practical information you need, such as a map and directions to our office, business hours, payment policies and more.
The friendly knowledgeable staff of medical professionals at Edward M. Stroh, M.D., P.C. is beside you from diagnosis through treatment to answer your questions and concerns. We genuinely care about our patients. Your initial visit will consist of a comprehensive examination and evaluation of your eye condition, which will require several hours. Subsequent visits may be considerably shorter, depending upon your individual diagnosis and any tests or treatments that may be needed. Please bring any records and tests and a list of all your doctors with addresses and phone numbers with you. Also, please bring all of your medications - both oral medication bottles and eye drops - that you take, with you for your first visit.
Before you see your doctor, an experienced ophthalmic technician will take a detailed medical history, perform visual screening tests, and administer drops to dilate your pupils. This is needed so that the retina specialist can see into the back of your eye where the retina is located. The dilation process usually requires 20 to 40 minutes and will make it difficult for you to focus. You may wish to arrange to have someone drive you home.
Your doctor will review your medical history with you and examine your eyes with special attention to your retina. Your doctor will explain his or her findings and, if necessary, make recommendations for diagnostic testing. Once a diagnosis is established, your doctor will discuss your treatment options, answer any questions that you may have, and send an extensive report to your referring doctor, including recommendations for future care.
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Your health insurance plan is likely to cover most professional services performed in our offices. For your convenience, we will be happy to file a claim with your insurance company. We accept Health First and other insurances. If you have questions concerning your coverage, please contact your insurance company. Although each patient is responsible for payment of fees, we will make every effort to consider your individual circumstances. Please feel free to discuss your questions with our practice administrator.
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Your first appointment with us will involve a comprehensive eye evaluation, including a detailed examination of your retina.
You will have eye drops applied to your eyes. These drops dilate the pupils and allow Dr. Stroh to easily examine the retina. It takes at least twenty minutes for the eye drops to take full effect.
Please set aside at least two hours for your initial consultation. If additional tests are required, your visit could be longer.
Please Note: The dilation of the pupils can affect your vision for several hours after the procedure, especially in bright light, so remember the following: