Patient History – You will be asked about your general health and eye health.
Vision Testing – You will read from a chart to test your visual function.
Tonometry – The pressure in your eyes will be measured.
Dilation – Your pupils will be dilated. Dilation makes your pupils open wide, so the doctor can get a clear view of the inside of your eye.
Dilation will make your eye sensitive to light and typically lasts up to 3 hours. Many patients prefer to bring someone to drive them to
and from appointments.
Eye Exam – Your doctor will perform a thorough examination of your eyes.
Other Testing – Depending on your eye condition you may require additional testing.
HOW LONG WILL THE APPOINTMENT TAKE?
Patients who are visiting us for the first time can be in our office for a few hours. It takes time to get your medical history and to review
and record your symptoms and concerns. A personal interview followed by a vision test and ocular pressure test will occur. Dilating drops
will then be given. You will then wait in a dilation area as it takes at least thirty minutes for your eyes to dilate. Dr. Blem will then
perform a comprehensive ocular and retinal exam. Depending on your condition, a series of diagnostic tests may need to be performed. These
often have to be planned and you will be rescheduled for another day. Some testing may be able to be done at the initial exam for your
convenience or if necessary because of the urgency of the condition, however this will extend the duration of the exam.
The diseases treated at Louisiana Retina Center are the most serious and complex ocular diseases that exist. The possibility of permanent blindness
from many of these conditions without urgent treatment is very real. As a result you will see that the clinic is often very busy and this
also extends the wait time. Your condition and treatment is of the utmost importance to Dr. Blem and his staff. You will have his undivided
attention and the appropriate amount of time will be spent examining you, determining your diagnosis, developing a treatment plan, and
answering your questions. This level of commitment and professional care can take several hours to complete, so please be patient and plan
accordingly, after all it is for your benefit.
WHAT TO BRING TO YOUR VISIT?
Photo ID and Insurance Card(s)
List of all health conditions and allergies
List of all your medications and supplements
List of questions and concerns about your eyes
For your convenience, you can complete your new patient form prior to your
We always suggest that you bring someone to drive you home since your eyes will remain dilated for several hours. Sunglasses may help reduce glare;
if you need some, please ask at the front desk before you leave.