What to expect at your first Progressive Vision appointment?

What to expect at your first Progressive Vision appointment?

November 2, 2022

Your first visit to Progressive Vision is a comprehensive examination that can take between 1.5-2 hours. It may be helpful to bring along your medication list, a driver and any previous records of your eye history.

Arrival at the clinic
Upon arrival to the clinic, you will be greeted by our reception team who will check you in and confirm your details, they will also give you a brief description of the visit. You are then directed to our first waiting area.

Questionnaire and eye exam
The Optometrist will call you into the first clinic room where you will be asked a series of in-depth questions about your vision, previous eye history, family history and general health. Your vision will be checked in both eyes (where applicable) by reading letters on a chart. You will then get drops in the eyes to check the intraocular pressure. Some further examinations may be done at this point to assess the front of the eye, muscle movements and pupil reactions.

You will then have dilating drops put in the eyes to allow a better view of the back of the eye. These drops can cause your vision to be blurry so we recommend bringing a driver as it can be difficult to drive after your pupils have been dilated.

Assessment and further tests (if necessary)

You will then be brought out to the next waiting area to wait for your pupils to fully dilate (20 to 30 mins). During this time your notes will be assessed, and a decision will be made about the need for any additional testing e.g., Optical Coherence Tomography and Fluorescein Angiography.

If you do need further testing you will be taken into a test room by an Ophthalmic Technician, where you will have the test fully explained to you and be asked for your consent.

Following your tests, you will be brought into the final consultation room by the technician. You will then have a detailed exam of the front and the back of the eye by the Ophthalmologist or Optometrist. The outcomes of your review and tests will be discussed with you in detail. Any questions you may have will be answered at this point.

Before you leave
At the end of the consultation, you will be directed back to the front desk to check out. You will be advised of any further necessary appointments before you leave and given informational leaflets if needed.