What to expect at your visit to Northern Beaches Retina?
We invite all patients to bring a friend or relative into their consultation.
Prior to your appointment
Prior to your appointment here at Northern Beaches Retina Cataract Glaucoma, it is likely that you would have seen your GP or optometrist, who has recommended you make an appointment with one of our ophthalmologist. This means that they will have arranged a referral for you, and this is required for you to claim a rebate from Medicare for your consultation, and any resulting treatment.
You will be sent documentation outlining what to expect on the day of your consultation. It includes information about different tests that may be undertaken, fees and charges, and a map showing you the most convenient places to park. We also include a Patient Information Sheet for you to complete prior to your arrival, so you don’t have to worry about filling it all in on the day.
We also ask that you bring a list of your current medications, any glasses that you use, and any other information regarding other medical conditions you have. If you have diabetes, the doctor will ask you what your most recent HbA1c was.
In most cases, your pupils will need to be dilated for a thorough examination to take place. This means that your vision will remain blurry for a few hours after your appointment, and it is recommended that you bring a relative with you, or arrange alternate transport.
When you arrive at Northern Beaches Retina our receptionist will ask you to provide us with the information form which was sent in the mail to confirm your appointment. If you have not already filled this out, you can do so on the day. This form includes questions about your Medicare number, private health insurance and any other Doctors that may be interested in your health care.
Our orthoptists will call you into their consulting room and ask you about the reason for your visit here, your medical history, family medical history and any other relevant information that may be needed for your consultation with the doctor. The orthoptist will also measure your visual acuity with reading charts and your intraocular pressures. Dilating drops will then be administered into each eye so that images of your eyes can be taken and your doctor can examine your eyes thoroughly.
OCT scans and other examinations
An orthoptist will then take you through to a series of rooms (depending on your condition) where you will be required to do further testing. You will be required to have scans and special photographs taken on our OCT and Colour Camera. If you are seeing the doctor for a cataract assessment, you will be required to complete an A scan & Pentacam scan, which measures your eyes and your cataract accurately. If you are referred for a glaucoma assessment you will also be required to do a Visual Field test to assess your peripheral vision.
Consultation with the ophthalmologist
After all examinations and measurements have been done, you will then see your Doctor. Your Doctor will examine your eyes with a Slit Lamp, which has a very bright light. Please note that no contact is made with your eye. The Doctor will view your findings from the tests conducted that day and any other relevant tests completed by other Doctors. Your Doctor will then discuss your condition and treatment with you. You are welcome to ask any questions you may have about your visit, your condition or any treatment offered.
To be able to claim towards your visit on Medicare, you will need a referral from your GP, optometrist or eye specialist. You can download a referral form below.
Patient information sheets