Information for Patients
HOW LONG WILL MY APPOINTMENT GO FOR?
Dr Smallcombe understands that your time is precious and therefore strives to run an efficient, friendly and organised clinic.
As a new patient, you can expect to be at the practice for approximately 2 hours in total.
Your appointment typically commences with you meeting one of the expert clinical optometrists or technicians, who will perform preliminary testing and administer dilating eye drops.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING ALONG WITH ME?
For your initial consultation, please assist the administration team by bringing the following:
- Referral letter from your General Practitioner, Optometrist or Medical Specialist
- New Patient Registration Form and Privacy Information & Consent Form
- Current pair of glasses
- Medication list
- Results of any investigations or tests relevant to your eye condition
WILL I BE ABLE TO DRIVE AND/OR GO BACK TO WORK STRAIGHT AWAY?
In most cases, your pupils will need to be dilated with special eye drops in order for a thorough eye examination to be carried out.
This means that for approximately 3 hours after your pupils are dilated, your eyes will be sensitive to bright light and your vision blurred, meaning reading or computer work will be difficult.
Driving a vehicle is unsafe until the effects of the drops have worn off.
It is suggested that you bring a pair of sunglasses for you comfort whilst outside in daylight, after you leave the clinic.
Eye surgery is typically performed as a day procedure, meaning you will be discharged from the hospital on the same day as your operation. If you require somewhere to stay the night before or after your surgery, there are a number of accommodation options near both surgical facilities.
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Practices / Hospitals
- The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO)
- American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
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