Both eye doctors (ophthalmologists) and retina specialists are doctors who are trained to care for your eyes. However, a retina specialist is more specifically trained to treat more serious diseases of the retina. When your ophthalmologist notices a potentially serious issue in your retina during an eye exam, they will refer you to a specialist such as Dr. Parvus, whose unique training allows her to use certain state-of-the-art tools and techniques in order to treat and diagnose your condition.
MDs and DOs are both degrees that require intense medical study and training, and both are accredited for the practice of medicine in the United States. The biggest difference is in the practitioner’s philosophy surrounding the way they provide care. “DO” stands for “Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine,” which means they take a holistic, total-wellness approach to their field of choice. Dr. Parvus is one of these practitioners.
Dilation is a method through which an ophthalmologist, retinal specialist or other eye care professional can look more closely inside of your eye during an exam, helping to diagnose certain conditions of the retina. When light shines in your eyes without dilation, your pupil will become small, and seeing into the eye will become difficult. After dilation, your pupil remains large, and when Dr. Parvus shines a light on it during an exam, she will be able to see all the way to the back of your eye.
Eye dilation can help Dr. Parvus diagnose a number of retinal conditions, during an exam, including:
If your ophthalmologist has referred you to Dr. Parvus suspecting one of these conditions, or if Dr. Parvus suspects one of these conditions based on your symptoms, you will likely have your eyes dilated as part of your diagnostic exam.
Dr. Parvus uses a special kind of eye drop in order to dilate your pupil. While this may be as uncomfortable to you as any type of eye drop, it is not painful. That said, once your exam is over, your vision will be blurry for a period of time, and your eyes will likely be sensitive to light. With this in mind, it’s important to come prepared -- you should bring a pair of sunglasses with you to protect your eyes from the light, and have a friend or loved one drive you to and from your appointment while your vision is blurred. Dilation shouldn’t last longer than 24 hours, so if your eyes aren’t back to normal the next day, call your doctor as soon as you can.
When you have your first appointment with Dr. Parvus, you will have a thorough medical and ocular health history screening. You will also have the usual screening tests that you would have with your current eye doctor if you have one, such as vision and eye pressure evaluation. Your pupils will be dilated, and you will have some pictures taken of the back of the eye (see list of available testing). Once you are dilated and your pictures are reviewed by Dr. Parvus she will examine you and discuss her findings. Your initial consultation with Dr. Parvus at Infinity Retina will be approximately 2-3 hours depending on the level of care you need. Parking is free and located right outside our office if you park in the back of our building near the last entrance.
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One of the most important things you need to secure before your appointment with Dr. Parvus is a ride home, especially if you anticipate having your eyes dilated. This can leave your vision blurry for a period of time, and it won’t be safe to drive until your eyes are back to normal.
Please have the following documents with you when you arrive at Infinity Retina for your first consultation:
If you’ve been referred to Infinity Retina by your ophthalmologist or primary care provider, please bring your referral with you as well.
In order to make parking easy and accessible to patients, parking at Infinity Retina is free, and there is an easily-accessible handicapped access point around the back entrance of our building. Our office is the second door on the left.
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