If you haven’t already completed the New Patient Form (this would have been either emailed or posted to you prior to your appointment), you will be asked to complete this on the day with all your relevant information. Patients who have been to the clinic previously will be asked by the receptionist if their current details are up to date.
Assessment with the orthoptist (only for appointments with Dr Dermot Cassidy or Dr Colby Hart)
For those patients that are booked to see either Dr Dermot Cassidy or Dr Colby Hart, you will be seen by the orthoptist prior your appointment with the specialist.
The orthoptist will discuss the reason for your visit and help determine which tests are necessary for an accurate diagnosis and treatment. The orthoptist will ask for details regarding your general health, what medications you are currently taking, any allergies to medications you have, if there is a family history of eye disease and if you have had any injuries, treatment or surgery done to your eyes previously. Relevant tests and/or scans will usually be performed on the day, but some may need to be rescheduled for a later date. Once the appropriate tests have been performed, the orthoptist will provide these findings to your ophthalmologist.
Consultation with the ophthalmologist
During your consultation, your ophthalmologist will go over the relevant parts of your medical history, examine your eyes, and review any scans / test results. In many cases, a diagnosis can be confirmed during the consultation and a treatment plan or options will be discussed.
If further tests are required which cannot be performed at the clinic (e.g. radiology scans or pathology tests), then this will be requested and a follow up may be required to discuss the results.
If you are offered surgery after your consultation with the specialist, you will be taken to the surgery booking clerk who will outline the relevant surgery options with you (including possible dates and any fees that are associated with the procedure). Our surgeons are usually booked anywhere from 4 – 12 weeks from the time of your consultation.
Payment on the day of your consultation is required. The following payment options are accepted at our clinic: cash, cheque, money order or credit card (we accept Visa, MasterCard and AMEX). We will be able to claim any Medicare claims electronically after the account is paid in full.
If another appointment is required, then this will be made at the front desk.
Following your appointment, a letter will be sent to your referrer and your GP, which will outline the details of the consultation, diagnosis and any treatment options that were offered to you.