Your Experience is Unique at Moody Eyes
Step 1: Getting Started
We make checking-in is as easy as possible. When you arrive at our office, a staff member will greet you and hand a one-page “Wish List” to fill out – answer a few questions, provide a little pertinent information, and agree to our policies. This can also be done online before you come in; you will find the link on the email confirming your appointment.
The story behind our Wish List: Several years ago, Dr. Moody was on a webinar with a business consultant. During the conversation, he asked, “How would it change your business if every customer told you exactly what they needed you to do for them when they walked in the door?” Dr. Moody designed the Wish List to be one-page and in a simple format so it would be easy for you to fill out and give us the information we need. After all, we’ve all been to a doctor’s office with seemingly endless paperwork.
Sometimes you might have to wait for the doctor. When this happens, we will help you start shopping for glasses to save you time.
Step 2: Preparing to See the Doctor
One of our staff will start your exam by asking a few more questions and running a few tests. This provides important information to your doctor. We will take a reading of your prescription, ocular pressure for glaucoma. Other tests may be recommended by your doctor…see below. You will be asked some more detailed questions based on your Wish List. This typically takes a few minutes to complete.
Do I need to get my eyes dilated?
Many patients wonder about getting their eyes dilated. Your pupils naturally adjust for different lighting levels by getting larger to let more light in (dilating) or getting smaller to restrict light. When we shine a light into your eyes to examine your retina, your pupil gets smaller. Dilating your pupil for your exam artificially keeps your pupil large enough for your doctor to see the entire retina. We recommend dilation every 2-years for most patients. If you have diabetes, macular degeneration, or other eye conditions, we will recommend more frequent dilation.
Step 3: Our Doctor Personalizes Your Eye Exam
Your doctor’s exam will include checking the health of your eyes, including glaucoma, cataracts, dry eyes, macular degeneration, and other retina conditions. A refraction will be performed to determine your glasses prescription.
If you wear contact lenses, an evaluation of your corneal health and shape will be performed. It is important to keep in mind that this should be done every year. Many adverse conditions caused by contact lens wear will not have symptoms until later. Catching these changes early can be critical to your vision.
Do You Have Questions?
At the end of your exam, your doctor will explain their findings and make recommendations. These may include new glasses, contact lenses, a referral for specialized care, or medicine. We make sure all of your questions are answered before you leave the exam room.
Do I Need Other Tests?
There are a number of special tests in eye care:
Photos of your retina – to establish a baseline and monitor your retina health
OCT (digital image of the layers of your retina) – to establish and monitor your retina health. This is particularly necessary if you have diabetes, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.
Visual Fields – checking your peripheral vision is important for a variety of eye conditions, especially glaucoma.