Appointments in the Glaucoma Service
The ophthalmologists (eye physicians) in the Glaucoma Service are certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and have completed advanced training to specialize in this disease.
The Mass. Eye and Ear Glaucoma physicians currently have regular office hours in our Boston and Stoneham locations. To contact the scheduling office, please call:
Scheduling Office: 617-573-3670
All patients seen at Mass. Eye and Ear must be registered with the hospital before their appointments can take place. Registration requires your contact and insurance coverage information. To contact the Registration Office, please call:
Registration Office: 617-573-4200.
What to Expect
We ask that patients arrive 15 minutes in advance of their scheduled appointments to assure that all the necessary information is in place.
Most appointments in the Glaucoma Service require quite a bit of testing to monitor the progression of the disease and the effectiveness of on-going treatments. As a result, a thorough examination and discussion with the physician may take up to 2 or 3 hours. Your care will also involve ophthalmic assistants and physicians in residency and fellowship training, as Mass. Eye and Ear is a teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School.
Dilation of pupils will be done on almost every new patient in order to do a complete ophthalmic evaluation. Dilation takes 30 to 45 minutes, but the effects can last an average of 4 to 6 hours. In some cases, the effects persist up to 24 hours. Blurry vision is usually a side effect so it is strongly suggested that patients have someone who can drive them home from their appointment.
What to Bring
- Insurance card and/or Medicare cards and pharmacy cards
- Copy of the authorization notice from your insurance carrier, if appropriate
- Any records or test information you have from a previous ophthalmologist that may be helpful
- Contact information of referring physician
- Prescription eye glasses (even if they are old or you wear contact lenses)
- Sunglasses (for after dilation)
- List of medications (eye medications, supplements and over the counter medicine)
- If you are diabetic, bring snacks in anticipation of a long visit