What to Expect during Your Appointment
- Bring all available CT and MRI images (rather than simply the written reports of these tests) to your appointment
- Bring other medical information that might be helpful to your appointment
- Make arrangements for assisted transportation after the visit (most likely, your eyes will be dilated)
The first appointment is typically a one-hour consultation that consists of taking a detailed history and performing a clinical examination to reach a diagnosis and create a treatment plan. The examination often includes dilating the eyes for a thorough evaluation of the interior eye. There is also ample time for your doctor to answer any questions you might have or provide detailed explanations about your eye concerns.
Follow-up visits are generally about 30 minutes. We believe that this amount of time, which is more than other ophthalmologists might provide, is necessary to appropriately address your needs and answer any questions you may have.
In some cases, patients may require neuro-imaging and coordination of care with other medical specialists. This care varies depending on an individual’s needs and requires additional physician time over and above the direct patient encounter.
As we are working in an academic medical environment, we include our Harvard Medical School residents and fellows in patient care. These physicians have earned their medical degrees and are now training with us in the specialty areas of ophthalmic medicine. They spend the majority of their time actively performing clinical evaluations, and also have considerable opportunity to observe our faculty members as they evaluate patients. In all cases, patients who are evaluated by residents and fellows are also examined by a faculty member, which ensures the highest quality patient care while also providing significant training opportunities.
The Neuro-Ophthalmology Service is open Mondays and Tuesdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesdays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Patients are seen upon referral by a physician or optometrist. Please contact us to obtain further information or to schedule an appointment in Neuro-Ophthalmology: