Appointment times vary by office location but are generally available from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. New patient consultations should be arranged through your primary eye doctor, with the approval of your primary care physician if required by your insurance. Because our practice specializes in treating diseases and disorders of the retina, we do not prescribe glasses or contact lenses.
Upon your arrival at our office, you will be asked to complete our registration forms. In addition, it is important that you provide the following:
- Your medical insurance card(s). If required by your insurance, be sure to contact your primary care physician prior to your appointment to obtain the proper referral. Bring a copy with you if possible. If the referral has been electronically generated or faxed to us, please call us in advance to make sure we have received it. Without it, you may need to reschedule your appointment. The insurances with which we participate are listed below.
- A list of current medications and dosages. Include prescription and over-the-counter drugs as well as any eye drops, vitamins or nutritional supplements.
- The name, address and phone number of the doctor who referred you to us as well as that of your primary care doctor. Following your visit, we will send these doctors a report detailing our findings, test results, diagnosis and treatment plans.
- All prescription eyewear.
- Any copay amount required by your insurance. We accept cash, checks, debit and credit cards.
- Sunglasses to wear home.
We participate with most of the plans offered by the insurance companies listed, but there are exceptions. We recommend that you contact your insurance company to verify that DVRA participates with your particular plan.
Heavy & General Laborers
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield
Independence Blue Cross
Life St. Francis & Life St. Mary
Mutual of Omaha
NJ Commission for the Blind
NY State Employee Empire
US Family Health Plan
During your initial visit we will perform a comprehensive, specialized examination of the retina, vitreous and macula. Depending on the complexity of your problem, your first visit may require approximately two hours. We will take the necessary time to answer your questions, explain your condition, and discuss your treatment plan. To perform an adequate retinal examination it is necessary to dilate your pupils. This may blur your vision for up to 6 hours and make your eyes sensitive to light. For this reason, many patients arrange for a driver.
After you have completed the registration process, an ophthalmic technician will prepare you to see the physician. He or she will ask you to describe the problem you are experiencing and will record a detailed ocular and medical history. Your vision will be evaluated and your intraocular pressure will be measured. Eye drops will be used to dilate your pupils which can take up to 30 minutes.
Your physician will then perform a thorough ophthalmological and vitreoretinal examination. If necessary, additional diagnostic testing will be performed. This may include retinal photography, fluorescein angiography, and/or ocular ultrasound.
Once your examination and any additional tests are completed, your physician will explain the findings and discuss treatment options. It may be helpful to have a family member or friend present at this time to be certain that all your questions are answered and that the doctor's recommendations are fully understood.
Treatment, if necessary, may include medications, intraocular injections, laser treatments and/or hospital surgery.
Laser treatments and intraocular injections are performed in our office. It may be necessary to return for treatments at a later date. At times, procedures are performed during your initial visit.
Hospital surgery is conducted as an out-patient procedure and is routinely performed at Capital Health Medical Center in Hopewell, New Jersey. One of our surgery coordinators will meet with you to schedule your procedure and address any questions or concerns you may have. The hospital will contact you to arrange any necessary pre-admission testing. After surgery, you will be given complete instructions for your post-operative care. You will need to return to one of our offices the day after surgery for your first post-operative check-up.
Appointments & Questions
Calls regarding appointments, non-emergency medical questions, or billing-related issues should be placed during the hours of 8 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday at 609-896-1414.
Emergency assistance is available 24 hours a day. After office hours, you can contact us through our answering service at 609-896-1414.