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PineCone Vision Center provides you with the most personal and professional eyecare available. We are committed to delivering the finest eyecare for your entire family… with a highly personal touch! Learn what to expect during your comprehensive eye exam, and what you’ll need to bring with you. You will learn about the tests and instruments that may be used to evaluate your vision.

The Doctors at PineCone Vision Center will provide you with the best and most technologically advanced care possible to keep your eyes healthy and your vision at its best.

Welcome To PineCone Vision Center!

At PineCone Vision Center, we believe providing excellent eyecare and eye exams depends on proper education, both for our doctors and patients. That’s why we want to make sure you know exactly what to expect during an eye exam and how to prepare, so you and your doctor are better able to work together to keep your vision healthy!

What To Expect During Your Eye Exam

During your actual eye exam, we start by reviewing your eye exam history so we can track any changes to your sight, your lifestyle and medical conditions which might affect your vision. We do this both through forms you will fill out, as well as by using the latest advancements in technology to view your eyes in as much detail as currently possible.

You can expect a comprehensive eye exam to last about 1 hour. Your personal eye exam time may vary depending on which specific tests the doctor needs to ensure your eyes receive the best care.

The eye exam may include dilation, which involves special drops placed into your eyes which allow the doctor to fully see and analyze the structure of your eye. Then, you’ll go through visual tests designed to check overall, near, far and peripheral vision.

Contact us if you have any concerns about what to expect.

What To Prepare Before Your Eye Exam

The first thing to do is make an appointment at our scheduling page.

If you are a brand new patient, please print, fill out and bring with the following forms to your eye exam. These forms are regarding patient privacy.

HIPPA Privacy Authorization Form

Patient Authorization for Release of Information Form

All patients should bring the following items with to your eye exam:

  • Your medical insurance card (medical insurance is separate from vision insurance)

  • Your old or current eyeglasses

  • Any eyedrops you regularly use

  • A list of your medications

  • Your sunglasses so we can check to see if they have enough UV protection.

Contact lens wearers should be aware of the following:

  • if you are a new patient and wear contact lenses, bring in the contact lens packaging or boxes with contact lens brand

  • Wear your contact lenses in if you want to update/order contact lenses

  • Bring in backup pair of eyeglasses

  • Click here for contact lens fitting information.



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