Your First Visit

Knowing what to expect during your first visit to a new eye doctor can help keep you calm and ensure the appointment runs smoothly.  During your first consultation, you will get to know the doctor and the staff.  You will also have time to discuss any questions or concerns you have about your vision.  New patients undergo a screening eye exam to assess whether LVC would be safe for you.

What to Bring to Your First Appointment

There are several things you can bring with you to your first appointment to make the visit run as smoothly as possible, including:

  • A list of your current medications
  • All corrective eyewear you currently use
  • A copy of your most recent eye prescription (optional)
  • Information about your medical history

For your free screening you may come in wearing your contact lenses but please bring your glasses so Dr. Gold can measure them and measure your vision with them on.

You may also want to write down any symptoms you have experienced relating to your vision or eye health.  It is important to communicate with Dr. Gold during the first appointment, as active participation can provide better vision outcomes.  Come prepared with questions and concerns you have for your doctor as well.

What to Expect During Your First Visit

The goal of your first appointment (Free Screening) is to meet Dr. Gold and to determine whether you are a good candidate for LVC and for you to learn about PRK.  While every patient's experience is different based on your specific needs, there are some basic things you can expect during your first visit to a new eye doctor.

Discussion of Your History

Dr. Gold will ask you about your family and medical history, specifically focusing on your vision and eye health.

Preliminary Eye Exam

Dr. Gold will check your vision, measure your glasses, evaluate you for dry eye, and run a couple of eye scans which he will then review with you to explain why you are or are not (rare) a good candidate for LVC.

What to Expect During Your Pre-Op Exam

When you return for your pre-operative exam, Dr. Gold and Sylvana will collect the data he uses to calculate your specific customized laser correction.

How Long Do the Appointments Take?

The Screening exam takes 20-30 minutes.  Preparing for your appointment in advance can help speed the process, by completing the medical forms online at your leisure.  You will need to complete Forms B1, B2, and B3, making sure to click "Submit" at the end of each form so they can be transmitted to us electronically.  The Pre-Operative exam takes one to one and a half hours.  You will be dilated only at the pre-op exam.

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Dr. Gold is knowledgeable and wonderful to work with. His staff, wife included, were warm and helpful with all of my many questions. And at the end of the healing process, my vision is perfect with no glasses!!!! I am very happy I had PRK done! Joan T.

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Dr. Gold is knowledgeable and wonderful to work with. His staff, wife included, were warm and helpful with all of my many questions. And at the end of the healing process, my vision is perfect with no glasses!!!! I am very happy I had PRK done! Joan T.

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Dr. Gold is knowledgeable and wonderful to work with. His staff, wife included, were warm and helpful with all of my many questions. And at the end of the healing process, my vision is perfect with no glasses!!!! I am very happy I had PRK done! Joan T.