Juvenile arthritis does not just affect your child's joints but can also cause several potentially serious eye disorders. Although your child's eye doctor will monitor him or her for signs of prob ...View Article
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The initial examination will take approximately 2 hours. Follow-up visits require 30 minutes to 1 hour. Eye drops are required on the first visit for a complete medical eye examination and refraction. Refraction is a test done to determine the best possible vision and whether medical, optical, or surgical interventions are necessary. This is a very important part of a complete eye examination, especially in children less than 5 years old who may have amblyopia (lazy eye) or strabismus (crossed eyes). The dilating drops will temporarily blur your child's vision for 4 to 12 hours. Please plan to avoid near tasks, like reading, immediately after this appointment. Please bring your sunglasses. If you/your child have seen previous eye doctors, we request that you send a copy of those records to our office (address and fax below) or bring them with you to the appointment. If your child wears glasses or contacts, please bring them to the appointment and fill out the enclosed contact lens questionnaire. Refractions are usually not a covered medical service, but sometimes may be reimbursed by medical insurance plans for children less than 18 years of age. Refractions are usually covered by vision insurance plans. We will be happy to submit claims to your primary medical insurance and/or vision plan at the time of your visit, but cannot retroactively bill your vision insurance. If our services are not covered by your insurance, we request payment in full at the time of service. If deductibles or co-payments are necessary, they are due and payable at the time of service. For your convenience we accept cash, personal checks, and MasterCard and Visa.
We encourage you to be involved in your child's health care by asking questions and/or providing information you consider important. All information is confidential and available only to parents or legal guardians. To facilitate treatment and improve communication, we ask that a parent, or legal guardian accompany each child to each appointment. If this is not possible, please confirm that you have completed the Patient Confidentiality Agreement portion of the Patient Information Form (yellow) you received. Your signature gives us permission to discuss you and/or your child's medical conditions with the people you have listed.
Prior to your appointment please complete the following registration and history forms and remember to bring your insurance card(s) and all necessary authorizations to your appointment. All new patients are asked to arrive 30 minutes early to allow time to process your registration forms.
Rescheduled or canceled appointments require 48 hours prior notice to accommodate our other patients. Cancellation Policy: Effectune June 1st, if you fail to provide 48 hours notice prior to your appointment, you may be charged $100.00 for each missed appointment missed. Please avoid bringing ill siblings or friends to the office and if your child has a cold or an illness, please call us to reschedule.
We look forward to meeting you and your child. We strive to provide excellent care in a friendly environment.
Kim L Cooper, MD, Rupali Apte, MD
Anifa Avakian, OD, Jennifer Lo, OD, Leslie Hung, OD, Sandeep Kaur, OD, Deanna Nguyen, OD, Erika Mae Reyes, OD
The content of this Web site is for informational purposes only. If you suspect that you or your child has an ocular problem, please consult your pediatrician, family practitioner, or ophthalmologist to decide if a referral to a pediatric ophthalmologist is required.