What to Expect: Retinal Consultation with Williamson Eye Institute

So, you’re a new patient who has an appointment with the Williamson Eye Institute’s Retina Center. Don’t worry; we have a breakdown of what to expect while there.

The Retina Center

The Retina Center is led by Steven Virata, MD, FACS. His team specializes in medical and surgical management of diseases and disorders of the vitreous and retina. The Retina Center helps make The Williamson Eye Institute one of the premiere places to receive exceptional eye care in Indiana.

In addition to providing expert care for more common disorders such as diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachments, macular holes and age-related macular degeneration, The Retina Center provides state-of-the-art diagnosis and therapy for many complex diseases. The practice is continually evolving to provide you with the latest treatments available.

Referral and Paperwork

1407598024j9vyyBefore you even get to  the Williamson Eye Institute, it is likely you’ll be referred there by your family optometrist. They may have spotted a visual abnormality or you might have demonstrated common symptoms of a retinal disorder. Either way, they send you off to the very capable hands at the Williamson Eye institute for further examination.

The Williamson Eye Institute will then mail you a small packet containing information about your appointment, The Retina Center and Dr. Virata. The packet also includes your medical history paperwork and insurance forms which you will need to complete before arriving at your appointment. You also have the paperless option of using the Patient Portal on the Williamson Eye Institute website to electronically enter your insurance and medical information.

The Williamson Eye Institute will then contact you a couple of days prior to your appointment to remind you and confirm the time of your appointment. To help the initial onboarding process go quickly and smoothly, it is advised that you arrive 15 minutes prior to your allotted appointment time.

Arrival and Examination

As you arrive at the Williamson Eye Institute and check in at the front desk, you’ll be asked to provide a photo ID, your insurance information, and sign additional paperwork. It is important to note that a new-patient appointment usually takes around 2 hours in entirety. Your ophthalmic assistant will then call you back into a private room to confirm your medical history, take your vitals and apply dilation drops to prep you for your exam with Dr. Virata.

retinaYou are then seated in a darkened waiting room to allow your eyes to properly dilate for your exam. During that time, another ophthalmic assistant will call you into a room to take pictures of your eyes using specialized equipment. This is an effortless procedure that involves placing your head on a machine while the equipment scans your open eye.

After you have been properly prepped for your examination, you will be called back to a private exam room where you will wait for Dr. Virata. After looking over the pictures and doing additional examinations of your eye, he will discuss his findings thoroughly with you. You will be notified if action needs to be taken or if there are any concerns with the exam. Patients are then escorted out to the front desk where any additional, needed appointments are scheduled and financial necessities are handled.

Appointment Follow-up

The Williamson Eye Institute will contact you shortly after your appointment via email with clinical follow-up questions asking about your experience and inquiring about any additional questions you may have for your doctor. Patients are also sent links to their medical charts and their clinical summary. Patients can use these resources to view a written explanation of Dr. Virata’s findings and diagnosis.


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