How often should I visit an eye care professional? You should visit an ophthalmologist once per year to prevent eye diseases. However, if you notice visual deterioration, cloudy vision, double vision or strange spots in your eyes, you should visit an ophthalmologist as soon as possible. Delaying the visit may result in partial or complete loss of eyesight.
In order to determine the diagnosis and appoint a treatment regime, the patient must undergo a comprehensive examination during the initial visit. The examination involves an ophthalmologist’s consultation and a number of necessary diagnostic tests.
WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE OF AN OPHTHALMOLOGIST'S CONSULTATION?
Consultation (initial reception) of an ophthalmologist may help in an early detection of a disease and its treatment.
Initial reception of an ophthalmologist involves:
- an interview with the patient;
- a visual acuity test;
- history taking and collection of information on the patient’s complaints;
- examination of the front area of the eye using a slit lamp (anterior segment biomiscoscopy); and
- examination of the ocular fundus (ophthalmoscopy) with contracted/dilated pupils.
If any problems are revealed, the patient is informed of necessary additional diagnostic examinations that will be carried out with the patient’s agreement. All additional examinations are paid for separately in accordance with the Price List.
Counseling services are provided by medical officers of the highest Qualification Grade with over 20 years of professional experience in the field of ophthalmology.
TO HAVE THE DIAGNOSTICS PERFORMED, YOU WILL NEED TO:
- refrain from using soft contact lenses for five to seven days before the examination;
- bring the ophthalmologist’s examination report (if any);
- bring your passport, sunglasses and a handkerchief;
- refrain from driving a vehicle for four to five hours following the examination;
- refrain from wearing any makeup.
HOW DO I GET ADVICE OF AN OPHTHALMOLOGIST AT THE RCMC?
- You should call the Contact Center to make a reservation for a consultation.
- Fill in and sign a paid service contract at the Reception.
- Pay for the initial ophthalmologist’s consultation either at the RCMC Pay Office, or through the ERIP electronic payment system (please note that additional examinations are paid for separately).