PREPARING FOR YOUR VISIT
If you are new to our practice, please visit our patient portal to complete the registration process online. You may also choose to download and print the registration forms and bring the completed forms to your appointment. If you are unable to complete the registration process prior to your visit, please arrive 20-30 minutes before your scheduled appointment time as check-in time is dependent upon completion of the required forms. Delayed completion of the registration process may result in your appointment being rescheduled.
If your insurance requires a referral, it is your responsibility to contact your primary care physician to request the referral. This and other important notices are further detailed in our financial policy.
Please review the Appointment Checklist for a detailed list of additional items you should bring with you to your visit.
We offer automated appointment reminders via text or email. Please log into the Patient Portal to enroll and select your preferred method of contact. You are required to opt-in in order to receive messages.
We understand that children can be anxious about visiting a new doctor ‘s office, so we offer an opportunity to bring your child in before his or her appointment for a brief tour of the office where one of our staff members will discuss the special equipment Dr. Shin uses and what steps are involved in an eye examination. Call the office at (702) 896-2020 to schedule a Getting to Know You visit and take advantage of this complementary service.
What to Expect at Your Visit (adult)
One of our specially-trained ophthalmic technicians will review the medical history information you have provided, and discuss your current condition or symptoms, then perform a thorough workup, including checking your vision (be sure to bring your glasses and/or contact lenses), eye muscle alignment, confrontation visual fields, pupils, intraocular pressure, and stereo acuity. Depending on your appointment type and visual concerns, a refraction may be performed to determine your best corrected vision, and dilating drops may be instilled, which take approximately 20 minutes to take effect and typically last 4-6 hours.
Dr. Shin reviews the information recorded by the technician and examines your eyes, including the lids, surface, and inside structures with specialized microscopes. She will discuss the health of your eyes and her treatment plan for conditions including but not limited to: dry eye syndrome, blepharitis, chalazia, pterygia, glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration, and answer any questions you may have.
What to Expect at Your child’s Visit
One of our skilled and experienced technicians will review the medical information provided during registration , discuss your child’s symptoms and your observations and concerns, then perform an age-appropriate workup, including checking his or her vision. Extended workups may also include intraocular pressure testing, color vision testing, and stereoacuity assessment. Children who are not familiar with the alphabet may be asked to identify pictures from the standardized Allen chart in order to test their visual acuity. Click here to download copy of the Allen figures to practice before your visit.
It is important to assess each eye individually, so we may place an adhesive patch over one eye or use a special pair of occluding glasses to cover one eye while testing the other. This can be disconcerting for some children, especially those with sensory issues, so it may be helpful to talk to your child about what to expect during his or her visit. You can also take advantage of our Getting to Know You program and schedule a visit to our office a few days before your child’s appointment during which one of our team members will walk him or her through the steps of the examination and show them the equipment Dr. Shin will use.
In order to accurately evaluate and treat your child’s condition, it may be necessary to dilate his or her pupils with eye drops. While the drops can sting, the discomfort only lasts a few seconds. Once the drops are instilled, it typically takes 30-40 minutes for the pupils to widen, and your child may experience blurry vision, especially at near, or light sensitivity, for 24-48 hours afterward.
If your child is being evaluated for strabismus (eye misalignment), Dr. Shin will measure his/her eye alignment prior to the instillation of dilating eye drops because eye muscle measurements are generally not reliable if performed after dilation.