Your Appointment

The staff at the Illinois Retina Center wishes to make your visit a positive experience. We are dedicated to providing you with the excellent, personalized care you deserve. When your appointment is completed, we want you to have all the information you need to fully understand your medical condition and its treatment options. Please let us know how we can improve your visit with us.

Appointments are available from 7:30am to 3:30pm, Monday through Friday. New patient consultations should be arranged through your optometrist, ophthalmologist or primary care physician.

Please allow a minimum of 2 to 3 hours for your initial office visit. A new patient vision exam is very comprehensive, requiring thorough eye dilation, examination, diagnostic testing and possible treatment, if indicated. To perform an adequate retinal examination, it is necessary to dilate your eye(s) at every examination visit. Because this may blur your vision for 12 to 24 hours and make your eyes sensitive to light, please bring sunglasses and arrange to have someone drive you home.  

If this is your first appointment, you will need to fill out new patient forms. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your appointment in order to complete these forms. New patient forms can also be mailed to you ahead of time or downloaded off of our website to save you time.

Upon your arrival, Illinois Retina Center staff will enter or update your contact and insurance information. To avoid delays in registering, please contact your Health Insurance Company at least two weeks before your appointment and ask:

  1. If you need a referral from your primary care physician. You will need to bring the referral letter to your appointment or have it faxed/mailed to the office ahead of time.
  2. If you have a “Pre-existing Clause.” This may affect your financial responsibility.

As a reminder, please bring the following with you to your appointment:

  1. Current Health Insurance Cards
  2. Drivers license or other photo ID
  3. Detailed list of all current medications and any allergies you may have.
  4. Completed New Patient Forms (If you choose to fill them out early)
    1. Medical History Form
    2. Patient Demographic Form
    3. Authorization of Release of Information to Family and /or Friends
  5. Co-Payment
    1. We are required to collect co-payment at the time of service. For your convenience, we accept cash, checks, MasterCard and Visa.
    2. If you have Primary and Secondary insurance coverage, and your primary insurance requires a co-payment, you are responsible for making the co-payment at the time of service.
  6. Sunglasses
  7. A family member or friend to drive you home.  They are welcome to observe the visit.