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Frequently Asked Questions
What should I bring with me to my exam in Pocatello?
A government-issued photo ID.
Medical insurance (we do not accept VSP or any other vision insurances).
List of allergies and health conditions.
Supplements and medications that you currently use.
Contact lenses or glasses
Do I need a referral to see one of your doctors?
We are happy to see patients with or without a referral! While setting up your appointment, we will help guide you to which of our specialists will best serve your unique needs.
How long will my appointment likely take?
The length of your appointment depends on several factors including how much testing is required, if you need to be dilated, and if you will be scheduling surgery. For non-dilated appointments, please plan for a minimum of one hour. For dilated appointments, please plan for at least 2 hours. We will make every effort to start your visit on time; however, due to the nature of our specialty practice, which includes emergencies referred from all over Eastern Idaho and Wyoming, we sometimes incur delays. We appreciate your patience.
How often do I need my eyes examined?
The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends all adults get a complete eye exam at age 40 to check for early signs of disease or changes in vision. Depending on the health of your eyes, your ophthalmologist may recommend an exam every 1-3 years until the age of 65. After the age of 65, a yearly exam is usually recommended. Age-related eye diseases include: cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma.
How long will my eyes stay dilated?
Most dilating drops last 4-6 hours. Dilation mainly effects your near vision and creates some sensitivity to light. Consequently, most people are able to drive home after an appointment as long as they have a pair of sunglasses (we provide disposable shades if needed). We suggest that you bring a driver to your appointment if you have never been dilated before.
I have been told that I have cataracts. Do you treat cataracts?
Our surgeons have world class training for the diagnosis and treatment of cataracts. We appreciate that each patient has unique concerns and goals when it comes to their eye health and cataract surgery. That is why we treat each visit as an opportunity for open discussion where questions can be answered and understanding can occur. This allows us to customize a plan to meet your individual needs and desires.
Where do your doctors do surgery?
Our surgeons operate at hospitals and surgery centers in Rexburg, Pocatello, and Idaho Falls.
What areas does Premier Eye Care serve?
We have the privilege of caring for patients from all over Eastern Idaho and the surrounding region including western Wyoming and southern Montana. We have clinics in Rexburg, Idaho Falls, and Pocatello but patients from Salmon to Thayne and Arco to Jackson seek the care of our specialists daily. We also enjoy working closely with eye doctors from all over the region to provide pre and post operative care for many conditions including cataract, glaucoma, cornea, oculoplastic and retinal surgeries.
Every eye is unique which means every eye will have unique needs. We have the professionals to make sure you get the best advice and treatment in Eastern Idaho.