Will it hurt?

Nothing we do during a routine exam should be painful.  If you are being seen for an emergency, there may be some minor discomfort, but it is temporary and can usually be managed with eye drops.   


How long will my appointment last?

We recommend allotting at least an hour for complete exams and most other appointments.  The doctor is thorough and provides revelant education to each patient based on his or her needs.  Our office does not double book patients or intentionally schedule more exams than the doctor is able to see in a reasonable amount of time.  In order to minimize your wait time, please call your insurance company for benefit information prior to your arrival.


How long does it take to get an appointment?

Our schedule typically books up a few weeks in advance for routine appointments, but you can be put on a waiting list in the event of a cancellation.  If you are experiencing an emergency, the doctor is typically able to work you in on the same day that your symptoms begin. 


Am I a candidate for cataract or vision correction surgery?

Dr. Powelson does not perform cataract or vision correction surgeries, but can do preliminary testing to determine whether you are a candidate.  If you are interested in either type of operation, you can be seen in our office for an evaluation.  If the doctor then finds that surgery is an option for you, we can make the referral appointments with another trusted specialist and share comanagement (post operative) services following the procedure(s).


Can I drive home?

Most patients are able to drive home with no problems following an exam.  If you have had trouble with dilation in the past, we recommend bringing a driver. 


Can I wear makeup?

Wearing makeup should not interfere with any procedures of a routine appointment, but we do not recommend it. 

Should I wear my contacts to my appointment?

If you are coming for a routine appointment, please wear your contacts so the doctor can examine your vision with them and evaluate how the lenses are fitting on your corneas.