Your Office Exam: What to Expect

VRA Leominster

VRA Leominster


When you arrive, you will be greeted by our receptionists who will need to obtain and/or confirm your identity and insurance coverage.

Whether this is your first visit or a subsequent visit, please bring with you:

  • A complete list of your medications (including dosages and supplements)

  • A completed Registration Form

  • A valid photo ID (such as your driver's license)

  • Your glasses (distance and near)

  • Sunglasses (your eyes will be dilated and will be sensitive to light)

  • Your copayment (if applicable)

  • Cash or credit for parking (only applicable for our Worcester location)

  • Someone to drive you home 

After checking in, one of our technicians will call you into an exam room and obtain a medical and social history, check your vision, eye pressures, and any other diagnostic testing required. Finally, you will have your eyes dilated in preparation for your exam with the doctor.

 In some cases, specialized tests may be ordered, including:

  • Heidelberg Retinal Tomography - Advanced technology that combines fluorescein angiography, OCT, and auto-fluorescence imaging with high-speed video capability

  • Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) - A diagnostic procedure that uses a beam of light and its reflection to obtain cross-sectional images that provide information about the layers of the retina.

  • Fluorescein Angiography - A diagnostic procedure that photographs the blood circulation of the retina. Fluorescein dye is usually injected into a vein in the arm or hand.

  • Optos Photography - Ultra-wide field camera that allows for imaging of the entire retinal surface

  • Clarus Photography - Wide field camera that captures high resolution images

  • TopCon Fundus Photography - Color photographs of the back of the eye.

  • B-Scan Ultrasonography - The use of high-frequency sound waves to examine the eye when a normal view is obscured by hemorrhage or cataracts.

  • Humphrey Visual Field Analysis - Measurement of the full extent of the area visible to an eye that is fixating straight ahead.

  • Indocyanine Green Angiography (ICG) - A diagnostic procedure that photographs the blood circulation of the choroid. (Choroid is a layer of blood vessels behind the retina). The indocyanine green dye is usually injected into a vein in the arm or hand.

Learn more about the different tests here.

Sometimes, treatment may be completed that same day, or may be scheduled for a future date.  Due to the nature of retinal disease, and the need for emergency treatment, we routinely need to see unscheduled patients.  While we make every effort to provide expedient care to all of our patients, we must treat those with the most urgent needs first.