What To Expect At Arleo Eye Associates

Arleo Eye Associates offers:

  • Routine Eye Care

  • Pediatric Eye Care

  • Contact lens exams and fittings

  • Diabetic Eye Care

  • Glaucoma Diagnosis and Treatment

  • Cataract and Implant Surgery

  • Laser surgery for Glaucoma and Diabetes

  • Plus, a wide selection of eyewear from our on-site, full service Optical Department

What to expect during your exam: After checking in with our patient services representative, you’ll see a technician first. They will go through the purpose of your visit, your health history, and some preliminary testing before you see the doctor. Please never hesitate to ask any questions you may have. We know going to the doctor can be stressful, and we want you to feel as comfortable as possible. Your care is our number one priority.

Length of Exam
Complete eye exam: about 1 1/2 hours
Eye exam for a child (under age 10): 1-2 hours

What to bring with you:

  • All insurance cards and photo I.D.

  • A complete list of any medications you are currently taking.

  • If necessary, a list with any health conditions you have been diagnosed with and surgical procedures or illnesses you have had, even if you feel it’s unrelated to your eyes.

  • Any glasses you are currently using, including prescription sunglasses.

  • A list of any specific questions you may have.

Dilating Drops: Dilating drops will be given to help us thoroughly examine your eyes. Both adults and children are dilated. While not uncomfortable, there are some short-term side effects that we would like you to be aware of: Photosensitivity (most common): Since your pupil is dilated, more light will be able to enter your eye. Outside, your pupil will be unable to constrict in the brighter light. Wearing dark sunglasses will make going outside more comfortable. If you forget your sunglasses or don’t have any, we have disposable ones available at the reception desk. Blurry Vision: Some patients experience a short term blurring of vision and inability to focus up close.

How long do the side effects last? For most patients, the duration of the drops is about three hours. For children, the duration may be six to eight hours. For some patients the drops can last longer than the stated times—this is especially true for people with light colored eyes. Lighter colored eyes have less pigment, which can block the effect of the dilating drops. Most patients are able to drive after their exam. If you would feel more comfortable, bring someone to drive you.

Insurance Coverage Arleo Eye Associates participates with most major insurance plans. Some insurance plans require a referral from your primary care physician in order to schedule an appointment with us. Check with your primary care physician and/or insurance company to see if this is necessary. If you have specific questions regarding insurance or billing, please call 607-257-5599 8am-5pm Monday through Friday and ask to speak to the billing office. However, due to the large variation in plans and coverage, we encourage you to communicate with your insurance carrier and be familiar with your plan.