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Patients

At Regional Retina, we strive to make every visit to our offices as pleasant as possible for our patients. Your comments on our service are most welcome. We've provided some important basic information for new and returning patients below.
Your First Office Visit

Your first retinal examination will be very thorough. It may take up to three hours. We will ask you questions about your eyes, your general health, and about all the medications you take. Please bring a list of all medications you are currently taking. We will dilate your eyes to allow close examination of the retina. Bring a companion to drive you home, as you may not be able to see clearly after the dilated eye exam.

New Patient Forms

You will need to print and fill out the proper forms. Click on a form you need to the right, and download it. Retinal Disorders, Patient History, Patient Registration

Insurance and Payment Information

Bring Your Insurance Cards to Every Visit: It is important that you bring all of your insurance card(s) with you to every visit. We need to make a copy of the information on your cards so we have current information in our files. Bring your major medical insurance cards, including Medicare, Medicaid cards if you have them, and any cards for supplemental insurance coverage you may have.

You Are Responsible for Pre-authorization Sign-up: Many health insurance plans require pre-authorization from your referring primary care (or family) physician before you receive medical services. You are responsible for getting authorization from your primary care physician.

Failure to get authorization will mean that your health plan will deny payment for our services, so you will be responsible for payment of all medical services you receive. Services are defined as office visits, consultations, surgical procedures, laser treatments, and all other tests or treatments our physicians provide. If you are uncertain whether your health plan requires referral pre-authorization, call your insurance provider's customer service representative or your family physician's office.

Diagnostic Procedures

Specialized ophthalmic tests are needed in order to investigate eye and vision related problems; we offer the most current diagnostic photography procedures in our offices. Digital imaging uses a computerized camera to instantaneously produce a picture of your retinal circulation. Regional Retina is one of few practices in the country to offer digital angiography.

It may be necessary for your physician to prescribe other tests off-site, such as an ERG, EOG, VEP. HVF, CAT scan or an MRI, in order to properly diagnose and treat your eye disease.

Surgical Treatments
If surgery is necessary, your physician will decide to use one of the following surgery centers. Those surgery sites are:
Red River Surgery Center
Willis Knighton Outpatient Day Surgery
Doctors Surgery Center of Texarkana
Links to Helpful Organizations
For more information about vision-related diseases, or to find support groups near you, visit the Web sites of these national, state, and local vision-related organizations
American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Society of Retina Specialists
National Eye Institute
Foundation Fighting Blindness
National Association for Visually Handicapped
Eye Care America
Macular Degeneration
Macular Degeneration International
Macular Degeneration Network
Association for Macular Diseases
AMD Patient Support
Macular Degeneration Foundation
Vision Rehabilitation and Enhancement
American Foundation for the Blind
Lighthouse International
National Association for Visually Handicapped
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Vision Connection