First Visit

When an appointment date has been selected for you, we will send you an email that allows you to create a link to our patient portal where you can complete the patient history form, submit basic requests and view directions to our location. We will mail a packet of this information as well. The forms in this packet are for you to fill out and bring to your appointment if you chose not to access the patient portal.

We ask that for all appointments you bring eyeglasses, list of medications, driver license, insurance card(s) and authorization/ referral paperwork. If you are a contact lens wearer please bring your case with solution and eye glasses. Reports from other physicians that you feel will help the doctor address your concerns would be appreciated. We encourage you to list your questions prior to your exam so that all of your questions may be answered following the examination.

It is our goal to see our patient's in a timely manner while making certain all of your concerns are addressed. However, in attempts to meet all of our patient's needs and concerns, we may run behind schedule. As this is your first appointment we ask that you allow for 2 to 2 1/2 hours in our office. For subsequent visits please allow 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Feel free to call our office to check if we are running on schedule.

After the check in process our ophthalmic technician will conduct an assessment. (If you are pregnant or think you may be, inform the technician during the assessment process prior to any eye drops.) After the assessment eye drops will be instilled. We utilize techniques for children that are afraid of eye drops. Eye drops are necessary for the ophthalmologist or optometrist to conduct their evaluation and formulate their treatment plan. Eye drops are not optional. Depending on who your appointment is scheduled with; ophthalmologist, Dr. Droste or optometrist, Dr. Peters will conduct a thorough evaluation. Upon completion of the evaluation the doctor will discuss their findings and propose a treatment plan. At this time any questions you have will be answered.

Due to the nature of our practice all minors must be accompanied by an adult to all appointments. If your child is coming to the appointment with an adult other than the biological parent, the adult must be listed on the HIPAA form and a note signed by the parent must accompany the adult giving permission for the adult to be part of the visit.