Comprehensive Eye Exams

Doctor and patient during eye examUW Health eye care service specialists offer comprehensive eye exams to patients.
When you visit the clinic, you'll receive a complete eye examination. During the process, you may be seen by a nurse, an ophthalmic technician, or a resident physician in addition to your eye care specialist.
What to Bring 
  • Your current glasses and/or contact lenses
  • Records of your previous care, including information about treatments and surgeries
  • Your insurance card and/or Medicare information 
The Eye Exam
The exam begins with a review of your medical history. Once this is completed, a member of the clinic's staff will: 
  • Test your vision
  • Check the pressure in your eyes
  • Examine your eyes for cataracts, corneal clarity, glaucoma, tumors, and retinal disease
  • Address any other concerns or problems 
Because a thorough exam takes time, plan to spend several hours at the clinic. If you wish, you may have a friend or relative join you in the exam room.
Pupil Dilation
Your doctor may need to dilate your pupils to get a better look at the inside of your eyes. If so, you will receive eye drops that will make your eyes sensitive to light and will make reading or doing close work difficult. Because the drops take 20 to 40 minutes to work, you may wish to bring a radio with headphones to help you pass the time.
Your eyes will stay dilated for three to six hours, so you will need to wear sunglasses when leaving the building. Although the clinic can provide free, disposable sunglasses, you may wish to bring your own. The drops do not affect your distance vision. However, you may wish to take part of the day off work and arrange for a ride home.
After the Exam
After the exam, your doctor will explain his or her findings and may refer you to specialist within the clinic. Because our doctors are also teachers, they believe in preventive education. Along with learning the results of tests, you'll learn to detect early signs of eye problems. In addition, your doctor will set up a schedule for follow-up visits, if necessary.
Most surgical procedures, including outpatient procedures such as cataract removal and refractive corneal surgery, are performed at nearby UW Hospital and Clinics. Our staff can arrange for your visit.
Your Insurance Coverage
Many UW Health Eye Clinic services are covered by health insurance. You may wish to check your policy or speak with your provider before your visit to determine which ones are covered. If you are an HMO member, please make sure you have prior authorization before arriving at the clinic. The UW Health Eye Clinic accepts Medicare assignment, which means Medicare pays 80 percent of the fee.
Whatever your coverage, please be sure to bring your insurance and/or Medicare card with you. If you have questions about insurance or billing, please call the UW Health billing office (608) 829-5217 or toll-free (877) 565-0505.