What Makes Us Different
At Hunterdon Vision Care, we will develop a personal treatment plan for you, taking a long-term view dedicated to preserving your vision not just for today, but also for the years to come. We have the caring, expertise, instrumentation and take the time to compassionately and comprehensively care for your vision.
Dr. Mitchell has been at the same location for 29 years, serving not only the residents of Hunterdon County but also many others including those who come from other states.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us, we are here to help. We look forward to seeing you and assisting with your eye care needs.
The best way to schedule your appointment is to call, but you can also email us or fill out the online inquiry form.
Here's What You'll Need to Do to Prepare for Your Visit for Dr. Mitchell:
- Have on hand your driver's license or photo ID if you are over 18 years old. If you are a minor, a parent or guardian must accompany you.
- You'll also need a copy of your insurance card (if applicable). We accept Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicare, Aetna, Humana, and United Healthcare. Please note that not all insurance plans cover eye care so check with them before you call. There is a toll free number on the back of your insurance card.
- Have an idea of questions you'd like to ask the doctor.
- Make a list of any medications you take, the dosage and how often you take them.
- If you are new to our office, please bring a copy of your present glasses or contact lens prescription if you wear them.
- You'll be more sensitive to light when you leave the office so bring a pair of sunglasses.
- We accept cash, checks, debit cards, Visa, and MasterCard as methods of payment.
On the Day of Your Office Visit:
- If this is your first visit to the office, please arrive 15 minutes early to fill out the necessary paper work (i.e. Patient History, HIPPA, etc.).
- We have a parking lot in the back of the building with access through a rear entrance, or you may park on the street outside of our 81 Main Street office.
- You'll be greeted by Sharon, Ellen, or Dr. Mitchell himself. They will get you started with paperwork and will be available answer any questions you may have. To save time, you can complete your paperwork ahead of time by downloading our online forms here.
- Please allow about 45 minutes for a thorough eye exam with Dr. Mitchell.
What to Expect During Your Exam:
First, we will review your history and the reason you're here. Your examination will be personalized for any vision problems you may be experiencing in addition to detecting eye disease so the individual tests or sequence may vary.
Your vision will be measured at distance and near, as well as color vision, depth perception, and the proper action of the muscles of the eye and pupils. If you are a contact lens wearer we will evaluate the fit and strength as well as any issues you may be having with them.
An instrument will measure the curvature of your eye and also provide a starting point for your prescription. This information is electronically transmitted to other instruments in the examination room to prevent errors.
Dr. Mitchell will then determine the proper prescription, should you need glasses. He uses a state of the art robotic refraction system that, among many things, makes it easier to switch from your old prescription to the new one so you can see the difference.
After this he will put in some drops that make your eyes numb for about 15 minutes to check for glaucoma. We do not use the "puff" test as it is not as accurate and most people do not like it. Our test is painless and lasts a few seconds.
In order to see the back of the eye, mild dilating drops are instilled. These make the pupils larger and typically last about 3-4 hours. They will make you more light sensitive, hence the need to bring sunglasses. Most people do not find dilation objectionable.
The next test that is done is a visual field test, a way to test the neurological integrity of the eye. It involves looking at a screen and pressing a button when white dots are seen.
Any additional tests that are recommended will be explained and performed with your permission.
The exam will end with a thorough review of all of my findings and how they relate to the reason you came in to see me. I will discuss all the options, my recommendations, and any additional testing or treatment at a future date that I feel is necessary. I welcome questions and want you to leave my exam room knowing that all of your questions have been answered.
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