The patient information provided here will help you prepare for your visit and allow you to get acquainted with Pacific Retina Center. Dr. Jamison R. Ridgeley is a board certified and fellowship trained vitreo-retinal surgeon. Dr. Ridgeley is dedicated to providing the highest quality patient care and personal service while using the most advanced diagnostic and therapeutic equipment available. Dr. Ridgeley specializes in the treatment of diseases affecting the back of the eye, specifically those of the retina, vitreous, and macula. If your physician or ophthalmologist suspects a retinal issue, you will need a referral to Dr. Ridgeley.
A retina specialist is a medical doctor trained as an ophthalmologist, who has received additional fellowship training in diseases and surgery of the vitreous and retina. Dr. Ridgeley commonly treats diabetic eye disease, vitreous hemorrhage, macular degeneration, retinal detachments, uveitis, and ocular tumors.
IDC Medical Plaza, 1412 SW 43rd St. Suite 206 Renton, WA 98057
We look forward to your visit here at Pacific Retina Center. It is our goal to help you feel comfortable and confident with every aspect of the care you will receive in our clinic. We will do all we can to expedite your evaluation, treat you with professional courtesy and compassion. We want you to feel a part of our team and encourage you to share any feedback that would improve your care with us.
Your visit with us will be divided into 4 important stages:
Check-in with the front desk staff
Initial evaluation and diagnostics
Discussion/evaluation/treatment with our physicians
Check-out and scheduling follow up at the front desk
Stage 1: Check-in with the front desk staff
Be sure to have the following available when you check-in:
1. Photo ID (Driver’s License, Passport, or other Government ID)
2. Insurance Cards
3. Your co-payment
You will have important background paperwork to fill out during your initial visit to include medical and surgical history, medications, and contact information. Expedite this process by printing and filling out the paperwork prior to your arrival.
Stage 2: Initial Evaluation and Diagnostics
Please plan on your initial evaluation being at least an hour long due to the need for baseline paperwork and diagnostic evaluations.
Please make appropriate plans for having both of your eyes dilated during your initial evaluation and at least one eye dilated during subsequent visits. Consider having a family member or friend accompany you during your visit as needed. (The dilation will last for a few hours, although this time may vary in some patients. The dilation may impair your ability to drive.)
Please be prepared to provide important information you may have received from your referring physician in regards to your current condition.
Please plan on having a very thorough examination of your eye to include vision, eye pressure, full eye exam and different types of diagnostic pictures taken.
If you have been scheduled for retinal imaging your time in the office could exceed 2 hours.
Stage 3: Discussion/Evaluation/Treatment with our Physicians
Our team will devote their energy, expertise and full resources to provide you with the very best medical and surgical care of your eyes.
Please recognize the nature of sub-specialty retinal care is unpredictable sometimes requiring medical and surgical triage of vision-threatening emergencies and wait times for retinal care are on average longer than other subspecialty clinics.
Many retinal disorders are treated with in-office procedures at the time of your visit. If such a procedure is necessary for your treatment and care, please expect extra time will be needed during your visit to complete the procedure.
Stage 4: Check-out and Scheduling Follow Up at the Front Desk
Before departure, please be sure to do the following:
1. Set up your follow up appointment with the front desk staff.
2. Verify that all of your background and insurance information has been completed.
3. Make sure that you have with you any newly prescribed eye medications or lab work as directed by our physicians.
Bring a light snack and something to drink. Patients with diabetes should bring their medications with them. Depending on the results of the eye photos, it is often possible for immediate treatment to be applied. If not, the doctor will discuss further management with you before you check out. We also recommend that you bring something to read or do while waiting.
Forms are on the right side of this page.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
Retinal Vein and Retinal Artery Occlusions
Retinal Tears and Retinal Detachment
Floaters & Light Flashes
Macular Hole Surgery
Most surgeries are performed as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia and may not require an overnight stay in the hospital. We are fully equipped to perform in-office laser procedures. For your convenience, if you are a new patient, you can download our new patient forms from this site prior to your visit, complete them and just bring them with you when you come.
We want you to get all of the benefits you are eligible for from your health insurance coverage. We work with all major insurance companies including Medicare and Medicaid plans. Please be sure to bring your insurance cards and referral forms for your first visit. If you are a member of an HMO, you must have an authorization number and/or your physician referral with you. Otherwise, your examination could be cancelled or delayed. Also, expect to pay your co-payment and any deductible amounts at the time of your appointment. If special payment arrangements are necessary, please contact our office staff prior to your appointment. Most plans also require pre-authorization before any type of surgical procedure. If you are uncertain about your coverage, please call your plan's customer service representative. If you need assistance, we would be glad to help you. Because we also file all private insurance forms for the convenience of our patients, it is important that you bring your insurance cards with you at every visit so that we have accurate information about your coverage. Medicaid patients need to bring their current card along on each visit as well.
This simple screening test is used to detect vision changes by assessing the macula. You can test your vision on your own daily by using the grid shown here. You can also print out your own copy of the Amsler Grid for use at home. If you need reading glasses, please wear them while you use the Amsler grid. The grid should be at about the same distance from your eyes that any other reading material would be. A small dot is located in the center of the grid for fixation. While focusing on the dot in the center, look for wavy lines or missing areas of the grid and look to make sure you can see the corner and sides of the square. You can test both eyes at once or you can cover one eye at a time and repeat the test. If you notice any irregularities, mark areas of the chart that you're not seeing properly and bring it with you to your eye exam. You can also click here to print out the grid.
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