Learn more about what to expect when you visit the WVU Eye Institute.

What does the examination include?

The eye examination includes measurement of vision, assessment of alignment and binocular visual function and evaluation of other factors that may affect eye alignment or function. If we need to dilate the pupils with eye drops, the effect may last six hours or more after the visit. During that time, sensitivity to bright light and some blurry vision may occur. This may affect driving and make reading difficult, so please plan accordingly.

How long will our visit last?

If you are having a complete eye examination, plan on spending about 90 minutes in the office. Most first visits require thorough examinations. Additional tests or extended consultation may make the visit longer.

What is strabismus?

This is the medical term for eyes that are out of alignment. One eye or the other is turned from its normal position so the eyes cannot look at an object at the same time.

Will the doctor prescribe medication?

Following the examination, the doctor will discuss any necessary treatment. For your convenience, there is a pharmacy on the lobby level of the Physician’s Office Center adjacent of the Eye Institute. If you request, your prescriptions can be faxed to the pharmacy of your choice.

What if glasses are prescribed?

If the examination shows that glasses are needed, your doctor will discuss this and may give a prescription. An optician of your choice can fill your prescription. There is an optical shop in the lobby of the Eye Institute.

What about insurance?

Be sure to bring all your insurance cards. If your plan requires authorization before you can have an eye examination, please call your insurance provider or primary care physician for an authorization number. If you haven’t done this before arriving, we may need to reschedule your appointment.


If you have further questions, please call 304-598-4820 before your visit.