First Visit

What to Expect

On your first office visit we will need you to bring the following:

The doctor will be getting an overall picture of your health and the health of your eyes. During your examination, drops may be placed in your eyes to dilate your pupils to check for eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration. The purpose of dilation is to get a clear view of the optic nerve and retina in the back of your eye for early detection and treatment of eye diseases that can rob you of your sight. If your pupils are dilated, your vision may be blurred for a short time. You will be sensitive to brtight light for a few hours, however we will gladly give you a pair of dark sunglasses to take with you for your comfort and convenience. If you are uncomfortable driving during that dilated period, we do advise you bring someone along who can drive you home.

If you have been referred to the Mullis Eye Institute while in Florida by a friend or your doctor, please let us know so we can thank them.

It is recommended that you see an eye doctor every year for a routine eye exam an refraction for optimal vision results. At the end of your complete eye exam with our friendly and compassionate staff of doctors and technicians, you will be given a current prescription for eyeglasses. We have a full service optical shop with trained, professional opticians ready to help you select the perfect pair of frames and lenses that are competitively priced to fit any budget.

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If you are a new patient, we have provided you with your new Health History form below. Please print this form full size on 8.5 x 11 paper, fill it out, and bring the completed form with you on your first appointment. Please complete Yes/No questions by completely filling in the appropriate checkboxes.


How long will I be dilated?
Dilation usually lasts a few hours, but each patient is different. The lighter your eyes, the longer you will remain dilated.

How long does a complete eye exam take?
Our complete eye exam usually is fully complete within one to two hours.

Do I need a driver?
Most people are able to drive after their exam, but you should bring a driver if you're uncomfortable driving.

Will Medicare pay for my eye exam?
Medicare will pay 80% of the approved amount, and if you have a secondary insurance, they will usually pay the balance.

Do I need a referral from my Primary Care Provider?
If you are enrolled with an HMO such as Tricare you will most likely need a referral.

How soon can I get an appointment for an eye exam?
We can normally schedule new patients within one week.

What do I need to bring to my first appointment?
Your current eyeglasses, list of current medications, and any eyedrops you are using.

If I do need surgery, where would the surgery be performed?
All surgeries are performed at our state-of-the-art surgery center in Panama City, FL.

How soon can I have surgery if I have cataracts?
Most surgeries can be scheduled within 7 - 10 days, however we always strive to accommodate the special needs of our guests.

How long does it take to get glasses made?
Our team of opticians are dedicated to getting your specialty frames and lenses to you within 3 to 5 days.

Mullis Eye Doctors

We feel privileged that so many of our North Florida friends and neighbors have entrusted their eye care to The Mullis Eye Institute. Whether you suffer from cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, droopy eyelids, diabetic retinopathy or just want to ensure that your eyes remain healthy, we are committed to helping you maintain your best vision.  Come visit our exceptional team of staff, professional optometric physicians and experienced eye surgeons.

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