This was a 1 year followup to check on the status of cataracts in both eyes.
The initial contact with the receptionist found her in a long discussion with another patient about possible future procedures. I was asked to sit down until called upon. This took about 10 minutes.
At about 20 minutes I was led to an examination room. The equipment appeared to be like that of most optometrists' offices, except the CforS equipment appeared to be older models than those used by my long-standing optometrist. I did not know this exam would include vision testing and my impression of the exam, conducted by someone who has unknown credentials and a somewhat distant bedside manner, was a shortened version of my standard optometrist. The CofS examiner never did obtain a clear refraction for my left eye, surprising since it had been achieved by my optometrist just a few month earlier. I would not use the CforS prescription to order new glasses. Instead, I would use the one from my optometrist conducted 7 months prior. I would trust his to produce a pair of glasses that would provide the best visual acuity possible.
At the time of a pressure test my eyes were treated with some type of medicinal drops. This was followed with drops for dilation. Then I was asked to sit in a waiting area, then taken to still another exam room, in which I waited for what seemed like a long time but was actually only about 30 minutes. The ophthalmologist, a really talented and personable professional, took about 5 minutes looking at my eyes and then said my cataracts are not progressing rapidly, stating that I may need surgery in a couple of years. At that point he left and I left. I don't recall leaving with any written information or paperwork.
In summary, the communications were terse and the waits were too long. The process of the vision and pressure screening seemed a little dated. The communication, except for the ophthalmologist, was sparse and not informative. Next time I'd just like to have the ophthalmologist examine my eyes to determine the state of my cataracts only. I would gladly bring in the results of a recent optometrist's exam, hoping to skip the vision screening at CforS.
I believe if I did receive cataract surgery it would be of a high quality at CofS. However, after this visit experience, I would check out a number of possible providers before selecting CforS for surgery.