(301) 770-4636
Lawrence S. Frank, MD
Seema A. Gupta, MD

Frequently Asked Questions



What does the medical exam include?

A medical eye exam will typically include assessment of your eye health and any pre-existing medical eye conditions. The assessment may or may not involve dilation of the eyes. For a more detailed explanation on medical versus routine eye exams, please click here.

The medical eye exam does NOT include refractive procedures, which are performed in order to determine a patient’s glasses or contact lens prescription. These procedures are NOT covered by medical insurance and require an additional cost to be performed. They will only be performed upon a patient’s request.

How long will my appointment take?

Depending on the appointment, times will vary. Your appointment can take anywhere from 1-2 hours for a medical exam alone. This does not include the time it would take for refractive services or additional testing that may be ordered by the doctor on the day of visit.

Will my eyes be dilated? If so, how long will they stay dilated?

Medical eye exams generally will include dilation to allow for a more thorough assessment of your eyes, but dilation may not be necessary based on the nature of your eye conditions and symptoms. Dilation may last between 2-4 hours, but times will vary depending on the individual.

Will I be able to drive after being dilated?

The dilating drops usually have the biggest effect on an individual’s ability to read and do other work that requires near vision. Most patients are comfortable with driving once they have been dilated, but if a patient is not comfortable while driving while dilated, we recommend bringing a driver with you to your appointment.

Can I get my MVA forms filled out here?

Yes, we can fill out MVA forms at our office for a charge of $20 as long as you have been dilated in our office within the last year. We recommend that you call ahead of time to let us know when you are coming to ensure there will be a doctor available to sign your form when you come in.

Will my cataracts ever come back after surgery?

Once a patient has cataract surgery, the cataracts will not come back. The new, artificial lens that is placed into the eye is built to last a lifetime, and will not need replacing once the surgery is complete.

Does your office see children?

While our physicians are not pediatric ophthalmologists, Dr. Gupta does see patients under the age of 18 for eye exams. However, depending on the complexity of the condition, we may recommend that the patient see a pediatric ophthalmologist.

If you would like your child to come in for a routine eye exam, please refer to our policies regarding routine exams here.

Can I get a glasses or contact lens prescription here?

Yes, we offer refractive services and contact lens exams at our office! A refraction is the procedure the doctor does to determine if you need glasses or a change in your glasses. However, we do not make glasses at our office. Medical insurance plans, including Medicare and secondary insurance plans, do not pay for a refraction. Therefore, the patient is responsible for this charge, which is $65.

Contact lens exams have a separate fee, which can be located here. Please contact the office for more information.

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