Patient Resources

If this is your first appointment with the Penn State Hershey Eye Center, your doctor will dilate your eyes by placing drops in them to open your pupils for better viewing of the back of the eye. Driving with fully dilated eyes may be uncomfortable. You may want to arrange for someone to drive you home.

  • Please bring all of your current insurance information with you to your visit.
  • If you need a referral from your Primary Care Physician to see a specialist, please obtain this before your visit.
  • Please bring a list of all the medications, including vitamins, you take on a daily or as needed basis and a list of any allergies you have.
  • If you wear glasses or contact lenses, please bring them to the visit.
  • The average first visit will take from 1-2 hours, so please allow that time in your schedule.

Low Vision Services

Low vision refers to a significant reduction in how far and how clearly you can see.  This condition cannot be corrected by medicine, surgery, or conventional corrective lenses. Our goal is to bring your remaining vision to a functional level. After a thorough examination, the use of a low vision device and subsequent training may be prescribed for the patient. Low vision devices include, but are not limited to, microscopes, magnifiers, telescopes, and closed circuit television. Dr. Marianne Boltz provides low vision services at the Penn State Hershey Eye Center. 

Dr. Boltz's recently published article on the effects and treatment of low vision appeared on Penn State Live.

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