For Patients

As the Department of Ophthalmology at UNC, we will provide premier eye care to North Carolinians and others whom we serve. We will maintain our strong tradition of reaching underserved populations. Excellence in education and research will enhance our delivery of the highest quality eye care which will be delivered in an environment that is exceptionally welcoming, collegial and supportive both for those receiving and those providing the care.

 

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Scheduling Office

8:00am to 5:00pm Mon - Fri
(919) 445-2020

Emergency Eye Care, Nights and Weekends

(919) 966-4131 Ask for the ophthalmologist on call.

Dept of Ophthalmology General Information

(919) 966-5296

There are several ways to make an appointment with the Department of Ophthalmology:

  1. Call the Department of Ophthalmology Scheduling Center:
    (919) 445-2020
  2. Write a letter to:
    Kittner Eye Center / UNC Department of Ophthalmology
    Communications Center
    2226 Nelson Highway
    Chapel Hill, NC 27599
  3. Visit the Ophthalmology Scheduling Center:
    Kittner Eye Center
    2nd Floor
    2226 Nelson Highway
    Chapel Hill, NC 27599

The First Visit

Patients are requested to bring glasses or contact lenses currently being used with them, along with any other visual aids or prostheses. Also, patients should bring with them all medications, including ointments or drops, and medication being taken for other health reasons. Patients should bring all X-ray films (not simply written reports) including MRI and CT scans. Patients should plan on the first visit lasting two and one-half hours and return visits one hour. Patients should have someone with them who can drive home since their eyes will be dilated and vision will be restricted.

The following information is necessary for an appointment with the Department of Ophthalmology:

  • Full name with correct spelling
  • Social security number
  • Date of birth
  • Mailing address
  • Daytime phone number
  • Chief complaint or reason for appointment
  • Names of caregivers (if any) to whom a report should be sent
  • Name and address of referring physician or optometrist
  • Letter of referral from referring physician or optometrist

A Routine Appointment

Patients who have appointments for routine eye examinations will be asked to complete a medical and family history questionnaire (first appointment only). Patients next receive a routine examination to check for vision and glaucoma. The physician also examines both the front and the back of the eye for any disorders or abnormalities. If a problem is suspected, the physician may do one or more of the following:

  • Photograph the eyes
  • Prescribe glasses or contact lenses
  • Prescribe medication
  • Schedule appointment for additional evaluation
  • Test visual fields