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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get an appointment with an eye doctor at Istanbul RETINA Institute?

To obtain an appointment at Istanbul Retina Institute, you may contact us from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m on Monday through Friday. Alternatively, you may also request an appointment online for all our facilities. Later you will receive a call from us to book your consultation.

How do I know what kind of specialist I need?

When you make a request for an appointment, you will be asked about your ophthalmic condition or, if you do not know your condition, you will be asked to describe your symptoms. The appointment scheduling representative will guide you in determining which ophthalmic speciality is most appropriate for your visual needs.

How do I know which specialist I should select?

Click Meet the Doctors link here to view a complete list of our specialists or to search for our physicians by their specialty. This link provides useful information including each doctor's area of sub-specialty and their educational background. You may also contact us for further information.

How can I learn more about a specific eye disease or condition?

You may visit the Diseases section of this site to learn about the disease, its symptoms, diagnostic tests and treatments into many different eye diseases and conditions.

Where is Istanbul RETINA Institute located? And how can I get there?

It is located in Fulya District in Besiktas. It is in European side.

How do I get an appointment if I live outside Turkey?

Our assistants will gladly coordinate all medical care and patient services. We will schedule medical appointments and procedures, review physician referral requests, and provide medical interpreters.

Additionally, we may assist you to provide a letter confirming your appointment which might help you to get visa.

Where can I find a hotel which is at acceptable distance to Istanbul RETINA Institute?

You can also see the list of hotel available around the clinics which offers special price for our patients. Please click here.

How can I learn financial matters related to my eyecare at Istanbul RETINA Institute?

If you have any questions. You can click here to send us a mail asking your question. We will be pleased to respond it.

What do I need to bring with me to my first visit?

You should bring your previous health reports if you were operated and had diagnostic tests.

Can I bring someone with me?

We usually advise older patients to bring a family member with him/her for getting help.

How long will my visit take?

Your visit will last approximately 60-minutes to 6 hours depending on what diagnostic tests are needed.

How do I request my records?

A written request signed by the patient is required to release any medical records. Records are then mailed/posted/faxed accordingly. A record request can take up to one week to process.

Do I have to be dilated on every visit?

Yes. In order to best evaluate your eyes, your pupils must dilate so the doctor can see the retina.

How long will my eyes stay dilated?

Approximately 2 to 4 hours, longer for some patients.

Can I drive after my exam?

You will be light sensitive but if you are legal to drive you may. However, if you think you will be more comfortable please bring a driver.

What if I forget to take a drop?

Take the drop once you remember. If it is almost time to take the next dose, skip the one you missed and continue with the schedule.

What if I put my drops in the wrong eye?

Don’t do it again.

How many drops should I put in my eye?

This is dependent on the prescription needed. Generally speaking 1 or 2 drops.

Do I have to wake up during the night to take my drops?

No. Almost always drops are to be instilled during waking hours only.

Do I have to stop my medications before surgery?

Medication should be discussed with your medical doctor and the surgical center.