Bradford J. Shingleton MD

Cataract & Glaucoma Surgeon

Appointments 800-635-0489

Your Eye Exam

Scheduling an Appointment

It is easy to schedule‚Äč an appointment with Dr. Shingleton or one of his associates, Dr. Stephen Taylor or Dr. Claudine Kawabata. Dr. Shingleton sees only patients needing cataract or glaucoma surgery. His associates help with preoperative evaluations of these issues and provide care for general eye problems. Just call 617-314-2614 for appointments or simply click here to schedule your appointment online. It is important to have regularly scheduled eye exams. We recommend the following schedule to maintain optimal eye health. We are committed to excellence in eye care and we welcome the opportunity to serve you.

Age or Eye ConditionRecommended Care
Healthy adults (up to age 65) without vision problemsEvery 2 years
If you wear corrective glasses, contacts or have eye disease such as glaucoma or diabetesAnnual exam
Over age 65Annual exam

Your Eye Exam

Once you arrive at our office, please check-in at the registration desk. You will be given a packet of materials to complete in our reception area. A certified ophthalmic technician will initiate your eye evaluation. The technician will review your ocular, medical and family history, evaluate your vision and take special eye measurements.

Next, depending on your visual needs, you will see Dr. Shingleton or one of our optometrists, Dr. Stephen Taylor or Dr. Claudine Kawabata. Dr. Shingleton's colleagues provide comprehensive eye examinations and specialize in refraction with the use of glasses or contact lenses. Dr. Taylor and Dr. Kawabata have a collective experience of over 40 years in the eye care field. They will examine your eyes thoroughly. If your eyes are healthy, you will have the option of leaving after their examination. To shorten your stay in our office, Dr. Taylor or Dr. Kawabata will review your eye care plan with Dr. Shingleton after you have left.

If a vision problem is detected, if you were referred to Dr. Shingleton for a specific problem, or if specific needs arise, you will be examined by Dr. Shingleton. You will receive eye drops that require 10 to 45 minutes to dilate your eye. The eye drops may blur your vision, especially for close work, for 8 to 12 hours. Once you have received your eye drops, you are escorted to the examination area to rest until your eyes are fully dilated. Our technician will point out materials pertaining to your particular situation that you may wish to peruse or take for future reference.

Dr. Shingleton will then examine your eyes and review your initial evaluation findings. Depending on his findings and your special needs, further testing may be performed. Dr. Shingleton, Dr. Taylor or Dr. Kawabata will then explain their examination findings and recommendations for your treatment.

Most new patients can expect to spend three hours in our office for an initial visit. Special consultations may require more time. Please let us know if there is anything that we can do prior to your arrival to make your visit more productive.

Referring Doctor Follow-up

Dr. Shingleton will send your referring doctor a consultation letter detailing his examination findings and recommended treatment plan.

Health Insurance

Prior to your departure, you will see our health insurance staff. We participate in most local, regional and national health insurance plans. Our fees are similar to those established throughout New England. Payment is expected at the time of service and we will assist you in processing your insurance claims. If your insurance requires a referral from your primary care physician, it is essential that you obtain this prior to your appointment and bring it with you on the day of your examination.

Follow-up Care

If necessary, a return appointment will be scheduled for you prior to your departure.