Your First Visit

What to Expect from Your First Visit

Welcome to the Cataract and Glaucoma Center.  At our offices, you can expect the highest quality care provided by Dr. Alpern, Dr. Tafoya, and our friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Please set aside at least two to three hours for your appointment.  This amount of time allows us to perform a thorough examination and plan appropriate treatment. 

When you arrive for your appointment, please bring with you

  • Driver’s license or photo ID
  • Insurance cards
  • All of your medications, or a list of your medications
  • A driver to take you home
  • If you require physical assistance, please bring a family member or caretaker who can stay with you throughout the appointment. 

Take a seat in our comfortable waiting area. Shortly after arriving, one of our staff will accompany you to the consultation room for an interview.  Here we will ask questions to learn about you, your health history, and your concerns. 

Next we’ll check your vision and your eye pressure.  These tests are absolutely painless.  In addition, the technician will check that it is safe to dilate you.  With a few eye drops, your eyes will be dilated so the doctor can see inside your eye.  Though dilation doesn’t hurt, your vision may be blurry for a few hours.  Because we will probably dilate your eyes, we ask that you arrange to have someone drive you home from your appointment. 

Once your eyes are dilated, you will see Dr. Alpern or Dr. Tafoya.  If you need medical therapy, you will be treated promptly.  The Cataract and Glaucoma Center is equipped with the latest technology, allowing for a wide range of treatment options. The Cataract and Glaucoma Center performs many procedures in-house, and you may receive treatment on the same day as your initial visit to our offices.  

If you do require surgery, the doctors and staff will help you understand what to expect and assist you through the entire process.

Most treatments are absolutely painless and take only minutes to perform.  Each patient is unique, and we strive to provide you with the best care for your individual circumstances. 

Two Convenient Office Locations

The Cataract & Glaucoma Center
4171 N. Mesa St., Building D., Suite 100
El Paso, TX 79902
Phone:(915) 545-2333

              The Cataract & Glaucoma Center
1030 N. Zaragosa Rd., Suite  Y
El Paso, TX 79907
Phone: (915) 545-2333