It Helps to Be Prepared for Your Eye Exam
Taking a proactive approach to your vision and eyes is an absolute must, especially as you get older. Once you turn 40, there is an entirely new set of concerns you must be aware of. This is why comprehensive eye exams look different for people in their 40s and 50s than those in their young adult years. To get the most out of your eye exam, you must know what to expect and have a prepared set of questions to ask. Vision exams are important at every age, but there are specific concerns each age group should be aware of.
For example, eye exams for children look quite different than those given to seniors. Knowing how to get the most out of your appointment is a must, regardless of when your last visit was. At First Eye McKinney, our friendly team of eye care specialists is here to answer any questions you may have. If you are like many people, you think of all the questions you wanted to ask your optometrist after your appointment. To be better prepared for your next visit, it can help to have an outline of what types of questions may be beneficial. Discussing your eye care concerns with your doctor is an important element of properly caring for your vision, no matter your age.
Today we are going to discuss what to expect from a comprehensive eye exam at First Eye Care McKinney, some questions to ask your eye doctor, what you may need to bring to your appointment, and a few tips to help you get the most out of your exam. As always, if you have any questions about anything we go over today, please do not hesitate to give our McKinney office a call.
Why Is an Eye Exam Important?
Approximately 75 percent of the United States population needs some type of vision correction. That’s about 182.8 million people in the U.S. alone who need contacts, glasses, or a different form of vision correction. The eyes are unique in that they are linked to the health of the rest of our body. Through a relatively simple eye exam, your eye doctor will be able to tell a lot about the rest of your body and state of health. While many people wait to visit the eye doctor until they have a vision problem, this is a big mistake.
A First Eye Care McKinney optometrist will be able to help improve your vision and stay on top of any potentially harmful conditions. There are a slew of other conditions your optometrist will be able to recognize and tell you if you are at risk during a comprehensive eye exam, including:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Brain tumors
- Multiple Sclerosis
If you haven’t had an eye exam in the last year, or if you have any concerns you would like to discuss with an experienced optometrist, please do not hesitate to contact First Eye Care McKinney today and schedule an appointment.
What to Bring to Your Eye Exam
You’ve scheduled your comprehensive eye exam – good work!
Before the day of your appointment comes, brush up on some of the items you may want to bring along with you to ensure you get the most out of your appointment:
- Your current eyeglasses, sunglasses, and/or contacts
- Write down a list of any medications you are taking, including prescription meds, supplements, herbs, and anything else you take regularly
- The name and phone number of your primary care physician
- Check to see if you will need to have your pupils dilated during your appointment. If so, you will need to bring a friend or family member with you to drive you home
- Your vision insurance card
- Write down any questions or concerns you have about your vision to bring up with your eye doctor
The above should give you a good place to start when preparing for your appointment. Once you have everything in order, you can start thinking about the questions you want to ask your doctor.
Questions to Ask Your Eye Doctor
Every patient is unique and will likely come to their appointment with specific needs. However, there are a series of questions to ask your optometrist that will help them provide you with the care you need.
Here are some of the questions we recommend asking your doctor at your next appointment:
- Have there been any significant changes to my vision since my last visit?
- What options do I have for correcting my vision problems?
- Am I a good candidate for laser vision correction?
- What are the pros and cons of contacts?
- What are the pros and cons of glasses?
- Should I invest in prescription sunglasses?
- What are the best glasses for my face shape?
- Could my child benefit from vision therapy?
- How can I protect my eyes when playing sports or being outside?
- Is there anything else I can do to properly care for my eyes?
- Should I keep an eye out for any symptoms or signs of eye problems?
- Is it safe to sleep in contacts?
- How many hours per day can I wear contacts?
- What is the best way to contact you if I have any questions?
- Can I schedule my next exam now?
Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Eye Exam
Before your exam, make a list of the following:
- Any signs or symptoms of eye problems you are dealing with, such as:
- Difficulty seeing up close or at a distance
- Difficulty seeing at night
- Flashes of light
- Loss of vision
- Temporary double vision
- Any eye injuries or surgeries you’ve had
- Your general health condition, including:
- Any allergies
- Chronic health problems
- Any conditions or illnesses you’ve been diagnosed with
- Your family history of eye problems
You must be forthcoming with your eye doctor about any concerns you may have. We cannot help you if we do not know what is going on with your eye health. We hope the information in today’s article will help prepare you for your next comprehensive eye exam here at First Eye Care McKinney. If you have any questions or would like clarification about anything, please do not hesitate to contact us today.