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Preparing For Your Eye Exam

An eye exam at regular intervals is very important to ensure that your eyes remain healthy and work fine for long and age related vision problems are as delayed as possible. However, to get the best results, it is very important to make sure that your eye examination goes smooth and your optometrist prescribes you the best possible care for your eyes. Here are some suggestions for you to help you in preparing for your eye exam:

  • In a paper, write down all the possible questions about your eyes that you want to ask your optometrist. Think about all the specific questions and never conceal any discomfort or intriguing problem of your eyes to the doctor.
  • Your eye power may have changed and you may be facing difficulties in performing different tasks like -- driving at night, using computer or strenuous reading. Let your doctor know about all the facts so that he can design all your vision needs according to the changed power of the eyes.
  • When you are going for an eye exam, you need to take all the existing prescriptions, eye medicines if any, the eyeglasses that you wear currently and if possible, your sunglasses too. This will help your doctor determine what to prescribe you best to correct the problems of your vision.
  • Jot down all the medicines and their doses that you take for different reasons. Chances are there that some of the medicines like allergy medicines, pain killers and vitamins have affected your vision.
  • If you have had any injuries in your eyes or head, tell your doctor about it.
  • If you use contact lenses, bring the contact lens prescription along with you. 
  • Remember the name of the solutions and the products that you use for rising, cleansing and disinfecting your contact lenses. You can also bring your contact lens case along with you to show to your optometrist. He can tell you if it needs to be replaced.
  • You need to tell your doctor if there has been any family history of glaucoma and also if any of your family members have diabetes or hypertension. If anyone of your family possesses these disorders, there are chances that you are at an increased risk of developing them too, and these are some diseases that are known to affect eye conditions and vision to a large extent.
  • Before you head to your eye exam, try to get enough of rest, as adequate sleep and rest play a very important role in your vision.
  • There are chances that your doctor may dilate your pupils so that he can assess the condition of your eyes. These drops can make your eyes sensitive to light or make your vision blurry for a considerable period of time. So, adjust your schedule for the day such that you can accommodate at least two hours to your pupils to become normal before returning to work.
  • As your eyes may feel sensitive after the exam, it is advisable to bring your sunglasses to wear with your current eyeglasses after the exam.

Along with remembering these points, act courteous to your eye doctor and do not be late than your scheduled appointment time. Being punctual ensures not only a pleasant experience for you and your doctor, but also your doctor will have enough time to examine you and prescribe you correctly everything you need for your eyes.

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