If you've got an eye exam penciled in for some time soon, there are a few things you can do to be extra prepared for it. If you want to make sure your exam is effective and productive, there are a few bits of information we will need from you.
It is important to let us know about any recent health conditions or problems you may have observed, because your eyes can be vulnerable to changes in your body. What are some conditions we'd need to know about? Here are some examples: pregnancy, diabetes, high blood pressure, and even something which may seem trivial, like allergies.
We will also take into consideration details of your current lifestyle, like whether you're a smoker, as this can have a poor effect on your eyes. Tell us how you use your eyes. Are you an artist who spends time focusing on fine details? Knowing these facts will help us to choose your treatment plan.
As several eye-related diseases are hereditary, it's crucial that you let us know if anyone in your family has any of them, especially glaucoma or macular degeneration. Having an understanding of the eye diseases you might be susceptible to will help us to look out for and monitor any red flags.
Some symptoms include changes to your vision like seeing double, spots or flashing lights. If you start to experience any of these, come see us as soon as you can. We'll then do our very best to ascertain what's causing the symptom, and figure out the most appropriate way to treat it. It's also good if you bring your glasses along to your exam. They provide valuable information, even if you wear contact lenses. Together, we will establish the best way to tend to all your eye needs.