To all those with eye exams scheduled for the near future, can we have your attention please? If you want to make sure your exam is thorough and worthwhile, there are a few things we'll need to know.
It is important that you keep us updated on any present health problems you are experiencing as eyes are often vulnerable to changes in your body. What are the sorts of things we'd need to know about? Here are some examples: diabetes, pregnancy, high blood pressure or allergies. If you are on any medications, you should let us know what you are taking, because prescription and even non-prescription drugs can effect your vision.
The more we know about your lifestyle, the better. For example, are you a smoker? Do you drink? Additionally, we will look at the way you actually use your eyes. Are you at university and doing a lot of reading? Being aware of these details can make it easier for us to determine your treatment plan.
Because a number of eye-related diseases are genetic, it is important that you tell us if there are any of them in your immediate family, especially glaucoma or macular degeneration. Being aware of which eye diseases you may be vulnerable to will help us to keep an eye out for and keep track of any developing signs or symptoms.
Some symptoms include things like double vision, seeing spots or flashes of light, and blurriness. If you begin to experience any of these, come see us as soon as possible. We'll then do our very best to get to bottom of what's causing the symptom, and then recommend the most appropriate way to treat it. Another thing that will help us provide a thorough exam are your most recent pair of glasses. They provide important information, even if you're a contact lens wearer. So don't forget all this when you next see us. Together, we'll figure out the most efficient way to resolve any vision issue you may be experiencing!