Getting regular eye exams is an essential part of your overall healthcare, but it is important to ensure that you make the most of your appointment. This brief guide suggests three things you can do to make your eye exam as worthwhile as possible.
Book The Right Type Of Consultation
A simple, effective way to get the most out of your eye exam is to make sure that you have the right kind of consultation. You should check what is included in your consultation – some optometrists will simply check your glasses prescription, but some include other tests such as retinal photography. As WebMD explains, retinal photography can check if your eyes are affected by certain conditions, such as diabetes and glaucoma.
If you have an eye condition, such as glaucoma or macular degeneration, make sure you will be tested by someone who has experience with your condition. In short, make sure that the test is suitable for your age, eyes, and general state of health.
Look At Glasses In Advance
Getting new glasses can be exciting, but it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the choice available. You will be able to make the most of your appointment if you have an idea of what you want in advance. Know how many pairs of glasses you want, whether you want sunglasses, what brands and colours you might be interested in. All About Vision has a lot of information about the types of glasses that suit different face shapes – for example, people with round faces might like narrow, angular glasses.
If you have at least a vague idea of what you want, you will be able to easily ask your optometrist to recommend something for you, thereby saving time. It will also prevent you from making an on-the-spot decision you may regret.
Prepare Any Questions To Ask
Asking your optometrist questions during your eye exam is a great way to get more information, and to make the most of your time with them. You can ask questions about the specific tests they do during the exams if you don't understand, or questions about how your eyes are developing and changing. You could also ask about any eye-related conditions you have, and what type of lenses they would recommend. Write down anything you want to ask in advance so you don't forget, as well as making sure that you have any information they will need to know, such as your medical history as it relates to your eyes.
If you ensure that your eye exam offers all the tests that you want or need, have an idea of the glasses you might want, and prepare a list of questions to ask, you will be able to make your appointment as worthwhile as you can.