The question, “Which do you see more clearly: A or B?” might be the only question asked at a routine eye exam, however, as the patient, you have an opportunity to ask questions of your own. In fact, patients should go to the exam equipped with a few questions. Many only see their optometrist annually or every other year, so it is important to treat the visit just as you would your routine physical exam. Going in armed with appropriate questions can be beneficial for your long-term health.
Has my vision changed since my last exam?
Perhaps the most important information you need to know is if, and how, your vision has changed since your last eye exam. Many people want to know the answer to see if they will need new glasses or different strengths of contacts. However, changes in your eye exams can be diagnostic of the overall health of the eyes, much more important than a new pair of lenses. Changes in your eye exams can be indicative of more serious concerns like glaucoma or cataracts.
How often should I have my eyes examined?
Many patients rely on their vision insurance to dictate the frequency of their exams. However, asking your optometrist the recommended frequency of exams is an important question to pose. Generally, people visit the optometrist annually or every other year. However, as you age, exams may need to happen more frequently.
I have a family history of eye health. Should I be concerned?
Similar to your physical health, some conditions involving your vision run along hereditary lines. If there is a family history of diabetes it is essential to inform your optometrist so they can watch for warning signs that may show up in your eyes. If you inform your Spectacle Shoppe, Inc. optometrist about genetic problems with dry eyes, astigmatisms, or glaucoma as well, they can be sure to watch for signs of these in all future eye exams as well.
Do my sunglasses provide adequate protection?
If your optometrist visit happens on a shady day or in the winter, you might forget to ask about protective wear like sunglasses. But it is important that your sunglasses block as close to 100% of ultraviolent rays as possible. Sunglasses purchased in retail shops may not offer enough protection from harmful ultraviolent rays so ask your doctor what they might recommend.
Treat your time with your optometrist just as you would your annual physical with your primary care provider. Going to the appointment armed with appropriate questions can be the most efficient use of the time that may only come every other year.