Do you have an eye exam coming up? If you want to make sure your exam is effective and worthwhile, there are a number of things we'll need to know.
It is crucial that you keep us updated on any present health conditions or problems you may have noticed, because eyes are often vulnerable to changes in your body. What are the sorts of conditions we'd need to know about? Here are a few examples: diabetes, pregnancy, high blood pressure or allergies. If you are taking any medications, you should let us know what you're taking, as prescription and even non-prescription drugs can influence your sight.
Things like drinking or smoking can have a poor effect on vision, so if these are parts of your lifestyle, keep us informed. Tell us how you use your eyes. Do you work in a factory, or do you work in an office? Being informed of this information will help us to determine your treatment plan.
Because a number of eye-related diseases can be passed down to you from your parents, it is crucial that you let us know if there are any of them in your immediate family, especially glaucoma or macular degeneration. Having an understanding of which conditions you may be prone to will make it much easier for us to keep an eye out for and keep track of any warning signs.
Some symptoms include changes to your vision like seeing double, spots or flashing lights. If you notice any of these, come see us as soon as you're able to. We'll then do our very best to ascertain the cause of the condition, and suggest the most appropriate way to treat it. Remember to take your current pair of glasses along to the exam; even if you normally wear contact lenses, as examining your present glasses gives us useful information about your eyes. So don't forget all this when you next see us. Together, we'll figure out the most efficient way to rectify whatever issue you may be having!