7 Top Questions to Ask Your Optometrist During an Eye Exam and Why You Need to Ask Them
At Piccadilly Eyewear, we always advise on gaining awareness and doing a little bit of a preparation before their actual visit. We aim to make every eye exam to always be pleasant, comfortable, and comprehensive for all of our patients, regardless whether if it is their first, third, or tenth time at our clinic.
So, let us take those first-time jitters away. If you have gone through an eye exam before, have missed several annual eye check-ups, or is feeling a little apprehensive, this article is for you too. Have a list of what to ask your optometrist to get your mind in a more comfortable state. Organise a flow of questions to get the feeling that you are in control of the whole conversation too, not just a total outsider to it. Lastly, do a lot of research on what concerns you when it comes to your eyes' health. Not sure where to start with these questions? Here are some important ones to get you going on your own list.
Question #1: What tests will I be having today?
Why You Need to Ask: This question will enable you to set your expectations as to what will transpire during your visit. It will give you an idea of what will be done during the exam and how long are they going to take. This will ease the build-up of anxiety and will make you feel less nervous.
Let us give you a heads up on some of the tests that are usually involved in a comprehensive eye exam:
Visual Acuity Test: Familiar with those letter or eye charts? We will use one for this test to check how well you see the shapes, size, and details of the things you see.
Refraction: Is the test done to identify your eyeglass prescription.
Cover Test: You will simply be asked to cover one eye alternately while focusing on an object. This tests for possibilities of eye strain or Amblyopia.
Fundus Retinal Photography: camera designed to photograph the interior surface of the eye, including the retina, retinal vasculature, optic disc, macula and posterior pole
Slit lamp biomicroscopy: a lamp which emits a narrow but intense beam of light, used for examining the anterior of the eye, such as the eyelid, sclera, cornea, conjunctiva, iris, pupil and crystalline lens
Ocular Motility Testing: This helps us check your eyes’ ability to follow moving objects
Keratometer: an instrument which measures the curvature of the anterior surface of the cornea, particularly for assessing the extent and axis of astigmatism.
Question #2: Am I at risk of developing any vision problems? How about eye diseases?
Why you need to ask: Remember, early detection is king. Knowing about these possibilities will hopefully give you ample time to research for treatment, medication, or a specialist. We want to prevent the onset of these problems and get on a proactive approach. So, ask away as this topic is very important. This is also why we recommend that you get regular eye exams at least once every one or two years.
Question #3: What could these signs and symptoms mean?
Why you need to ask: If you are experiencing any of the following, then you need to share with your optometrist:
Blurred, hazy, or double vision
Dizziness and headaches
Seeing flashes of light
Seeing floaters, spots, or spider webs
Itching and burning around the eyes
If there are still other changes in vision that you have observed lately, please share those with us, so we can best diagnose your eyes’ condition.
Question #4: Am I a candidate for prescription glasses or contact lenses?
Why you need to ask: After having the actual eye exam and having a talk about any symptoms or changes that you experience in terms of vision, then the next step is giving you a prescription of the right eyewear, should you need it. Feel free to ask about the types and styles of eyewear that you are looking for. We can also do fitting during your visit.
Question #5: What sort of eye care should I practice moving forward?
Why you need to ask: Will you be needing eye drops? Do you need to avoid certain activities for now (for example: driving)? Any diet that you need to get on? Do you need to see a specialist? We will discuss these topics with you as well. Educating you about the best ways to care for eyes is one of our top goals.
Question #6: When should I schedule my next appointment?
Why you need to ask: It is good to schedule this early to avoid forgetting to get an eye exam in the future or not being able to reserve your desired date and time. Follow-ups are also done to check on the status of a previously diagnosed condition.
Question #7: I want to know how I can use my Medicare or private health insurance benefits to cover my eye exam.
Why you need to ask: Best to clear this up during your visit. Always bring with you the necessary information about your coverage and we'll help you check your claims and benefits.
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