How to Make The Most of Your Visit to the Optometrist

Is your yearly eye exam coming up? Here are some of the most essential questions to ask your optometrist during your next visit. 


Healthy, clear, and comfortable vision is essential to a high quality of life, which is why regular visits to your local Calgary optometrist are so important.

Apart from checking the clarity of your vision, your optometrist will be able to:

  • Detect early signs of any sight-threatening diseases such as glaucoma or age-related macular degeneration.
  • Update the prescription of your eyeglasses to ensure you’re seeing well and improve your productivity.
  • Check for any general health conditions such as diabetes, blood pressure, or autoimmune diseases.

Our Qualified Calgary Optometrists Protect Your Vision and Eye Health

At Sunridge Eye Clinic, our optometrists are qualified to provide comprehensive vision services such as glaucoma testing, diabetic retinal examinations, and eye emergency care, to protect your eye health and prevent any vision loss.

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Making The Most of Your Visit to the Optometrist  

Regular eye exams are extremely important to protect the health of your eyes and preparing ahead can help you manage your vision. Here are some things to consider when visiting your optometrist.

5 Questions You Should Ask Your Optometrist

To make the most out of your visit to the eye doctor, here are five questions you may want to ask them at your next appointment:

  1. Am I at risk of developing an eye disease (eg. glaucoma or macular degeneration)?
  2. What tests are you performing today? Will they include a dilated eye exam?
  3. How should I best monitor and take care of my eye health?
  4. How often do you recommend that I visit you for a comprehensive eye exam?
  5. Are there any lifestyle changes I can make to lower my risk of developing certain eye diseases?

Things to Bring To Your Appointment

To ensure that your visit to the optometrist goes as smoothly as possible, here are some things you should bring to your first appointment:

  1. Photo ID and your health insurance information
  2. Any eyeglasses or contact lenses that you’re currently wearing
  3. Information on any eye diseases that are in your family’s history
  4. Your medical history
  5. A list of any allergies or medications you are taking

If possible, you should also bring a relative or friend to your first appointment. Not only will this make you more comfortable, but you’ll also have an extra set of ears, so you can be sure you won’t miss any important information.

 

I Was Diagnosed With an Eye Condition: Now What?

If you have been diagnosed with an eye condition, it’s important not to feel overwhelmed or panicky. In many cases, identifying the symptoms early means that such conditions will be easier to treat or manage.

However, it’s important to take an active role in understanding the treatment of your condition.

Here are some questions you may want to ask your optometrist when you’re discussing your diagnosis:

  1. Will I need medication and/or surgery now, or in the future?
  2. Do the medications have any side effects?
  3. Will my insurance cover this treatment, or do you offer financial assistance or payment plans?
  4. What symptoms should I be looking out for?
  5. How often do I need to get my eyes checked to ensure my vision is not getting worse?
  6. Is it safe for me to drive?
  7. What else can I do at home to protect my eye health and vision?

 

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To find out more about how our qualified optometrists can help detect, treat, and manage, any vision conditions that you may be suffering from, and how we can help you achieve the clearest, most comfortable eyesight, contact our Calgary eye clinic today at 403-280-7518 or fill in our online contact form.


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