Ladies and gentlemen with eye exams scheduled for the near future, may we have your attention please? In order for us to make sure your exam is effective and productive, there are several facts we will need from you.
Firstly, it is of great importance that you let us know about any current health problems you are experiencing because eyes are often affected by changes in your body. A few examples of conditions you should let us know about are pregnancy, diabetes, high blood pressure, and even something which may seem trivial, like allergies. Have you been prescribed any medication? We'll need to know what you're taking, because this can also influence your vision.
Our doctors will also take into consideration some details regarding your lifestyle habits, such as if you smoke or drink alcohol, because this can also be the cause of several eye conditions. Additionally, we'll examine how you use your eyes. Are you at university and doing a lot of reading? Being aware of this information can help us to choose the best thing for your eyes.
As a number of eye diseases are hereditary, it is important that you let us know if there are any of them in your immediate family, especially glaucoma or macular degeneration. Understandably, it's a great deal easier to keep an eye out for certain signs when we're already aware what you may be susceptible to.
Warning signs 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 can. With the information we have about your history, coupled with our expertise, we'll figure out what's causing the symptom, and figure out the most appropriate treatment. It's also helpful if you take your most recent glasses along to your appointment. They provide valuable information, even if you're a contact lens wearer. So don't forget all this when you come for your exam. Together, we'll figure out how to resolve whatever issue you may be having!