Is it time for your next eye exam? If you want to make sure your exam is thorough and worthwhile, there are several facts we'll need to know.
Firstly, it is crucial that you keep us updated on any recent health conditions or problems you are experiencing because eyes are often vulnerable to changes in your body. What are the sorts of things we'd need to be informed of? Here are a few examples: allergies, pregnancy, high blood pressure, diabetes or any other serious condition.
Our doctors will also consider some details regarding your current lifestyle, like if you're a smoker, as this can also be the cause of several eye conditions. Tell us how you use your eyes. Are you at university and doing a lot of reading? Being aware of these facts will help us to figure out the solution to your vision problems.
As several eye-related conditions are genetic, it is vital that you let us know about any of them in your immediate family, especially glaucoma or macular degeneration. Having an understanding of the eye diseases you may be vulnerable to will help us to keep an eye out for and keep track of any emerging signs or symptoms.
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 possible. With the information we have about your history, coupled with our expertise, we'll get to bottom of what's behind the symptom, and figure out the best possible way to treat it. It's also helpful if you bring your glasses along to your exam. They provide valuable information, even if you're a contact lens wearer. So don't forget all this when you next see us. Together, we'll figure out the most efficient way to rectify any vision issue you may be experiencing!