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Why Eye Doctors Take a Complete History

If you’ve got an eye exam coming up, there are a number of things you can do to be extra ready for it. There are a few things you should let us know about so that we can guarantee your eyes are examined proficiently and thoroughly.

It is essential to let us know about any recent health conditions or problems you may have noticed, because eyes are often affected by 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. Have you been prescribed any medication? If so, we will need to know what you’re taking, because drugs, even if they’re non-prescription, can also influence your eye health.

The more we are informed about your lifestyle, the better. For example, do you drink or smoke? Tell us how you use your eyes. Are you an artist who strains your eyes working with fine details? Being informed of these details will make it easier for us to choose your vision correction needs.

And if you have any eye diseases that effect anyone in your family, it’s vital that you tell us, because a number of them are hereditary. Understandably, it’s a lot less complicated to look out for warning signs when we’re already aware which conditions you may be prone to.

Some symptoms include changes to your vision like seeing double, spots or flashing lights. If you notice any of these, call us as soon as you’re able to. We will figure out the root of the condition, and then recommend the most appropriate treatment plan. Another thing that will help us provide a thorough exam are your most recent pair of glasses. Glasses give us valuable information, even if you’re a contact lens wearer. Together, we will find out the most effective way to resolve your eye needs.