Questions to ask the eye DoctorPosted: July 2, 2011
When going to the doctor many people forget to ask simple questions and then forget to call to get answers. Every doctor will tell you what he or she thinks you need to know, but there could be more information you may want. Before going to any doctor make a list of questions you feel you may need answers to. They can be broad such as what are the treatments? What caused this to happen? Or they can be specific? Can you tell me exercises I can do to improve my vision?
I have compiled a list of questions that you should ask your eye doctor before leaving their office. Most eye doctors will have some lenses for sale in their office, but if you plan on buying them outside the office then you will need a lot more information.
The first and most important question is how often should I have an eye exam? This changes depending on your newest vision results. Most doctors will say once a year but if you have a family history with eye problems then it could be more often. Once they tell you it is recommended to put a reminder in your calendar to make an appointment a month in advance before your recommended next eye visit.
Next question to ask is what is my vision acuity? Meaning what is the vision in each of your eyes. You will definitely need to know this if you plan on buying eyeglasses outside of the office. Along with this question you should ask if there are any other necessary precautions to take such as UV protection glasses or special night glasses.
Depending on the results of your eye exam ask what is the treatment for your results. Even if you have 20/20 vision you can still do eye exercises to keep this acuity. Most doctors have a print out of eye exercises that will help you maintain your vision acuity.
The last and most important question is which eye glasses/frames do you recommend. Most doctors will not recommend a specific frame unless asked. This is very important because some lenses don’t protect your eye as well and the shape can affect what you see. Most of the time we go for the most fashionable frame, but it is important to make sure these will maximally improve your vision.
Remember that you can always call your eye doctors office because even if your doctor isn’t around a nurse will be happy to help!