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Are you nervous about your next eye exam?

Don’t be! While that might be easier said than done if you have a busy schedule, or you’re part of the 17% of people who fear going for an eye test, avoiding your regular eye test usually doesn’t help you feel any better. If you’re worried about the possibility of needing a prescription, changing your current one, or uncovering potential medical issues, keep in mind that it’s better to know about it sooner rather than later. Ignorance isn’t bliss when it comes to your health!

If you’re nervous about scheduling and having an eye exam, there are a few things you can do to ease your worries and make an already smooth process even easier.

  1. Let us know
    When you phone or stop by your local Optical Express to make your appointment, let us know if you’re feeling nervous. This allows us to address any worries you might have and helps your optometrist do their best to put your mind at ease and make you as comfortable as possible during your test.

  2. Get ready for your test the night before
    We don’t mean study, but taking time to think about what you need to bring, and how you’re going to get to your eye appointment can go a long way when it comes to your nerves. By preparing beforehand, and making sure your glasses or contact lenses are close by in the morning, you can rest easy knowing you’re ready for your eye test.

  3. Ask lots of questions
    Not only will this help reduce your anxiety, but you’ll also learn more about what’s happening during your test and why. Your optometrist will be happy to explain the process and answer any questions you might have. Understanding the process of your eye test will also help you feel less anxious about it when the next one comes around.

  4. Practice deep breathing
    Taking deep breaths before, and during your eye exam can help to relieve stress. Make sure that you’re breathing as deeply and slowly as you can to fully calm your heart rate and reap the benefits.

The pros of getting a regular eye test far outweigh the cons, and it’s easier to put your mind at rest than avoiding it and continuing to feel stressed about it. Understanding your vision and any changes in quality that might happen is an important first step to making sure your vision works for you now, and in the future. Book your eye test at your local Optical Express today.

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