Visiting your optometrist can be intimidating, especially if you haven’t been in a while. But regular eye tests help make sure your eyesight is as clear as possible and ensure that you’re staying on top of any potential issues that could cause vision loss. If you’re nervous about your next eye test, or you want to make sure you’re as prepared as possible, these tips will help you make the most of your next visit.
Before your visit:
- Think about any eye problems you might have noticed, like blurry vision, trouble judging distances, poor night vision, or double vision.
- Make a note of recent health issues, especially the ones that concern your eyes. If you’ve had any injuries, discomfort, or noticed anything different, your optometrist should know about it.
- Review your family history so you can tell your optometrist about any occurrence of glaucoma, cataracts, or other eye-related issues.
Things to bring for your visit:
- Any glasses, sunglasses, and contacts you currently wear. Bring a copy of your most recent eye prescription if you wear glasses or contacts that were prescribed somewhere else.
- A list of medications that you’re taking so your optometrist can determine if they could be affecting your vision.
The most important thing to remember for your routine eye test is that your optometrist is there to help. It’s a relatively easy and straightforward process, and it gives you a chance to ask any questions you might have, figure out if your prescription is changing, and prepare for any future steps you might want to take (like laser eye surgery).
The first step in preparing for an eye exam is finding an optometrist near you. Use the clinic finder below to choose your closest clinic and book your eye test.Clinic Finder