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Things Your Eye Doctor Should Know

eye doctor and patientWhether you or a loved one is having an eye exam for the very first time at Avery Ranch Eye Care, or being seen for your yearly eye exam, there are a number of factors in your medical history that can contribute to current or potential vision problems.

During your eye exam with our Cedar Park optometrist, it is important to describe your lifestyle, any visual problems, or any ocular symptoms with your eye care professional.  There are medical conditions, certain medications, and special circumstances that can put you or a family member at a higher risk for certain eye diseases.

Things to Discuss with Your Eye Doctor 

  • What eye problems are you having now? Is your vision blurry or hazy at certain distances? Do you have problems in your side vision? Are you experiencing pain or discomfort in certain lighting situations?
  • Do you have a history of any eye problems or eye injury? Do you have a current prescription for glasses or contact lenses? Are you wearing them regularly, and if so, are you still happy with them?
  • Were you or your loved one born prematurely? Have you had any health problems recently such as high blood pressure or heart disease? Are you diabetic?
  • Are you taking any medications? Do you have allergies to medications, food or other materials? Do you suffer from seasonal allergies?
  • Has anyone in your family suffered from eye problems or diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma or macular degeneration?
  • Has anyone in your family suffered from high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes? What about other health problems that can affect the whole body like blood disorders or cancer?

Part of a comprehensive eye exam at our Cedar Park eye clinic includes a detailed history because many things that might seem unrelated to your vision actually may affect your vision.  Also, a detailed history may even reveal potential risks for developing certain eye diseases.