You might be going to your annually scheduled eye exam, you may be following a recommendation to see an eye doctor after a vision screening, or your next eye doctor visit could be a response to vision problems or eye discomfort.
For regularly scheduled eye exams, expect to talk about any changes in your medical history since the last time you saw your eye doctor. If it is your first time seeing a new eye doctor, you’ll be asked to provide a more complete medical history, including a list of medications you’re currently taking, and any vision problems that family members may have experienced.
You will undergo a series of vision and eye tests that help determine the overall health and quality of your vision. Precise measurements will be taken to determine if corrective lenses are needed. If corrective lenses, eyeglasses or contact lenses, are currently being used then tests will be performed to make sure your current prescription for eyeglasses or contacts are still meeting your vision requirements. Your eye doctor will also check your eyes for signs of any potential vision problems or eye diseases. In many instances, your pupil may be dilated with special drops so that your eye doctor can better see the structures of the eye.
After all the testing is completed, a discussion about the current state of your eye health and vision will be discussed. If corrective lenses are needed, eyeglasses or contact lenses, and after determining your individual needs, your eye doctor will prescribe the necessary vision correction. Any health concerns or possibly serious vision complications will also be discussed and what further steps you can take to preserve and protect your vision and ocular health.
Visiting eye doctors as a result of a vision screening are common. Remember, vision screenings offered by health clinics, pediatricians, public schools, or local charitable organizations are not a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam. During a comprehensive eye exam, several and more detailed tests will be performed to fully evaluate all your vision requirements and complete ocular health. When attending your appointment for your comprehensive eye exam, bringing the findings from your screening is a great way to begin the discussion of your current eye health and vision.
For an eye doctor visit that results from eye pain, eye discomfort, or vision problems expect to take many of the same steps involved in a routine eye exam, but tailored to the specific symptoms you are experiencing. There may be a number of additional tests required as well depending on the results found during your appointment.
If you feel you are in an eye emergency situation with your eyes or your vision, please do not wait! Call our office to receive immediate emergency attention, or call 911, or seek immediate medical treatment at the emergency room.
What to Remember
Many vision problems and eye diseases often present minimal, if any, symptoms. For that reason, it is very important to schedule regular appointments to see your eye doctor. Since vision can change gradually over time, it is also important to know that you are seeing your best, year after year by visiting your eye doctor routinely.
Remember the following for your next eye doctor visit:
- Know your medical history and list of current medications
- Know your current symptoms and be able to describe them
- Know your family history because some eye diseases can be hereditary
- Bring your most recent prescription for glasses or contact lenses
- Bring your corrective eyewear, eyeglasses or contact lenses, to the exam
The team at Avery Ranch Eye Care look forward to meeting you and providing you with the service and products you deserve. Please call 512-255-7070 to schedule your appointment.