It’s always best to arrive at an appointment, whatever it may be, mentally and physically prepared. An eye exam is no exception. While the exam itself may only take 15 to 30 minutes, there’s a lot of information that needs to be exchanged in that timeframe. Making sure you can convey everything you need to in order to get the best care possible is priority number one. Here are five ways you can make the most out of your eye exam.

Bring Past Prescriptions

Whether you’ve seen this doctor before or not, bring in your most recent pair of glasses into your next eye exam. This way, your optometrist will have some information regarding your lens type and possible eye history to work with. The same thing is true if you wear contact lenses. Make sure to wear them into your appointment, while also bringing along the packaging and any other relevant information. This will save you, and your optometrist, time, frustration and a few headaches.

Note Any Issues

A week or two leading up to your eye exam, consider some eye problems you may be experiencing. Do you have constant headaches, dry eyes, a tugging sensation in the back of your eye? If you encounter anything that causes you pain, write it down so you can inform your optometrist. This way, they can focus on the possible causes of your discomfort right away.

Gather Information

Be sure to talk to your parents or close relatives about any possible family history regarding eye diseases. This can include glaucoma, macular degeneration, retinal detachment or anything else that has seriously affected multiple generations. That way, you can accurately inform your doctor without having to stop in the middle of your appointment to call your parents or grandparents. This information should only come from close family members, meaning parents, grandparents, siblings and children, as aunts, uncles and cousins are too far in the family tree for any eye diseases to affect you.

Don’t Forget Your Insurance

Make sure you pack your insurance card if you intend to use visual or medical insurance at your eye care office. If you aren’t properly prepared, or don’t have insurance, then be ready to pay for the eye exam and prescription eyewear out of pocket. As well, bring any eye drops or medication that’s eye related or can affect your vision.

Speak Up

Don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor, as their purpose is to help you. Open communication about your lifestyle or anything that may be bothering you will make your eye exam more efficient in regards to getting the care that you need without wasting anyone’s time.

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