Eye Examinations: What to Expect
No matter your age or how good you feel in health, you need to go for regular eye examinations.
Regular eye examinations are an important part of taking care of your eyes, but it is more than a simple test of your sight. More often than not, your eyes do not usually hurt when something is not right. Eye examinations can make known any sign of potentially serious eye condition before you even notice any symptom. Having good vision leads to a better quality of life as you can work and play safely, and obviously, you only have one pair, so you need to make sure you look after them as best as you can.
How often should you have an eye examination?
For most people, it is recommended that they have their eyes checked every one to two years, but you may need to have these examinations more often depending on your age and medical history. Your optometrist will determine what’s best for you.
What should you expect during the examinations?
Firstly, your optometrist will want to find out why you want to have your eyes examined, whether you came for your routine check-up or if you have come for any other reason.
The optometrist will want to know what symptoms you have if you mention that you have any problem with your eyes, the period for which you have had these symptoms and changes, if any, that you have had over this period of time.
You will have to tell your optometrist about your general health, and also let him know if you have family members with a history of eye problems.
Your optometrist will want to know about glasses or contact lenses you have worn before, if you have worn any. He will also want to know what kind of work you do, what kind of sports you play and if you have any hobbies.
After asking the questions, your optometrist goes ahead to examine your eyes in and out. This is to assess the health of your eyes and to check for any other underlying medical problems. Among other tests, your optometrist will use a special torch which shines a light through the pupil, called ophthalmoscope to test your pupil reflexes.
Don’t forget to take your eyeglasses or contact lenses along with you as you will be tested with your glasses or contacts on too.
After the eye examination, if you have any question don’t hesitate to ask. Your optometrist is there to ease all your concerns.
If you need glasses or contact lenses, you will be given a prescription and if your eyes are okay, a statement which confirms that will be given to you.
You will also be assisted to choose glasses and frames or contact lenses. If you go for contact lenses, advice will be given to you on the types available, how to insert them and how to take care of them. It is advisable to buy glasses or contact lenses from the same place where you were tested, so that if any problem comes up, you can easily go back to them.
If you have a problem with your vision or would like to book an eye examination with us, please feel free to contact us so that an appointment can be scheduled for you.
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