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Why Eye Doctors Take a Complete History

How can you make your next eye exam even more productive? In order for us to make sure your exam is beneficial and worthwhile, there are several things we'll need to know.

It is essential to let us know about any recent health conditions or problems you may have recently become aware of, as eyes are often affected by changes in your body. To give you some idea, this includes pregnancy, diabetes, high blood pressure, and even something which may seem trivial, like allergies. Are you on any medication? We'll need to know what you're taking, because drugs, even if they're non-prescription, can also influence your eye health.

The more we know about your lifestyle, the better. For example, do you drink or smoke? Additionally, we'll examine how you actually use your eyes. Are you a craftsman who spends time focusing on fine details? Being informed of these details will really make it simpler for us to choose your vision correction needs.

As a number of eye-related conditions are genetic, it is crucial that you tell us about any of them in your immediate family, especially glaucoma or macular degeneration. It's a great deal more efficient to keep an eye out for warning signs when we already know which conditions you're vulnerable to.

Give us a call if you are aware of anything odd about your eyes and vision including blurriness, fatigue, flashes of light, spots and double vision. We will discover the source of the condition, and then recommend the best possible treatment. Remember to take your current pair of glasses along when you see us; even if you wear contact lenses, because they will give us important information. We look forward to seeing you, and making sure you get your best possible vision.

Dear Patients,

Dr. Lewis Eye Care has made the difficult choice to temporarily close due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic based on the recommendation of the CDC. We cannot perform eye exams while maintaining social distancing, so continuing to see patients at this time could contribute to the spread of the virus.

Our initial plan had been to reopen Monday April 6th. However, as we get closer to that date it is becoming apparent that we may have to be closed for a longer, indefinite period of time.

If you are having an urgent eye health issue, there are some clinics in our area that are seeing patients for emergencies during shorter business hours. You should call ahead to those offices before going to their clinic, as their availability might change day by day. Those clinics could include Vancouver Eye Care at 360-823-2020, Peace Health Medical Group Eye Care at 360-514-7210, and Vancouver Clinic in Salmon Creek at 360-882-2778.

If you need a glasses or contact lens prescription emailed to you from our office, click on the Contact Form link, type in your name, email, and what you are requesting, and we will email you the information you need as soon as we can.

Thank you for your understanding, and please stay healthy during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

Dr. Scott Lewis, OD