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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.