Eye exams play a crucial role in preventing and monitoring problems that threaten your vision. Having a prepared list of questions to ask during an exam can help you maximize your time with the doctor and feel informed and empowered about your health.
Here, the team at InVision Eye Care suggests some essential questions to ask at your next eye exam.
Am I at risk of developing eye problems?
A comprehensive eye exam should include a physical examination as well as a conversation about your health history, family history of eye problems and your general lifestyle (i.e., whether you smoke/drink alcohol, your general diet and your activity level).
We recommend asking your eye doctor whether you are at an increased risk of developing certain eye diseases based on your family history, health and lifestyle. Research shows that genetics play a role in some eye diseases like glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration. Also, health problems such as diabetes can increase the risk of eye problems like diabetic retinopathy.
Knowing your personal risk factors for eye disease helps shed light on what you can do to protect your eyes from these threats; it also underscores the importance of regular eye exams. If your doctor talks about a disease that is unfamiliar to you, ask for available literature or a list of online resources so you can learn more.
What lifestyle changes can I make to improve my eye health?
Regardless of whether your genetics or health put you at risk of eye disease, there are things everyone can — and should — do to promote excellent eye health. You should leave your eye exam appointment with a list of actions to take to promote the health and well-being of your eyes.
Specifically, you should ask your doctor about the role of diet, vitamins and supplements in overall eye health. You can inquire about whether exercise is important to your eyes, and ask for recommendations for sun protection and sports protection to keep your eyes healthy and safe.
Your doctor may also talk to you about the effect of digital devices on your eyes. Prolonged exposure to computer, smartphone and tablet screens can cause uncomfortable symptoms such as eye strain, dry eyes and blurry vision. If you are already experiencing these symptoms, your doctor may provide suggestions for finding relief.
How often should I undergo eye exams?
Finally, ask your eye doctor how frequently you need exams based on your ocular health, history of eye problems and age. You should be able to schedule your next appointment before you leave the office.
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