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What Our Eye Doctors Need to Know

Do you have an eye exam coming up in the near future? There are a few things you should inform your eye doctor of to help make sure your exam is a productive one.

Because vision can be affected by seemingly unrelated changes to your health, you'll need to let us know about any changes you might be aware of. A few examples of conditions we should know of are pregnancy, diabetes, high blood pressure, and even something which may seem trivial, like allergies. If you've been put on any medications, you should let us know what you're on, as prescription and even non-prescription drugs can influence the state of your eyes.

We will also consider details of your current lifestyle, such as whether you smoke or drink alcohol, as this can have a poor effect on your eyes. Additionally, we will look at what you're actually using your eyes for. Are you a student who does a lot of reading? Being aware of these facts will help us to choose your treatment plan.

As a number of eye-related diseases are genetic, it's vital that you let us know if anyone in your family has any of them, especially macular degeneration or glaucoma. It's much more efficient to look out for warning signs when we're informed about which conditions you're prone to.

Warning signs include things like seeing double, spots or flashing lights. If you begin to experience any of these, come see us as soon as you're able to. We'll then do our very best to ascertain the cause of the condition, and figure out the best possible way to treat it. Remember to take your newest pair of glasses along to the exam; even if you normally wear contact lenses, because they will give us useful information. So don't forget all this when you come for your exam. Together, we'll figure out how to solve whatever issue you may be experiencing!