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Why Eye Doctors Take a Complete History

If you've got an eye exam scheduled for some time in the near future, there are a few things you can do to be extra ready for it. In order for us to guarantee that your exam is effective and productive, there are several facts we will need from you.

Because your eyes can be affected by seemingly unrelated changes in your body, you'll need to let us know about any recent changes you might be aware of. What are the sorts of conditions we'd need to be informed of? Here are some examples: diabetes, pregnancy, high blood pressure or allergies. Have you been prescribed any medication? If so, we will need to know what you're taking, because drugs, even if they're non-prescription, can also affect your eyes.

Our doctors will also take into consideration a few things about your lifestyle habits, such as whether you smoke or drink alcohol, because this can have a poor effect on your eyes. Additionally, we'll examine the way you actually use your eyes. Are you at university and doing a lot of reading? Knowing these details will help us to choose the best thing for your vision.

And if you have any eye diseases that effect anyone in your family, you should inform us, because a number of them are hereditary. It's a great deal more efficient to look out for certain signs when we're already aware what you're susceptible to.

Let us know if you notice any changes to your eyes and vision including double vision, blurriness, flashes of light or spots. We'll then do our very best to get to bottom of the root of the condition, and suggest the best possible way to treat it. Remember to bring your most recent pair of glasses with you to the exam. Your specs can give us information about your eyes, even if you're a contact lens wearer. So don't forget all this when you come for your exam. Together, we'll figure out the best way to resolve whatever issue you may be experiencing!