How To Get The Most Out Of Your Next Eye Exam


Getting regular eye examinations is an important part of caring for your overall health.  Not only can vision problems be detected when the eyes are inspected, other health issues such as high blood pressure and diabetes can also be spotted by the keen eye of your optometrist.  While you may believe that all you need to do is show up, take a seat and let your doctor do the rest, there are additional things you can do to make your eye examination even more effective.  Use these tips to learn more about how you can get the most out of your next vision examination.

Don't Change Your Routine

Making any changes to your regular routine is one of the worst things you can do before an eye exam.  If you are one of the people who doesn't want to receive a negative prognosis from your optometrist, you may attempt to make little changes so that your eye health comes across as better than it actually is.

This could be something as simple as incorporating more vitamin B2 into your diet before an exam so that any yellowing or redness disappears, or even using a stimulant such as coffee to appear more alert and to cover up tired eyes.  Doing these things only hurts you in the long run because your eye doctor won't be able to give you an accurate gauge of the true condition of your eyes.

Instead of trying to hide potentially serious problems, maintain your same routine just before your eye examination so that your doctor can get a glimpse of the actual state of your vision.

Take Careful Notes

Another great way for you to get more out of your next eye exam is to come prepared with notes.  This is vital because relying on your memory may not be the best way for you to explain to your doctor exactly what has been going on with your eyes.

For example, if you notice that you experience blurred vision in the mornings, note the exact time for a few days and point this out to your doctor.  Also, if you find that you can't see objects without visual aide that you used to be able to make out just fine, you'll want to include this information in your notes and take it to your eye doctor appointment.

You have what it takes to get the most out your eye exams.  Use these suggestions so you can maximize your next optometry experience. (for more information, contact Envision Eyecare - Dr. Erika Duggan and Dr. Marilyn Lehrner)


19 January 2015

Help Others Make Health Decisions when They Cannot

One day I was playing a game of basketball with a friend, and the friend I was playing ball with tripped and took a hard fall to the ground. He hit his head hard, but he insisted he was okay and just wanted to go home and take a nap. I knew in my heart that he was not thinking clearly, and I didn't feel right letting him go home. I talked him into letting me take him to the hospital, and after some tests, it was determined he had a bad concussion. The doctors told me that if I had let him go home and sleep, things could have taken a turn for the worse. I created this blog to remind everyone to look out for each other after injuries. Not everyone thinks clearly after a head injury, and just being a good friend could save a life.