10 Tips to Prepare for Your Eye Test


Eyes on Eye Care present 10 tips to help you prepare for your eye test Regular eye examinations are an important to factor into your personal health care regime not only making your vision clearer but also ensuring that your eyes are kept healthy They can help to detect eye diseases as well as health conditions; such as diabetes hypertension and strokes With this video giving you 10 tips on how best to prepare for your eye exam Tip number one Know why you’ve booked You may have booked for an updated prescription just because you want to change your glasses it may be because you want to find out why you are seeing things blurry or double You may be replying to one of our letters telling you that your eye test is due or you may just want us to check up on your eyes and that’s ok too! Knowing why you’ve come in helps us to help you Tip 2 know your symptoms People come in for eye tests with a number of symptoms be it with an annoying or a severe headache to find out why there are some new floating bits in their vision to ask why they are seeing two of everything or to find out why their eyes are now red and painful No matter what your symptoms are it is important to consider the following questions When did your symptoms start? Was it yesterday, or about a month ago? How often do they occur? Is it a daily thing, or a monthly thing? Severity Is it painful, or just a bit of an ache? Anything you can do to help ease it? such as going to sleep or taking some painkillers anything that you can tell us about your own symptoms will help us to help you Tip 3 Know where you are going This one might seem quite obvious but if you have never been to the practice before and you have booked online or by telephone you may not know exactly where to go Take some time to work out exactly where you need to go and if you are using public transport to get there work out if there is a train station or bus stop nearby Tip 4 Allow plenty of time Most UK eye tests last between 25 minutes to half an hour although some practice choose 45 minutes to an hour therefore allow plenty of time to avoid double booking yourself sometimes The trest results can come back a little bit abnormal allow extra time to let us investigate these results further and sometimes, we run late we are sorry to keep you waiting but keep this in mind as a possibility Tip 5 Bring relevant glasses If you wear glasses, bring them It’s really hard to tell how you are getting on with them if you leave them in the car, or at home Make sure the glasses that you bring along are relevant Your dad’s glasses or the pair you found on the bus wont help with your eye test but will waste the valuable appointment time that you have with your optometrist Tip 6 Bring a copy of your medication With 1000s of medications prescribed on a daily basis It can be hard to remember which ones you are taking Make things easy on yourself and make a list or photocopy your prescription and bring it along to your appointment we only ask for this information because certain medications can affect your eyes and it helps us to help you Tip 7 Know your eye history You may see many eye care professionals regarding your eye health and sadly it isn’t possible to always receive the outcomes of your other appointments Therefore it is very helpful to inform your optometrist of any hospital appointments or surgeries that you have had Including laser eye surgery There are a diverse range of conditions that can affect the eye Such as the clouding of the crystalline lens in a cataract damage to the optic nerve in glaucoma and degeneration of the retina, in cases such as age-related macular degeneration and once again, telling your optometrist what you have been diagnosed with will help us, to help you Tip 8 Know your family history Did you know that certain eye diseases can be passed down from generation to generation? With such conditions as glaucoma retinitis pigmentosa macular degeneration and colour blindness being some of them Informing us of any eye disease in the family will help us to tailor your appointment to suit your needs again, helping us, to help you! Tip 9 Know what you use your eyes for! We use our eyes for a variety of different reasons be it using a computer for your job driving a car sailing a boat or swimming Different jobs and hobbies require you to use your eyes in different ways So letting us know what you use your eyes for helps us to help you maximise your vision for those tasks Tip 10 Make a list of questions to ask Eye examinations are quite in depth and we provide you with a lot of information Don’t be afraid to ask us questions to explain our results Additionally, if there is anything you wanted to ask us before the test then a good idea is to write a list of questions for us That way, you won’t forget to ask them AND DO ASK THEM Questions will help us to help you And that concludes the 10 tips to help you prepare for your eye test Lets check out those tips one more time Tip number 1, know why you’ve booked Tip 2: Know your symptoms Tip 3: Know where you are going Tip 4: Allow plenty of time Tip 5: Bring relevant glasses Tip 6: Bring a copy of your medication Tip 7: Know your eye history Tip 8: Know your family history Tip 9: Know what you use your eyes for and finally… Tip 10: Make a list of questions to ask Thanks for watching and if you enjoyed the video hit the subscribe button, and the bell to be notified of our next video Credits: Jason Searle BSc(Hons)MCOptom

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