6 Questions to Ask Your Eye Doctor at Your Next Eye Exam

Mar 02, 2024
6 Questions to Ask Your Eye Doctor at Your Next Eye Exam
There can sometimes be an intimidating air of mystery surrounding medical appointments. But it’s your health, so you should play an active role. When you have questions, be sure to ask them. Here are six questions for your next eye exam.

Eye exams are a regular part of your overall wellness checks, just like dental checkups or annual physicals. When you have eye conditions like glaucoma or cataracts, you may have more frequent visits. People with diabetes may show eye symptoms, so those with related medical conditions may also have more frequent eye exams. 

One thing that everyone likely has in common, though, is that you don’t ask all the questions you should about their eye care. With the unusual equipment and extensive training of the staff, you might feel a little intimidated. Some people worry that their questions may seem silly, or perhaps in the rush of a busy day, you simply forget to ask. 

Dr. Sophia Barnes’ at Vision Corner in Houston, Texas, encourages your questions. We know that the more you understand about your vision, the better your overall eye care will be. When you have an eye or other health issue, it’s often important that you know what to expect, since symptoms sometimes develop quickly, even when you get an all-clear at an exam. 

We’ve listed six questions to ask at your next eye exam. Consider these and add your own, but be sure to write them down for reference when you’re in the office.

1. Do you have my complete medical history?

This question is especially important if you’re seeing a new eye doctor, but equally important if you have new health conditions. Diabetes, hypertension, and some autoimmune conditions could be affecting your eyes, and your doctor needs to be aware of these. Volunteer the information if you’re not asked about new conditions.

2. What tests are you conducting?

This is a good strategy if you’re generally a nervous patient. Knowing what to expect can help settle your discomfort. It’s also good to know what tests you’re getting to assure your doctor is testing for things that you’re concerned about. 

3. Will you dilate my eyes?

This is a good question to ask before you get to the office, because the drops given to dilate your eyes leave your vision blurry for several hours. You may need to arrange transportation since driving may be difficult. 

4. How can I improve my eye health?

The basics behind this question include exercise and a healthy diet. We may have specific suggestions for you, such as boosting your omega-3 protein intake or adding more water. Protecting your eyes from ultraviolet light is another common suggestion. 

5. Should I watch for specific symptoms?

If you have a condition that’s being monitored for its effects on your eyes, it’s crucial to know what symptoms you can expect. You might dismiss floaters, for example, but sometimes the sudden increase in number might be a reason for concern. 

6. When should I follow up with you?

Eye care is often preventive. If you have no issues or risk factors, you may not need another exam for up to two years. As you get older, annual exams might be recommended, and when you have eye conditions, we may recommend every six months. 

If your next appointment isn’t already on our books, call Vision Corner today to schedule. Be sure to have your list of questions with you when you come in. They’re your key to effective eye care.