If you’ve made an appointment with IC Laser Eye Care because of a change in your vision, you’ll naturally have questions about these changes and why they occurred. However, many eye exams are routine, designed to detect problems before you notice changes or simply to confirm that you have nothing to worry about.
These routine exams are an excellent time to expand your understanding of your eyes and vision. If you’re like many, those questions you’re sure you’ll remember will suddenly disappear when it’s time to ask them. Prepare yourself by, first, knowing the questions you want to ask, and then writing them down so they’re not forgotten.
What you’ll ask depends on your vision and any changes in eye conditions you’ve noticed. You might have questions about corrective lenses or eye care procedures. To get you started, here are some common topics and questions that may suit your curiosity when you visit one of our offices in Hamilton, New Jersey, or Bensalem or Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Before the exam
One question to ask before you get to the office is, “Will there be a dilated eye exam?” During this exam, eye drops are applied to fully open your pupils, allowing your ophthalmologist to more clearly examine the retinas of your eyes. This test not only helps assess your eye health, but it also can reveal symptoms of diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure.
Your eyes will be sensitive to light for a period of time after the drops are given, and your vision will be blurred. You’ll need to make arrangements to get to and from the office, since it’s not recommended that you drive immediately after your exam.
In the office, you may want to ask about the tests you’ll receive, as well as their purposes. This may help you better understand how your vision works.
After the exam
Once your ophthalmologist is done examining your eyes and vision, they’ll discuss their findings with you. It’s possible you won’t understand terms or descriptions they use, but don’t worry about asking for clarification. This is expected. Common questions to ask include:
- What does visual acuity mean?
- Why has my vision changed?
- Is my vision stable, or should I expect more changes?
- What symptoms should I watch for?
- What treatment do you suggest for my condition?
- How do I take medication for my eyes?
- Are there any side effects or risks to treatment?
- What benefits from treatment should I expect?
It’s also common to have questions about corrective lens prescriptions. Some of these might be:
- Is this a substantial change to my previous prescription?
- Can I use my eyeglass prescription to order contact lenses?
- How do I clean my glasses or care for my contacts?
Follow-up is important, particularly if a new condition is discovered. You may ask things like:
- How long until my next eye exam?
- What steps can I take to prevent further problems?
- Do you have any literature that I can review later?
Your eye care is a partnership between you and your ophthalmologist, so it’s important that you feel comfortable with your knowledge of your vision and the steps necessary to preserve eye health. Contact IC Laser Eye Care at the nearest office, by phone or online, to schedule your next eye exam. Have your questions ready and stay on the path to your best vision.