Like many aspects of your health, discovering an eye problem in its early stages makes treatment easier and often more successful. However, many eye issues have no symptoms in their earliest stages. The only way to know when you’re facing eyesight deterioration is through a comprehensive eye exam.
These exams also determine your eyes’ needs for refractive correction: your eyeglass or contact prescription. Changes to vision and eye health naturally occur over time for many people, so regularly scheduled appointments with an eye exam specialist are the best way to stay on top of your sight.
In the Philadelphia area, that means IC Laser Eye Care’s offices in Philadelphia and Bensalem, Pennsylvania, and Hamilton, New Jersey. Our team of ophthalmologists has the knowledge and experience with leading-edge eye imaging technology that assures you of the finest vision care now and in the future.
Preparing for a comprehensive eye exam is easy when you know what to expect. We’ve made a list of some of the important points to help you get ready for your next exam.
Making the appointment
There are several reasons you’ll book an eye exam, including a routine checkup, prescription change, a new eye-related condition, or evaluation of how a change in your health may be affecting your eyes. Offer this information when booking your appointment so our staff members know precisely why you’re here. This information helps us prepare, too. You’ll have the right resources allocated for your needs.
Prepare your history
If you’ve used IC Laser Eye Care before, we will have your previous history available in our files. Changes do happen over time, though, so expect to update your history at the start of your appointment. Prepare for this by having information about:
- History of present illness, or the reason why you’re having an exam, if it’s something other than a checkup
- Any other eye-related issues or procedures since your last visit
- A full list of medications, including dosages and how often you take them
- Any allergies or suspected allergies
- Changes to your health since your last visit
- Family health history
- Work and hobby activities
Include everything you can think of, even if you don’t think it has an effect on your vision. Certain food allergies may suggest iodine is a problem, which is related to dyes used in eye tests. Diabetes and other conditions may affect your eyes and can change points of focus during your exam.
Ask about dilation
Sometimes, you’ll receive eye drops that dilate your eyes for easier assessment. Dilation means you may need to arrange a ride home after your exam, since your eyesight will be sensitive and blurry. Ask prior to your visit if you’ll receive dilation drops and plan accordingly.
Depending on the level of assessment needed, you could receive any of a myriad of diagnostic procedures. You can discuss your future testing needs with your ophthalmologist for their recommendations of future testing.
Schedule your next comprehensive eye exam with the nearest location of IC Laser Eye Care. You can reach your office of choice by phone or online. Book your appointment today.