3 Questions to Ask the Eye Doctor at Your Next Appointment


What do you need to know about your vision and eye health? Before your next visit with the eye doctor, take a look at the top questions patients should ask during a regular checkup.

How Often Should You Go to the Eye Doctor?

Are you maintaining the right vision visit schedule? Regular eye exams can reduce eye health risks, help you to maintain proper vision, and more. Without these routine screenings, you may not know that you need glasses/contact lenses. Routine checkups and exams can also provide you with information on the overall health of your eyes. This means the doctor could catch issues (such as cataracts or other eye conditions) before they progress from minor to major. 

Even though you've scheduled a visit to the doctor's office right now, you may not know how long to wait until your next exam. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), adults ages 18 through 64 with no or low eye health risks should schedule a routine appointment at least every two years. At-risk adults should see the doctor every year or more often. The AOA notes that adults ages 65 and up with no/low-risk factors should visit the doctor annually. Those at higher risk may need more than one appointment per year.

If you're not sure whether you're considered no, low, or high risk, talk to an eye doctor. The vision care professional can help you to understand your eye health needs and set up an appointment schedule that fits your age/risk level.

How Can You Improve Your Vision?

Do you have perfect vision? Whether you've worn glasses for years or just started to notice blurriness, it's important to discuss the best options for vision correction. These could include surgical corrections (laser eye surgery), single-vision eyeglasses, bifocals, trifocals, progressive lenses, or contact lenses. 

Along with corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses, discuss other vision issues you may have. Poor night vision or eye strain from constant screen use are problems to talk to a professional about. While screen overuse can cause blurred vision, other symptoms to discuss include unexplained headaches or persistent dry eyes. The doctor may recommend additional tests or suggest ways to reduce work or digital device-related strain.

How Can You Improve Your Eye Health?

Vision isn't the only measure of overall eye health. A nutrient-rich diet, positive lifestyle changes (such as increased physical activity), eye care, and UV light protection can improve eye health. A routine eye exam is the perfect time to talk to the doctor about these issues and ways to prevent or reduce the risks of some eye diseases or conditions. 


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A New You

Growing up, one of my best friends was also my cousin. This special cousin and I shared something in common. We both had fiery red hair. When we were kids, many people thought we were sisters when they saw us together. Sadly, my cousin was born with crossed eyes, and because of her condition, she was often ridiculed by the other kids at school. As we grew older we began researching modern ways to correct her problem. Together we found the perfect solution. If you were born with crossed eyes, don’t despair. You do have hope. On this blog, you will discover the latest treatments optometrists use to help cure a patient’s crossed eyes.