Every patient has unique needs. If you see your Optometrist once a year, it’s important to make the most of your visit. Here are some questions you can ask.
1. What does 20/20 mean? 20/20 vision is a term used to express normal visual acuity (the clarity or sharpness of vision) measured at a distance of 20 feet. If you have 20/20 vision, you can see clearly at 20 feet what should normally be seen at that distance. If you have 20/100 vision, it means that you must be as close as 20 feet to see what a person with normal vision can see at 100 feet. (www.aoa.org)
2. What happens during an eye exam? The exam itself is mainly to protect your vision and head off any problems that could affect your eye health. Examples usually include eye chart tests and screening for other conditions.
3. Should I get glasses, contacts, or have vision surgery? The answer relies on personal preference and considerations of your lifestyle. For example, glasses are easy and affordable, but contacts offer a more natural vision adjustment. If you don’t want to deal with glasses or contacts, vision surgery may be your best bet. Although it’s important to ask your doctor if you’re a good candidate.
4. Are my eyes as healthy as they can be or are there things I can do to improve my vision or eye health? Sight is one of our most valued senses. If improving your health matters to you, ask how you can protect it.
5. When should I return for my next visit? At Island Eyecare, we’ll help you determine how often you need exams based on your age, vision, and medical history. We can go ahead and schedule your next appointment right away.
We’re thrilled when patients care as much about their eyes as we do, and welcome our patients’ questions. We look forward to seeing you soon! Click here to make an appointment.