6 Things to Ask During an Eye Exam

January 7th, 2019

Having regularly scheduled eye exams, whether once a year or every couple of years, is important. Eye exams help determine if your eyesight is changing, and they also check for signs of aging. However, if you aren’t sure what to ask during an eye exam, then you could be missing vital information about your eye health.

How often should you get an eye exam, you ask? This will depend on your age, race, and health. Those in the 20 to 39-year-old age group should get an exam every 2-5 years. Those 40-64 should get checked every 2-4 years. Those 65 and older should get an eye exam every 1-2 years. [1]

To fully benefit from an eye exam, here are some important questions you should always ask your trusted optometrist:

“Has my vision changed?”

Whether you visit the eye doctor every year or every five years, there might be a change in your vision. Your eye doctor will probably go over this with you, but it’s important to ask if your vision has in fact changed since your last appointment. [2]

This will help you understand how your vision has changed, what to expect in the next year, and what you can do to improve your vision.

“What eye tests should I take?”

Your eye doctor may suggest particular tests for your eye exam, but you can also ask about the different types of tests available and discuss which tests would be a good fit for your eyes.

A few common tests include: the eye muscle test, which analyzes the capabilities of your eye muscles and a visual acuity test, which is where you look at a set of letters from a set distance to measure how clearly you can see. [3]

You might also want to ask about being screened for glaucoma, which is one of the leading causes for blindness in people over the age of 60. [4]

“Should I change my diet or lifestyle?”

There are many natural ways to support eye health. One such way is by eating certain healthy foods. Produce like bell peppers, blueberries, and sweet potatoes are good for eye health. [5] You should also ask your eye doctor if there are any lifestyle changes you should make to help maintain your eyesight. [6]

“Should I take any eye health supplements?”

If you’re looking for additional ways to increase your eye health, taking supplements might be a good habit to begin. Ask your doctor if a supplement is right for you.

Focus Laboratories offers Tozal, an eye supplement that incorporates taurine, omega-3, zinc picolinate, lutein/zeaxanthin, and antioxidants — which combines vitamins A, C, D3, and E.

“Vitamin A helps process night vision and acts in combination with other antioxidants, such as Vitamin C and E, which may help decrease the progression of AMD [or Age-related Macular Degeneration].” [7]

“How do I prevent dryness and discomfort?”

If you work on computers or use other digital devices for long periods of time, you may struggle with dry, irritated eyes. Bring this up in your exam, as your doctor may be able to suggest some ways to prevent the temporary effects of blue lights from digital devices such as TVs, phones, and computers. [8]

“Is there anything else I can do to help my eyes?”

Before your exam is over, be sure to ask your eye doctor if there are any other ways to help protect your eyes and support your vision. This is especially important for those who are experiencing a decrease in vision or have other concerns about their eye health. [9]

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References
[1] https://www.preventblindness.org/how-often-should-i-have-eye-exam
[2] https://www.preventblindness.org/checklist-your-eye-doctor-appointment
[3] https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/eye-exam/about/pac-20384655
[4] https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/glaucoma/symptoms-causes/syc-20372839
[5] https://shopfocuslabs.com/foods-and-vitamins-that-are-good-for-your-eyes/
[6]https://www.eyemedvisioncare.com/stoftnoe/public/visionWellness.emvc?fragment=remote.content.eye.exam.ask
[7] http://shopfocuslabs.com/product/tozal-complete-eye-health-formula-90-ct/
[8] http://www.visionaware.org/info/your-eye-condition/eye-health/questions-you-should-ask/125
[9] https://nei.nih.gov/lowvision/content/know3

 

 

 

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