It’s important to have regular eye tests. However, sometimes, the results that you get from an eye test can differ even if two examinations are performed in a short time.
Our physical condition is related to how our eyes perform and as we know, physical condition is subject to change. The levels of your hormones and your blood sugar levels play a part in determining the quality of your vision.
So how do you ensure that you get the best results for your eye test? Follow these guidelines below and you can make the best of your eye test
Write down your symptoms
Some symptoms that you should look out for include are blurry or distorted vision, pain around your eyes, as well as headaches and trouble seeing things up close.
It’s not easy to keep track of these symptoms, so write them down on paper. Anytime you notice signs of vision loss, take note of them and record how long you’ve had them for.
Bring your best pair of glasses
Even if your best pair of glasses is broken, bring them with you when you see your optometrist. Having them with you gives your eye doctor some valuable information about the condition of your eyesight and how best to improve vision.
If you wear contacts, bring the lenses in with you when you visit the office. When seeing a new doctor, bring your contact prescription as well as the boxes they came in. This lets your optometrist fine-tune your prescription, saving you time.
Ask your family about their history with eye diseases and other issues.
Understanding your family’s medical history is important because many eye diseases and conditions are hereditary.
Some specific eye diseases and conditions that you should look out for include cataracts, colour blindness, glaucoma and macular degeneration.
You don’t need to go down your whole family tree, start with your parents, grandparents, and siblings.
Educate yourself about your prescription
“What should I expect with a change in my Rx?”
“What is the cause of my vision loss?”
“How should I best monitor my eye health?”
“What is my pupil distance number?”
These are the types of questions you should ask your eye doctor before, during and after your eye test. The more you know about your existing conditions, the better you can help yourself improve your vision and understand what you need to do to maintain your eyesight.
On the other hand, you should educate your doctor in detail, about what you use your glasses for. This includes activities like video editing, watching TV, driving, or viewing things from a distance. This can help your doctor pick what type of lenses or contacts are best suited for you.
With the right preparation, you can make your eye test a simple and straightforward process. Take some time out to educate yourself about your conditions and talk to your doctor about how best to take care of your eyes. That could help you get consistent results for your eye tests.
About Dr. Sachin Bawa
Sachin Bawa is a founder of Dr. Sachin Bawa Cataract and Vision Clinic. He is a qualified ophthalmic surgeon for more than 9 years. He holds a medical degree from the University of Witswatersrand which he completed in 2004.