Regular visits to your eye clinic are one of the best things you can do to keep your eyes in good health. Not only can your eye care specialist check your eyes or recommend vision therapy or other treatments, but you also get the opportunity to ask anything you want to know more about your eyesight.
Here are a few good questions to ask during your appointment.
Am I at Risk for Any Vision Problems?
At the start of the consultation, especially if you’re a new patient, we may ask some questions about your medical history. This may include eye injuries, illnesses or even medications. We may also ask about your family history since heredity is a major risk factor for many eye conditions.
What Tests Will We Be Doing Today?
Based on the notes from the interview, we’ll then have you undergo a series of tests. To give you an idea, a comprehensive eye exam typically includes a visual acuity test to measure how sharp your eyes are. This will also help us determine if you need vision correction, such as eyeglasses or contact lenses. We might also perform imaging and diagnostic procedures to check for signs of underlying or potential eye conditions.
How Should I Take Care of My Eyes?
Once we have the results of your tests and procedures, we’ll then explain the findings and our recommended management plan. Generally, eating eye-friendly foods, like deep-water fish, leafy greens, and citrus fruits, can help keep your eyes in good health. We also recommend drinking plenty of water to keep your eyes hydrated. Most importantly, we’ll ask you to keep your regular appointments with your eye care specialist.
How Often Should I Visit You?
As soon as children reach their sixth month of life, they generally should undergo a comprehensive eye exam. They should have another one when they turn three before they enter grade one, and at least once every other year. Upon turning 18, they should have an eye exam once every two years. For those who are 61 years and above, it’s best to have your eyes checked annually.
Keep in mind that this is a general eye exam frequency schedule. Your eye doctor may recommend a different one, depending on your individual risks. To learn more, contact a myopia control specialist in your area today.