It’s essential to make the most of your time with your ophthalmologist during your eye exam. Asking questions during your appointment gives you an active role in your ocular health, and it can also strengthen your relationship with your doctor.
Here are three must-ask questions for your ophthalmologist:
What Tests Will I Undergo?
When you visit an ophthalmologist for a comprehensive eye exam, you will undergo tests or evaluations to check your prescription strength, optic nerve health, and more. Some tests involve dilating your eyes, which can increase your sensitivity to light for a few hours after the appointment. At Vision Eye Group, our doctors perform a variety of tests during your exam, including:
- Cataract evaluation
- Dilation exam
- Glaucoma evaluation
- Macular degeneration evaluation
- Refraction test for glasses or contacts
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What’s My Risk of Future Vision Problems?
Depending on your family history, age, and medical history, you may be at a higher risk for developing further vision problems. For example, people with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing optical health issues that can lead to blindness. Be sure to share your medical history with your ophthalmologist so he or she can create a personalized treatment plan for you.
How Frequently Should I Visit for an Exam?
The frequency of eye exams will depend on a variety of factors, including related medical conditions or family history. The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) recommends adults receive an eye exam by age 40, even if you don’t wear glasses or contacts. If you are over 65, the AAO recommends annual examinations to maintain your ocular health.