If you are seeing a new eye doctor in Oshkosh or have not had an appointment for a while, it helps to know how to be prepared. Eye exams frequently reveal other health problems that can compromise your quality of life. It is important to bring information and perhaps make a list of any symptoms you’ve experienced recently. Here are six things to do to be prepared for your eye appointment:
- List eye problems: If you experience blurred vision, light flashes, poor night vision or have issues judging distance, write them down in a list so you do not forget to report them to the eye doctor. Sometimes, issues may reveal a need for bifocals, and other times they may indicate a more serious problem. The eye doctor can design the exam to find an explanation for these issues and a way to treat them.
- Bring current glasses or contacts: Your previous prescription helps design a new one, if necessary. Also, if your contacts or glasses are uncomfortable in any way, be prepared to explain that, too. Sometimes, another brand of contacts may work for you, or you require a new prescription.
- Secure a ride: If you are having your pupils dilated, driving can be a risky venture. While some people can drive competently after dilation if they wear sunglasses, it is often not worth the risk. Arrange for a ride, and that way, if it is not within your ability, you still have a way home and do not have to worry about retrieving your car later.
- Bring proof of insurance: Do not forget your insurance card! It will determine your co-pay, and without it, you may have to pay full price for the exam and then chase after your company for reimbursement. If your insurance information has changed since the last time you saw us, bring that information to your appointment so we can update your records and bill properly.
- Ask questions: If you have questions but are afraid you will forget them, write them down before you leave for your appointment. Patients frequently inquire about laser eye correction, sports glasses and if it is appropriate to wear contacts and progressive lenses at the same time. New contact lens users often wonder how long they can wear their lenses continuously. No question is considered a stupid one, so ask away to take better care of your vision!
- Prepare for a follow-up appointment: Patients who receive glasses or contacts for the first time (or a new prescription) must usually follow up in about a week. This assures the prescription works for you and determines whether you require further adjustments. Many patients appreciate this because, if glasses do not fit quite right or contacts do nothing but cause headaches, the problem gets fixed at this appointment. So, when you make an eye appointment, check your schedule to be sure you are free the next week, too.
To see an eye doctor in Oshkosh, call Dr. Jill’s Optical Shoppe to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting you!