It’s perfectly normal to feel anxious when sitting in your eye doctor’s office. You may feel better if you express your concerns through questions. Here are some of the most common questions to ask your eye doctor in Oshkosh.
How healthy are my eyes? What can I do to improve my vision and eye health?
If you’re wondering whether there’s anything you can do to take better care of your eyes for the long term, you are not alone. Eye doctors suggest everyone take measures to safeguard their eyes, whether they’ve been diagnosed with an eye or vision condition or not. For instance, eye diseases such as glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and diabetes require education and guidance from your doctor to help you understand what steps to take to protect your eyes. Even if you don’t have an eye condition, being proactive about your eye health is still important. Also, if your eye doctor says you need corrective lenses, get them and wear them.
What are my options for vision correction?
A good eye care professional will recommend the best and healthiest option to their patients regardless of cost. Your doctor should not hold this information back, even if they know a particular suggestion may be outside of a patient’s budget. Ideally, you will be presented with all your options (if you have more than one), and then you can decide what to get based on your needs, your budget and the doctor’s recommendations. Tell your doctor you want to hear the best options for you, no matter what the cost may be.
Are there certain steps I can take to protect my eyes?
Most eye doctors cover the eye safety topic first. This should include discussions of wearing protective eyewear, contact lens care, exposure to ultraviolet light and more. This is especially important information if you play sports or work in a potentially dangerous industry (construction, warehouse, science laboratory, auto repair). When it comes to UV light, this kind of exposure has been linked to macular degeneration, cataracts, pterygia, photokeratitis and cancers of the eye and surrounding skin. Your best defense against sun damage is to wear UV blocking sunglasses or contact lenses. If you wear contacts, care for them and clean them as directed by your eye doctor.
How unhealthy is it to stare at digital devices?
Most Americans look at some type of digital device every single day for at least a couple hours or more. Having to work on a computer all the time, watching TV, playing video games and constantly staring at your smartphone will eventually cause your eyes to tire out, which can result in any number of vision issues. Common symptoms of possible trouble include eye strain, blurred vision, headaches, dry eyes and shoulder and neck pain. One of the best ways to find relief is to look at something other than your screen for at least 20 seconds every 20 minutes.
If it’s time to schedule a comprehensive eye exam and you’re looking for a new eye doctor in Oshkosh, look no further than Dr. Jill’s Optical Shoppe. Let us know what we can do for you and your family!