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Why Eye Doctors Take a Complete History

Is it already time for your next eye exam? In order for us to guarantee that your exam is thorough and productive, there are a number of bits of information we'll need to know.

It is important to inform us of any recent health conditions or problems you may have recently become aware of, because your eyes can be affected by changes in your body. To give an idea, this includes diabetes, pregnancy, high blood pressure or allergies. If you are on any medications, you should let us know what you are on, as prescription and even non-prescription drugs can effect your sight.

The more we are informed about your lifestyle, the better. For example, do you drink or smoke? Tell us how you use your eyes. Are you a craftsman who strains your eyes working with fine details? Knowing these details will make it easier for us to choose your treatment plan.

Because a number of eye-related diseases are hereditary, it's crucial that you let us know if anyone in your family has any of them, especially macular degeneration or glaucoma. Understandably, it's a lot more efficient to keep an eye out for warning signs when we're informed about which conditions you're susceptible to.

Make an appointment if you observe any changes to your sight including double vision, blurriness, flashes of light or spots. We'll then do our very best to figure out the source of the condition, and figure out the most appropriate treatment plan. It's also helpful if you take your most recent glasses along to your exam. They give us important information, even if you're a contact lens wearer. We look forward to working with you, and making sure you get better vision.

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