Thursday, 18 July 2013

What You Should Tell Your Vision Tester

By Carmella Watts

It's recommended that people get their eyes checked out by a vision tester each year. For those that have already gone to one, there are six things to bear in mind for the next visit. For those looking forward to visiting one in the near future, it might be an idea to think about these things before the appointment. The eye doctor should spend at least a minute or two chatting about your general health, health history as well as your eyes.

One of the first things they should know is about your general medical condition. Problems like diabetes, allergies, high blood pressure and other illnesses, however trivial you may think, need to be explained. Pregnancy is also a very important thing to tell the eye doctor, as your eyes can be affected by even slight changes to your body. Plus, if there are any abnormalities, these might be caused by general health issues.

Although the focus of the specialist can often be on the present health of the patient, there should be no forgetting the past. Anyone with a history of medical issues, needs to let them know. They also need to discuss the health of family member, because some problems, such as glaucoma, could well be inherited. Moreover, previous surgery to the eyes or trauma to the eyes needs to be reported too.

Do not underestimate the straightforward things, such as changes in visual acuity. These should be reported to the eye doctor because if there are problems with blurred vision, or if floaters and spots appear more often in the vision, these could be signs of something important. Things like increased light sensitivity and flashes before the eyes are something they might wish to know about too. Any eye-wear that is regularly worn should be brought to the appointment, as the specialist may wish to examine them.

If you're taking mediation then the eye doctor needs to be informed of this, as all prescription and non-prescription drugs have the potential to affect the eyes and vision. Additionally, any new medication that's prescribed could very well affect what you are already taking, perhaps producing complications.

Something that you might not think is your doctor's concern is your present lifestyle. However, the issue of social life, alcohol consumption and smoking really can have an affect on vision. Another aspect of lifestyle is occupation. Some occupations mean people spend long hours staring at a computer screen or reading electronic books, or even regular paperback books. This will all be taken into account during the appointment.

Those who wear contact lenses will probably have several things to discuss. The specialist could have many questions about their usage and form the answers may be able to determine if your usage is harming your eyes. They will most likely wish to ascertain if you swim in them, how long they are worn throughout the day before being taken out, and how often that are cleaned.

When going to a vision tester, they should look at the many factors that affect a person's vision. The more they know about their patient's lifestyle and history, the better they can treat them

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