If we stay on schedule and stick to our normal routine, we should visit our eye doctor - either ophthalmologist or optometrist - once a year to ensure that our eyes stay healthy and bright. Quite often, we lapse and go have our eyes checked once every two to three years - especially when money is concerned. Yet, when push comes to shove, we find ourselves being asked questions like which one is better, A or B? When do we get to ask questions and what are the right questions to ask your eye doctor? Well explore some of these questions and why they are so important to ask during your next eye exam!
Have you ever felt your eyes get really tired after a long day at the office? Perhaps you spent too much time in front of the computer and your eyes are starting to feel heavy and weak. Ever wondered why? You might have Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). If this describes your eyes after a long period of sitting at the computer, you should be asking your doctor what is computer vision syndrome and what can I do about it? You may be required to get a new prescription for computer vision or your eye doctor may just recommend an anti-glare coating on your lenses. Regardless, its important to tell your doctor that your eyes are feeling tired on occasion. Its better to check your eyes and know for certain if you have CVS, than to walk around blind to the condition.
Do you often feel like your eyes water more often than they should? Maybe theyre as dry as the Sahara desert but you cant keep the water works from coming on. Sound familiar? You should be asking your doctor about dry eye syndrome. At the very least, you should tell your eye doctor that youre having a problem keeping the water works under control and, even though your eyes look like a leaky faucet, they feel dry and irritated. Your doctor may prescribe some eye drops to alleviate the discomfort but chances are your eyes will require more tests just to figure out what the culprit is. Once again, its better to be safe than sorry.
The last time you went to the eye doctor, did your doctor recommend a specific lens for your eyeglasses? If not, you may want to ask for suggestions on which lens would fit your prescription best. Perhaps you require polycarbonate lenses - ask why! If your doctor recommends high index 1.67 lenses, you have every right to wonder why this lens is superior and why you need it. If youre going to spend more money on a lens, you have ever right to ask the question why.
As a consumer, you have a right to know what you are about to spend your money on - especially if youre getting a new eyeglasses prescription with recommendations on frames and lenses. As a patient, you should tell your doctor when your eyes are changing focus, getting tired more often, or becoming irritated. The best way to look into a problem is to make it known that there is a problem in the first place. The solution could be a new pair of prescription eyeglasses or a simple change to your daily routine. Its better to leave your doctors office as an informed patient than to have problems develop because you didnt ask the right questions.