Preparing for Your Eye Exam
When a person calls to make an eye appointment, he or she should be prepared to describe any current vision problems. In addition, patients should ask if the eye examination will affect their vision temporarily and if they will need someone to drive them home. They may also want to ask about the cost of the exam, if their insurance plan will cover any of the cost, and how payment is handled.
Before going to the appointment, patients should gather the following information to help answer questions the eye care professional may ask:
Symptoms of current eye problems (flashes of light, difficulty seeing at night, temporary double vision, loss of vision, etc.).
Eye injuries or eye surgeries (approximate dates, where treated).
Family history of eye problems (glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, etc.).
Any questions about their vision, glasses, contacts, laser surgery, etc.
A list of all Prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs currently being used.
Their general health condition (allergies, chronic health problems, operations, etc.).
Patients should also take the following items with them to their eye appointment:
Glasses, contact lenses or both.
A list of all Prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs currently being taken.
Medical or health insurance card.
Signs that You May Need an Eye Exam:
Holding a book too close to their eyes.
Difficulty reading the blackboard in school.
Complaints of blurry eyesight.
Squinting a lot.
Closing or covering one eye in order to see.
If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule your appointment today at (818) 990-8008
Arms are suddenly “too short,” i.e., need to hold the newspaper or other reading material far away.
Unusual difficulty adjusting to dark rooms.
Difficulty focusing on close or distant objects.
Unusual sensitivity to light or glare.
Change in the color of the iris.
Red-rimmed, encrusted, or swollen lids.
Recurrent pain in or around the eyes.
Dark spot at the center of their vision.
Lines and straight edges appear wavy or distorted.
Excess tearing or “watery eyes.”
Dry eyes with itching or burning.
Seeing spots or ghost-like images.