It is very normal for patients in the West Valley area to be a bit nervous for their first optometry appointment. By knowing in advance what to expect you can put your mind at ease and have an idea of what the doctor will do and the benefits of each part of the vision and eye exam.
Your History and Reasons for the Visit
Your first optometry visit will include the completion of your medical history, particularly as it applies to your eyesight. This will include finding out if you are experiencing vision issues, such as difficulty in reading fine print, or seeing objects at a mid-range or at a distance.
Try to discuss all issues you experience in the day to day, including if you suffer from headaches related to eye strain, or if you have problems with dry eyes, excessive tear production or any other issue related to the eye and vision. It may be helpful to make a note of any symptoms, including when they happen, how long they last and when they started.
The optometrist will also ask about your overall health, as some issues such as high blood pressure or diabetes can impact your eyes. A brief family health history may also be requested.
The Vision Tests
The new technology used in optometry appointments is completely non-invasive and not at all uncomfortable or threatening. You will be asked to look into several different devices to get an understanding of your eyesight and vision. The doctor will also look into the structure of your eye using an ophthalmoscope, which shines a light into the eye.
The doctor may also use drops to dilate your pupil temporarily to check the structures of the eye. This is painless, and the effects of the drop wear off very quickly after the testing.
If you are experiencing vision problems, you will have a basic eye test using the chart. You will then look through a machine, and the doctor will change lenses and you will indicate which lens provides the best vision.
After this is completed, your doctor will discuss your options for glasses or contacts should they be required. In some cases, if there are diseases or structural irregularities noted, you may be referred to a West Lake ophthalmologist or a specialist to verify the diagnosis and begin a complete treatment that includes both vision and related health issues.