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Why Eye Doctors Take a Complete History

Ladies and gentlemen with eye exams coming up in the near future, may we have your attention please? If you want to guarantee that your exam is thorough and productive, there are a number of bits of information we'll need to know.

Because your eyes can be affected by seemingly unrelated health conditions, it's pretty important that you inform us of any changes in your body you are aware of. What are the sorts of conditions we'd need to be informed of? Here are a few examples: diabetes, pregnancy, high blood pressure or allergies.

We will also benefit from knowing a few things about your current lifestyle, like whether you smoke or drink alcohol, as this can have a poor effect on your eyes. Tell us how you use your eyes. Do you work at a computer a lot? Being informed of these details can make it easier for us to determine your vision correction needs.

Because a number of eye conditions are genetic, it's important that you let us know if any of your family members have any of them, especially glaucoma or macular degeneration. It's easy to understand what it's a lot easier to look out for warning signs when we're informed about what you're prone to.

Some symptoms include things like double vision, seeing spots or flashes of light, and blurriness. If you notice any of these, come see us as soon as you can. With the information we have about your history, coupled with our expertise, we'll figure out the cause of the condition, and figure out the most appropriate treatment. Another thing that will help us provide a thorough exam are your most recent pair of glasses. Glasses provide important information, even if you wear contact lenses. We look forward to working with you, and helping you attain your best possible vision.