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Why Eye Doctors Take a Complete History

What do you know about your own eyes? There are a few things you should inform us of to help make sure your exam is a productive one.

It is important that you keep us updated on any recent health conditions or problems you may have noticed, because your eyes can be affected by changes in your body. What are some conditions we'd need to be informed of? Here are some examples: diabetes, pregnancy, high blood pressure or allergies. Do you take any medication? We'll need to know what you're taking, because drugs, even if they're non-prescription, can also influence your eyes.

Our doctors will also benefit from knowing some details regarding 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, from day to day. Does your job take place in a factory, or do you work in an office? Being informed of these facts can help us to choose the best thing for your eyes.

Because a number of eye conditions are genetic, it is important that you let us know if anyone in your family has any of them, especially macular degeneration or glaucoma. Understandably, it's a great deal less complicated to keep an eye out for certain signs when we're already aware which conditions you may be vulnerable to.

Warning signs include changes to your vision like double vision, seeing spots or flashes of light, and blurriness. If you begin to experience any of these, call us as soon as possible. We'll then do our very best to get to bottom of the cause of the condition, and then recommend the most appropriate way to treat it. Do remember to bring your most recent pair of glasses along to the exam. Glasses give us information about your vision, even if you're a contact lens wearer. We look forward to working with you, and helping you attain good vision.