Correcting and Clarifying Your Vision: An Optometry Blog

Three Great Questions to Ask Your Optometrist

by Troy Simmmons

Getting your eyes tested regularly is essential, as your optometrist will be able to prescribe new glasses to suit your changing needs. However, it can be difficult to think of good questions to ask during the appointment. This short guide explains three things you should ask your optometrist if you want to get the most out of your appointment.

How Does Your Eye Health Look?

If you want a unique insight into your eye health — and perhaps your overall health — you should ask your optometrist about your eye health. As well as prescribing lenses, most optometrists include some eye health tests into your regular eye test, whether it's asking questions about your family history or taking a look at the back of your eye. They will be able to tell you if your eyes look strained or dry and give you tips on how to fix it, as well as being able to spot the early signs of brain tumours, diabetes and even high blood pressure. Make sure you ask all the questions you want to set your mind at rest.

How Are Your Eyes Changing?

It's normal for your eyes to change throughout your life. Many people find that they start to need glasses as a child, with their prescription changing until their early 20s. Then, as the American Optometrist Association explains, they find that they start to experience other vision issues in their early 40s, leading to a need for reading glasses. However, this is only a typical timeline and doesn't apply to everyone. Ask your optometrist how much your eyes have changed since your last test, and in what way. You can also ask them how they see your eyes changing in the future, and whether they think you'll need a new type of glasses. Knowing this type of information gives you an insight into what your eyes are doing, and what you should expect in the coming years.

What Type of Lenses Should You Get?

Your optometrist is an expert at prescribing lenses, so you should take their advice on what type to get. For example, they'll be able to tell you if you would benefit from reading glasses or bifocals, and even whether contact lenses might suit your needs, as well as explaining the benefits of different types of glasses. You could also ask about any special lens glazes that are offered, such as anti-glare coatings and coatings designed for computer use. If you ask the right questions and explain your situation, the optometrist will be able to prescribe something perfect for you.

By asking important questions about your overall eye health, the way your eyes are changing, and the type of lenses that would suit you, you can easily make the most of your eye appointment. If you have any concerns about your eyes, book an appointment as soon as possible to discuss your concerns.