See Your Eye Care Professional Regularly
Whatever the state of your eye health, it's absolutely crucial that you make an appointment with your optometrist at least once every two years.
Even if you've always had perfect vision, or have already been fitted for contacts or glasses, you still need to continue to visit your eye care professional for regular tests and screenings. Prescriptions change and eye conditions can develop at any stage of your life — you just can't be sure without regular examinations.
Millions of people have an uncorrected vision problem.1 An eye care professional can see the things you can't — eye exams catch the conditions that don't have obvious warning signs. Most of these conditions are treatable, but you need to be aware of them first.
Think of how often you use your eyes, and all the wonderful things there are to see. Your eyes are a precious gift, and you owe it to yourself to make sure they stay healthy.
When you talk to your eye care professional, make sure you understand the issues concerning your vision and eye health. Don't be afraid to ask questions! Below, you'll find some sample questions you might like to bring up, depending on the reason for your visit:
Deciding to Get Contact Lenses
- What kind of contact lenses are best for me and my lifestyle?
- What contact lens solution is best for me and my lenses?
- Are there any special considerations about my eyes that I should be aware of when I'm wearing contact lenses?
- What are some symptoms of an eye infection, and what should I do if I think I have one?
- What should I do if my eyes feel uncomfortable after a couple of weeks and are not making the transition into contact lenses?
- What should I do if my vision changes during contact lens wear?
- How often should I remove my contact lenses?
- How long can I wear my lenses at one time?
- Can I sleep with my contact lenses in?
- How often should I change my lenses?
- How often should I get my eyes checked after I start wearing contact lenses?
- Can I buy my contact lenses on the Internet?
Your Kids & Contacts
- Is my child ready for contacts?
- Are contact lenses safe?
- What are the advantages of contact lenses over glasses?
- Are contact lenses comfortable?
- Is it difficult to put lenses in?
- What type of contact lenses are best for my child?
- How much care do contact lenses require?
- What contact lens solution should my child be using?
- What if a lens gets lost or torn?
General Eye Exam Questions
- What is my visual acuity? (How clearly can you see)
- How is my visual field? (How much of your surroundings can you see)
- How is my corneal health? (The cornea is the surface of your eye)
- Are my retinas healthy? (The retina is the back of your eye)
- Are there any changes in my vision since my last exam?
- Are there any particular eye conditions I should be concerned about?
- Is there anything I should be doing to maintain my eye health?
- Source: The Vision Council of America.