Visiting Your Eye Doctor

Tips for visiting your eye doctor

Get the most out of visiting your eye doctor with the following simple tips. Time with an eye doctor may be limited, so it’s a good idea to prepare for any appointments in advance.

When you book your appointment:

  • ask whether your vision will be temporarily affected by any tests you’ll be taking and whether you’ll be able to drive home.

  • ask if your province’s health plan or any private insurance you may have will cover the cost of the exam. If not, ask how payment will be handled.

Before an eye exam, make notes about:

  • any problems you’ve noticed with your vision; for example, blurred central vision, a blind spot in your central vision, or sensitivity to light.

  • any recent eye injuries or eye surgeries you’ve had. Include dates, doctors’ names and the names of hospitals where you were treated.

  • all current and previous significant medical conditions or operations you’ve had, whether they relate to your vision or not. Don’t forget to include any diagnosed eye conditions (diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, cataracts, etc.), allergies, high blood pressure or chronic health problems.

  • your family’s current and previous history of significant medical conditions.

  • any drugs (over-the-counter or prescription), vitamins, herbal medicines or supplements you’re taking. Note dosage and frequency.

  • any eye drops you may be using.

Bring to the exam:

  • your notes from above.

  • your glasses, contact lenses, sample bottles of your current prescription and over-the-counter medications (both eye drops and oral medications), and your health insurance card.

  • any low vision aids or devices that you‘ve been using (magnifiers, reading glasses, etc.).

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