I have to wear contact lenses or I can't see a thing. I spent a lot of time making sure the contact lenses were hard to detect, but recently I've started getting some tinted contact lenses. It's actually really cool that I can make subtle shifts in my eye colour. It's funny when I see that people can tell there is something a bit funny or different with my appearance and they can't always tell what has changed. My optometrist is great about showing me new products and ideas that come out that might suit my prescription because he knows I'm always up for new things.
Getting regular eye tests is important for your health because they allow you to get comfortable, well-fitting glasses and help you test for other health conditions like glaucoma and diabetes. However, they can also be a stressful experience. But there are a few things you can do to make your eye test go as smoothly as possible.
Know What To Expect
Your eye exam will go more smoothly if you know what to expect, whether it's your first ever eye test or your first time with a new optometrist. There are a variety of different tests to evaluate the health of your eyes, and if you know which ones will be performed, you will feel more prepared and confident. There are many kinds of tests, from retinoscopy to refraction. Optometrists' websites often have detailed descriptions of what will happen during an eye test. Knowing what will happen will help you to make practical preparations too: for example, as Healthline explains, if your eyes need to be dilated, you may want to take a pair of sunglasses or arrange to have the rest of the day off work. If you aren't sure what will happen, ask your optometrist to explain things in detail.
Gather Your Information
There aren't many things you need to take to an eye test, but it's important that you have everything you need. If this is your first time seeing a new optometrist, bring your old glasses and your prescription for them to look at. They will also ask you questions about your general health and family history of eye-related illnesses, so make sure you know the answers—and don't forget to bring a list of all the medications you're currently taking, especially ones that relate to conditions that affect the eye, such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
Consider What Glasses You Want
You'll save time and make your eye test more productive if you have an idea of what sort of glasses you want (if, in fact, you want glasses at all). If you're interested in contact lenses, you could speak to your optometrist during the appointment about whether they'd be appropriate for you. You should also be aware of things like your budget, how many pairs you want and whether you want to get prescription sports goggles or sunglasses as well. Finally, knowing what shape and colour you'd like will make eye test day go smoother. If you're not sure, Allure offers a guide to choosing glasses for your face shape. For example, if you have a square face, round glasses are sure to be flattering.
If you make sure you know what to expect, make sure you've got all the information you need and have an idea of what you want before you go in, you can make your regular visit to the optometrist as easy and stress-free as possible. To learn more about eye testing, call an optometrist today.Share