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Why Eye Doctors Take a Complete History

Is it time for your next eye exam? In order for us to make sure your exam is thorough and worthwhile, there are a few facts we will need from you.

Because your eyes can be affected by seemingly unrelated changes to your health, it's pretty important that you let us know about any recent changes you might be aware of. What are some things we'd need to be informed of? Here are a few examples: diabetes, pregnancy, high blood pressure or allergies.

Eye doctors will also benefit from knowing details of your lifestyle habits, such as if you're a smoker, because this can also be the cause of several eye conditions. Tell us how you use your eyes everyday. Are you at university and doing a lot of reading? Being aware of these details will make it easier for us to choose your treatment plan.

Because a number of eye-related diseases are hereditary, it is important that you tell us if there are any of them in your immediate family, especially macular degeneration or glaucoma. It's easy to understand what it's much more efficient to look out for certain signs when we're informed about which conditions you may be susceptible to.

Warning signs include changes to your vision like double vision, seeing spots or flashes of light, and blurriness. If you start to experience any of these, give us a call as soon as possible. With the information we have about your history, coupled with our expertise, we'll discover what's behind the symptom, and suggest the best possible way to treat it. It's also good if you bring your glasses along to your appointment. They give us valuable information, even if you wear contact lenses. So don't forget all this when you next see us. Together, we'll figure out the best way to rectify whatever issue you may be having!

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