What To Expect During an Eye Exam

This Article Was Written By Dr. Barbara Evans, A Board-Certified Ophthalmologist In Des Moines

When you come in for your eye exam, you’ll be welcomed into our waiting room and optical shop. You can read, relax or try on the latest fashions in eyewear while you wait to be called to the pretesting area by one of our friendly ophthalmic technicians. One of our board-certified ophthalmologists will then examine your eyes and you will have your eyes dilated. It is best to have a driver at your first visit and not to plan to drive for at least 2 hours after your appointment. Next, the ophthalmologists will provide you with prescriptions for eyeglasses and/or contact lenses and make appropriate recommendations for the various types of lenses best suited to you. The ophthalmologists may recommend certain lens treatments such as a UV 400 coating or a blue light blocker like Prevencia to help protect your eyes and keep them healthy. 

What’s with all the questions?

The more our ophthalmologists knows about you, your health history, and your lifestyle, the better she will be able to care for your eyes and your precious vision. So, what to do before your eye exam? Be prepared. For instance, if you walk in expecting a lot of questions – and better yet, with a few simple answers in hand – the better your visit and your eye exam will be. Also be sure to work through our interactive guide, which will provide a great deal of insight to both you and your eye care professional.

Have a few answers at the ready!

You’ll want to have a valid ID handy as well as your vision insurance information right when you walk in the door. Some other things to think about prior to your visit:

  • What eye problems are you having now? Is your vision blurry or hazy at certain distances? Do you have problems in your side vision? Are you experiencing pain or discomfort in certain lighting situations?
  • Do you have a history of any eye problems or an eye injury? Do you have a current prescription for glasses or contact lenses? Are you wearing them regularly, and if so, are you still happy with them?
  • Were you or your loved one born prematurely? Have you had any health recently such as high blood pressure or heart disease? Are you diabetic?
  • Are you taking any medications? Do you have allergies to medications, food or other materials? Seasonal allergies?
  • Has anyone in your family experienced eye problems or diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma or macular degeneration?
  • Do you have a family history of high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes? What about other health problems that can affect the whole body like blood disorders or cancer?

Eye exams include a detailed history because many things you might consider unrelated to vision may actually affect your current vision, or reveal potential risks for developing certain eye diseases. Be ready to provide a complete history at your next eye exam to help our ophthalmologists take excellent care of your eyes.

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Barbara E. Evans, M.D. has been an ophthalmologist for 29+ years. She provides comprehensive eye care for your entire family. From performing eye exams for routine vision care as well as ocular medical conditions, Barbara E. Evans is committed to exceeding all of your expectations! Please call 515-225-2566 to request an appointment with Dr. Evans.