Annual eye exams may be “routine” in nature, but there are things you can do to make sure you get the maximum benefits from these exams. By being an active participant and asking the right questions, you will help to ensure that your appointment is productive and fruitful.
Although the team at Laser Eye Center of Miami does not provide regular eye exams, we encourage you to ask the following questions of your eye doctor so that you will know if you should need any specialized treatment:
Will You Check Me for Early Signs of Eye Disease?
Most doctors look for symptoms of eye disorders as part of their regular exams, but it cannot hurt to let your doctor know that you want to be vigilant about potential long-term eye problems in addition to making adjustments to your glasses prescription. If you know of any family history of eye disease, be sure to mention it so that the doctor can make a note in your file to pay special attention for signs of that specific condition.
Patients who receive treatment early on for diseases like glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration will experience less severe effects and typically maintain more of their vision. That makes it all the more important to stay on top of your eye health.
How Do You Recommend I Maintain Good Eye Health?
Odds are that your doctor will be so thrilled to encounter a patient who is interested in proactively taking care of their eyes (as opposed to just dealing with problems after they arise) that he or she will gladly offer you their best eye health tips and recommendations. By demonstrating a willingness to learn and adopt behaviors that promote better ocular health, you are also letting your doctor know that you care about the quality of care you receive.
Am I a Good Candidate for Refractive Surgery?
If your eyes require a vision prescription to see better, you may be interested in ditching the eyeglasses and contact lenses in favor of a corrective surgery like LASIK. For most people, that decision will ultimately come down to a matter of personal preference, but your eye doctor should be able to tell you if they have noticed any obvious characteristics that could potentially disqualify you from getting LASIK.
In the event that you are interested in learning more about LASIK from a laser eye specialist — or if your doctor has discovered that you have cataracts, presbyopia, glaucoma or some other serious eye condition — do not hesitate to contact the fantastic team at Laser Eye Center of Miami for further care. To schedule an appointment, call us at (305) 443-4733.