You’ve made the decision to schedule your next eye exam. This is great news. We love meeting new patients, and we are always excited to see returning patients.
After you have scheduled your exam, however, you still have a few action items to do before you see us in an office near you.
1. Collect Your Family History
It’s helpful for both of us if you ask your family members for health history. This allows us to determine whether you may be at a higher risk for certain eye diseases or conditions. As a result, we can:
- Provide recommendations to reduce your risk.
- Communicate early warning signs to look for.
- Help you plan lifestyle changes to avert or mitigate those risks.
Many eye health issues are genetic, as detailed in this exhaustive list from the AAO.
In general, the following eye conditions have hereditary links:
- Color blindness
Have a few conversations to learn what runs in your family, and document that when you come to see us.
2. Schedule Enough Time
More than likely, your eye appointment will take some time. Be prepared to schedule some time off work or school for us to conduct your appointment.
During a comprehensive exam, we may need to dilate your eyes to help us fully examine your eyes. The full effect may not be reached for half an hour, and your eyes can be sensitive to light for more than an hour after your exam. While it may feel uncomfortable or inconvenient, this is a necessary process to detect and prevent eye conditions such as age-related macular degeneration.
For this reason, you may consider scheduling your exam during the summer. This season typically involves more free time, especially when kids are home from school.
3. Draft A Budget
Another step in preparing for an eye exam is to budget for it.
First, if you don’t have insurance, eye exams can seem expensive. You may even consider waiting to schedule an appointment until you’ve determined whether you’ll be able to pay for it. We feel that preventive care is better than paying to fix it later.
Second, the cost to visit your eye care professional may increase as you add more family members.
Even with insurance, a routine eye exam may mean you could pay for frames, lenses, or contacts for several people.
Please consult with your insurance provider and with us to determine the potential costs for your upcoming exam so you can budget for it.
4. What Are The Additional Purchases?
Often times, a visit to Bard Optical doesn’t just stop at the eye exam.
Patients may wish to purchase new frames, lenses, and/or contact lenses.
We have many frames to choose from—economical frames all the way to designer frames.
Lenses for those frames are just as important, depending on the type of technology and protection you’re looking for.
Finally, think about contact lenses. Factors here include how often you want to order them, whether you need a special type of contact, and how well you take care of them.
No matter what assistance you need to help you see better, we aim to provide a variety of price points for you.
Now that you know how to prepare for your next exam, we know you’ll feel even more confident when you come into our office. See you soon.