Whether you are getting your eyeglasses for the first time or just trying out a new pair, the first step to ordering your new lenses is having a copying of your prescription on hand!
But, that might be easier said than done if you don’t know where to start looking.
With that said, let’s discuss the importance of getting your prescription and the fastest way to do so:
How To Get a Copy of Your Prescription
The first, and most important thing to note is that, in most scenarios, you will be given a copy of your prescription at the time of your eye appointment.
However, if you did not receive one, or something happens to the copy you were given, you can request one from your doctor any time.
Another important note is that it is your legal right to be provided with your eyeglasses and contact lens prescription whenever you request it.
Now, how do you go about getting your prescription?
It’s simple, if your prescription came from a specific optometrist or ophthalmologist you simply need to call their office and request a copy of your prescription. They should be able to walk you through the exact steps needed to receive your prescription.
Remember, your glasses prescription and your contact lens prescription are two different prescriptions, if you wear both, make sure you get the prescription to both as well!
When Should You Have Your Prescription Updated?
Just as important as receiving your prescription is making sure that it is updated!
Making an annual appointment and building a good rapport with your doctor in regards to the status of your prescription can prevent you from experience the symptoms of having an outdated prescription.
Here are some signs of having an outdated prescription:
- An out-of-the-blue headache can be one of the most blatant signs of an out of date prescription, due to eye strain that an old pair of glasses can give you.
- Eye Tiredness
- Speaking of eye strain, if you are constantly feeling like your eyes are heavy or worn out, they might be over-working to compensate for a bad prescription.
- Blurry Vision
- Possibly the most common sign of an old prescription is if you are just plain unable to see through your glasses or contacts. If your vision is starting to blur, or you are unable to see as far as you used to, you should go see your doctor about updating your prescription before it becomes a safety concern!
- Old Glasses
- Our eyes change! The speed at which they change is dependent on the strain that we put on them daily. If you’re still holding onto that old prescription, the chances are high that you need to ask your doctor if your eyesight still fits your prescription.
In short, always remember that you have the right to view your prescription, and building a good relationship with your primary eye doctor is the easiest way to stay connected to your eye prescription information.
And of course, if you are worried that your prescription is incorrect, or out of date, don’t wait! Talk to your doctor today!