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Preparing for Your Eye Exam at River Heights

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It can be nerve-wracking to see a new optometrist and get an eye exam. At River Heights Eye Care in Cochrane, we use state-of-the-art technology to perform a comprehensive examination of your eyes and make sure that your eyes are healthy, and your vision is pristine.

Bring Your Glasses

Even if you received your glasses from the same doctor that you are visiting for your appointment, you should bring in the glasses you currently wear at the time of your appointment. We can evaluate glasses that are broken, getting valuable information from your lens prescription that can help your doctor make the best decision for your vision.

Wear Contacts to the Office

If you are a patient who wears contacts, you should wear them to your appointment. This can be especially true if you are visiting a new eye doctor, as they can use them to give you a new prescription and refill your contacts. If you can’t wear your contacts, then you should bring the box they came in or the foil that peels off when unpacking contacts.

Discuss Eye Concerns with Your Doctor

You should think about any issues that you may be having with your eyes and speak with your doctor about them. These issues can vary, from having dry eyes to blinking too much, so do not hesitate to communicate with your optometrist. You may consider taking notes and keeping track of symptoms you experience to make sure that you address everything at your appointment.

Get Your Family History

You may not know it, but your family history and genetics can significantly influence your vision and types of eye issues that you have to deal with throughout your life. Ask your parents and grandparents about any eye diseases that may run in the family, such as macular degeneration or glaucoma. By knowing your family history, your eye doctor can keep an eye on your vision and track the progression of diseases, spotting signs before they worsen.

Things to Consider Before Your Visit

There are some things that you should consider before visiting your optometrist, such as any problems you may be experiencing or trouble you may have with your eyesight. If your vision problems are making you feel unsafe or uneasy performing certain activities, such as driving at night, be sure to speak with your doctor about these issues at your appointment.

Any injuries or health issues you may have can also be worth mentioning to your doctor, as they may impact your eyesight. River Heights Eye Care provides comprehensive eye exams and treatment for several issues that may affect your vision, so be sure to let your optometrist know about anything that could be impacting your daily life and operations.

What to Bring to Your Appointment

Depending on the procedure you will receive in our clinic, you may need to bring certain things for your dentist to complete treatment or provide a thorough and comprehensive exam. Some recommendations for items that you should bring include:

  • Your current eye prescription, contacts, or sunglasses
  • A list of any medications you are currently taking
  • Information about your primary care provider
  • Vision insurance information
  • Questions you would like to ask your doctor
  • A friend or loved one to transport you home

When to Visit Your Optometrist?

You should visit your eye doctor at least once each year to make sure that your prescription is up to date and your glasses allow you to see as pristinely as possible. You should also see your doctor if you have gotten a new prescription or contacts, as they can evaluate your vision and you can report how well the prescription works for you.

If you have problems with your prescription, glasses, or contacts, you should schedule an appointment with an eye health professional near you. We can adjust your prescription as well as the type of contacts you receive to make sure that you are comfortable, and your vision is clear.

To schedule an appointment for treatment and a comprehensive eye exam, call our clinic to come in to speak with a representative and see an eye expert near you.

Written by Shazeen Manji

Dr. Shazeen Manji was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, and attended the University of Alberta, where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree. She then went on to earn her optometry degree at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University, where she graduated with honours. Dr. Manji received her training in a vast array of clinical settings, including private practices and Veterans Affairs hospitals, where she focused on pediatrics and contact lenses. Though she enjoys all aspects of private practice, Dr. Manji has a particular interest in ocular disease and contact lenses. She completed her ocular disease externship at the Wilmington V.A. Hospital and has completed an advanced studies course in contact lenses, giving her unique insight into fitting specialty contact lenses. In 2019, Dr. Manji purchased River Heights Eye Care where she is now practicing.
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