By aitkineyeca32139567, Jul 1 2019 02:00PM
I scheduled my first eye exam at the EyeCare Centers of Aitkin and McGregor: What should I expect?
You scheduled an appointment. But now you’re wondering, what happens next? Here’s a basic rundown of what to expect:
Prepare: An eye exam is an important part of your overall health. Bring a list of all your prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, and any vitamins or supplements you may be taking. Know your medical and vision history. Know your family medical and vision history. Bring along any glasses, sunglasses, reading glasses, and contact lenses you wear. Bring along all insurance cards.
When you arrive: Our receptionist will greet you as you enter the front door. There will be some basic paperwork to fill out to ensure we have accurate information. You will be asked to sign a form authorizing us to exam you and that you understand our privacy policies. After this brief paperwork is complete, the receptionist will let the optometric assistant know you are ready to begin the exam.
Preliminary testing: An optometric assistant will escort you to an examination room to review and document your eye and medical history as well as your family history. We will perform a series of tests to determine how clearly you can see. The preliminary tests may also include measuring your eye pressure (don’t worry, we do not use the old-fashioned “air puff” test), color vision, depth perception, and your peripheral vision. Once all the preliminary testing is completed there will be a short wait while the assistant discusses your history and preliminary test results with your doctor.
Examination: Your doctor will perform tests of your vision that include refraction. Typically you will be given a series of choices to determine the power that provides the clearest and most comfortable prescription. Other testing may include various eye alignment and eye coordination tests. Eye health examination may include dilation of your pupils. Dilation provides the best view of your retina, but does make your eyes more light sensitive and more difficult to focus for several hours. If dilation is not practical the day of your examination, we can reschedule that portion of the exam for another time.
Review: After completing the comprehensive vision and eye health examination, your doctor will discuss the results and outline a plan to maximize your vision and keep your eyes healthy. We strive to educate patients about their eyes and vision and encourage your questions.
So, there are the basics of an exam at our clinic. We look forward to seeing you soon and showing you in person what a high quality eye exam in a caring, professional, friendly environment looks like!