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What should I bring to my eye exam?

Main St Optometry Newmarket
Published by in Eye Exam · 4 February 2019
1. Your current glasses, sunglasses, and contact lenses if you wear them.
Bring all of the eyewear you have been using since your last exam.   Your optometrist will compare your new prescription to the one(s) you  have been using and let you know if they are the best prescription for  you.  If you wear contact lenses, you will likely be asked to remove  them at some time during the exam, so be prepared and bring your case  and solutions along too.
2. A list of your current medications, supplements and any eyedrops you use.
In order for your optometrist to provide the optimum care, they need  to know all medications, supplements and eyedrops you are currently  using, not just the ones that are directly linked to your eyes.  Many  medications have side effects that can affect your eyes and vision.  It  is best if you can include the dosage and how often you take them too.
3. Family history
Having a clear family history can be very helpful in diagnosing and  monitoring for any eye conditions.  Your optometrist will want to know  if anyone in your immediate family had or has an eye disease or general  health conditions
4. Appropriate health care cards or insurance information
Depending on your age and the province you live in you may receive  some coverage for your eye exam through your provincial health care  system, so bring this card just in case.  If you have extended health  benefits through work or other health insurance you may want to check  into their specific coverage before coming to your examination so you  are prepared.  But even with all of that, there may still be some out of  pocket expenses so be prepared with cash, debit and/or credit cards.
5. The name of your primary care doctor
Optometrists work as part of your overall health team and with your  consent may want to communicate with your family physician the results  of your eye examination or request further information from them to  assist in your vision care plan.
6. Your planner
While you are in the office ask if you can book your next exam.  Your  optometrist will have just told you when would be a good time to get  everything checked again, or may have recommended a schedule for  follow-up, why wait?


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