Visiting the eye doctor for the first time can be intimidating, especially if you’re in pain or afraid of receiving a certain diagnosis.
However, the longer you wait to seek the professional attention you need, the worse your condition could become. Therefore, if you’re nervous about visiting the eye doctor, read on for information on what you can expect from a routine eye exam.
The initial stages of your appointment will be fairly mundane and routine. You’ll be asked to sign in and begin filling out a series of medical history forms. At Eye Care Associates of St. Louis, you will soon be able to complete all the paperwork ahead of time online, through our website.
Once your paperwork is complete, you will be called back to an exam room where you’ll meet with your optometrist or ophthalmologist. He or she will ask you a few simple questions about why you scheduled the appointment and what issues you’re experiencing with your eyesight. This will help give your eye doctor a sense of any blurriness or vision problems you’re experiencing, so that he or she can begin considering your treatment options. You may be asked to recall or cite specific details about your vision, so if you’re nervous, you may want to write out these details before your appointment. During your consultation, your doctor may also test your depth perception or ability to see color. Both tests are routine and pain-free.
The next phase of your appointment will involve placing a few drops into each eye to dilate your pupils. The drops usually take around 30 minutes to take full effect, at which time your eye doctor will examine your lens, retina, and optic nerve to assess the overall health of your eyes. If your eyes are healthy and you are simply nearsighted, farsighted or have some astigmatism, your doctor may recommend glasses, contact lenses, or LASIK eye surgery.
If you’re experiencing any changes in your vision, or if it has been awhile since you have had a complete eye exam, call Eye Care Associates of St. Louis. We combine friendly service with state-of-the-art technology to provide superior eye care and surgical solutions including LASIK and cataract surgery. To learn more about how we can improve your vision, visit our website or call us at (314) 863-4200 today.