Make the Most of Your Visit to an Eye Doctor

By Eyecare NG

Before Visit   |  During Visit   |   After Visit 

You suspect you have an eye condition and have decided to see an eye doctor. How do you ensure that you get the maximum benefit from your visit? How do you make your visit worth the time and resources spent?

To make the most of your visit to an eye doctor, there are things you need to before, during and after your visit.

Before Your Visit

One thing you need to do before your visit your eye doctor is to get prepared. Preparing for your visit entails gathering and organizing all you need for an effective consultation with the doctor and a positive interaction with other staff at the eye care facility.

How to Prepare for Your Visit

  • Make a note of your symptoms and be sure to make them as specific as possible, to help your doctor make the right diagnosis.
  • Note down the medications you are currently taking.
  • Note down questions you may want to ask your doctor.
  • Gather your lens prescription, past eye examination results and other relevant documents that you will take along with you for the visit.
  • If you have health insurance with eye care coverage, consult your health insurance provider to ensure that the eye care facility is on their network of eye care providers.
  • You can also learn more about your symptoms and eye care options that may be available to you from reliable sources such as credible online consumer guides on eye health and vision care. Doing this helps you become more informed about your eye health and what to expect during your visit. This would help you ask relevant questions and share valid concerns during your visit.

During Your Visit

During your visit, you need to participate actively in your eye care.

Many times patients play a passive role and end up not making the most of their visit.

While you may feel more comfortable being a passive recipient of eye care services, taking on an active role will be more beneficial for you and your eye health.

  • You become more informed about your eye condition.
  • You are able to help your doctor evaluate your eye condition better by sharing all relevant information. This increases your chance of receiving the care most appropriate for you.
  • Your confidence in the care provided improves and this enhances your ability to adhere to your doctor’s recommendations.
  • Chances of errors in diagnoses and treatment are minimized.

Ways to Participate in Your Eye Care During Your Visit

  • If it is your first visit to the eye doctor or you are seeing a different eye doctor, ensure that you provide a detailed history of your eye health and other relevant medical conditions.
  • Share non-medical information that may affect your care with the doctor. This helps to minimize errors in diagnoses and treatment.
  • Speak up if you have any questions or concerns about your eye health or the care you are receiving. This can include questions on the eye tests, treatment options, lens and drug prescriptions and any other concerns you may have.
  • Participate in decisions about your treatment. This is necessary when there is a wide range of treatment options for your condition.

After Your Visit

Making the most of your visit does not end at the doctor’s office.  For your visit to be worthwhile, you need to do the following:

  • Follow the agreed treatment plan. Ensure that you get your prescriptions and take your medications.
  • If you are referred to another health professional for further care, ensure you visit the professional.
  • Contact your doctor if you have concerns or problems like worsening symptoms, drug allergies or difficulty following to treatment plan.
  • Take care of your eyes. Here are tips on how to care for your eyes.
  • Keep to follow-up appointments.