Your retirement: A vision for eye care is important

When we visit our eye doctor there are a couple things we expect from them. We expect them to check for current eye problems, and to discuss conditions that may affect our eyes in the future.

But did you know your eye doctor can also look at your family’s eye health history to see what may impact your eyes later in life?

To prepare for your next eye exam, we’ve listed five questions to ask:

1. What changes can I expect in my vision as I get older?

There’s no one better than an optometrist to prepare you for how your vision will change. Not only can they assess your eye health and potential risks based on family history, they can ensure you are aware of all preventative measures.

2. Will diet, exercise or other lifestyle changes help my vision?

Optometrists can give the best tips for keeping eyes healthy and strong in both the long and short term. This includes sharing the latest trends in eye health and providing guidance on lifestyle choices that benefit your eye health.

3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of wearing contact lenses v glasses?

If you’re thinking about making the switch, an optometrist can walk you through the pros and cons of both. They can also help you find the exact right option for you.

4. Has anything about my eyes changed since my last visit that I should know about?

Your optometrist will likely tell you what changes (if any) you may have to your prescription, but it is also wise to have them explain everything that might have changed since your last exam. 

5. What can an eye exam tell you about your overall health?

Certain illnesses and diseases not specific to the eyes (like diabetes and high blood pressure) may be identified by eye health experts. Optometrists can help you identify signals and get ahead of any potential issues. Knowing what to look out for and what to do if you see a potential problem can go a long way in keeping your eyes in great shape.