(Editor’s note: This content is provided by VSP Vision Care, a Next Avenue sponsor.)
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 we also expect them 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 your optometrist:
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 as you get older. 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 you could be taking as well.
2. Will diet, exercise or other lifestyle changes help my vision?
Optometrists can give you the best tips for keeping your 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, such as maintaining a proper diet and exercise routine.
3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of wearing contact lenses vs. glasses?
If you’re thinking about making the switch, an optometrist can walk you through the pros and cons of both contacts and glasses. They can also make recommendations for brands and high-quality eyewear, but most importantly they can help you find the exact right option for you given your specific needs.
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 your optometrist explain everything that might have changed since your last exam so you can be aware of your eye health. Consider taking it a step further and ask what could’ve caused these changes so you can take preventive actions in the future.
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 these 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.
Overall, it’s important to keep an active and open dialogue with a doctor you trust. Whether you wear glasses, contacts or don’t require visual assistance, annual eye exams and access to a trusted doctor network are vital to maintaining good eye health, preventing vision issues and getting questions answered.
All of this is possible with VSP Individual Vision Plans. You can enjoy knowing that when it comes to your eyes, you’re covered. Plans start as low as $13 a month and include a covered comprehensive eye exam and a generous allowance for glasses. To learn more or to enroll in a VSP Individual Vision Plan, visit GetVSPDirect.com or call 877-988-4746 to speak to a trained customer service representative. It’s easy and affordable to keep your eyes healthy.
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