For many people, heading off to the eye care specialist and being told a lot of information in a short amount of time can be tough. It can be stressful learning about your vision, what may be wrong with it, and what it may take to fix it and some eye care professionals may not realize in the moment that you don't know as much as they do about the processes and intricacies associated with the field. So, just to be on the safe side, here are a few important questions to ask them in case they overlooked something or were a bit vague.
1. Can you go over the eye exam with me and let me know what to expect?
This one can hold people up because, although the eye care professionals do this on a daily basis, not everyone knows what may happen during the exam. Asking them to walk you through it before hand and explain the steps can ease some stress prior to the test and make things go much smoother.
2. What is the cause of my vision loss?
This question helps you determine the obvious. There are a lot of scientific terms to wade through and sometimes the problem won't be as simply named as we would like. By asking your eye care professional what exactly is wrong and how it may have happened, you will better understand what may or potentially might be wrong with your vision.
3. Do I qualify as legally blind? If so, what does it mean?
This question is mainly aimed at the older audience but there are plenty of people in the younger crowd that can be affected by this as well. Legally blind is for the eye care professional to diagnose, so if it isn't already apparent then the best course of action is to ask them up front and get as much information about it as possible.
4. Are there treatments for my eye condition?
Sometimes the eye care specialist may accidently skim over this important bit. If you have an eye condition, there is a good chance that there are ways to fix it, whether that be permanent or temporary. By asking them, they will be able to inform you on the safe and alternative methods you could take to get your eyes treated.
5. What new symptoms should I watch out for?
If there is something wrong with your vision, chances are it can lead to other complications as well. Many eye conditions have more than one symptom so you should be well informed on what's to come so that you can be ready and work with your eye care professional to mitigate the effects.
6. What kind of tests are involved and will there be more later?
Some eye conditions can be caught within one test, others after a series of tests. It's best to address your concerns up front and see how many tests it may take to check your condition and get it resolved so that you can financially prepare.
7. Am I safe to drive?
Unless legally blind, this one may not be as obvious as we would like. Some eye conditions may make it tough to see on the road or at night. It's best to get a professional opinion on the matter so that you can prevent an accident and find other means of transportation just in case.
8. Ask your questions again.
This is important. You need to be sure that what they said is accurate, so asking a second time doesn't hurt anyone, helps you ingrain the information in your head a bit easier, and they may add more info onto the explanation the second time so it never hurts to be too careful.