Tips For Preparing For Your First Eye Exam With A Heidelberg Eye Doctor
Going to a Heidelbergeye doctor can seem daunting for people who have never had an eye exam before. Much like going to a dentist, it becomes far less scary once you understand what is involved and can arrive for the appointment fully prepared. To ensure your first eye exam goes smoothly, here are some tips and information to ensure that you are fully prepared.
At Northern Eye Centre, the first part of your eye exam involves an initial assessment with an orthoptist. They are university trained and highly qualified professionals who assist the eye doctor (ophthalmologist) to evaluate and diagnose various eye conditions. This first part is essentially to find out the reason why you need an eye exam. This can present a short amount of time for the orthoptist to try and get as much information about your condition as they can.
Having the following information prepared can help a great deal:
- Your family’s health history including any history of cancer, high pressure, diabetes, etc.
- Information about your current condition.This is essentially the reason why you’re needing an eye exam such as how long your condition has lasted for, how it occurred, the symptoms, the state of your current vision, etc.
- Information regarding any medications you’re taking. Including the medication name, how often you take the medication and the strength of the dosage. It is often best to bring your medications with you to the appointment.
- Information regarding any allergies you may have such as foods, medications, etc.
Once the orthoptist has discussed this information, they will then test your vision which is also known as VA (Visual Acuity). They will then measure your eye pressure and depending on your case, they may need to conduct further tests. This can include an OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) test which measures the optic nerve and retina, a visual field test or others. Afterwards,you will receive eye drops that will dilate your pupils.This may cause your vision to become blurry for up to a few hours, so It is a good idea to have someone drive you to and from your first appointment.
Once the eye drops have taken effect, the second part of your eye exam will begin which is the examination stage. Here, the ophthalmologist (eye doctor) will conduct a full examination on your eyes using a ‘slit lamp’, which is a magnifying instrument used to examine the interior of an eye. This allows the eye doctor to closely and thoroughly examine the back and front sections of your eyes. Further tests or examinations may be required depending on your case. Other tests outside the practice may also be required including CT scans, blood tests, etc.
After the eye exam has finished, most of the time the eye doctor will be able to provide a diagnosis. If a diagnosis can’t be reached then further consultations or tests may be required. The eye doctor will also discuss treatment options which can include surgery, using eye drops, injections or undergoing certain procedures including laser treatment.
Going to a Heidelberg eye doctor for your first eye exam doesn’t have to be a daunting experience. If you are needing to book an eye exam with a Heidelberg eye doctor, fill out an appointment request form on our website. Alternatively, Northern Eye Centre also has eye clinics situated in Epping, Swan Hill and Mildura.