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Today, eye exams are very vital in maintaining healthy eyesight. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), an annual eye exam by a professional is recommended for adults that wear eyeglasses or contact lenses.
For those who do not use vision correction, eye exams are still recommended every 2 to 3 years up to the age of 40 depending on the overall rate of visual change and overall health of a person. Eye specialists often recommend that adults suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure and other health disorders that pose a risk to their vision and eye health have more frequent examinations.
If you are over 45, it’s a smart idea to have your eyes examined every one or two years to check for common age-related problems such as cataracts, macular degenerations and presbyopia. Preparing for an eye exam is not a daunting task if you know what is expected. Here is a guide to help you prepare for your upcoming eye exam.
Know who you should see for your eye exam
There are two types of eye doctors whom you can see for your eye exam depending on your needs and preferences. They include;

Ophthalmologists -These are medical doctors who have specialized in eye care. Asides from prescribing contacts and eyeglasses, they are licensed to perform eye surgeries and treat complex medical conditions of the eye. They will give you a complete eye exam, diagnose any eye problems you may have, and advise you on the way forward.

Optometrists -These doctors perform many of the same services as ophthalmologists such as diagnosing common eye disorders, prescribing lenses, evaluating your vision, and treating certain eye diseases with drugs. However, they are not licensed to offer surgery.

Do a thorough investigation on the eye doctor you want to consult for reliable results. But as a resident of Arizona, don’t worry yourself too much. Contact Southwestern Eye Center for professional eye care services.
Know the information your eye doctor may ask about
Your doctor will have to ask you several questions to ascertain whether you are pre-disposed to eye problems or are at the risk of getting some in the future. These questions may include:

  • What eye problems or overall health problems have you had in the past?
  • Have you been experiencing blurry vision, poor night vision, double vision, or flashes of light lately?
  • Are you on any medications?
  • Has anyone in your family had eye problems such as cataracts and glaucoma?
  • Has anyone in your family had or currently has diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, or other health problems?
  • Have you had any health issues, operations, injuries or sicknesses that I need to know about?
  • Have you ever had eye surgery?
  • Were you born prematurely?

These and more are among the questions your doctor may ask and you need to be prepared with their answers. Visit or contact us at Southwestern Eye Center today to schedule your upcoming professional and affordable eye exam.