Questions to Ask an Eye Doctor Before Your Next Appointment

Questions to Ask an Eye Doctor Before Your Next Appointment

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For some, visiting with an eye doctor can be a bit intimidating, especially if this is your first time or you have not been for a while. Your eye doctor will use a lot of machinery and may have you do some vision tests that you’re unfamiliar with. Our eyes are miraculous, detailed organs that work seamlessly with our brain to help us see and understand our surroundings.  

Being prepared for questions to ask an eye doctor during your appointment, as well as answering some questions before even stepping foot in the office, can really make it a smooth and easy process with your eye doctor.  It will help you get the most out of your eye exam, and that is exactly what our eye doctors want to happen.  

Here are some questions to ask an eye doctor that can make you more comfortable with the visit and ensure yourself full understanding of what the examination is all about.

What to Ask Yourself Before the Appointment

  • Why am I coming to visit the eye doctor?
  • Am I looking to get a new pair of glasses?
  • Are my contacts comfortable?
  • Have I noticed problems such as blurry vision, flashes of light, poor night vision, or double vision?
  • Is a vision problem making me nervous about doing certain activities?   
  • How well am I taking care of my glasses or contacts? Do I take my contacts out each night and rinse them thoroughly?
  • Have I had any health issues, injuries, operations, or illnesses lately that my eye doctor should know about?
  • Does my family have a history of eye problems?

Preparing before meeting with an optometrist will allow you to have a successful appointment to help you see and feel your best. It’s okay to have your questions written down so you’ll be fully prepared to relay this information to your doctor. 

What to Ask your Eye Doctor

Do any of the tests have side effects or any risks?

This will help you know what to expect after the exam is over and what to expect during each test.  For example, dilation can cause sensitivity, and glaring is likely to occur.

What can I do to protect, or prolong, my vision?

Your eye appointment isn’t just for you and your current vision; take advantage of this time to be educated by your eye doctor’s expertise and ensure you are cultivating habits for healthy vision in the future.

Do you have any recommendations of where I can get any additional information?

If you are interested in doing some of your own research on eye exams, possible eye conditions, or lens and contact options, an eye doctor is exactly who you should ask for recommendations.

Will any diet/exercise/other lifestyle changes help my eyesight?

One simple change in your lifestyle could help you to see clearer than ever before.

What changes can I expect in my vision as I age?

This will also help you prepare for the future by adjusting certain behaviors if necessary. Your eye doctor can also teach you about any warning signs of common conditions, such as cataracts and glaucoma, which are common after a certain age.

When do you recommend I schedule my next appointment?

Definitely ask this question before leaving the office.  It is important to know when you should come back for a check-up.  

Asking questions can make you feel more comfortable during your exam. It allows you to become accustomed to the process of having an exam as well as the office atmosphere. Talking to your eye doctor will also help calm nerves and allow you to get to know the person taking care of your health and sight. With a little bit of preparation, your eye exam should be a simple and straightforward process. Take a few moments beforehand to get ready, and your eyes will thank you.


Mather Vision Group is a local eye practice located in Lafayette, Indiana. Contact our office to schedule an appointment or stop in to see our large variety of eye glass frames at our Lafayette Indiana vision center. You can find us online, on Facebook , and Google+