Growing up in a home where money was tight could have limited your access to certain things, such as visits to the eye doctor. If you never complained about not being able to see well, your parents may have assumed you had perfect vision and never taken you to the eye doctor. If you notice that you are having a hard time reading or getting frequent headaches when you work on the computer, it may be time to get your eyes checked. You need to visit an optometrist to get your vision tested to see if glasses or contacts could improve your overall quality of life. Going to see the optometrist for the first time can be a bit nerve-wracking though, because you do not know what to expect. The following guide will help you learn everything you need to know about your first eye appointment.
Test for Possible Diseases
The first thing that will happen at your appointment is that you will be tested for any diseases in your eye. The test includes looking into a machine and letting the assistant know what you see. Next, a puff of air will be shot into your eye to test to see if you have glaucoma. The air does not hurt at all and takes just a second to complete.
Assess Your Vision
Next, the optometrist will take you into a private office where he or she will assess your vision. They will have you look through a machine that has multiple lenses on it. The optometrist will have you look at an eye chart while he or she adjusts the lenses. As the lenses are adjusted, he or she will ask you which option allows you to see the best out of two or three options. This helps to determine if you need a prescription to correct your vision.
Next, the optometrist will walk you through the options that are available to correct your vision. Glasses and contacts are the most common forms of vision correction used today. The prescription for glasses is different from the prescription for contacts, so you need to think long and hard about which option is the best one for you. You will be wearing the glasses or contacts every day, so you want to be sure that they are as comfortable as possible.
Once you have determined which vision correction option is the best fit for you, you should be able to see an improvement in your overall vision within a very short period of time. It will take some time to get used to your new glasses or contacts, so be patient and do not give up on them. You need to go back to the eye doctor on a regular basis to ensure that your prescription can be adjusted as needed.