How to prepare for your optometrist appointment?

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How to prepare for your optometrist appointment?

Are you heading to a Burnaby optometrist? Visiting the optometrist can be intimidating and you might come up with different excuses to postpone it. But you should never ignore visiting your optometrist regularly because it can help you address a lot of health problems before they become too serious and more difficult to treat. In this article we will walk you through your optometrist’s appointment:

What to think before the appointment:

  • Do I experience any problems with night vision or double vision?
  • Do I see dots, flashes or sudden streaks of light?
  • Do I have problems distinguishing red and green? Do I have problems seeing things from a distance?
  • Is my vision making me reluctant to do certain activities?
  • Do I have to hold a book up too high in order to read the words?
  • Do I experience headaches while or after reading?
  • Do I take proper care of my glasses and contacts if I wear any?
  • Does my family have a history of eye problems?

What to bring along for the appointment:

  • Your current contacts, sunglasses and eye glasses.
  • A list of all the medications you take. Your optometrist should check them to see if any of them is currently affecting your vision.
  • If your appointment will include having your pupils dilated, then it is better to bring a friend or a family member along. Pupils’ dilation allows the optometrist to properly check your eyes and diagnose any problems with them. After having the pupils dilated using eye drops, you will face some problems seeing and driving. So it is better to have a friend or a family member to help you along.
  • Bring a list of questions that you would like to ask your doctor.

What to ask your optometrist:

  • Ask if there are any changes in your vision that happened since your last visit.
  • Ask about the things you can do or the options you have to correct your vision.
  • Are you a candidate for laser corrective surgery?
  • What are the pros and cons of wearing eyeglasses and contacts and which one is best for your specific condition.
  • How many hours a day or how often should you wear your eyeglasses and contacts? Only when you are reading, driving, or all the time?
  • Should you be doing anything to take better care of your eyes?


Having your eyes checked is very important. Plan your trip to a Burnaby optometrist to make sure that your eyes are in top condition.