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What Does Your Eye Doctor Need to Know About You?

How can you make your next eye exam even more productive? In order for us to make sure your exam is thorough and worthwhile, there are a number of facts we will need from you.

Firstly, it is of great importance to let us know about any recent health conditions or problems you are experiencing as eyes are often vulnerable to changes in your body. What are some conditions we'd need to know about? Here are some examples: allergies, pregnancy, high blood pressure, diabetes or any other serious condition.

Things like drinking or smoking can have a negative effect on your eyes, so if these are parts of your lifestyle, tell us about it. In addition, we'll examine what you're actually using your eyes for. Do you work in a factory, or do you sit at a computer the entire day? Knowing this information can make it easier for us to choose your treatment plan.

Because a number of eye conditions are genetic, it's vital that you tell us about any of them in your immediate family, especially glaucoma or macular degeneration. It's easy to understand what it's a great deal more efficient to look out for warning signs when we already know which conditions you may be prone to.

Come see us if you are aware of any changes to your sight including double vision, blurriness, flashes of light or spots. With the information we have about your history, coupled with our expertise, we'll get to bottom of the root of the condition, and figure out the most appropriate treatment plan. It's also good if you bring your glasses along to your appointment. They give valuable information, even if you're a contact lens wearer. So don't forget all this when you next see us. Together, we'll figure out the best way to solve whatever issue you may be having!


Please be advised that all office visits including exams, frame selections, repairs, pick-ups, and drop-offs are by appointment only. We are required to wear a face mask in our office and ask that you bring yours to your appointment.

We are happy to serve our patients and community and are committed to keeping you as safe as possible.

Thank you.

The Shuswap Optometric Team