Here are the basics on how to slay that eye test ’cause you Queen Bey and you got hot sauce in your bag. Swag.
1.Turn up to your appointment
Ideally on time as per the appointment you booked. Even more ideally (if it’s possible to be more than ideal), 5-10mins early so you can check in at reception, fill out any paperwork, and have a mint before your breathe into your optometrist’s face behind the slit lamp.
2. Bring your existing glasses to the appointment
It’s useful to know what you’re seeing through your current specs. Yes, if your glasses were made with us your script is on the record, but it doesn’t mean the vision you’re getting out of your actual spectacles is the same, especially those wonky multifocal glasses you wear for driving long distances on unlit country roads. And if your current glasses aren’t from us, we want to know what you’ve been wearing.
3. Wear your contacts to your contact lens consultations
If you’ve run out of contacts and your script is way expired and you’re expecting your optom to just let you buy more without performing a proper aftercare exam but they say no, don’t have a cry. It’ll just make your vision more blurry than it already is when you turned up to a contact lens exam without wearing any contacts. Okay, rant over.
4. Know all your medications and medical conditions, and tell us everything, not only the ones you think have to do with the eyes
I know memorising an entire list of 10-15 pills is a great mnemonic feat, so it could be handy to bring a list around with you. Your eyes are attached to the rest of your body, remember. You may be surprised to find the same blood that circulates through your diseased liver or carries around your contraceptive pill also eventually reaches your eyeballs.
5. When we ask you to look left, don’t be looking in any direction other than left
I think this one is pretty self explanatory.
6. Don’t stress about the subjective refraction
If we ask you which view is clearer and honestly they look like identical twins to you, just say so. We’d rather you just be honest than take two whole minutes asking to see the other view again, only to eventually choose one at random, which could result in us going round in circles (literally). There are no right or wrong answers to the subjective refraction, you just tell us what you see.
7. Take your optom’s advice
The treatment we recommended for your problem is intended to fix your problem; not complying with the treatment will not fix the problem. If there’s a barrier to complying with the recommended therapy, eg your arthritis prevents you from instilling eye drops, tell us so we can come up with a solution.
8. Ask questions
Shows us you were listening and you’re interested in what we’re saying and also interested in the health of your own eyes and vision. Also helps you to understand better what’s going on, which is always a good thing. Conversely, asking a question literally just after we’ve told you the answer is less impressive (so why male models?).
9. Be nice
Your optometrist is human, too. Being in discomfort or pain or having a bad day or being the customer and “the customer is always right” isn’t a good reason to deliberately be the worst part of someone else’s day. The same goes for optometrists to their patients!