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5 Ways to Find the Right Optometrist.

Finding an optometrist can be pretty tricky, especially if this will be your first visit. Considering the price of traditional prescription eyeglasses, you want to make sure you find someone that will stand behind their prescription and if there is a problem or a mistake along the process will help sort it all out. Of course, there is Yelp, but I’ve taken the advice of a random 200 people they gave 5 stars; but I got the 1 or 2-star experience!

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When it comes to my eyes I just don’t like to take chances. Once I find the right person I stick to them for a good while. This way I get the continuity of service and in time I get great prices as a reward for my loyalty!

Of course, you can go to your eye insurance provider and pick random eye care professionals in your area.

  Quick Ideas on How to Research for An Optometrist

  • Talk to your friends and family, they may have an optometrist or even an ophthalmologist that they just love!
  • Get a recommendation from your primary physician or paediatrician if you have one; especially if you like your doctor you may find someone with similar style and values.
  • You can also look online at some of the professional organizations like American Board of Optometry, American Associations of Optometrists, Association of ophthalmologists and our directory for finding an Eye Doctor. The only problem is that this won’t be a personal recommendation (In which case, you should really take a look into 5 Questions to ask Your Optometrist)
  • Look in your neighbourhood, find a shape and walk in, take a look around. Don’t be shy ask about the prices…how hard is it to get an appointment? ( I would say the harder the higher the chance they have something good to offer) If you spot someone coming out have a chat with them. Or, get a coffee close by, when a customer comes out, gently walk up and ask for their opinion. I think you will find that most are forthcoming and willing to tell you how it is.
  • Lastly, you can also call your favorite hospital in your area and ask for the ophthalmology department and get referrals; but again this lacks the personal aspect.

Whichever way works for you please remember that you can visit the office/store before you make an appointment and just get a feel for the staff and even the Optometrist if available. If you have some questions maybe you can ask him.

They usually have glasses for sale so you can easily browse and see if you like the cleanliness, the attitude of the people and the style before you commit to an appointment.

Once you have seen your eye doctor you can make your own assessment and decide if he/she is for keeps.

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5 Questions to ask Your Optometrist on Your First Visit

If you have noticed that your vision is changing, or that you are getting headaches during the day, squinting or getting eye strain. It’s time to visit the optometrist to see if you need prescription eyeglasses, and though you probably know that you can buy glasses for cheap online visiting an eye care professional is a very good idea. In fact, getting regular eye check can also alert you of any diabetes and other seemingly unrelated serious ailments: And some eye problems may not actually have any symptoms so it’s important to make vision care part of your health care program.

Questions to Ask Your Optometrist

Once you picked one of   5 Ways to Find the Right Optometrist

and you’ve made your pick then it’s time to go for your first visit.

First thing is to simply go to the eye care professionals place of business (in the case he is an optometrist than they most likely have a store, an ophthalmologist will most likely have the typical doctors office or clinic) And feel free to bring in notepaper and make notes..or even ask if you can record your exam.

  1. Once the doctor has asked you questions about your eye care history, any problems you might be having or your family health history. You can ask about what to expect from and during your visit?
  2. If there is vision loss, ask if your loss is degenerative (gets worst as you get older), if the loss is in the peripheral vision and /or what is the reason of this loss?
  3. Are there any new symptoms you should watch for? This can be related either to your vision or eye health.
  4. Find out if there are any side effects, follow-up treatments or other long term care involved with any test that you have to take.
  5. Find out how often you should come for an eye exam and get vision care; for your vision and eye health needs.
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    Vision Care Exam

    If you need glasses you can then make the decision to purchase at least for the first time (or periodically) from the Optometrist; until you feel comfortable to order buy your glasses online

The optometrist will probably let you know when you can come back for a dilation test (if you have driven yourself) with a friend to drive you back home. And if there are any flyers or other information sheets be sure to pick up a few so you can learn and get more information.