Which is Better, One or Two? A Guide to Getting the Most Out of Your Next Eye Exam

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A regular eye exam is an essential part of maintaining good vision and overall eye health. Whether you’re going for your annual check-up or addressing a specific vision concern, being prepared can help you get the most out of your appointment. Here are some tips to ensure your next eye exam is thorough and productive.

Don’t Stress About Your Answers

During your eye exam, your optometrist might ask you to compare two lenses by saying, “Which is better, one or two?” It’s important not to stress about your answers. If both options look the same, it’s perfectly okay to say so. Your honest feedback helps your optometrist determine the best prescription for you.

Be Specific About Vision Complaints

When discussing your vision with your optometrist, be as specific as possible. Instead of saying, “I have trouble seeing,” try to describe the situations where you experience difficulty. For example, mention if you struggle to see clearly at night, experience frequent headaches after reading, or find it hard to focus on objects at a distance. Specific details will help your optometrist diagnose and address any issues more effectively.

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Bring Your Old Glasses

Don’t forget to bring your old glasses to your eye exam. Your optometrist can compare your current prescription with your old one to see if there have been any significant changes in your vision. This comparison can provide valuable insights into your eye health and help determine if your current prescription needs to be adjusted.

Discuss Your Digital Screen Usage

With the increasing use of digital devices, many people experience digital eye strain. Be sure to discuss your screen time with your optometrist, including how many hours you spend on computers, smartphones, or tablets daily. Your optometrist can recommend strategies and lens options to reduce digital eye strain and protect your eyes from blue light exposure.

Update Your Medical History

Your overall health can impact your eye health. Inform your optometrist about any changes in your medical history, such as new medications, diagnosis of chronic conditions (e.g., diabetes or hypertension), or any recent surgeries. This information can help your optometrist understand how these factors might affect your vision and eye health.


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Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions

During your eye exam, don’t be afraid to ask any questions that come to mind. For example, ask about the best lens types for your lifestyle. Whether you spend a lot of time outdoors, in front of a computer screen, or playing sports, your optometrist can recommend the most suitable lenses to meet your needs. Asking questions ensures you understand your options and helps you make informed decisions about your eye care.

Follow Up on Recommendations

After your eye exam, your optometrist might recommend treatments, lifestyle changes, or follow-up appointments. Make sure to follow these recommendations to maintain and improve your eye health. If you’re prescribed new glasses, consider Zenni’s wide range of stylish and affordable options that cater to your specific vision needs.

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A well-prepared eye exam can significantly impact your eye health and vision quality. By being specific about your vision complaints, bringing your old glasses, asking questions, and updating your medical history, you can ensure a comprehensive and productive appointment. Remember, regular eye exams are crucial for maintaining good vision and catching potential issues early. Stay proactive about your eye health, and don’t hesitate to reach out to your optometrist with any concerns or questions.

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Alyssa Buchanan

Dr. Alyssa Buchanan is an optometrist based in Lubbock, Texas. She received her doctorate from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California, and has practiced in various settings including Fort Cavazos where she provided eye care for deploying soldiers. Dr. Buchanan has since received her Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration and continues to strive to provide top-notch eyecare and make a meaningful impact in the eyecare industry.