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What should I bring to an eye doctor appointment?

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Things you'll need to take to an eye doctor appointment:

  • Your glasses or contacts (if you wear them). Ask if you should stop wearing your contacts for a few days before the visit.
  • A list of any health conditions or allergies
  • A list of all medications and supplements you take
  • A list of any specific questions you have about your eye health
  • Your medical insurance information. Most policies don’t cover routine eye care, but if there is a diagnosis, such as dry eyes or glaucoma, you might get coverage. Vision insurance will cover some routine eye care, but most ophthalmologists don’t take part in these plans.

From: Eye Doctor Appointment: What to Expect WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "eyeSmart: Eye Screening for Children," "Vision Screening Recommendations for Adults 40 to 60," "Vision Screening Recommendations for Adults Over 60," "Vision Screening Recommendations for Adults Under 40."

American Optometric Association: "Comprehensive Eye and Vision Examination."

Prevent Blindness America: "How Often Should I Have an Eye Exam?"

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on February 17, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "eyeSmart: Eye Screening for Children," "Vision Screening Recommendations for Adults 40 to 60," "Vision Screening Recommendations for Adults Over 60," "Vision Screening Recommendations for Adults Under 40."

American Optometric Association: "Comprehensive Eye and Vision Examination."

Prevent Blindness America: "How Often Should I Have an Eye Exam?"

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on February 17, 2018

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