Whether you have booked an eye exam for a routine check-up, or are visiting for a specific reason there are a few things you should expect from your appointment.
Along with providing a clean, safe and comfortable environment, your optometrist should provide a caring service that informs you of the health of your eyes. Once entering your eye exam you can expect the Optometrist to give you the following courtesy.
YOUR OPTOMETRIST WILL
- 1. Always act in your best interest and communicate with you in a professional manner, clearly, openly, honestly and with sensitivity.
- 2. Work with you to understand your eye health-care needs and help determine the best course of treatment for you.
- 3. Respect your right to make decisions about your eye health care or treatment options.
- 4. Address any questions or concerns you may have about a specific treatment or your eye health care in general.
- 5. Protect the privacy and confidentiality of your personal health information.
- 6. Keep comprehensive and accurate records of the care provided.
- 7. Provide a copy of your patient record upon request.
- 8. Work with other optometrists and health-care providers (such as opticians, ophthalmologists, family physicians, etc.) who are involved in your health care.
- 9. Provide you with any eye health-care resources you require (e.g., community resources such as CNIB).
By booking an appointment it also gives you the opportunity to ask you optometrist questions about your eye health and treatment options and express any concerns you may have. Open discussions with your optometrist allows for you to receive an honest medical opinion, as well as also having the choice to ask for a second opinion.
THINGS YOU CAN DO TO GET THE BEST OUT OF YOUR APPOINTMENT
Come prepared. If you have questions you want to ask the Optometrist, make a list ahead of time so that you don’t forget anything important. If you are heading in for a specific reason, list out any symptoms you are experiencing and at what time you are experiencing them. This will help the optometrist determine any diagnoses. It is important to remember that you have the right to refuse treatment or change your mind and stop treatment that you have originally consented to. If you feel uncomfortable being alone during the examination ask to have a third party present.
Staying on top of your ocular health not only benefits your vision but also your overall health! If you are over due for an eye appointment be sure to book one with Dr. D’Orio and Associates Eye Care now!
Check out our Vision Screening Vs. Full Eye Exam blog to understand the difference between the two!