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Is Your Optometrist Giving You the Best Advice?

Do you ever discuss any visual concerns you have with your optometrist and have the results of your test thoroughly explained? This is important, considering the main purpose of new lenses is to improve your vision.

You should always feel comfortable asking questions about your eyesight, your current or new prescription, different lens options and have these answered with suitable examples. Mellins i-Style says an optometry practice that distributes optical frames should offer a wide selection of fashionable eyewear to choose from. Your optometrist should assist you with your selection and be able to recommend spectacles that meet your day-to-day visual needs.

To make the most of your appointment and become more informed about your eye health, senior optometrist and managing director of Mellins i-Style, Andre Horn advises you to ask your optometrists the following questions if they haven’t been addressed them:

  1. What is the health condition of my eyes?
  2. Has my prescription changed since my last eye examination?
  3. What new lens enhancements or technological advances are available?
  4. Are there new advances with regards to contact lenses or solution for contact lenses?
  5. When should I wear my spectacles?
  6. What lens types are available and what are the pros and cons of each?
  7. When should I go for my next eye examination?

5 tips to help you see whether your optometrist measures up:

  1. The optometry practice must be well managed, organised and have a broad selection of optical frames.
  2. When selecting spectacles, your optometrist should advise you on the correct frame for your face shape and give advice on aspects such as whether or not the frames are lightweight, flexible, non-allergic, comfortable to wear and suitable for your lens design.
  3. Most practices are happy to provide eyewear inspections, cleaning and adjustments of your spectacles at no additional cost.
  4. When you collect your new spectacles, your optometrist should once again check whether the right prescription lenses have been fitted to your chosen frames. Your optometrist should also note if the frames fit properly on your face or need to be readjusted. The frames should not add unnecessary pressure on the bridge of your nose, temples or above the ears and should not slip off your nose when looking down.
  5. The optometrist should provide you with a valid copy of your new or updated prescription for your spectacles or contact lenses. When travelling or on holiday, this can be useful when having to replace broken, lost or stolen spectacles.

Source: Mellins i-Style

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