Have you recently booked your first eye doctor Cape Coral appointment? Maybe it’s not your first but it’s been many years since you visited the eye doctor and really don’t remember what it was like. Visiting the eye doctor on a regular basis is essential to your eye health, making sure any potential issues are caught early so treatment can begin. Not only that, but it’s a way to ensure that if you require glasses that you can get the right prescription and stay on top of any changes to it.

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So, for those who have scheduled an appointment and are feeling a little anxious or apprehensive about that first visit, we are here to ease your mind. Here’s a look at what to expect.

Finding a Local Eye Doctor

If you are looking to book an eye doctor appointment, the first step is to do a little research on your options. Be sure to not only search all available eye doctors in Cape Coral, but also read online reviews, and speak to friends and family to get a recommendation. You want to feel comfortable with whoever you choose and trust they know what they are doing.

Expect a Number of Tests to Be Done

Most people are aware of the eye chart test wherein you are reading letters on the chart that get progressively smaller and therefore harder to see. But that is just one of the most basic tests; the eye doctor may also perform a number of other tests. These tests can include:

  • Pupil dilation
  • A stereopsis test
  • A slip lamp test
  • An ocular motility test
  • A color blindness test
  • A cover test
  • A visual acuity test
  • A Refraction test
  • A Glaucomatest
  • A slip lamp test

The tests performed will depend on any issues or concerns you may have, your age, your eye health, and the last time you visited an eye doctor.

How Long Will It Take?

Another common question is how long the eye exam will take. The answer is dependent on the reason for your visit. If it is just a general eye exam, it can take as little as half an hour. If you need a number of tests done, then you’re looking at a few hours most likely.

What to Bring With You?

You will also need to come prepared to your appointment with a couple of items. If you wear corrective glasses, be sure to have them with you, and skip wearing your contacts on the day of your exam. Because most people end up getting their pupils dilated for their exam, which makes your eyes very sensitive to light for a few hours, you will also want to bring sunglasses for when you leave.

Don’t Skip Out on Your Eye Health

If you’ve been feeling a little nervous about visiting the eye doctor and have been putting it off, it’s time to push those feelings aside. A trip to the eye doctor is not only simple but essential to your eye health.