Baltimore Eye Exams: What to Bring & Expect

Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Baltimore Eye Exams: What to Bring & Expect

Baltimore Washington Eye Center Optometrist Dr. Asifa Shafi reviewed what to bring and expect at eye exams. “ Patients often forget what to bring for their eye exam. Here’s a quick reminder of what to bring and what to expect for your eye exam,” said Dr. Shafi. “The most important things to bring are a list of medications including over the counter supplements, a history of all health problems, a list of allergies, and the most current pair of glasses (even if they are over the counter readers). If you wear contact lenses, come in wearing your contact lenses, and bring in the information for which contact lenses you are currently wearing,” she explained.

The best way to do that is to bring in a copy of the contact lens prescription or the contact lens boxes. The doctor will not be able to identify the contact lens by looking at them. The contact lens information that is pertinent is the brand name, the power, the base curve, and the diameter of the contact lens for each eye. If you have any history of eye disease, it is beneficial to get a copy of your old records from your previous eye doctor.

During the eye exam you will be asked about your health history and eye history. A refraction will be done, this is a test which finds a prescription for glasses if needed. You will have drops placed in your eyes to check eye pressure (glaucoma check) and eye health. There will be a set of drops placed in your eyes to dilate your pupils. For most people, these drops will cause blurry near vision, sensitivity to lights, and will last for 3-6 hours, but every hour your vision will improve. The dilation drops allows the doctor to examine the inside of your eye to look for disease such as glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and hypertensive changes. The entire exam will run around 60 to 90 minutes.

Guest Blogger: Asifa Shafi, O.D., M.S. with the Baltimore Washington Eye Center

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Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area staffed by a team of Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, diagnosis and treatment of cataracts including cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease, care for diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration (AMD) and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma as well as contact lenses, eyeglasses, eyewear and optical services. Baltimore Washington Eye Center is conveniently located for patients from Arbutus, Carney, Clarksville, Columbia, Dundalk, Edgemere, Essex, Ellicott City, Ferndale, Glen Burnie, Kenwood, Laurel, Linthicum, Lutherville, Millersville, Odenton Owings Mills, Reisterstown, Towson, Parkville, Randallstown, Rivera Beach, Pasadena, Severna Park, South Gate and Woodlawn Maryland.