How to Prepare for Your Eye Exam

Completing preparations before your eye appointment is the best way to ensure your exam runs smoothly and efficiently. Bringing the appropriate paperwork, recording your symptoms, and brainstorming questions before your visit will help both you and your eye doctor get the most out of your exam. Here are some ways that you can prepare for your upcoming eye exam.


Click here to download a free log to help you prepare for your appointment. 


i.d. card

1. Bring Your I.D. and Insurance Card to Your Appointment

If you are planning to use your insurance, bring a copy of your insurance card as well as your driver’s license or other photo I.D. to verify your coverage on the day of your appointment. For more information about your vision plan or to verify your coverage, contact your local Shopko Optical. One of our dedicated team members will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

symptom tracking sheet

2. Keep a Log of Your Symptoms

Record anytime you experience vision problems such as headaches, blurred vision, light sensitivity, poor depth perception, etc. In these records, make sure to include the time and frequency of occurrence as well as other relevant information, such as what activities alleviate or worsen these symptoms. This information will help your optometrist determine the cause of your symptoms.


3. Take Note of Your Current Medications

Both over-the-counter and prescription medications can have side effects that may affect your vision. Make a list of all the medications and supplements you are taking, as well as their dosage, to bring to your appointment. This will help your optometrist assess the risk they may have on your eyes, as well as determine how any additional eye medications can be implemented.


4. Ask Your Family About Their Eye Health History

Many eye conditions including glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration are hereditary. Prior to your appointment ask your parents, siblings, and grandparents if they currently have or have had any eye conditions in the past. This information will help your optometrist evaluate your risk for these eye diseases and develop a treatment plan accordingly.

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5. Bring Your Existing Glasses and Contact Lenses

Evaluating your current eyewear will help your eye doctor assess how your current prescription is working and allow them to make adjustments if needed.

question tracking sheet

6. Create a List of Questions for Your Optometrist

Be sure to jot down any questions you may have to help you remember to ask your optometrist during your visit. Your Shopko Optical optometrist will be happy to address any concerns you may have to ensure you have a complete understanding of your visual health, diagnosis, and treatment plan.


7. Create a Frame Wishlist

If you are looking to upgrade your frames, you can browse our online selection to get ideas of what styles you are interested in prior to your visit. Using the heart feature, you can add your favorites to your wishlist which you can then print out and bring to your appointment for reference.

Making simple preparations prior to your eye exam, such as noting your symptoms, medications, and family eye history will ensure you don’t forget something during your appointment and that your Shopko Optical optometrist will be able to address all the vision concerns you may have.

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