4 Things You Should Not Do Before an Eye Exam

by | Oct 12, 2022 | Blog

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Do you know what not to do before an eye exam? It seems logical to take your glasses, but did you know you should not drink caffeine or alcohol? The Canadian Association of Optometrists suggests that adults aged 20 – 64 have an eye examination at least every two years, while those 65 years and older should be tested annually. Children aged 6 – 19 must go annually, but preschool children should have an eye exam at least once between the ages of 2 – 5.

With regular examinations, you look after your eye health, and you get the opportunity to wear the latest fashion in frames.

Don’t Overexert Your Eyes

Have you been studying or binge-watching the latest television series? They always say you must not overexert your eyes before an eye doctor test. But why is that? Too many hours staring at a screen causes digital eye strain resulting in eye fatigue, and to get the most accurate readings, your eyes must be as rested as possible. When kids use a tablet or computer at school, try to make their appointment in the morning when possible.

Don’t Forget Your Glasses & Contacts

It sounds so logical to do, but when you are in a rush, you could forget to bring your current eyeglasses and contact lenses to the eyeglasses appointment. Remember your prescription sunglasses, goggles, sports glasses, and reading glasses.

Why? We need to test the performance and strength of all your current eyewear against any changes in your prescription. If you want to keep your old frames, we need to check they still fit correctly, or we need to check the fit of any new frames you choose.

Don’t Drink Coffee or Alcohol

A publication of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada mention caffeine may cause blood pressure to go up, enlarging blood vessels. During an eye doctor exam, the eye’s blood vessels are investigated as they can indicate early signs of high blood pressure. Drinking a cup of coffee or glass of beer before the appointment might inflate the vessels artificially, impacting the accuracy of the examination.

Don’t Feel Nervous or Intimidated

Don’t feel nervous or intimidated before going for eye doctor tests. Thanks to modern technology the tests are non-invasive, and the whole eye exam should take one hour at the most under normal circumstances. The only discomfort you might experience is light sensitivity due to pupil dilation.

3for1 Glasses in Hamilton also serves the communities of Ancaster, Stoney Creek, Binbrook, and Mt. Hope. Do you like swimming and other sports? We can provide you and your children with goggles and sports glasses. Are you wondering what not to do before an eye exam? Just relax and contact us today for an appointment.

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