All patients, irrespective of their age, gender, or location, are recommended to see an optometrist at least once every two years, or more frequently if advised. Your optometrist is your biggest professional support when it comes to your vision and the health of your eyes. Their role involves regularly checking the health and condition of your eyes to check for the presence of any eye diseases and assessing the quality of your vision. There are lots of diseases that can affect our eyes, and some of these can have serious consequences for our vision. The tests that are performed at your comprehensive eye exams will be used to assess how healthy your eyes are and how efficiently they are working. From this point, you may be recommended to wear glasses or contact lenses if your vision is compromised, or if you have a developing eye disease, you may be recommended to see an ophthalmologist.
As they play such an important role in the health and wellbeing of your eyes and vision, you want to be sure that you choose a professional that you can rely on.
Chances are that you have a friend or family member locally who already uses an optometrist that they would happily recommend to you. For this reason, we strongly recommend you ask around them first as this could save you a lot of time and effort when it comes to narrowing down your list of potential professionals. Equally, they may be able to avoid seeing and why.
Not all optometrists are created equal and once you have created a shortlist, you will need to spend some time delving deeper into each professional to discover if they are right for you, particularly if you have specific requirements that you need to have met. This could be certain opening hours, disabled accessibility, or that you are looking for an optometrist with specific qualifications or experience.
Unsurprisingly, your optometrist should have the necessary qualifications and experience to practice in your State. They should also be licensed. Checking out the credentials of your optometrist should be fairly high on your list of priorities. You probably also want to find out what experience they have. Have they been practicing long? Are there any areas in which they are particularly interested or experienced? This will help you to determine if they are the right optometrist for you.
Technology is changing the way in which many diagnostic procedures are performed, including those carried out by optometrists. Equally, improvements and advancements in technology mean that treatments are now often much safer, more accurate, more cost-effective, and offer a much better patient experience. As a result, many optometrists are now investing in the newest and best technologies in order to ensure that they deliver the greatest possible service and quality of care to their patients.
Every patient deserves to be treated by professionals who are knowledgeable, friendly, understanding, and put them at ease. However, the only way that you are going to know if you feel comfortable at your optometrist’s office is to visit in person. Schedule an appointment to see for yourself. Look for an environment that is clean, a warm welcome and knowledgeable staff who are happy to answer any questions that you have.
For more tips on how to choose the best optometrist for you, contact our friendly and experienced team today.