Important Questions to Bring to Your Next Eye Exam

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You may know what to expect from an eye exam, but taking a moment to prepare your thoughts beforehand can go a long way. Prepared thoughts will help you get the most out of your time with your eye doctor and optician, and get the best solution for your visual and lifestyle needs.

Describe Your Health

Your overall health shouldn’t be discounted as many health conditions can affect your vision. Are you experiencing headaches, dry or watery eyes, light sensitivity, blurred vision or trouble seeing clearly? Have these happened suddenly, or have you had these symptoms for a long time? What about your spouse or children? Have you noticed your child’s performance at school dip suddenly? This could be related to an undetected vision problem.

Share Your Hobbies

Sharing your hobbies and activities with your eye doctor and optician helps to tailor a lens and frame combination that specifically suits your lifestyle. Whether you spend your days outside in the garden, or inside on the computer, discussing your daily routine helpsyour eye doctor provide the best solution for your visual needs.

Ask Your Eye Doctor

The following questions can help you engage with your eye doctor, and receive some valuable input during your appointment:

  • How often should my family get an eye exam?
  • What lens enhancements do you recommend for me and my prescription?
  • I’ve never worn glasses/contact lenses before – what can I expect?
  • I’ve been hearing a lot about the effects of blue light. How can I reduce my and my family’s exposure?
  • What type of glasses would you recommend for my lifestyle? (computer vision glasses, prescription sunglasses, light-reactive lenses etc.)
  • How do my current health conditions affect my eye health?

Meet the Optician

If you need corrective eyewear, you‘ll have the opportunity to try on frames and order your new glasses or contact lenses. Opticians can help you find a frame that looks great and fits comfortably. They can also provide expert insight about different lens materials and coatings to further customize your glasses.

If you already wear glasses or contact lenses, share your current experience. What do you like? What needs improving?  Discussing this with the optician will help you get the most of your eyewear.

Pro Tip: Bring in your current eyewear or contact lenses so they can better understand what’s working well for you and what changes are needed.

Ask Your Optician

  • What shape frames do you recommend for me?
  • What lens material is best for my prescription?
  • What are my options for lightweight lenses?
  • Are there glasses that are more helpful for my particular hobbies?
  • Can you tell me about lenses that darken when I go outside?
  • Can you tell me about lenses that reduce blue light exposure?
  • How might I benefit from a second pair of glasses?
  • Can you share any recommendations for taking care or my glasses or contact lenses?

Ready to schedule your next eye exam? Find a VSP Provider near you. See how VSP members can save on lenses and enhancements, like UNITY®, sunsync® and Sharper Image® TechShield here.


  • Cathy J. Marsh says:

    Since I am retired from teaching, I do not know if I am still a member of VSP insurance. Could someone please check on this for me and if not, explain how I could be a member again? Thanks so much!

  • Lolita Jefferson says:

    That info was good, thank you for sharing

  • Vita Buonavita says:

    I went to an eye dr. Andy Huang we talked about my health,he recommended Krill oil caps for my eyes & general health.
    he gave me a very thorough exam and spend a lot of time talking. gave me the opportunity to speak & ask questions

  • Nancy T. Paris says:

    This was very helpful . Thank you!!

  • Tiana says:

    blue light exposure, what is it, how can you prevent it?

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