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4130 Truxel Road, Suite D Sacramento, CA 95834

4130 Truxel Road, Suite D Sacramento, CA 95834
916.928.8383

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Home » Our Services » Your Eye Health » Eye Exams » What to Expect

What to Expect

equipment close upYou might be going to a regularly-scheduled eye exam. You may be following a recommendation to see an eye doctor after a vision screening at a local clinic or wellness center. Or your next eye doctor visit could be a response to vision problems or eye discomfort.

 

The more you know going in, the easier the entire vision care process will be.

For regularly scheduled eye exams, expect to talk about any changes in your medical history since the last time you saw your eye doctor. And if this is your first time in a new practice, you’ll be asked to provide a more complete medical history, including a list of medications you’re currently taking, and any vision problems your parents may have experienced.

In addition, you’ll undergo a series of vision and eye tests that help determine the overall health and quality of your vision. These tests also help to check that your current prescription glasses or contacts (if you have one) is still meeting your vision needs. Your eye doctor will also check your eyes for signs of any potential vision problems or eye diseases. In many instances, your pupil may be dilated (opened) using special drops so that your eye doctor can better see the structures of the eye.

You’ll then have an honest discussion about the current state of your eye health and vision, and your eye doctor may “prescribe” vision correction for you in the form of eyeglasses or contact lenses. Any health concerns or possibly serious vision complications will also be discussed, including the next steps you must take to preserve and protect your sight.

In general, a routine eye exam will last less than an hour depending upon the number of tests you have, and may be partially or completely covered by many vision insurance plans.

Visiting eye doctors as a result of a vision screening is also common, but remember: vision screenings offered by health clinics, pediatricians, public schools or local charitable organizations are not a substitute for comprehensive eye exams. Be sure to bring the findings from your screening to your eye doctor—it’s a great way to begin the discussion of your current eye health.

For eye doctor visits that result from eye pain, eye discomfort or vision problems you actually can see, expect to take many of the steps involved in a routine eye exam, but specific to the symptoms you’re having. There may be a number of additional tests required as well, so it’s important—especially when suffering pain or discomfort—to allow for as much time as possible for a complete, comprehensive eye exam.

And if you feel you are in an emergency situation with your eyes or your vision—don’t wait. Seek immediate emergency medical treatment.

What to remember

Many vision problems and eye diseases often present minimal, if any, symptoms. That’s why it’s so important to make regular appointments to see your eye doctor. And since vision can change gradually over time, it’s important to know that you’re seeing your best, year after year.

Remember the following for your next eye doctor visit:

  • Know your medical history and list of current medications
  • Know your current symptoms and be able to describe them—write them down if necessary
  • Know your family history—some eye diseases like glaucoma and cataracts are hereditary
  • Ask in advance about your particular vision insurance plan, and if a co-pay will be due
  • Bring your insurance card, identification and method of payment, if necessary
  • Bring your most recent prescription for glasses or contact lenses
  • Bring your corrective eyewear to the exam
  • If undergoing a test using dilation eye drops, bring proper eye protection, like sunglasses, for after your appointment

Most importantly, remember that eye doctors—and everyone within the eyecare practice—are there to help you see your best and feel your best  

 

Special thanks to the EyeGlass Guide, for information material that aided in the creation of this website. Visit the EyeGlass Guide today!

   

Running low on contacts? If you need to order contacts, we are authorizing one-time prescription extensions for up to a 6 month supply order when ordered through our office or online store.

Three ways to order:

1.    Continue to our website at www.NatomasOptometry.com and click the “ORDER Contacts” button

2.    Come into the office and one of our team members can assist you

3.    Call us at 916-928-8383

Limited hours for glasses and contact lens pickup only, effective April 1st, 2020:

·        Monday - Friday:  9am to 1pm (closed on Saturday and Sunday)o   Open hours are only for pickup of glasses and contact lenses.   These hours are subject to change.   In order to protect the health of our patients and staff and to comply with social distancing, we will not be doing any frame adjustments until we fully reopen.   In addition, for security reasons, we have removed all of our eyeglass frames from the boards, so they will be unavailable for purchase until we are able to fully reopen

A message to our patients

Due to recommendations and restrictions from the Center for Disease Control, California OptometricAssociation, American Optometric Society, and County of Sacramento, and to protect the health of our patients and eye care team, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all appointments until at least the second week of April.  However, due to the uncertainty and fluidity of the COVID-19crisis, this is subject to change.  We will still try to remain open for limited hours for our patients to pick up glasses and contact lenses, but this is subject to change as well.  Any updates as to appointment availability and changes to open hours will be posted on our website at www.natomasoptometry.com.

Our hearts go out to everyone who has already been impacted by COVID-19 and we encourage our friends everywhere to take the extra precautions necessary to safeguard their health and that of others. It is our communal responsibility to help stop the spread of this virus.  Thank you for your patience and understanding in this time of uncertainty.  We value your decision to entrust us with your eye care needs, and we will strive to keep this a safe environment for patients and staff.  Please stay safe and healthy!

Sincerely,

The Natomas Optometry Team