Last Updated: March 29, 2023
1. Your current glasses, sunglasses, and contact lenses
Bring all of the eyewear you have been using since your last eye exam. Your optometrist will compare your new prescription to the one(s) you have been using and let you know if they are the best prescription for you. If you wear contact lenses, you will likely be asked to remove them at some time during the exam, so be prepared and bring your case and solutions along too.
2. A list of your current medications, supplements and any eye drops that you use
In order for your optometrist to provide the optimum care, they need to know all the medications, supplements and eye drops that you are currently using, not just the ones that are directly linked to your eyes. Many medications have side effects that can affect your eyes and vision. It is best if you can include the dosage and how often you take them too.
3. Family history
Your optometrist will want to know if anyone in your immediate family has or had eye diseases or general health conditions. Having a clear family history can be very helpful in diagnosing and monitoring for any eye conditions.
4. The name of your family doctor
Optometrists work as a part of your overall health team. With your consent, your optometrist may communicate the results of the eye exam to your family physician or request further information from them.
5. Health card and insurance information
Depending on your age and the province you live in, you may receive coverage for your eye exam through your provincial health care plan, so bring your health card. If you have extended health benefits through work or other health insurance, you may want to check into their specific coverage. Some out of pocket expenses may be expected in addition to provincial and insurance coverage.
6. Your planner
While you are in the office, ask to book your next eye exam. Your optometrist will tell you the recommended routine appointment time or follow-up visit.