Macular degeneration is the most common cause of blindness in this age category. In the early stages of macular degeneration, treatments can be used to manage and slow the progression of the disease. Patients typically have no symptoms at all in the early stages so coming in for an eye exam is the last thing on their mind. With busy schedules and the pressures of the modern working environment it’s probably the last thing you would think about. The only way to know if you have early macular degeneration is to have routine eye examinations even if your eyes seem healthy.
Being prepared for your eye exam will make the entire experience more pleasant. The first step is to make an appointment with your eye doctor, which you can do by calling us at 301-657-5700 or requesting an appointment online. Have your name, phone number, address and insurance information available. Complete the new patient registration ahead of time or any of our other forms that may help with your vision exam.
When you arrive at your eye exam please have a list of any prescription or non-prescription medications you are currently taking or any that you have taken on a regular basis in the past. Please include any vitamins, herbs, and other non-traditional remedies you may use. Additionally, you may also include the dosages you take for each medicine or other substance, and how long you have been taking them.
If you are a contact lens wearer, please bring a pair of glasses. Depending on the type of eye exam you need to have, your doctor may dilate your eyes, so please bring sunglasses to wear for the ride home.
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