What to bring to the eye doctor – a checklist of 10 must-haves

Before arriving at your eye doctor appointment, don’t discount the value of what’s in your hands.1

In fact, people are four times more likely to get an eye exam than a physical.1 When the time comes for you to go for that eye exam, you should apply the same rule as when going to a party: never arrive empty-handed. Several important items, from your current prescription to a list of medications, will provide your eye doctor a glimpse into your eye health and overall wellness. It also will assure you are in and out of the office more quickly and comfortably.

So grab that pen and (if needed) reading glasses. Following is a checklist of what to bring when visiting your eye doctor.

Bring these items when you visit your eye doctor:

1 U.S. Department of Health – National Health Statistics Report #8; 8/6/08
2 “Eye Exam: How You prepare,” Mayo Clinic, http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/eye-exam/details/how-you-prepare/ppc-20189656
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8 “10 Things Your Eye Doctor Wants You to Know,” HealthGrades, https://www.healthgrades.com/explore/10-things-your-eye-doctor-wants-you-to-know