Know Your Patient Medical History – Crucial In Identifying Eyewear Needs

by admin on 24/06/2009

With all the technology of today, one would think that a miraculous design such as a one size fits all would be available when it comes to eyewear and medical issues concerning the eye.  At one point, it was actually thought that LASIK surgery was the thing for everyone to correct their vision.  That thought was quickly derailed as more and more people began to learn that LASIK doesn’t necessarily rule out eyewear over the long term or at all.


When assisting a patient with eyewear or medical needs, one must first get to know the patient and what is occurring with their eyes.  Actually, there is something that one can put to practice when handling both retail and medical areas, and that is the medical history.  Most of the time, only in the medical areas use this information primarily as this is when the patient is in contact with the doctor, however, medical history can also play a huge role in finding proper eyewear.

In the case of finding the best suitable eyewear for a patient, one of the items that stand out in medical history is previous eye surgeries and diseases.  The reason why knowledge of previous ocular surgeries is important goes back to the fact that sometimes a patient may no have the ability of successfully using certain multifocal lenses.  Other times, knowledge of a patient’s condition ahead of time will give a conclusion as to why a patient may notEyeglasses have the quality vision in their glasses as they would like to have.  Often times, patients are frustrated with the quality of vision through their eyewear, however, have forgotten about the cataract surgery that could be causing a post cataract surgery film that covers the eye resulting in bad vision.  One could even have retinal problems that inhibit the best quality eyesight. At times, it is these issues that would assist an Optician with dispensing.

Allergies are another big thing in medical history that an Optician would be wise in retrieving from the patient.  No, the Optician doesn’t need to know every allergy, however, he or she does need to ask whether or not the patient has had adverse reactions to metals.  Eyeglasses frames are made of many different type metals from nickel on down.  If an Optician knows ahead of time of the particular metal allergy, this could narrow down the frame selection and save valuable time in frame selection as then only hypoallergenic frames such as titaniums or plastics will be shown and fitted.

Finally, basic information is always a must to collect such as name and everyday activities.  This type of information is needed for dispensing and properly assigning the correct lens for that golfer or reader or that person who may need occupational lenses.  The choice isn’t always in the hands of the patient, but in the hands of the Optician who knows bestas an eyewear professional.

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Carroll B. Merriman March 16, 2010 at 13:10

LASIK is a surgical procedure intended to reduce a person’s dependency on glasses or contact lenses. The goal of Lasik People is to provide objective information to the public about LASIK laser eye surgery. See other sections of this site to learn about what you should know before laser eye surgery, what will happen during LASIK laser eye surgery, and what you should expect after LASIK laser eye surgery.

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