5 Essential Etiquette Tips to Maximise Your Eye Doctor Visit

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Sitting in the waiting room, you can’t help but feel the anticipation building up during your eye doctor visit. Finally, it’s your turn to see your eye doctor, and you’re eager to restore peace, clarity, and optimal function to your precious eyes.

To ensure a smooth and effective consultation with your eye doctor, it’s crucial to follow proper etiquette. In this article, we will explore four essential things you should never do during your visit.

By adhering to these guidelines, you’ll pave the way for better communication, accurate diagnoses, and informed treatment decisions.


1. Avoid Distractions: Put Your Phone on Silent Mode

When you’re in the examination room, it’s crucial to maintain a focused environment. The consultation process involves a flow of thoughts and information exchange between you and your doctor. 

To avoid interrupting this vital process, refrain from making or taking phone calls. Instead, turn off your phone or switch it to silent mode. If you anticipate an urgent call, politely inform the caller that you’re with your doctor and will return the call at a more convenient time. 

By minimizing distractions, you’ll ensure that both you and your doctor can dedicate your full attention to your eye health.

Listen to and share your experiences during your eye doctor visit

2. Share Experiences, Not Diagnoses

In this age of readily available information, it can be tempting to self-diagnose based on internet research. However, relying solely on online sources can be misleading, as many eye conditions share similar symptoms. 

During your appointment, it’s essential to convey your experiences accurately, without jumping to conclusions. Instead of telling your doctor, “I have astigmatism” simply describe the symptoms and sensations you’ve been experiencing. 

If you’ve sought a second opinion or received a previous diagnosis, it’s valuable information to share. By providing your doctor with a clear picture of your experiences, they can apply their expertise to make an accurate diagnosis.


3. Patience is Key: Trust the Eye Test Process

It’s common for patients to expect immediate clarity when the doctor places the first lens in front of their eyes. However, eye tests are conducted in incremental steps.

As you progress through the test, your doctor will adjust the lenses to find the ones that offer the best visual acuity for you. It’s crucial to exercise patience and focus on reading the lines or letters as instructed. 

By following the test’s gradual progression, you allow your doctor to fine-tune your prescription accurately. Remember, achieving optimal visual function is a step-by-step process, and your doctor is committed to providing you with the best possible outcome.


4. Listen First, Decide Later: Consider Your Eye Doctor’s Recommendations

When it comes to your eye health, it’s essential to trust your eye doctor’s expertise. Avoid prematurely expressing your treatment preferences without hearing your eye doctor’s professional opinion. Your doctor’s assessment of your condition is based on their extensive knowledge and experience. 

By actively listening to his or her recommendations, you gain valuable insights into potential treatment options. Only after understanding their expert advice should you make an informed decision, taking into account your personal preferences and financial considerations. 

This approach ensures that you explore the full range of suitable treatment options before choosing the one that best aligns with your needs.


5. Be Honest and Open about Your Eye Health History

One of the key elements in receiving appropriate eye care is providing your eye doctor with accurate information about your eye health history. Be transparent about any past eye conditions, surgeries, or injuries you have experienced.

Additionally, disclose any medications, including over-the-counter and herbal supplements, that you are currently taking, as they may have implications for your eye health.

By being honest and open, you enable your eye doctor to make well-informed decisions about your treatment plan and ensure that any potential risks or complications are properly addressed.



Visiting your eye doctor is an opportunity to receive professional care and guidance for your visual well-being. By adhering to proper etiquette during your appointment, you create an environment conducive to effective communication, accurate diagnoses, and informed treatment decisions.

Remember, it’s essential to minimize distractions, share experiences rather than self-diagnoses, exercise patience during eye tests and listen attentively to your eye doctor’s recommendations. Following these guidelines, you’ll optimize your eye doctor visit and pave the way for improved eye health and visual clarity. Most essentially, during an eye doctor visit, trust in your eye doctor and submit for a comprehensive eye exam


Dr.(Mrs) Immaculata Atumonye

Dr. Atumonye Immaculata(Mrs) is the founder (CEO/MD) of Immalik eye care since 2015. As a 2005 Doctor of optometry (OD) and a certified member of the Nigeria Optometric Association (MNOA), she has served in many eye clinics as a consultant optometrist. Dr. Atumonye is happily married and is a devout Christian.


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