If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s the value of planning ahead. Now, in 2021, it pays to be prepared for your eye exam with a detailed list of everything that you need to bring with you, everything you need to ask, and everything you need to let your optometrist know before you walk through the door.

“We’ve taken tremendous steps to protect the health and safety of our patients during this difficult year,” explains Dr. Vivienne Velasco of iFocus Vision Center. “That’s why we ask patients to plan ahead, so they can get in and out quickly and with confidence that all of their concerns and questions have been addressed.”

Here’s how to prepare for your eye exam at iFocus Vision Center.

Vision Problem? Write It Down

In order for Dr. Velasco to have a complete picture of your vision, she’ll need to know everything that’s going on with your eyes. Some eye diseases, such as glaucoma, can steal your sight slowly without you noticing. That’s why it’s so important to write down any issues that you’re having, so you can explain to Dr. Velasco what’s “normal” and what’s unusual about your vision.

Know Your Family Eye History

Many vision problems are genetic, including myopia (nearsightedness), color blindness, age-related macular degeneration, and glaucoma. Dr. Velasco will ask you about family eye history during your appointment, so you should do some research in advance.

The same goes for parents bringing their children to see Dr. Velasco. According to the Cleveland Clinic, more than 60 percent of cases of blindness among infants are caused by inherited eye diseases, such as congenital (present at birth) cataracts, congenital glaucoma, retinal degeneration, optic atrophy and eye malformations.

Fill Out Paperwork In Advance

In order to keep your appointment on schedule and reduce foot traffic in the iFocus Vision Center office, all patients are emailed a set of paperwork to complete 24 hours prior to their appointment. This includes a patient history form (for new patients), financial form, HIPPA privacy form, and a late policy form. You can also complete these forms on the iFocus Vision Center website, if necessary but it highly recommended that these forms be filled out in advance. Forms can be filled out at https://ifocuslasvegas.com/patient-forms/.

Things to Bring

The last thing you want is to arrive for your iFocus Vision Center eye exam without realizing that you left something behind. Like many businesses operating during this time, iFocus Vision Center is open by appointment only, and if you need to reschedule or cancel you must do so 24 hours in advance.

Make sure to bring your mask. Facial protection is required for all everyone who enters the office. If you are unable to wear a mask or refuse, you will be asked to reschedule your appointment.

Additionally, you’ll want to keep in mind that all appointments are restricted to one patient only unless you are a parent or guardian accompanying a patient under 18.

iFocus Vision Center remains open with strict guidelines in place to protect patients and staff members. Patients with an urgent need are seen by appointment only, and iFocus offers curbside pickup for eyeglasses or contact lenses. To schedule an appointment, contact us at 702-473-5660.