What Should I Ask My Eye Care Professional?
You can protect yourself against any possible vision loss by working in partnership with your eye care professional. Ask questions and get the information you need to take care of yourself and your family.
If you find you have an eye condition, here are some questions to ask:
What is my diagnosis? What caused my condition? Can my condition be treated? How will this condition affect my vision now and in the future? Should I watch for any particular symptoms and notify you if they occur? Should I make any lifestyle changes?
What is the treatment for my condition? When will the treatment start and how long will it last? What are the benefits of this treatment and how successful is it? What are the risks and side effects associated with this treatment? Are there foods, drugs, or activities I should avoid while I’m on this treatment? If my treatment includes taking medicine, what should I do if I miss a dose? Are other treatments available?
What kinds of tests will I have? What can I expect to find out from these tests? When will I know the results? Do I have to do anything special to prepare for any of the tests? Do these tests have any side effects or risks? Will I need more tests later?
Today, patients take an active role in their health care. Be an active patient about your eye care.
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