Questions for Your Eye Care Professional You can protect yourself against vision loss by working in partnership with your eye care professional. Make certain to ask questions and get the information you need to take care of yourself and your family.
Questions to Ask About My Tests:
• What types of tests will I have? • What can I expect to find out from the tests? • When will I know the results?
• Do these tests have any side effects or risks? • Will I need more tests later? • Do these tests have any side effects or risks?
Questions about My Eye Disease or Disorder:
• 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?
Questions about my Treatment:
• 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?
Other Suggestions to Keep in Mind:
• If you don't understand your eye care professional's responses, ask questions until you do understand. • Take notes or get a friend or family member to take notes for you. Or, bring a tape recorder to help you remember the discussion. • Ask your eye care professional to write down his or her instructions to you. • Ask your eye care professional for printed material about your condition. • If you still have trouble understanding your eye care professional's answers, ask where you can go for more information. • Speak to other members of your health care team, such as nurses and pharmacists; they are an excellent source for information, as well.
Today, patients take an active role in making certain their health care treatments and options; be an active participant in caring for your eyes.