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Vision Information - Asking the Right Questions

Vision Information - Asking the Right Questions

The National Eye Institute has created a list of appropriate questions that vision patients can put to their eye care practitioners to provide an efficient line of communication and understanding. This will ensure the best possible results are achieved in their consultations.

About My Disease or Disorder

  • What is my diagnosis?
  • What caused my condition?
  • Can my condition be treated?
  • How is my condition likely to affect my vision now and in the future?
  • Are there symptoms I should be aware of and that I should notify you about?
  • Should I make any lifestyle changes?

About My Treatment

  • What is the treatment for my condition?
  • When will the treatment start and how long will it last?
  • What benefits will I gain from this treatment and how successful will it be?
  • Are there risks and side effects associated with this treatment?
  • Should I avoid any foods, drugs or activities while on this treatment?
  • If I have to take medication, what should I do if I miss a dose?
  • Are other treatments available?

About My Tests

  • What kinds of tests must I have?
  • What are the tests likely to prove?
  • When will I know the results?
  • Do I need to prepare for these tests?
  • Do the tests have side effects or risks?
  • Will more tests be needed later?

Getting the Best from a Consultation

  • If you don't understand your doctor’s responses, ask questions until you do understand.
  • Take notes or ask a friend or family member to take notes for you. An alternative is to tape the conversation for easy recollection.
  • Ask your doctor to write down all instructions for you.
  • Request whatever printed material is available for your condition.
  • If you do not understand your doctor's answers, ask where more information may be obtained.
  • Talk to nurses and pharmacists as they can be good sources of information also.

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