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Relieving Chronic Dry Eye

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At Your Appointment

Chronic Dry Eye Syndrome Appointment Guide

Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Please describe the symptoms and issues you’re having that led you to schedule this online appointment. Start at the beginning of this current episode and tell me how and when things have changed and progressed.
  • How are you doing managing your dry eyes?
  • Are you following your treatment plan?
  • Do you feel your treatment is working well?
  • Has there been any change in your overall health? Are you taking any new or different medications?
  • Are you making lifestyle adjustments to alleviate your symptoms, such as reducing computer screen time, or not wearing your contacts for too long?
  • For how long have you been having bothersome eye symptoms?
  • Describe your dry eye symptoms. Do you experience burning, redness, trouble reading, or discomfort with contact lenses?
  • Do you work in front of a computer? How many hours of screen time would you estimate you have each day?
  • Do you have any illnesses or health conditions?
  • What prescription medications are you taking?
  • What have you done to alleviate your eye symptoms so far?
  • Do my symptoms mean I have dry eye syndrome?
  • Could my symptoms be caused by another medical condition?
  • Are my eye symptoms temporary or chronic?
  • What treatments are available to improve my symptoms?
  • What should I do if my eye symptoms get worse?
  • Are there lifestyle changes I can make to improve my eye symptoms?
  • What are the best dry eye treatment options for me, and how do you select the right therapy for me?
  • What should I do if my dry eye symptoms don't improve or get worse?
  • Are there specific activities you would recommend I avoid?
  • How often do I need to make appointments for follow-up? What are you looking for when I have follow-up appointments?
  • Are there other dry eye treatments that would do a better job of controlling my symptoms?
  • Are my new or different symptoms an indication that my dry eye syndrome is getting worse?
  • Are there other dry eye treatments that would do a better job of controlling my symptoms?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Jul 17
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