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At Your Appointment

Diabetic Retinopathy 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.
  • Do you have any other medical conditions, such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol?
  • Are you able to see well enough using your prescription glasses or lifestyle changes, such as magnifiers or bright lighting?
  • Is your vision interfering with daily activities, such as reading, working or driving?
  • How would you rate your overall quality of life at the present time?
  • When was your last A1c test, cholesterol test, and blood pressure check? What were the results?
  • Do you need help quitting smoking?
  • Describe your vision changes or symptoms. Do you have blurry vision, notice colors looking faded, poor night vision, or blank or dark areas in your vision?
  • When did you first notice problems or changes with your vision?
  • Do you notice vision problems in both eyes or just one?
  • Do you have a family history of eye disease?
  • How long have you had diabetes?
  • What was your latest A1c test result?
  • Are you having any eye pain, sensitivity to light, or other vision changes or eye symptoms?
  • What new symptoms or vision problems are you experiencing?
  • What strategies have you tried so far to improve your vision? Which ones have been effective?
  • How advanced is my diabetic retinopathy?
  • How does diabetic retinopathy typically progress? Am I at risk of going blind?
  • Will controlling my blood sugar levels slow the progression?
  • What low vision aids can help me see better and maintain independence?
  • When do you recommend treatment for diabetic retinopathy? What vision changes or symptoms should prompt me to call you?
  • What other eye problems or diseases am at risk of developing?
  • Do my vision problems mean I have diabetic retinopathy?
  • Could another condition be causing or contributing to my vision problems?
  • What tests do I need to confirm a diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy?
  • What treatments are available for diabetic retinopathy?
  • What strategies can I use to improve my vision?
  • Are my new or different symptoms an indication that my diabetic eye disease is getting worse?
  • What is the best treatment for my case of diabetic retinopathy? Would laser or photodynamic therapy work better than an injection?
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Last Review Date: 2022 Nov 1
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  1. Diabetic Retinopathy. American Academy of Ophthalmology. https://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/what-is-diabetic-retinopathy
  2. Diabetic Retinopathy. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetic-retinopathy/symptoms-causes/syc-20371611