At Your Appointment

Glaucoma Appointment Guide

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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.
  • Has your medical history changed since our last visit?
  • Have you started, stopped or changed medicines for another disease or condition?
  • Have you noticed any vision changes since our last visit?
  • How often do you miss a dose of your eye drops or ocular vitamin supplements?
  • Does your current treatment fit your daily routine well or do we need to consider changes to make it easier for you?
  • When was your last comprehensive eye exam?
  • Are you having any vision changes or symptoms, such as blind spots? Do your symptoms affect one or both eyes?
  • Are you having any other non-eye-related symptoms?
  • Do you have heart disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes?
  • Have you ever had an eye injury or eye surgery? Do you or family members have a history of eye problems?
  • Are you having any side effects from your eye drops, such as blurred vision or eye redness or stinging?
  • What is your main concern about a glaucoma diagnosis?
  • What new symptoms or vision problems are you experiencing?
  • How do you diagnose glaucoma?
  • Do I have signs or symptoms of glaucoma?
  • Do people always have symptoms with glaucoma?
  • What treatments are available for glaucoma?
  • Are there lifestyle changes I can make to improve my vision?
  • What kind of glaucoma do I have?
  • What treatment do you recommend for my particular case? How do you determine whether I need medication, laser, surgery, or combination therapy?
  • How does glaucoma typically progress? What can I do to slow the progression?
  • How do my optic nerves look? How often do I need follow-up eye exams?
  • Are there any activity restrictions I need to follow?
  • Are there any other lifestyle changes I can make to help my glaucoma?
  • What are the side effects of my glaucoma eye drops?
  • What are the side effects of my glaucoma eye drops?
  • What is the best treatment for my glaucoma?
  • How would you rate the level of optic nerve damage, if any?
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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Last Review Date: 2018 Nov 2
THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
  1. Care of the Patient with Open Angle Glaucoma. American Optometric Association. https://www.aoa.org/documents/optometrists/QRG-9.pdf
  2. Glaucoma. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/glaucoma/symptoms-causes/syc-20372839