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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.
  • 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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Last Review Date: 2018 Nov 2
  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
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