Most patients do not ask the right questions when they visit their optometrist. It ought not to be so. I have observed that quite a number of patients only preoccupy themselves with telling their eye doctor about their complaints. Once the doctor finishes writing his diagnosis and treatment for them, they just go without asking further questions.
It is your right to know and your responsibility to ask your doctor questions concerning your diagnosis and treatment. Don’t expect that the doctor will spontaneously educate you about your diagnosis and treatment. Because sometimes, doctors may not explain anything to you if you never ask them.
Therefore, going to see your doctor should be a planned activity. You can find some helpful suggestions on how to prepare for a doctor’s visit here.
Questions You Should Ask Your Optometrist About Your Diagnosis
Here are some important questions you need to ask your optometrist (eye doctor) after your examination. These questions will help you understand your condition better and avoid vision loss.
What is my diagnosis?
Your diagnosis is the actual problem you’re having with your eye. Never leave your eye doctor’s office without asking him to tell you what the problem is. Knowing this will help you too to understand your condition better. You will also become more informed about your eye health.
What caused my condition?
This is the next important question to ask your optometrist. Knowing the cause of your eye problem can help you control the problem. If you know the root cause of your eye problem, you’ll try as much as possible not to trigger the causative agent. This way, you will be able to prevent a re-occurrence of the eye condition.
Can my condition be treated?
Drugs or medication may not be able to cure all eye problems. Ask to Know if your condition can be treated with drugs or not. It helps clam you down and inform you of positive prognosis, and good management of the eye condition.
Some eye diseases cannot be treated; they can only be managed. Glaucoma, for example, can be managed; It cannot be treated. Asking this question will help you know what treatment options are available for the eye condition.
How will this condition affect my vision now and in the future?
This is another important question to ask because your vision might not improve after you get some eye conditions. Most eye conditions severely affect the vision, which in turn worsens your vision even after the eye condition have been treated. We can experience this in conditions like hypertensive retinopathy and diabetic retinopathy, among many others.
Conversely, some other eye conditions do not affect the vision after treatment. During the course of the eye problem your vision can be poor, but once you get the appropriate treatment, your vision goes back to being very excellent.
Should I watch for any particular symptoms and notify you if they occur?
There are occasions when a follow-up visit is necessary when treating your eye condition, So its important to ask your optometrist what to look out for. This will help you to be more sensitive to any change you notice in or around your eye. Sometimes, it might be a reaction from the medication you’re using, or it could be a sign of another eye problem. So you need to be very sensitive to any symptoms and report to your optometrist as soon as possible for further follow up.
Should I make any lifestyle changes?
Our life style often cause most of the eye conditions we experience. Things like smoking, taking of alcohol, exposure of the eye to dust, sun, dry air, blue light from your digital device screens, prolonged screen time, lack of quality sleep e.t.c., all have negative impact on our eyesight.
In many cases, making the needed lifestyle change can contribute immensely to the successful treatment of your eye condition. Therefore, it is important that you ask your optometrist about this before leaving his office.
So next time you visit your optometrist, don’t forget to ask the following questions. Remember, your optometrist may also question you about several things; never give false information to your optometrist, because it can do more harm than good. No need to feel embarrassed, because your doctor is there to help you. The more information they have, the better for you.
Don’t lie about
- Your age.
- Herbs or traditional medicine you’re using, (if any).
- Your sexual issues.
- Smoking/Drinking habits.
- Your marital status.
- Financial capabilities.
- Other medical conditions.