Talking to Your Doctor About Glaucoma
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
- Write out your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Don't be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
- What type of glaucoma do I have?
- Did something cause my condition? And if so, what?
- How will my vision be affected now and in the future?
- Based on my medical history, lifestyle, and family background, am I at risk for glaucoma?
- How often should I get a comprehensive eye examination to screen for glaucoma and other eye diseases?
- Who else in my family is at increased risk of having glaucoma? How often should they get a comprehensive eye exam?
- What treatments are used with glaucoma?
- Which treatment options are appropriate for me? Why?
- How long will my treatment last?
- What risks and side effects are associated with my treatment?
- What is likely to happen without treatment?
What medication options are available to me?
- What are the benefits/side effects of these medications?
- Will these medications interact with other medications, over-the-counter products, or dietary or herbal supplements that I am already taking?
- Are there any complementary or alternative therapies available to me?
- Can you recommend any glaucoma support groups?
- What are the chances my treatment will be effective?
- How will I know that my treatment has been effective?
- What can I tell my spouse, children, parents, and other family members and friends about my condition?
- What is my expected prognosis?
- How often will I need checkups?
Questions to ask your doctor. Glaucoma Research Foundation website. Available at: http://www.glaucoma.org/treatment/working-with-your-doctor.php. Accessed July 16, 2013.
Tips for talking to your doctor. American Academy of Family Physicians Family Doctor website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/healthcare-management/working-with-your-doctor/tips-for-talking-to-your-doctor.html. Updated November 2010. Accessed July 26, 2013.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 03/2015 -
- Update Date: 03/15/2015 -
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