What Are Some of the Questions I Should Ask My Eye Doctor?

  1. What changes can I expect in my vision?
  2. Will my vision loss get worse? How much of my vision will I lose?
  3. Will regular eyeglasses improve my vision?
  4. What medical/surgical treatments are available for my condition?
  5. What can I do to protect or prolong my vision?
  6. Will diet, exercise, or other lifestyle changes help?
  7. If my vision can't be corrected, can you refer me to a specialist in low vision?
  8. Where can I get a low vision examination and evaluation? Where can I get vision rehabilitation?
  9. What is the name of my eye condition?
  10. What is my visual acuity (Central vision)?
  11. What is my visual field (Side vision)?
  12. Are there other tests?
  13. What about a second opinion?
  14. Are there any optical or non-optical aids that can help me use my remaining vision to the fullest extent possible?
  15. Are there any mobility aids to help me move around more safely?
  16. Do any of your other patients have this condition? Would they be willing to talk with my family and me?
  17. Do you have any educational materials that describe this condition?
  18. Are there any organizations that provide services to individuals with this or related eye conditions?

Input from the National Eye Institute