Questions to Ask your Doctor

You may feel overwhelmed by the information you receive at your appointment so it can be useful to make a list of questions beforehand to take with you. Here are some suggestions that might be helpful;

  • What is my diagnosis?

  • How will my vision be affected?

A doctor will not be able to give you an exact answer to this question as everyone is different and conditions can progress at different rates in different people. They will be able to tell you which parts of your vision are most likely to be affected, for example, your central vision or peripheral vision.

  • How will it affect my home and work life?

The doctor may be able to give you an example of how the condition will affect an everyday task such as reading or driving.

  • What is the short-term and long-term prognosis for my disease or condition?

Many conditions will cause your vision to change over time. A doctor will not be able to give you an exact prognosis or time line but may able to give you an idea of what can happen in the short and long term in most cases of your condition.

  • What caused the disease or condition?

Is your condition genetic or can it be affected by lifestyle or environmental factors.

  • Are there local agencies or organisations that can help me learn more about my condition and vision loss?

There may be an organisation or support group that deals specifically with your condition, and may be able to give you more information.

  • Has my vision changed since my last visit?

  • Could medication or health supplements I take have any effect on my vision?

If this is something you are unsure about, bring a list of any medications or supplements to your appointment and ask your doctor about them.