What to do if you think you might have Dry Eye Disease
It is important that you make an appointment to see your primary care doctor if you are having any eye problems that worry you. Your doctor may then refer you to an eye specialist, possibly an Ophthalmologist.
Your time and your doctor's time is valuable. Dry Eye Disease can be complicated and your doctor and you will have a lot of questions. Certain tests may be needed to determine if you have Dry Eye and its severity.
For this reason, it is a good idea to be well prepared for your appointment. Below is some information to help you get ready and know what to expect from your doctor.
What you can do:
1. Print out and complete the symptoms checklist. Make sure to take it with you when you see your doctor.
2. Write down any symptoms you are experiencing, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for which you scheduled the appointment.
3. Write down key personal information, including any recent life changes.
4. Make a list including frequency and dosage of all of the medications, vitamins, or supplements that you are taking.
5. Write down questions to ask your doctor. We have provided some sample questions for you.
Questions to ask your doctor during your visit:
What is the most likely cause of my dry eyes?
Do I need any tests?
Can dry eyes get better on their own?
What are my treatment options?
What are the potential side effects of each treatment?
Are there alternatives to the primary approach you are recommending?
I have these other health conditions. How can I best manage these conditions together?
Are there any brochures or other printed material that I can take with me? What websites do you recommend for additional information?
Do I need to plan for a follow-up visit?
In addition to the questions that you have prepared to ask your doctor, do not hesitate to ask additional questions that may occur during your appointment.