If you have eye discomfort, headache or vision changes that don't improve with self-care, make an appointment with your doctor.
Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment.
What you can do
- List any symptoms you've been having and for how long.
- List your key medical information, including any other medical conditions and any medications, vitamins and supplements you're taking.
- Keep a daily log of the time you spend on activities that strain your eyes, such as looking at digital devices, reading and being exposed to glare.
- List questions to ask your doctor. Creating a list of questions can help you make the most of your time with your doctor.
For eyestrain, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:
- What is likely causing my signs and symptoms?
- What are other possible causes?
- Do I need any tests to confirm the diagnosis?
- What treatment approach do you recommend?
- What changes could I make to my work or home environment, including my computer desk, to help reduce symptoms?
- What other self-care measures might help me?
- Do I need to return for a follow-up appointment?
- Do you suggest that I see a specialist?
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor may ask a number of questions, such as:
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- What are your symptoms?
- When did you first notice these symptoms?
- Have your symptoms changed over time?
- How severe is your discomfort?
- Do you use a computer? If so, how is it set up?
- Do you work in an air-conditioned environment or does a fan or vent blow air around your face?
- How much time do you spend on digital devices each day?
- Does anything in particular seem to trigger your symptoms?
- Does anything help relieve your symptoms?
- When was your last vision exam?
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