Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Glaucoma usually doesn't cause any noticeable symptoms until it has caused permanent damage. Ask your primary care doctor how often you need to see an eye doctor (ophthalmologist) for a comprehensive eye exam and follow that schedule.

If you have any new eye symptoms or vision problems, make an appointment with your ophthalmologist or ask your doctor for a referral.

Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment.

What you can do

Before your appointment make a list of:

  • Symptoms you've been having, and for how long
  • All medications, supplements and vitamins you take, including the doses
  • Any eye problems you've had in the past, such as vision changes or eye discomfort
  • Questions to ask your doctor

Some basic questions to ask your doctor include:

  • Do I have signs of glaucoma?
  • What tests do I need to confirm a diagnosis?
  • What treatment approach do you recommend?
  • What are the alternatives to the primary approach you're suggesting?
  • Do I need to follow any activity restrictions?
  • What other self-care measures might help me?
  • What is the long-term outlook in my case?
  • How often do I need to return for follow-up visits?
  • Do I need to see an additional specialist?
  • I have these other health conditions. How can I best manage them together?

What to expect from your doctor

A doctor who sees you for possible glaucoma is likely to ask you a number of questions, such as:

  • Have you had any eye discomfort or vision problems?
  • Do you have any other signs or symptoms that concern you?
  • Do you have any family history of glaucoma or other eye problems?
  • What eye screening tests have you had and when?
  • Have you been diagnosed with any other medical conditions?
  • Are you using any eyedrops?
  • Are you using any vitamins or supplements?
Sept. 15, 2015