Preparing for your appointmentBy Mayo Clinic Staff
In most nonemergency situations, you will start by seeing a family doctor or an eye specialist (ophthalmologist). You may be referred to a doctor specializing in nervous system disorders (neurologist) or a specialist in both neurological disorders and disorders affecting the eye and visual pathways (neuro-ophthalmologist).
What you can do
Before your appointment, make a list that includes the following:
- Signs or symptoms — or any changes from normal — that may be causing concern
- Past and recent illnesses or injuries
- All medications — including over-the-counter drugs and dietary supplements — and the dosage you take of each medication
- Any significant changes or stresses in your life
If possible, provide your doctor with relatively recent photographs — but photos taken before the onset of symptoms. These images may help your doctor assess the current condition of your affected eye.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor will take a history of your symptoms and conduct a general medical examination. He or she is likely to ask you a number of questions, including:
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- When did you begin experiencing symptoms?
- Have the symptoms changed or worsened over time?
- Do you have a history of cancer?
- Have you experienced any recent injury or trauma?
- Have you experienced any head, neck, shoulder or arm pain?
- Do you have a history of migraines or cluster headaches?
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