Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Make an appointment with a doctor who specializes in eye care — an optometrist or an ophthalmologist — who can evaluate iritis and perform a complete eye exam.

What you can do

Make the best use of time with your doctor by preparing for your visit.

  • Write down your symptoms, including any that may seem unrelated to your vision problem.
  • Make a list of all medications, vitamins or supplements you're taking.
  • Ask a family member or friend to accompany you. Having your pupils dilated for the eye exam will affect your vision for a time afterward. You may need someone to drive or accompany you after your appointment.

Questions to ask your eye doctor

  • Can iritis permanently affect my vision?
  • Do I need to come back for follow-up exams? When?
  • What should I do if my symptoms don't go away or seem to worsen?

Questions your eye doctor may ask

  • When did you first notice symptoms?
  • Are symptoms present in one or both eyes?
  • Do you feel pain in your eye after touching your eyelid?
  • Do you have headaches?
  • Does bright light worsen your eye pain?
  • Is your vision blurred?
  • Do you have trouble with near or distance vision?
  • Have you recently had an injury or other trauma to your eye?
  • Have you recently been ill?
  • Do you have symptoms of arthritis, such as joint pain?
  • Do you have sores in your mouth or on your genitals?
  • Have you been diagnosed with iritis before?
  • Have you been diagnosed with other eye conditions?
Feb. 14, 2014