Preparing for your appointment

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.

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

What you can do

Make a list of:

  • Your symptoms, including any that may seem unrelated to your vision problem and when they began
  • All medications, vitamins or supplements you take, including doses
  • Key personal information, including recent trauma or injury and your family medical history, including whether any family member has an autoimmune disorder
  • Questions to ask your eye doctor

Take a family member or friend to your appointment, if possible, to help you remember information you're given. Also, having your pupils dilated for the eye exam will affect your vision for a time afterward, so it might be helpful to have someone drive you home.

For iritis, some questions to ask your doctor include:

  • 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?
  • I have other health conditions. How can I best manage them together?
  • Do you have brochures or other printed material I can have? What websites do you recommend?

What to expect from your eye doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you several questions, such as:

  • Do you have symptoms 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 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?
  • How are you feeling overall?
Oct. 28, 2016
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