You may be referred to a doctor who specializes in treating eye disorders in children (pediatric ophthalmologist).
Because appointments can be brief and there's often a lot of ground to cover, it's a good idea to arrive prepared. Here's some information to help you get ready.
What you can do
Make a list of the following:
- Symptoms, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason why you scheduled the appointment
- All medications, vitamins and supplements your child is taking, including doses
- Key medical information, including other conditions or allergies your child has
- Any family history of eye problems, such as lazy eye, cataracts or glaucoma
- Questions to ask your doctor
Questions to ask your doctor
For lazy eye, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:
- What is the likely cause of my child's lazy eye?
- Is there any other possible diagnosis?
- What treatment options are most likely to help my child?
- How much improvement can we expect with treatment?
- Is my child at risk of other complications from this condition?
- Is my child at risk of a recurrence of this condition?
- What treatment options are available if there is a recurrence?
- How often should my child be seen for follow-up visits?
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, such as:
- Does your child appear to have problems seeing well?
- Do your child's eyes ever appear to cross or wander?
- Does your child hold things close?
- Does your child squint?
- Have you noticed anything else unusual about your child's vision?
- Do your child's eyelids droop?
- Have your child's eyes been injured?
May 03, 2016
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