To check for macular degeneration, a dilated eye exam is generally necessary. Make an appointment with a doctor who specializes in eye care — an optometrist or an ophthalmologist — who can evaluate your condition and perform a comprehensive eye exam.
What you can do
Appointments can be brief. Make the best use of the limited time by preparing beforehand. For instance:
- Be aware of any pre-appointment restrictions. When you make the appointment, ask if there's anything you need to do in advance.
- Write down any symptoms you're experiencing, including any that may seem unrelated to your vision problem.
- Make a list of all medications, vitamins or supplements that you're taking.
- Ask a family member or friend to accompany you. Having your pupils dilated for the eye exam may compromise your vision for a time afterward. You may need someone to drive or accompany you home from your appointment.
Questions to ask your eye doctor
- What kind of macular degeneration do I have?
- What is the visual acuity in my central vision?
- How advanced is my macular degeneration?
- Is it safe for me to drive?
- Will I experience further vision loss?
- Will taking a vitamin or mineral supplement help prevent further vision loss?
- What's the best way to monitor my vision for any changes?
- What low vision aids or adaptive devices might be helpful to me?
Questions your eye doctor may ask
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- When did you first notice your vision problem?
- Does the condition affect one or both eyes?
- Do you have trouble seeing things near to you, at a distance or both?
- Do you smoke?
- Do you have other medical problems such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes?
- Do you take any vitamins or supplements?
- What medications do you take?
- What types of foods do you eat?
- Do you have a family history of macular degeneration?
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