Preparing for your appointmentBy Mayo Clinic Staff
You're likely to first see your family doctor or primary care provider. You may be referred to an eye disease specialist (ophthalmologist).
Here's some information to help you prepare for your appointment.
What you can do
- List any symptoms you're experiencing, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for which you scheduled the appointment.
- If you've received a diagnosis of rosacea, be prepared to discuss your treatment history.
- List key personal information, including any major stresses or recent life changes.
- Make a list of all medications, vitamins and supplements you're taking.
- List questions to ask your doctor.
Preparing a list of questions for your doctor can help you make the most of your time together. List your questions from most important to least important. For ocular rosacea, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:
- What is likely causing my symptoms?
- Do I need tests to confirm the diagnosis?
- Is my condition temporary or chronic?
- What is the best course of action?
- What are the alternatives to the primary approach you're suggesting?
- I have other medical conditions. How can I best manage them together?
- Do I need to follow any restrictions?
- Is there a generic alternative to the medicine you're prescribing?
Don't hesitate to ask any other questions that arise during your appointment.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, including:
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- When did you begin experiencing symptoms?
- Have your symptoms been continuous or occasional?
- How severe are your symptoms?
- Have you noticed any changes in your skin, such as redness, bumps or flushing?
- Have you noticed any changes in vision?
- What, if anything, seems to improve your symptoms?
- What, if anything, seems to trigger or worsen your symptoms?
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