If you have signs and symptoms of optic neuritis, you'll likely see your family doctor or a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating eye diseases (ophthalmologist or neuro-ophthalmologist).
Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment.
What you can do
Make a list of:
- Your symptoms, especially vision changes
- Key personal information, including any recent stressors, major life changes and family and personal medical history, including recent infections and other conditions you have
- All medications, vitamins and other supplements you take, including doses
- Questions to ask your doctor
Take a family member or friend along, if possible, to help you remember the information you're given.
For optic neuritis, questions to ask your doctor include:
- What is likely causing my symptoms?
- Are there other possible causes?
- What tests do I need?
- What treatments do you recommend?
- What are the possible side effects of the medications you're recommending?
- How long will it take for my eyesight to improve?
- Does this put me at greater risk of developing multiple sclerosis, and, if so, what can I do to prevent it?
- I have other health conditions. How can I best manage these conditions together?
- Do you have brochures or other printed material I can have? What websites do you recommend?
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, such as:
- How would you describe your symptoms?
- How significantly has your vision decreased?
- Do colors look less vivid?
- Have your symptoms changed over time?
- Does anything seem to improve or worsen your symptoms?
- Have you noticed problems with movement and coordination or numbness or weakness in your arms and legs?
Nov. 04, 2016
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