You can start by seeing your family doctor or a general practitioner, or make an appointment with a doctor who specializes in eye disorders (ophthalmologist or optometrist).
Preparing a list of questions can help you make the most of your time with your doctor. For poor color vision, some basic questions to ask include:
- How might having poor color vision affect my life?
- Are there treatments for poor color vision?
- Are there brochures or other printed materials I can have? What websites do you recommend?
- Are there special glasses or contact lenses I can wear to help the problem?
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, such as:
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- When did you first notice having trouble seeing certain colors?
- Does anyone in your family (including parents and grandparents) have poor color vision?
- Do you have any medical conditions?
- Are you taking any medicines or supplements?
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