Preparing for your appointment

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?
  • Will poor color vision affect my current or future occupation?
  • Are there treatments for poor color vision?
  • Do you have any brochures or other printed materials I can have? What websites do you recommend?
  • Are there special glasses or contact lenses I can wear to improve my color vision?

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, such as:

  • When did you first notice having trouble seeing certain colors?
  • Does it affect one eye or both?
  • Does anyone in your family (including parents and grandparents) have poor color vision?
  • Do you have any medical conditions?
  • Are you exposed to chemicals in your workplace?
  • Are you taking any medicines or supplements?