Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

If you have eye discomfort, headache or vision changes that don't improve with self-care, make an appointment with your doctor.

Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment.

What you can do

  • List any symptoms you've been having and for how long.
  • List your key medical information, including any other medical conditions and any medications, vitamins and supplements you're taking.
  • Keep a daily log of the time you spend on activities that strain your eyes, such as looking at digital devices, reading and being exposed to glare.
  • List questions to ask your doctor. Creating a list of questions can help you make the most of your time with your doctor.

For eyestrain, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:

  • What is likely causing my signs and symptoms?
  • What are other possible causes?
  • Do I need any tests to confirm the diagnosis?
  • What treatment approach do you recommend?
  • What changes could I make to my work or home environment, including my computer desk, to help reduce symptoms?
  • What other self-care measures might help me?
  • Do I need to return for a follow-up appointment?
  • Do you suggest that I see a specialist?

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor may ask a number of questions, such as:

  • What are your symptoms?
  • When did you first notice these symptoms?
  • Have your symptoms changed over time?
  • How severe is your discomfort?
  • Do you use a computer? If so, how is it set up?
  • Do you work in an air-conditioned environment or does a fan or vent blow air around your face?
  • How much time do you spend on digital devices each day?
  • Does anything in particular seem to trigger your symptoms?
  • Does anything help relieve your symptoms?
  • When was your last vision exam?
Aug. 13, 2015