You have a unique medical history. Therefore, it is essential
to talk with your doctor or health care provider about your personal
risk factors and/or experience with glaucoma. By talking
openly and regularly with your health care provider, you can
take an active role in your care.
General Tips for Gathering Information
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to
your health care provider:
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person
hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
- Write out your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing.
Ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Don't be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information
about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
Specific Questions to Ask Your Health Care Provider
- What type of glaucoma do I have?
- Did something cause my condition? And if so, what?
- How will my vision be affected now and in the future?
About Your Risk of Developing Glaucoma?
- Based on my medical history, lifestyle, and family
background, am I at risk for glaucoma?
- Is there anything I can do to reduce my risk of
About Treatment Options
- What treatments are used with glaucoma?
- Which treatment options are appropriate for me? Why?
- How long will my treatment last?
- What risks and side effects are associated with my treatment?
- What is likely to happen without treatment?
- What medication options are available to me?
- What are the benefits/side effects of these
- Will these medications interact with other
medications, over-the-counter products, or dietary or
herbal supplements that I am already taking?
- Are there any complementary or alternative therapies
available to me?
About Lifestyle Changes
- Should I follow a special diet?
- If dietary changes are advised, how should I go about making them?
- Will exercise help my condition? And if so, what type of exercise?
- Can you recommend any glaucoma support groups?
- What are the chances my treatment will be effective?
- How will I know that my treatment has been effective?
- What can I tell my husband, children, parents, and other
family members and friends about my condition?
- What is my expected prognosis?
- How often will I need checkups?
American Academy of Ophthalmology
National Eye Institute
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