Seeing a doctor for glaucoma treatment can seem like a daunting task, but there are several things you can do to make sure you have the most productive visit possible. Follow these suggestions to help your doctor provide the highest level of care.
Pay attention to your symptoms
One of the first things your doctor is going to want to learn about during your visit is how your symptoms are manifesting, and the more detail you can provide them the better their diagnosis and treatment plan will be. Pay attention to the different sensations you experience in the days and weeks prior to your visit, as well as the severity.
Bring a list of medications
Your ophthalmologist will need to know what medications you are currently taking in order to provide the best possible treatment for your glaucoma. Some types of medicine, such as steroidal treatments, can have an effect on your glaucoma. Bring either the medications themselves or a detailed list with you to your appointment. Remember to note everything, even if you take something that you think is unrelated to your glaucoma treatment. Medications can have many different unintended effects that you may not know about.
Keep a glaucoma journal
The best way to take advantage of the time you have with your ophthalmologist is to keep a glaucoma journal that you can use to note important developments. This is where you can track the progression of your symptoms and how certain medications are making you feel, write down any questions you want to ask, and make notes about your diagnosis that the doctor gives you during the appointment. You may think you’ll remember things without it, but writing down information significantly helps with memory retention.
At Florida Eye Specialists, our team of ophthalmologists excels at helping our patients manage their glaucoma with innovative treatments and personalized care. We have the largest private practice team of Glaucoma specialists in the region with 8 locations, including Jacksonville, St. Augustine, and Palatka. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at one of our Jacksonville-area locations, and learn how you can take control of your glaucoma diagnosis.