Doctor Discussion Guide

Most patients lack any real relationship with their healthcare provider, so an awkward dialogue takes place during most discussions in doctor’s offices. Here are the essential questions to be thinking about before going to your appointment, and questions to review with your healthcare provider to get the most out of the visit. Just select a condition in the box below and your prep list will appear below.

Dry Eye Syndrome Discussion Guide

Written by eHealth Navigator Monday, 20 August 2012 2:33PM

Preparing for your next doctor visit may improve the discussion about your chronic dry eye problem and treatment options.

Answer the dry eye questions below and take this with you when you visit your eye doctor. The more information you provide for your eye doctor, the more it will help your doctor select the treatment that works best for you.

1. Have you been using artificial tears for a long time?

• Yes
• No

If yes how long?

2. Have you tried many types of artificial tears or dry eye medications?

• Yes
• No

3. If yes, have you tried any of the following?

• Clear Eyes
• GenTeal
• Refresh Optive
• Refresh
• Restasis
• Soothe XP
• Systane
• Tears Naturale
• Thera Tears
• Visine Tears
• Other:

4. Are you using artificial tears often?

• Yes
• No

If Yes, how often?

5. Do you feel like your use of artificial tears has increased over time?

• Yes
• No

6. Are your dry eyes affecting your daily activities?

• Yes 
• No

If you answered yes, please let your doctor know what activities are affected:

7. Are you concerned about your dry eyes?

• Yes
• No

8. Are you satisfied with your current dry eye treatment?

• Yes
• No

If no, tell your doctor.

Chronic dry eye issues should be evaluated like any other illness.  If you don’t want to wait for your annual eye appointment, contact your eye doctor  and make an appointment to discuss treatment options for your type of dry eye.
 

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