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Questions to Ask Your Eye Care Professional

If you have been diagnosed with AMD, your ability to ask the right questions and receive accurate information is crucial. Armed with the best information, you can address appropriate options for treatment, rehabilitation and support services together with your eye care provider.

The more you know about your condition and prospects the higher your chances of maintaining the highest possible quality of life.

 
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  • What is my exact diagnosis?
  • Do I have dry or wet AMD?
    • What is the typical progression for an individual with my eye condition?
  • Can you see any symptoms in the other eye (if you only have it in one eye)?
    • What treatment options and/or care do you recommend?
  • How will each of these treatments and/or care options help me?
  • What are the risks and side effects for my unique eye condition?
  • What are the proven and unproven benefits of treatment for my unique eye condition?
  • Are the differences in the evidence gathered through randomized clinical trials versus clinical studies significant for me?
  • Regardless of cost or coverage by my insurance, what are some alternative treatments?
  • Should I watch for any particular symptoms and notify you if they occur?
  • Will a change in my regular glasses help at all?
  • Where can I access other supports such as low vision rehabilitation or counseling?
  • What can I do to protect or prolong my vision?
  • Who can recommend a vitamin/mineral program for me that might be helpful?

In addition, it is important to keep a record of your condition from each visit to your doctor. Bring a long a notebook and also ask your doctor to provide you with copies of any reports. The information you need:

  • Current diagnosis
  • Visual acuity measurement (the 20/20 to 20/200 (legal blindness) measurement in the US or 6/6 to 6/60 in countries on the metric system)
  • A description of the appearance of the retina and the macula
  • Any procedures performed
  • Any recommended medications or treatments

Taking a friend or relative to the consultation with your doctor may help you remember all important pieces of information and give you confidence to ask these essential questions.

 

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AMD Alliance International is not a medical organisation, therefore we can only provide general information that is not intended to be a substitute for a proper medical assessment. Please read our eye health information disclaimer.

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