I've been referred to see an eye doctor at the hospital, how can I prepare?

Preparing for your appointment can help you get the most out of your time with your eye doctor. We’ve put together some useful tips to help you get ready for your appointment.
What to take with you:
  • Your list of questions and concerns so you don’t forget to ask.
  • Details of any medications you are taking, even if they’re not to do with your eyes.
  • The glasses or contact lenses you currently use (check before your appointment if you can wear your contact lenses or not).
  • Any letters or records you have about your eyes – even if they’re not about the current issue you have.
  • A pen and paper so you can write down important information, if you want to.

Things to think about:

  • How you’d like to receive information about your appointments, for example if you would prefer letters in the post or by email and any other accessibility requirements
  • If you will need an interpreter
  • If you'll need the service to adapt their approach for any specific needs. For example, if you have hearing loss or memory issues
  • If you have reduced mobility and if you need any support getting around the hospital
  • If you wear contact lenses, ask the hospital if you should wear them to your appointment or not
  • Will you be allowed to drive home from your appointment. Eye drops are often used at appointments, which can blur your vision and prevent you from driving yourself home
  • Would taking someone with you, to help remember what was discussed, be helpful to you.

Things to tell the eye doctor:

  • Any eye related symptoms you’re experiencing and when they started.
  • You and your family’s medical history. You should include general health and eye health.
  • Anything you’re worried about with your eyes.
Questions to ask at your appointment:
  • What is the diagnosis and what does it mean?
  • Where can I get more information about my condition?
  • When is my next appointment?
  • Are there any signs or symptoms I should tell the hospital about if they happen before my next appointment?
  • If they are recommending treatment, what is the treatment and why is it needed (with clear instructions)?

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