Preparing for your appointmentBy Mayo Clinic staff
Preparing a list of questions will help you make the most of your time with your doctor. For bags under eyes, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:
- What's likely causing my symptoms?
- Is my condition likely temporary or chronic?
- What treatment approach do you recommend, if any?
- What will the treatments cost? Does medical insurance cover these costs?
- What results can I expect?
- Is there anything I can do at home to improve my symptoms?
- What kind of follow-up, if any, should I expect?
Don't hesitate to ask other questions that occur to you.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, including:
- When did you first notice the puffiness under your eyes?
- Have your symptoms been continuous or occasional?
- What, if anything, seems to improve your symptoms?
- What, if anything, appears to worsen your symptoms?
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