Preparing for your appointmentBy Mayo Clinic staff
If you suspect you have ectropion, you may start by seeing your primary care doctor. However, you may then be referred to a doctor who specializes in treating eye disorders (ophthalmologist).
Because appointments can be brief and there's often a lot of ground to cover, it's a good idea to arrive prepared. Here's some information to help you get ready, and what to expect from your doctor.
What you can do
- Write down any symptoms you're experiencing, as well as how long it has been since you first noticed these symptoms.
- Bring an older photograph. You may wish to bring a photograph of yourself before your ectropion was noticeable so that your doctor can observe the difference in your eyelid appearance.
- Make a list of all medications, vitamins or supplements that you're taking.
- Write down questions to ask your doctor.
Preparing a list of questions can help make the most of the time with your doctor. For ectropion, some basic questions include:
- What do you think is causing my symptoms?
- Do I need any tests?
- Is this condition temporary or long lasting?
- Will ectropion affect my vision?
- What treatments are available, and which do you recommend?
- What types of side effects can I expect from treatment?
- I have other health conditions. How can I best manage these conditions together?
- Is there a generic alternative to the medicine you're prescribing me?
- Are there any brochures or other printed material that I can take with me? What websites do you recommend?
- Will the repair of ectropion be considered a cosmetic procedure or medically necessary by my insurance company?
In addition to the questions that you've prepared, don't hesitate to ask any additional questions that occur to your during your appointment?
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions. Being ready to answer them may reserve time to go over points you want to spend more time on. Your doctor may ask:
- When did your symptoms begin?
- Do you have any chronic medical conditions?
- Have you had any previous eye or eyelid surgery?
- Have you had any other eye problems, such as an eye infection?
- Are you taking aspirin or any other medication that thins your blood?
- Have had any radiation to your face for cancer or other problems?
- Are you using any eyedrops?
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