Preparing for your appointmentBy Mayo Clinic staff
If you have signs and symptoms of entropion, you're likely to start by seeing your primary care doctor. However, you may then be referred to a doctor trained in treating eye disorders (ophthalmologist).
Because appointments can be brief, and because there's often a lot to talk about, 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
- Make a list of all medications, vitamins or supplements that you're taking.
- Write down any symptoms you're experiencing, including any details about changes in your vision.
- Write down questions to ask your doctor.
Your time with your doctor is limited, so preparing a list of questions will help you make the most of your time together. List your questions from most important to least important in case time runs out. For entropion, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:
- What's the most likely cause of my symptoms?
- What kinds of tests do I need? Do these tests require any special preparation?
- Is this condition temporary or long lasting?
- Can entropion damage my vision?
- What treatments are available, and which do you recommend?
- What are the risks of surgery?
- Are there any alternatives to surgery?
- Are there any brochures or other printed material that I can take with me? What websites do you recommend?
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions. Being ready to answer them may make time for additional questions you may have. Your doctor may ask:
- When did you first begin experiencing symptoms?
- Do you have any chronic medical conditions?
- Have you had any previous eye surgery?
- Have you had any other eye problems, such as an eye infection?
- Are you taking any blood thinners?
- Are you taking aspirin?
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