Preparing for your appointmentBy Mayo Clinic staff
If you're concerned about your eye floaters, make an appointment with a doctor who specializes in eye disorders (an optometrist or an ophthalmologist). If you have complications that require treatment, you'll need to see an ophthalmologist. Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment and what to expect from your doctor.
What you can do
- Write down any symptoms you're experiencing. Try to make note of any situations that increase the number of eye floaters you see or times when you see fewer eye floaters.
- Make a list of all medications, including all vitamins or supplements, that you're taking.
- Write down questions to ask your doctor.
Your time with your doctor is limited, so preparing a list of questions can help you make the most of your time together. For eye floaters, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:
- Why do I see these eye floaters?
- Will they always be there?
- What can I do to prevent more from occurring?
- Are there any treatments available?
- What types of side effects can I expect from treatment?
- Are there brochures or other printed material that I can take with me? What websites do you recommend?
- Do I need to come back for a follow-up appointment, and if so, when?
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, such as:
- When did you first begin experiencing symptoms?
- Have your symptoms been continuous or occasional?
- Have you recently noticed many new floaters?
- Have you seen flashes of light?
- Does anything seem to improve or worsen your symptoms?
- Have you ever had eye surgery?
- Do you have any medical conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure?
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