Preparing for your appointmentBy Mayo Clinic staff
Make an appointment with a doctor who specializes in eye care — an optometrist or an ophthalmologist — who can evaluate iritis and perform a complete eye exam.
What you can do
Make the best use of limited time with your doctor by preparing beforehand.
- Write down your symptoms, including any that may seem unrelated to your vision problem.
- Make a list of all medications, vitamins or supplements that you're taking.
- Ask a family member or friend to accompany you. Having your pupils dilated for the eye exam will affect your vision for a time afterward. You may need someone to drive or accompany you after your appointment.
Questions to ask your eye doctor
- Can iritis permanently affect my vision?
- Do I need to come back for any follow-up exams? When?
- What should I do if my symptoms don't go away or seem to worsen?
Questions your eye doctor may ask
- When did you first notice symptoms?
- Are symptoms present in one or both eyes?
- Do you feel pain in your eye after touching your eyelid?
- Do you have headaches?
- Does bright light worsen your eye pain?
- Do you have blurred vision?
- Do you have trouble seeing things near you, at a distance or both?
- Have you recently experienced an injury or other trauma to your eye?
- Have you recently had a viral-like illness?
- Do you have symptoms of arthritis, such as joint pain?
- Do you have any sores in your mouth or on your genitals?
- Have you been diagnosed or treated for iritis before?
- Have you been diagnosed or treated for any other eye condition?
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