Preparing for your appointmentBy Mayo Clinic staff
You can start by seeing your family doctor or a general practitioner, or you may make an appointment directly with a doctor who specializes in eye disorders (ophthalmologist or optometrist).
Your time with your doctor is limited, so preparing a list of questions can help you make the most of your time together. For poor color vision, some basic questions to ask include:
- How might having poor color vision affect my life?
- Are there any treatments for poor color vision?
- Are there any brochures or other printed material that I can take with me? What websites do you recommend?
- Are there special glasses or contact lenses that I can wear to help the problem?
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, such as:
- When did you first notice that you were having trouble seeing certain colors?
- Does anyone in your family (including parents and grandparents) have poor color vision?
- Do you have any medical disorders?
- Are you taking any medicines or supplements?
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