Questions for Your Eye Doctor

The more information you have about your condition, the more you’ll be able to take the right steps and begin the most appropriate treatment regimen with your eye doctor.

Below is a list of helpful questions that you can ask your eye doctor if you’re diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

  • What is my exact diagnosis?

  • Do I have dry or wet AMD​?

  • What are the risks and side effects?

  • Are there any indications of early AMD in the other eye? (If you only have AMD in one eye)

  • What is the typical progression for someone with this disease?

  • Do you know how my vision will be affected in the near and distant future? Do you know if my vision will get worse?

  • Are there any signs or symptoms that I should watch for and notify you about?

  • How often should I get my eyes examined?

  • How do I make an appointment if I notice a significant change in my vision? What do I do if I can’t reach your office?

  • What can I do to protect or prolong my vision?

  • Can I make any lifestyle changes to try to prevent further vision loss?

  • Would a vitamin/mineral program be helpful for me? Who can recommend such a program?

  • Can my AMD be treated? What are your recommendations? Are there any other options?

  • What are the benefits and risks associated with treatment? What is the success rate?

  • How will my vision be affected after treatment?

  • How will each of these treatments and/or care options help me?

  • ​​Is the recommended treatment approved by Health Canada?​
  • What are the proven and unproven benefits of treatment for AMD?

  • How soon should I have the treatment? Who will perform the treatment? Where will it take place?

  • Will my provincial health plan or my insurance cover the treatments? 

  • Regardless of cost or coverage by my insurance, what are some alternative treatments?

  • What will happen if I don’t pursue treatment and/or make lifestyle changes? What will happen if I do?

  • Do you have any written information or resources so I can learn more about AMD?

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