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Diabetic Retinopathy

Questions to Ask

You can protect yourself against vision loss by working with your eye care professional. Ask questions and get the information you need to take care of yourself and your family.
You might want to ask your eye care professional the following questions about your diabetic retinopathy:
  • What is my diagnosis?
  • What caused my condition?
  • Can my condition be treated?
  • How will this condition affect my vision now and in the future?
  • Should I watch for any particular symptoms and notify you if they occur?
  • Should I make any lifestyle changes?
You should ask the following questions about your diabetic retinopathy treatment:
  • What is the treatment for my condition?
  • When will the treatment start and how long will it last?
  • What are the benefits of this treatment? How successful is it?
  • What are the risks and side effects associated with this diabetic retinopathy treatment?
  • Are there foods, drugs, or activities I should avoid while I'm on this treatment?
  • If my treatment includes taking medicine, what should I do if I miss a dose?
You should ask the following questions about tests available for diabetic retinopathy:
  • What kinds of tests will I have?
  • What can I expect to find out from these tests?
  • When will I know the results?
  • Do I have to do anything special to prepare for any of the diabetic retinopathy tests?
  • Do these tests have any side effects or risks?
  • Will I need more tests later?
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