What to ask your GP
Coping with your diagnosis
What is glaucoma?
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A good relationship with your doctor, optometrist, or hospital
specialist can make a big difference to the success of your
treatment and to your general wellbeing. If you can communicate
honestly and openly, he or she will be better able to prescribe a
programme of treatment and care that's best for you.
If you're being checked to see if you have glaucoma, there is a number of key things you should try to let your doctor or specialist know, including:
If you've already been diagnosed with glaucoma, let the healthcare team know:
If you have accidentally missed some of your eye drops or you're having problems coping with taking the eye drops. It can be tempting to hold back on facts like these, but hiding information could affect and even hinder your treatment and care and the healthcare team are there to help you work out a way of taking your medicine that suits you.
Don't be afraid to ask if you're not sure about any of your doctor's or specialist's recommendations. If you feel there's a lot to remember, you may find it helps to take notes while talking with your doctor.Make sure you understand all you want to know about your condition, and know why certain treatment options have been suggested. It can be difficult to know what questions to ask about your condition but remember that it is your vision that is at stake so it's important to take an active role.You could consider asking:
And if you are prescribed treatment:
You might also want to ask:
Don't think you are wasting your doctor's time if you have lots of questions and concerns. Your health is important, so if you do feel that you need more time with the doctor you could always ask whether a double appointment is available. This may not be possible when you see a specialist.
If you and your doctor decide you should receive medication for your glaucoma, you may find that the healthcare professional you have the most contact with is your local pharmacist.It's good to remember that your pharmacist is more than just someone who sells you your medication. A pharmacist is an expert on how medicines work and interact, and can advise you about any safety concerns - especially important if you're taking more than one medicine at the same time.As part of the service to make sure your medications are right for you and that you're getting the best from them, your Pharmacist can offer you a free Medicines Use Review (MUR).
Understanding how the NHS works - and what NHS services are available in your area - can help you to get the most out of your interactions with healthcare professionals. This will enable you to manage your condition better and live your life in the best possible health.
CA/SS/NON/0097 Date of preparation May 2013
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