There are many questions that run through our heads before we go to the doctors. It is no different when we go to the eye care professional about our Keratoconus. Being prepared for the doctor is very important. Many of us gather our medications, write lists of symptoms, and even write up a list of what want to talk about. And for those of us who have been to the doctor more frequently, we write a summary of our medical history so we don’t have to repeat ourselves again. But is all that really what we need?
Typically we walk away with additional questions on our minds, ones we forgot to ask, ones that we couldn’t get in, and even ones that came up during our visit. So why do we go in with questions and still come out with even more questions? How do we ask the tough questions?
Understanding the Tough Questions:
Many times the tough questions are simply the questions we are not sure whether to ask. We often don’t want to look “Dumb” or “Stupid” by asking them. But the truth is no question you have is “Dumb” or “Stupid” and the only way you will know the answer is to ask the question.
This is why it is so important to have a comfortable feeling in the doctors office. Making sure you are being treated with respect and courtesy from the moment you step in is imperative to how you will respond during your visit.
Below Are a Few Questions we are often afraid to ask our doctors about Keratoconus:
Can Keratoconus Affect a person’s Balance?
Do most people have the condition in both eyes?
How do I know if my Keratoconus is getting worse?
Do people with Keratoconus feel more tired?
Is it normal for KC to have pain when I blink?
How frequent is the pain?
Will I have eye pain with Keratoconus?
What are the symptoms of Keratoconus?
What stage is my Keratoconus in?
While these are just a few questions you might have after getting a diagnosis of Keratoconus, you can understand that no question is too small when you are dealing with your own eyes. Remembering to ask all that is on your mind while in the doctors office is important. You shouldn’t feel that you can not ask “Any” question. Be sure to do your research and find a eye care professional you are comfortable with. This will help you in communication with your eye care provider.
For more information on Keratoconus visit: www.nkcf.org
For more information about keratoconus visit the American Keratoconus Association
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