When You Visit Your Doctor — Macular Degeneration

The Family Health Guide

Macular Degeneration

Questions to Discuss with Your Doctor:

  • Have you noticed a change in vision in one eye or both?
  • Do you have trouble reading, even with reading glasses?
  • Do you have difficulty seeing fine details?
  • Do you see a gray patch in the middle of the words when you read?
  • Do straight vertical lines appear "wiggly" when you look at them?
  • Is your side or peripheral vision affected?
  • Are you diabetic?
  • Do you smoke?
  • Do you have a family history of macular degeneration?

Your Doctor Might Examine the Following Body Structures or Functions:

  • The inside of your eye, using an ophthalmoscope (see p. 417)

Your Doctor Might Order the Following Lab Tests or Studies:

  • Referral to an ophthalmologist (eye specialist) who will do a complete eye exam with drops to dilate your pupils.