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Blind spot Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Blind spot. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you noticed the blind spot?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Is the blind spot transient or permanent?

    Why: If transient suspect migraine, transient ischemic attacks and retrobulbar neuritis.

  3. Is the problem with the blind spot stable or progressive?
  4. Is the blind spot unilateral or bilateral?- can help determine where the pathology
  5. Where in the line of sight do you notice the blind spot?

    Why: e.g. central blind spot suggests macular disease or optic neuritis; glaucoma and retinitis pigmentosa can cause peripheral visual loss.

  6. Do you repeatedly knock into people and object on a particular side (including traffic accidents)?

    Why: suggests pituitary tumor, meningioma of dura, intra-cranial aneurysm, craniopharyngioma, occipital lobe and temporal lobe tumors.

  7. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. diabetes increases risk of cataracts and retinal detachment; multiple sclerosis and syphilis can cause optic neuritis.

  8. Past refractive error?

    Why: e.g. myopia (short-sightedness) people are at increase risk of retinal detachment and macula degeneration.

  9. Medications?

    Why: some medications can cause blind spots e.g. quinine cases peripheral contraction of visual field.

  10. Cigarette smoking?

    Why: can cause central visual field loss due to toxic effect.

  11. Alcohol history?

    Why: can cause optic neuropathy.

  12. Family history?

    Why: of Glaucoma, Retinitis pigmentosa, migraine.

  13. Blurry vision
  14. Double vision
  15. Floaters

    Why: indicates retinal hemorrhage or choroiditis.

  16. Flashing lights?

    Why: suggests retinal detachment.

  17. Coloured haloes around lights?

    Why: suggests glaucoma, cataracts.

  18. Zig-zag lines?

    Why: suggests migraine.

  19. Vision worse at night or in dim light?

    Why: suggests retinitis pigmentosa.

  20. Headache?- suggests migraine, pituitary tumor
  21. Pain on moving eyes?

    Why: suggests optic (retrobulbar) neuritis.

  22. Distortion of vision e.g. seeing objects smaller or larger than actual

    Why: suggests macula degeneration.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Blind spot:

The following list of conditions have 'Blind spot' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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