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Blurred vision Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Blurred vision. 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 blurred vision?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Is it unilateral or bilateral?

    Why: if unilateral would suggest local eye causes such as cataract, refractive error, iritis, glaucoma, keratitis, retinal detachment, foreign body, vitreous hemorrhage, optic neuritis, orbital fracture. If bilateral may suggest cocaine use, methyl alcohol poisoning, tobacco, barbiturates, quinine and other drugs. Bilateral blurred vision can also with cataracts, glaucoma, chorioretinitis, retinitis pigmentosa, optic atrophy, papilledema, papillitis, optic neuritis, refractive error, pituitary tumors, posterior cerebral artery occlusion, concussion, migraine and hysteria.

  3. Is it transient or constant?

    Why: if transient may suggest migraine, carotid artery insufficiency or diabetic swelling of the lens.

  4. Was it sudden in onset?

    Why: may suggest migraine, optic neuritis, vitreous hemorrhage, iritis, keratitis, glaucoma, retinal detachment, foreign body, retrobulbar neuritis, orbital fracture, carotid artery insufficiency and hysteria.

  5. Drug or alcohol ingestion?

    Why: e.g. cocaine, tobacco, barbiturates, methyl alcohol, quinine and other drugs may be responsible.

  6. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. diabetes increases risk of cataracts, glaucoma and retinal detachment; multiple sclerosis and syphilis can cause optic neuritis; migraine can cause transient blurriness of vision.

  7. Past refractive error?

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

  8. Medications?

    Why: some medications can cause blurriness of vision e.g. ethambutol for tuberculosis and chloroquine for malaria may be toxic to the eyes.

  9. Cigarette smoking?

    Why: can cause central visual bluriness due to toxic effect.

  10. Alcohol history?

    Why: can cause optic neuropathy.

  11. Family history?

    Why: of Diabetes, Glaucoma, Retinitis pigmentosa, migraine, Leber's hereditary optic atrophy.

  12. Floaters

    Why: indicates retinal hemorrhage or choroiditis, posterior vitreous detachment.

  13. Flashing lights

    Why: suggests retinal detachment, posterior vitreous detachment.

  14. Colored haloes around lights

    Why: suggests glaucoma, cataracts.

  15. Zigzag lines

    Why: suggests migraine.

  16. Vision worse at night or in dim light

    Why: suggests retinitis pigmentosa, syphilitic retinitis.

  17. Headache

    Why: suggests migraine, pituitary tumor, benign intracranial hypertension.

  18. Pain on moving eyes

    Why: suggests optic (retrobulbar) neuritis.

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

    Why: suggests macula degeneration.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Blurred vision:

The following list of conditions have 'Blurred vision' 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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Conditions listing medical complications: Blurred vision:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Blurred vision' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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