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Eye blinking symptoms Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Eye blinking symptoms. 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 had the blinking symptoms?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. What is the actual problem with the blinking?

    Why: inability to blink the eye, excessive blinking of the eye or reduced frequency of spontaneous blinking of the eye. Inability or difficulty in blinking the eye may be due to Bell's palsy or ptosis. Excessive blinking may be due to Tourette syndrome, tardive dyskinesia, benign essential blepharospasm, anxiety, dry eyes, foreign body in the eye or eye infection. Reduced frequency of spontaneous blinking of the eye is seen in Parkinson's disease.

  3. Is it unilateral or bilateral?

    Why: Unilateral inability to blink the eye may suggest facial nerve (7th nerve) palsy, Bell's palsy or Herpes zoster oticus. Bilateral inability to blink the eye may suggest proptosis(forward displacement of the eyeball) due to Graves disease.

  4. Medications?

    Why: e.g. all antipsychotic medications may cause tardive dyskinesia as a serious and potentially irreversible side effect. The older antipsychotic medications appear more likely to produce tardive dyskinesia than the newer atypical antipsychotic. The longer these drugs are taken, the greater the chance of developing the side effect.

  5. Symptoms of tardive dyskinesia?

    Why: e.g. abnormal involuntary movements of the mouth, lips, tongue and eyelids and possibly involving the limbs and trunk. The movements are worse during times of stress and disappear during sleep.

  6. Symptoms of Bell's palsy?

    Why: e.g. marked weakness on one side of the face, mouth sags, drooling from the affected side of mouth, loss of taste on front of tongue, eye may water, pain behind the ear, incomplete closure of the eye and resultant dry eye.

  7. Symptoms of Graves disease

    Why: e.g. preference for cooler weather, increased appetite, heart palpitations, increased sweating, nervousness, irritability, diarrhea, lack of menstrual periods and proptosis (forward displacement of the eyeball) with resultant incomplete ability to blink eye and dry eyes.

  8. Symptoms of Parkinson's disease?

    Why: e.g. tremor of the fingers and thumbs, slowness of movement, stiff aching limbs, difficulty with fine movements, writing becomes small.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Eye blinking symptoms:

The following list of conditions have 'Eye blinking symptoms' 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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