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Seeing spots Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Seeing spots. 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 been seeing spots in your field of vision?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Explain exactly what you see when referring to spots in your field of vision?

    Why: "floaters" are generally used to describe tiny dark spots, specks or spidery webs that float across the field of vision. Most people notice them in well-lit rooms or outdoors on a bright day. After the eye comes to rest, they continue to move. Floaters often are normal, but sometimes they warn of eye problems such as retinal detachment, especially if they happen with light flashes.

  3. Are the spots in your field of vision unilateral or bilateral?
  4. Was there anything that precipitated the onset of the spots in your field of vision?
  5. Risk factors for retinal detachment?

    Why: e.g. eye trauma, myopia (short-sightedness), previous cataract operation, eye tumor, diabetes.

  6. Risk factors for vitreous hemorrhage?

    Why: e.g. eye trauma, bleeding disorders, diabetes, eye tumor, retinal detachment, central retinal vein occlusions.

  7. Is there a history of eye trauma?

    Why: e.g. blow to eye or blow to the head - may indicate retinal detachment or vitreous hemorrhage.

  8. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. diabetes increases the risk of retinal detachment, vitreous hemorrhage and diabetic retinopathy; hypertension; leukemia; sarcoidosis; tuberculosis; systemic lupus erythematosus; sickle cell disease; endocarditis.

  9. Family history?

    Why: e.g. diabetes, sickle cell disease, systemic lupus erythematosus.

  10. Flashes in field of vision?

    Why: suggests retinal detachment.

  11. Redness and painful eye?

    Why: may suggest uveitis.

  12. Symptoms of vitreous hemorrhage?

    Why: e.g. sudden onset of spots (floaters) in vision, may be sudden loss of vision, visual acuity depends on extent of hemorrhage.

  13. Symptoms of retinal detachment?

    Why: e.g. sudden showers of spots (floaters) or flashes or black spots, blurred vision in one eye becoming worse, " a curtain coming down over the eye", painless total or partial loss of visual field.

  14. Symptoms of posterior vitreous detachment?

    Why: e.g. sudden onset of spots (floaters), visual acuity usually normal, flashing lights usually indicate traction on the retina (and thus at risk of retinal detachment).

  15. Symptoms of diabetes?

    Why: e.g. frequent urination, excessive thirst, passing urine at night, weight loss, blurry vision - may experience spots (floaters) if diabetes is complicated by diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment or vitreous hemorrhage.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Seeing spots:

The following list of conditions have 'Seeing spots' 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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