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Dr. Tim Conrad answered:

What is the definition or description of: Slit lamp exam?

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The Biomicroscope, more commonly called the slit lamp, is a tool used to examine the eye under high magnification. It requires years of training to be able to use one properly.
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Dr. Bennett Werner answered:

Do I have to bring someone along, or can I drive after the slit lamp exam?

You can drive

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but bring sun glasses since your pupils will be dilated and sunlight is very uncomfortable for a few hours.
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Do you have a checklist for a complete physical exam?

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It make sense to have a check list and every pcp should have it.
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Dr. Paul Hartlaub answered:

As a pretty healthy and active 35 year old male, how often should I have a comprehensive physical exam?

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You ask a great question. There actually is no research to guide us on this question - only opinions. Mine is that every year or so makes sense, mostly to stay up-to-date on new developments in cancer screening, healthy lifestyle behaviors, and recommended vaccinations. All of these are updated on a continual basis. A good resource is an iPhone app called My Health Checklist (2012 version coming).
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Will diabetes be found on a yearly physical exam?

Exam with labs.

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If the yearly examination includes blood work- a fasting glucose level may be noted. If there is signficant physical pathology noted during the examination - the doctor can explore this further.
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Dr. Naveen Kella answered:

Is it ok for me to ask for prostate check during company annual physical exam?

Yes

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As long as the doctor has experience doing the exam, it is okay. If they look uncomfortable, it is not worth it.
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Dr. Shariq Refai answered:

In what situation do doctors perform prostate milking on a male patient? In a yearly physical exam, when health issues are diagnosed, or other reasons

No

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there is no situation in which a doctor will milk the prostrate. However, the doctor may check the prostate if there is a risk of prostate cancer or enlargement. As you age your risk increases.
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Dr. Dan E. Fisher answered:

What must i expect from a physical exam in older man?

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See US Preventive Services Task Force guidelines on their website for suggested elements of the Periodic Evaluation http://www.ahrq.gov/ppip/men50.html.
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Dr. Zoey Goore answered:

What should I expect for a physical exam for a 16 year old girl?

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During most teen physicals the doctor will interview the patient both in the presence of the parent and without the parent to screen for things like depression, sleep disorders, school problems, drug use, sexual activity, etc. The doctor will examine the teen checking all body parts, assessing for scoliosis, fitness, irregular heart beats. We want to check that all is well.
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Hey im goin to college. Do i need a physical exam to get pills?

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Birth control pills do have side effects, some potentially serious. You should be fully evaluated by a doctor, including a physical, before starting them.
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