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What should I do to prepare for an eye exam?

What should I do to prepare for an eye exam?

Not much: Bring your eyeglasses and contact lens parameters if you wear them. Know what your eye history is and what medications you are currently on. Be prepared to have the eyes dilated which can induce glare in the sun and sometimes makes driving difficult. ...Read more

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Dr. David Chandler
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Eye Exam (Definition)

An eye exam consists of checking the vision. If this is not normal a manifest refraction is done to determine if any glasses are needed. This is the test where the patient is asked which lens is better number one or two. Then the health of the eye is evaluated with a microscope called a slit lamp. To be able to see the back of the eye, the retina, ...Read more


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Please advise me what do I have to do to prepare for an MRI scan?

Please advise me what do I have to do to prepare for an MRI scan?

Not much.: Just try and relax and bring any information regarding and implanted "thing" (if you have any) in your body. You don't usually need to fast or anything like that. However, if you are having a breast MRI it needs to be scheduled around certain parameters of your menstrual cycle. ...Read more

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What to do if i want to make sure i don't have an ear infection, w/o going to the doctor. What should I do?

What to do if i want to make sure i don't have an ear infection, w/o going to the doctor. What should I do?

Nurse practitioner?: There are multiple variations of ear infections that even well trained physicians have difficulty differentiating them. Also, what some patients think are ear infections prove to be earwax impactions or non-infectious fluid behind the eardrum. So, it would be extremely difficult for you to self diagnose an ear infection without specific training. Perhaps a nurse practitioner could help you. ...Read more

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I'm pregnant, what do I do? .What kind of doctor do I ask for and go to ? What would I say to make an appointment?

I'm pregnant, what do I do? .What kind of doctor do I ask for and go to ? What would I say to make an appointment?

Simple answer: Go see a OB GYN MD if there is one in your area by making an appointment and stating that you are pregnant and need continuing care. ...Read more

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What can cause your eye to twitch, and what do I need to do? Or who do I need to see about it? Would it contain seeing a neoroligist?

What can cause your eye to twitch, and what do I need to do? Or who do I need to see about it? Would it contain seeing a neoroligist?

Ocular irritation: Likely causes of twitching of the eyelid (eyelid myokymia )are related to ocular surface irritation, whether its from dry eyes, eyelid inflammation, allergies, dust, wind, medications, too much caffeine, or stress. First trial artificial tears 4-6 times per day. Warm compresses and lid massages may also help. See an eye md if these don't help. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what to do if i call my doctor and ask for an appointment to screen for depression?

Can you tell me what to do if i call my doctor and ask for an appointment to screen for depression?

Be honest: If you are asking your doctor to screen for depression it sounds like you are looking for help. That is good! be honest with what you are feeling and your concerns about depression and any recommended treatment. Depression is very treatable, but only if you get help. ...Read more

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What to do if I have ommetaphobia (fear of eyes) but I need to be able to do an exam about eyes help?

What to do if I have ommetaphobia (fear of eyes) but I need to be able to do an exam about eyes help?

CBT for some works: In contrast to other forms of psychotherapy, cognitive therapy is usually more focused on the present, more time-limited, and more problem-solving oriented. In addition, patients learn specific skills that they can use for the rest of their lives. These skills involve identifying distorted thinking, modifying beliefs, relating to others in different ways, and changing behaviors. ...Read more

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What should I do to prepare for a D&C? Do I need to shave the area?

What should I do to prepare for a D&C? Do I need to shave the area?

No need: No special preparation of the skin or bowel is necessary. This is a very simple and short procedure. ...Read more

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What to if I am going to make an appointment at a mental health provider what should I expect?

What to if I am going to make an appointment at a mental health provider what should I expect?

An evaluation. : Expect an evaluation to find out what is going on. Be open and honest with your provider and listen to the options give to you in order to treat. Let the psychiatrist know what you are seeking. Communication is key. ...Read more

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I have my 1st appointment with a neurologist next week for frequent H/As and migraines, what do I need to do to prepare for this appt? What to bring?

I have my 1st appointment with a neurologist next week for frequent H/As and migraines, what do I need to do to prepare for this appt? What to bring?

Good Question: It is so nice to see someone proactive about their care. If you can look up online for the MIDAS questionnaire and fill that out. Also bring any prior scans and lab reports available. If you can visit your doc's website you can frequently fill out the patient information forms before you arrive. If you kept track of your headaches on a headache calendar make sure to bring t ...Read more

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Need glasses. That is why i'm wondering should I do some sort of eye exercise or go to to an eye specialist?

Need glasses. That is why i'm wondering should I do some sort of eye exercise or go to to an eye specialist?

Eye specialist: You need a good evaluation of your vision, and an eye specialist (ophthalmologist, or optometrist also) can do this kind of exam. Eye exercises do not provide the same results that well-prescribed eyeglasses or contacts will be able to deliver. ...Read more

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Why do I need to make a Dr's appointment just to get a referral to an obgyn?

Why do I need to make a Dr's appointment just to get a referral to an obgyn?

Not needed unless...: One can go to see an Ob-Gyn doctor without a referral unless one has a restrictive insurance plan such as an HMO or a POS plan that requires a referral. If one has a PPO plan, a referral is almost never needed unless one has a rare, restrictive plan that requires a referral. For better insurance coverage (less out-of-pocket costs), one should see an Ob-Gyn doctor inside her insurance plan network. ...Read more

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What should I do about an earache/ear infection without going to the doctor?

What should I do about an earache/ear infection without going to the doctor?

Heat: Often kids have some releaf if they put their hurt ear down on a heating pad or compress at a low heat level. The diffuse heat messages going to the brain seem to deminish the ear pain some.If over 6mo i prefer ibuprophen for the discomfort. Sx lasting more than 3 days deserve a doc's review. ...Read more

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Do i need to use an enema to before i go to the doctor for an anoscopy or proctoscopy? Won't that help the doctor see better?

Do i need to use an enema to  before i go to the doctor for an anoscopy or proctoscopy?  Won't that help the doctor see better?

Best to call their: Office and ask the nurse if the doctor prefers you have an enema. If you get there without an enema and the doctor can not see anything, you have just wasted your time and his/hers and will need to reschedule your appointment for another time after taking an enema. ...Read more

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What should I ask the doctor to screen for during my physical exam?

What should I ask the doctor to screen for during my physical exam?

Tell sxs: Unless you have specific symptoms, the physician should know what to do for physical examination. Notify your physician of any medical problems you are having. ...Read more

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What should I do to get rid of pink eye at home without going to see a doctor?

What should I do to get rid of pink eye at home without going to see a doctor?

Hope!: Use artificial ears and keep your fingers crossed. If it persists, call your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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What to do if I have to go to counseling for an "eating disorder" what should I expect?

What to do if I have to go to counseling for an "eating disorder" what should I expect?

Expect help: It ranges a lot, therapists take different approaches to eating disorders. If you are physically still in the range of normal, you will probably meet someone who understands you and can help you in a way that is tailored to your individual needs. If you are in physical danger, you will most likely be placed somewhere that will keep you safe from harming yourself further. ...Read more

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Would I see an optometrist or an opthalmologist in my situation? Want to see if it's ok for me to get contacts?

Would I see an optometrist or an opthalmologist in my situation?  Want to see if it's ok for me to get contacts?

Either: Both can help you with this. Optometrists tend to specialize more often in complex fitting of contact lenses, but some ophthalmologists also do this. ...Read more