Dear patient,

help us make a quick and pre­cise dia­gno­sis for your spe­ci­fic eye con­di­ti­on! Expe­ri­ence shows that many peop­le do not think about their eye con­di­ti­on until they are inter­view­ed, or often do not even know sin­ce when and in what way the pro­blems have occur­red. The cata­lo­gue here on the page ser­ves as a first clas­si­fi­ca­ti­on for you and your physician.

TIP: Make notes of your ans­wers and bring them to your appointment!

From symptoms to suspected diagnosis

How ans­we­ring the­se ques­ti­ons can help your oph­thal­mo­lo­gist make a diagnosis.

Which eye is affec­ted: right or left? Both at the same time or one after the other? Which eye was red­den­ed first?

Sin­ce when do the sym­ptoms exist (hours, days or weeks), for the first time, repeated­ly or always recur­ring, incre­a­sing inten­si­ty or fre­quen­cy of the sym­ptoms, pos­si­b­ly in connection …

… with other acti­vi­ties (rea­ding, doing sports, cycling, swim­ming, wel­ding, flex­ing, working with ham­mer and chisel, stay­ing at the beach, in the gar­den, in ani­mal sta­bles / on the farm, in the aero­pla­ne, abroad)?
or other sym­ptoms (wate­ry or puru­lent dischar­ge, snee­zing attacks, skin ras­hes, joint com­p­laints, dry mouth, head / face skin hyper­sen­si­ti­vy or numb­ness, swel­ling in the throat / jaw area, blo­cked nose, bur­ning sen­sa­ti­on and pain when urinating)?

Does anyo­ne else in your cir­cle of rela­ti­ves (child­ren, grand­child­ren, part­ner) or acquain­tan­ces (work col­leagues) have simi­lar complaints?

Has the visi­on in the affec­ted eye worsened recently?

Does blin­king several times impro­ve vision?

Do you have a cold or fever?

Are you sen­si­ti­ve to light or glare?

Have you recent­ly seen rain­bow colours around light sources?

Are you taking any medi­ca­ti­on (pills, injec­tions, or eye drops)?

Do you wear con­ta­ct lenses?

Do you suf­fer from hea­da­ches, nau­sea or vomiting?

Is the­re an under­ly­ing disease?

Are the­re any known dise­a­ses in your own fami­ly (par­ents, grand­par­ents, siblings)?

Which eye is affec­ted: right, left or both (cover and assess one eye at a time)?

Do you wear glas­ses or con­ta­ct lenses?

Do you have blur­red visi­on at distance, near, or both?

In child­hood, did you see equal­ly well with both eyes (with or without glasses)?

Did you have one eye patched?

How long have you had blur­red visi­on (hours, days, weeks, or months)?

Does the blur­red visi­on exist acu­te­ly, tem­pora­ri­ly, per­ma­nent­ly, fluc­tua­ting, get­ting pro­gres­si­ve­ly worse, get­ting bet­ter after blinking?

Do you see objects that you know are strai­ght (win­dow frames, check paper) now wavy?

Has the con­trast beco­me worse (black appears like gray)?

Has the color satu­ra­ti­on chan­ged (red appears like orange)?

Do you see haze, streaks, or fog?

Do you noti­ce any late­ral restrictions?

Is the visi­on dete­rio­ra­ti­on accom­pa­nied by hea­da­ches, chewing pains, or pain when com­bing your hair?

Are both eyes affec­ted or only one? Which one?

How long has it been hur­ting (hours, days, weeks)?

Do you have a for­eign body sen­sa­ti­on / got some­thing in the eye?

Do you have a cold or fever?

Do you wear glas­ses for distance, screen work, reading?

When was the last time the opti­ci­an che­cked your glasses?

Do your eyes sli­de apart when you read in the evening?

When was the last time you had your eye pres­su­re checked?

Which eye is affec­ted: right or left, both at the same time or one after the other, which was affec­ted first?

Sin­ce when do the sym­ptoms exist (hours, days or weeks): first time, repeated­ly or always recur­ring, incre­a­sing seve­ri­ty or fre­quen­cy of the sym­ptoms, pos­si­b­ly in connection …

with other acti­vi­ties (rea­ding, doing sports, cycling, swim­ming, wel­ding, flex­ing, working with ham­mer and chisel, stay­ing at the beach, in the gar­den, in the ani­mal sta­ble / on the farm, in the air­pla­ne, abroad)
or other sym­ptoms (wate­ry or puru­lent dischar­ge, snee­zing attacks, skin ras­hes, joint com­p­laints, dry mouth, head / face skin hyper­sen­si­ti­vi­ty or numb­ness, swel­ling in the throat / jaw area, blo­cked nose, bur­ning sen­sa­ti­on and pain when urinating).

Does anyo­ne else in your cir­cle of rela­ti­ves (child­ren, grand­child­ren, part­ner) or acquain­tan­ces (work col­leagues) have simi­lar complaints?

Has the visi­on in the affec­ted eye worsened recently?
Does blin­king several times impro­ve the vision?

Do you have a cold or fever?

Do you have a for­eign body sen­sa­ti­on / got some­thing in the eye?

When was the last time you had your eye pres­su­re checked?

Which eye is affec­ted: right or left, both at the same time or one after the other? Which eye was affec­ted first?

How long have the sym­ptoms been pre­sent (hours, days or weeks), first time, recur­rent or recur­ring, incre­a­sing seve­ri­ty or fre­quen­cy of symptoms?

Have you noti­ced any restric­tion of the visu­al field upward, down­ward, or sideways?

Has the­re been light­ning, do you see floaters?

Do you, your ances­tors or sib­lings have any known reti­nal problems?

Do you have / have you had myo­pia over minus 3 dpt?

Have you had eye lens / cata­ract sur­ge­ry or reti­nal laser surgery?

Have you had an eye injury?

Have you ever recei­ved a blow to the eye (squash, bad­min­ton, boxing)?

Which eye is affec­ted: right or left, both at the same time or one after the other? Which eye was affec­ted first?

How long have the sym­ptoms been pre­sent (hours, days or weeks), first time, recur­rent or recur­ring, incre­a­sing seve­ri­ty or fre­quen­cy of symptoms?

Have you noti­ced a restric­tion of the visu­al field upwards, down­wards or to the side?

Has the­re been light­ning, do you see soot flakes?

Do you, your ances­tors or sib­lings have any known reti­nal problems?

Do you have / have you had myo­pia over minus 3 dpt?

Have you had eye lens / cata­ract sur­ge­ry or reti­nal laser surgery?

Have you had an eye injury?

Have you ever recei­ved a blow to the eye (squash, bad­min­ton, boxing)?

Do you have any neck problems?

Is your blood pres­su­re incre­a­sed, is it treated?

Do you have a known (eye) migraine?

Sin­ce when do the com­p­laints exist (hours, days or weeks), for the first time, repeated­ly or always recur­ring, incre­a­sing seve­ri­ty or fre­quen­cy of the complaints?

When do the com­p­laints occur? After get­ting up, during a cer­tain acti­vi­ty (han­ging laundry/curtains), a cer­tain head or body position?

Can you inten­si­fy / pro­vo­ke the complaints?
What do you do to alle­via­te the discomfort?

Does it sway or turn (in which direction)?

What hap­pens when you clo­se your eyes? Does it get bet­ter or worse?

Do you have the impres­si­on of fal­ling in a cer­tain direction?

Do you have to vomit, is the­re nau­sea before?

Are the­re any sen­sa­ti­ons (numb­ness), loss of strength or speech disorders?

Does the heart beat regu­lar­ly? Has the blood pres­su­re been checked?

Do you have dou­ble vision?

Is your hea­ring alte­red, do you have rin­ging in the ears?

Sin­ce when do the com­p­laints exist (hours, days or weeks), for the first time, repeated­ly or always recur­ring, incre­a­sing seve­ri­ty or fre­quen­cy of the complaints?

When do the com­p­laints occur? When chewing or com­bing hair?

Whe­re is the pain loca­ted? Right or left, at the temp­les, in the neck, behind the eye?

Is the pain stab­bing, pro­bing or dull, in waves or continuous?

Have you vomi­ted without pre­ce­ding nausea?

Do you take medi­ca­ti­on per­ma­nent­ly becau­se of hea­da­ches, has the blood pres­su­re, eye pres­su­re and glas­ses been che­cked by the optician?

Sin­ce when do the com­p­laints exist (hours, days or weeks), for the first time, repeated­ly or always recur­ring, incre­a­sing seve­ri­ty or fre­quen­cy of the complaints?

When do the sym­ptoms occur?

Which eye is affec­ted: right, left or both (clo­se one eye at a time and assess)?

Do the sym­ptoms occur when wea­ring glas­ses or con­ta­ct lenses?

Do you have dou­ble visi­on at distance, near, or both?

In child­hood, did you see equal­ly well with both eyes (with or without glasses)?

Was one eye taped?

Are the­re any sen­so­ry dis­tur­ban­ces (numb­ness), dimi­nis­hing strength or speech disorders?

Have you noti­ced a restric­tion of the visu­al field upward, down­ward, or to the side?

Is the visu­al dete­rio­ra­ti­on accom­pa­nied by hea­da­ches, chewing pains, or pain when com­bing your hair?

Taking medi­ca­ti­on (tablets, injec­tions, or eye drops).