What Should You Be Telling Your Eye Doctor During Your Visit?

You should be prepared to provide as much information as possible. The good news is that talking to your eye doctor about dry eye just got easier! The Dry Eye Ocular Surface Disease Index (OSDI©) Questionnaire is used by doctors to help assess Chronic Dry Eye (CDE) disease. Before your appointment, take the Dry Eye OSDI© and bring your results to show your eye doctor.

Key information you should be prepared to provide:

  • Any symptoms you're experiencing, including:
    • Dryness, itching, burning, or stinging
    • Watering eyes
    • A gritty or sandy sensation/feeling like something is in your eye
    • Blurry vision or sensitivity to light
    • Problems wearing contact lenses
  • How often you use artificial tears
    • How long you've been using them (be specific—if it's been several months, for example, let your eye doctor know)
    • How many types you've already tried
  • How much your dry eyes are affecting:
    • Your use of the computer
    • Your reading or TV watching
    • Your ability to wear contact lenses
    • Your ability to drive at night
  • Exactly how satisfied or unsatisfied you feel about the relief you're getting from artificial tears
  • Your desire to talk about other options

If your eye doctor’s office also has an office technician (“tech”), you should provide the above information to the tech as well. In fact, make sure you give this information to both the tech and the eye doctor.