Older Adult: Screening for Visual Problems

  1. What is different now about your vision?
  2. When did you last see an ophthalmologist about your vision?
  3. When was the last time the prescription for your glasses was changed?
  4. When did you last purchase glasses? (Providers need to consider that Medicare does not reimburse patients for their purchase of prescribed glasses.)
  5. Are you experiencing any difficulty in driving or watching television?
  6. Are you experiencing any difficulty in seeing at night?
  7. Do you see rings around lights?
  8. Is your vision blurred?
  9. Have you changed any of your activities because of your vision?
  10. Have you experienced loss of vision in one eye?
  11. Have you experienced lack of tears or any minor irritations of your eyes?
  12. Have you experienced eye pain?
  13. Have you taken any medications or other treatments to correct any eye problem you have experienced?
  14. Are you concerned about your vision?
  15. Is there anything else you can tell me about your vision?

Burke M, Laramie, J. Primary Care of the Older Adult: A Multidisciplinary Approach, ed 2, St Louis, 2004, Mosby.

Burke M: Sensation. In Burke M, Walsh M, editors: Gerontologic nursing: wholistic care of the older adult, ed 2, St Louis, 1997, Mosby.

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