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Dr. Damien Luviano

Ophthalmology
Salem, VA
19 years experience male

Locations

Salem Veteran Affairs Medical Center

Salem

Address

1970 Roanoke Blvd, Veterans Affairs Medical Center Mail Code 112E, Salem
Directions

My office hours

Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

VA healthcare

About

Bio

Damien Luviano, MD, FACS I am a board certified physician and surgeon. I have dedicated my life and career to the management of eye diseases. I enjoy teaching both healthcare workers and patients about eye diseases.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Ophthalmology

Licenses

United States: California, Texas, Virginia

Doctor Q&A

152 Answers
315 Agrees
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
High glucose: Diabetes hurts the blood vessels due to by products of high glucose. The first vessels to get affected are micro vessels. All organs in body have micr... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
See doctor first: Majority of headaches are not serious. However, headaches in pregnancy should get evaluated by your doctor because headaches could be the result of e... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
See neurologist: Can be primary headache that is a good thing. There is treatment for most. Rule out secondary headaches. Most headaches not serious. However, first y... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
Darkness: Lack of light is the stimuli for pupils to dilate so more light enters the eyes. Other causes include drugs, poisons, neurology diseases. If both pupi... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
Optic neuritis?: First your doctor will determine what type of headache you have. Headaches have many causes i suggest you see your physician and discuss a plan to det... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
Uncontrolled diabete: Patient with a history of uncontrolled diabetes, uncontrolled hypertension, uncontrolled cholesterol and lipids are at higher risk because it damages ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
See doctor ASAP : Tbe symptoms sound like a neurology problem. Double vision is almost always a problem with the nerves from brain to the eyes, cranial nerve 3, 4, 6. D... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
Yes: I would avoid such device. Not only are you increasing your risk of keratitis, which can lead to blindness, you are changing the anatomy of the eye by... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
Blood Vessels : Diabetes damages the vasculature of the entire body. However, smaller vessels such as those in the eyes, kidneys, and heart, brain, and nerves are aff... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
Maybe: If you are protecting them fro flying objects, yes. If you wish to protect them from flying dust, yes. If your goal is to protect them from radio and ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
See your doctor: Headaches are usually not due to serious diseases. The history and symptoms of the headaches can help assign a category to the headache. Around time ... Read More
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A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
Yes: Diabetic neuropathy or peripheral vascular disease can present as you suggested in diabetes patients. Your provider can help you.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
Depends: Depends on your eye disease or condition. Conditions such as astigmatism, myopia, hyperopia, presbyopia, diabetic retinopathy, if not very severe, c... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
Yes : A very large study published this year with almost 500, 000 patients revealed that patients with diabetes have an average of 25% higher risk for colon... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
Stepwise approach : Causes are multiple so cause is investigated. Sometimes it is a local problem such as allergies. Systemic problems such as rheumotoid arthritis treat... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
Several things: Headaches have many causes. See the list on the picture. I suggest you see your physician and discuss a plan to determine the cause. Your doctor migh... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
Tension Headache: See the image to your left. There are 3 main types of primary headaches. Tension headaches are bilateral non-pulsating. Migraines are unilateral and ... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
See a physician: Most headaches are not serious. However. Headaches have many causes. See the list on the picture. I suggest you see your physician and discuss a plan... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
See your doctor: Disturbances in homeostasis can cause headaches. Such as low blood sugar or high blood pressure. Most headaches not serious. However, first your docto... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
See your doctor: New onset of headaches warrant a work up. Most headaches not serious. However, first your doctor will determine what type of headache you have. Headac... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
Afterimage: This is called an entopic phenomenon. An example is when you can see floaters, or your own blood vessels when staring at bright light thru eyes closed... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
Many Reasons: There are many causes of headaches including inflammation, vascular, blood pressure, dental, eye, depression, thyroid, etc. However, most people have ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
No: According to pubmed, ahfs consumer medication information, methimazole does not have side effects to the eyes. Its side effects include:skin rash, u... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
20/15 is better: 20 is the numerator. The smaller the demoninator number the better the vision. So 20/15 is better than 20/20.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
Yes, you are right: High sugars in blood mean that the body is unable to use glucose. So, body and brain are starving for glucose. The body in response attempts to use gl... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
Often makes it worse: I never seen good results with tobramycin. It is irritating to the eye. It is useful for a contact lens patient until they see an eye md.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
Often: Sleep deprivation is bad for you health and can make headaches worse.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
Loss lashes uncommon: Many conditions possible, including herpes zoster, leprosy, hiv/aids, malignant eyelid tumors, lupus, scleroderma, and hypothyroidism. It may occurs v... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
No: Stay away from anyone that makes promises in medicine and surgery. I believe that the lasik surgeon should be the one to asses the patient (pre-op) a... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
Yes, but: The american diabetes association. Have suggested that a hga1c of 6.5 or more signify diabetes. Other tests can also diagnose diabetes such a several... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
Yes: Just like diabetes type 2, gestational diabetes can be mild or severely uncontrolled.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
Pain and redness: Bacterial keratitis is a vison threatening infection. In the usa, contact lenses use is the number one risk factor. Loss of vision, permanently can o... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
See doctor first.: Most headaches are not serious. However, headaches in pregnancy should get evaluated by your doctor because headaches could be the result of elevated ... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
Yes: High sugars in blood mean that the body is unable to use glucose. So, body and brain are starving for glucose. The body in response attempts to use gl... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
Multiple specialist : My advice see an ophthalmologist, endocrinologist, an obstetrician who deals with high risk pregnancy, diabetes education team, nutritionist, a pediat... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
Yes: Dont forget to get a dilated eye exam by a physician. Diabetic retinopathy can get worse during the pregnancy. At the very least, try to get 1-2 exam... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
Headache : Recent research has shown that the nerves inside the eye that perceive light run through the region if the brain that gives us pain. The pain center i... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
Ignore: If the pupil is reactive to light, acute angle closure glaucoma is unlikely.
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
See your doctorS: Since you do not have eye redness or eye pain, it is less likely your symptoms are related to the lasers, or the eyes. If you develop eye redness and ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
Eyeglasses: See an ophthalmologist if your vision can be improved with glasses something may be wrong. Could be simple such as dry eyes. Or common such as catarac... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
Something in eye!!: Because you have something in your eye. Seriously this is the answer. It it also the same answer as to why contacts cause dry eyes, red eyes, discomfo... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
Cornea Inflammation: The cornea is the clear tissue in front of the iris. Iris gives your eyes color. Keratitis is inflammation if cornea. Keratitis is caused by trauma (... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
Yes: Many surgeons routinely stop your blood thinners. This actions increases your risk of heart attack. When in comes to eye surgery, i prefer to have a b... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
Check with eye MD: A physician should dilate the eyes and examine the retina, and rest of eye. Minimum, once per year.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
High blood glucose: Excess blood glucose ends up in urine.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
Eyes, Kidney, Stroke: Diabetes can hurt every tissue in your body. Number one cause of death from diabetes is myocardial infarction. The number one reason people go blind i... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
No: No vaccine, bseveral medical treatments such as interferon can lead to retinopathy and compromise vision. Frequent eye exams while on interferon is su... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
Glasses: Cataract surgery is contraindicated if glasses can correct the visual disturbance. Sometimes only distance glasses are needed, other times only readin... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
Blindness: Diabetic retinopathy is the number one reason people age 25-65 loose vision in the USA.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
Sometimes: Large studies published suggest that diabetes and primary open angle glaucoma (poag) are not related. Then other studies suggest that diabetes and poa... Read More
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Dec 2, 2012
I endorse this doctor without hesitation. Dr. Luviano treats patients with true compassion. He has saved the vision of numerous patients in the community. Furthermore, he is a leader in the field o...Read More
May 30, 2015
Your dedication and commitment to providing quality health consultation on HealthTap is greatly admired and a true benefit to your patients. Keep up the good work.
Dr. Andrew Doan
Dec 2, 2012
I endorse this doctor. Outstanding eye physician and surgeon who is dedicated to his patients and is devoted to teaching other doctors.
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! i am worried about my boyfriend who is having terrible headaches for two days now ..it really helped me .thank you
HealthTap member
Thank you, this checklist was so helpful Ended up very short of breath watching tv- got chest X-ray and bloods!
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Doctor my father sufers from diabetic retinopathy he lost his left eye vision..what advice could you give me

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

university of texas southwestern Medical School at Dallas, TX
Graduated 2003MD

Residency

Methodist DALLAS MEDICAL CENTER
Completed 2004

Residency

MLK/Drew/Los Angeles County

Awards

Fellow, American College of Surgeons
Fellow, American Academy of Ophthalmology
Certificate of Appreciation for 2009 Volunteer, American Academy of Ophthalmology

Affiliations

American Academy of Ophthalmology
American College of Surgeons
American Board of Ophthalmology

Publications

IOL-Master To Measure Anterior Chamber Changes After Peripheral Laser Iridotomy Not Just for Cataract Measurements
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