Dr. Joseph Barakeh

Ophthalmology
Walnut Creek, CA
26 years experience male

Locations

Office

Walnut Creek, CA

Address

1855 San Miguel Drive, Ste 28, Walnut Creek, CA
Directions

Fax

(925) 935-9542

Insurances accepted

Medicare

UnitedHealthcare

Vision Service Plan

Aetna

Anthem BlueCross BlueShield

EyeMed Vision Care

No Value

About

Bio

Comprehensive eye physician and surgeon, in practice since 2001.

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

Doctor Q&A

42 Answers
8 Agrees
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Maybe: For some people, this is normal. However, i would probably recommend going to your regular doctor at least once and having him/her check your heart an... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
It depends.: Open angle glaucoma usually cannot be worsened by typical sleeping remedies. Narrow or closed-angle glaucoma, or phacomorphic glaucoma, can be worsene... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Limited effectivenes: You can still try the teabag method on your closed eyelid; its effect will be limited. A better method is to apply a hot wet compress to the closed ey... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
You probably have blepharitis, an eyelid condition which can cause chronic eyelid irritation and redness with occasional flare-ups and styes. The cond... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Too specific.: A general physiology book already has a lot to cover without delving into physiologic optics. If you want to dig deeper, check out general optics text... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Correctability: Regular astigmatism is a refractive error produced when your eye generates an image as if the light rays passed through a regular shaped glass footbal... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Soon: Feeling tired and seeing flashes may or may not be related. Anytime you see new flashes, you should be seen by an ophthalmologist within a couple of d... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
See doctor: New blurry vision needs to be checked. Please see an ophthalmologist or at least your regular doctor before the end of the week (it is thursday alread... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
No: No, it probably makes your workday much easier to actually be able to see near targets like printed material and computer screens. Anyone over the age... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Difficulty at near: Farsighted people (hyperopes) have trouble focusing at near targets, including computer screens, smart phones, books, and writing tasks. This is what ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Not sure.: Any difference in color can be called heterochromia. Some types of heterochromia carry a higher risk of glaucoma, so you should get your eyes checked ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Not always: To safely drive day or night, you should probably wear your glasses, as you have noted. Any other activity, or at least those which do not involve rap... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Lots of ways!: There are many places in the eye which could be described as having "membranes". Each has their own technique of surgical approach.There are many grea... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Maybe: The list of possible explanations for your symptoms is long, but some of them could be serious. Please let your primary care physician know. If you do... Read More
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A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Many things!: There are too many possibilities to list here, including viral or bacterial infection, allergy, or autoimmune problems. Signs of a really serious prob... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Near or far sighted: Sphere is the degree of near (minus power) or far (plus power) sightedness. For example, -3.00 sphere is 3 diopters of nearsightedness. -4.00 would be... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Once a year, or more: Family history is just one of several risk factors for glaucoma. Nearly all other risk factors can be detected only by a thorough eye exam (corrected ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Probably: There are so many causes of what you describe, i cannot go into detail in 400 words. Please see either a regular physician or an ophthalmologist to ha... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Amblyopia/Strabismus: I agree with dr. Block that some kids have one "lazy" eye that needs to be made to work by occluding the "good" eye with tape, a patch, or drops. Visi... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
3 hours to 1 week: Depending on your sensitivity and the type and dosage of eyedrop, dilating eyedrops can take between 3 hrs and 1 week (maybe longer!) to wear off. You... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
More nearsighted: If you were nearsighted (myopic), but were wearing glasses which were intended to correct farsightedness (hyperopia), your vision while you wore those... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Distorted vision: Regular astigmatism is a refractive error produced when your eye generates an image as if the light rays passed through a glass football. Glasses, con... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Unknown: There have been no verifiable techniques which have been proven to prevent or reverse myopia. Many studies have been conducted, some claiming to show ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Unknown: Over the years, there have been many claims regarding eye exercises and improving vision. Except for one well-documented exception, that being the imp... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Poor vision usually.: The most common symptom of needing new glasses is if you don't see as well when you wear them as you used to. Another symptom is new inability to rea... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Important to you..?: The answer to this question depends on the woman, the situation, and you. That is all I have to say.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Convex lens: The farsighted (hyperopic) eye is too short. The rays of light entering the eye are not bent sharply enough to converge and form an image on the retin... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Probably not...: Although modest changes in color of the sclera can occur with age, you seem a bit young for this. I recommend you see a regular doctor or an ophthalmo... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
ER visit: If it's any depth at all, suturing is probably best. This means a visit to urgent care or ER within 36 hours of injury, with sooner being better.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
No: That is an old tale designed to discourage the activity. Regarding viagra, i agree that blurry vision should lead a man to discontinue that and relate... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
No: You are the first person I have heard of with this particular complaint. If you are serious, then the problem may not be eye-related, but metabolic or... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
No: Drops will be placed in your eye so you can't feel any surface eye activity. A small device called an eyelid speculum will then be placed to prop your... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Eyeglasses+Lens case: Bring your eyeglasses in case you lose a lens or you need to take one or both out for some reason. Also bring a contact lens case and a small bottle o... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Glasses/CLs: Some kids develop nearsightedness (myopia) early. In order to see better, they wear glasses and, when they are mature enough, can use contact lenses (... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Combined issues: Farsightedness (hyperopia) is an eye too short, light rays converge to a point behind the retina. Astigmatism is either cornea, lens, or both result i... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Uncertain: Every state is different, but in ca, you must be able to see a 20/40 target with each eye in order to pass their screening. If you don't, they ask you... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Serious: This is never normal. You need to see a physician today. If it is after hours, please go to your nearest emergency room or urgent care facility. Make ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Anisometropia: Any big difference in eyeglass power (>2.50) is called anisometropia, and makes it difficult to wear glasses successfully. Often the patient wears con... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
No: The image is the same as if you were looking the entire 20 feet (or 6 meters). The virtual image produced by the mirror is 20 feet away. Now, if the m... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Usually eyedrops.: Pinkeye: conjunctivitis caused by 1)cold-type virus; both eyes, watery discharge, sore, light-sensitive. Occurs in healthy people, treat with artifici... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Yes.: Pregnancy can affect vision in many ways. It can change the power of your eyes, changing your eyeglass and especially contact lens prescription. This ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Barakeh
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Short eye anatomy: Angle closure glaucoma is a rapid, usually painful, elevation in eye pressure (from < 20 to over 40 and higher) induced by forward movement of the len... Read More
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
Dr. David Schleimer
Feb 18, 2013
Dr. Barakeh has an unusual depth of knowledge on a wide scope of medical issues. His answers are straightforward, and his humaness and sense of humor are calming and delightful. Anyone who has him for...Read More
Dr. David Schleimer
Dec 22, 2012
Fantastic ophthalmologist, great patient care. An interesting and interested person.
HealthTap member
Dec 16, 2012
My surgery went smoothly. Dr. Barakeh explained everything personally and in terms I could understand.
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! Thanks Dr !
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Graduated 1997MD

Medical/Graduate school

Emory University School of Medicine
Graduated 1988MD

Medical/Graduate school

Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, FL
Graduated 1997MD

Residency

George Washington University Hospital

Affiliations

American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
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