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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Meier
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Dry Eyes: Occasional cloudy vision is usually caused by dry eyes. Use artificial tear drops and see if that helps. If not, sometimes it can be caused by allergies and a prescription allergy drop can help. Cloudy vision that is constant is a good reason to see your ophthalmologist.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Meier
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
You can go blind: Glaucoma can make you totally blind in one or both eyes. Fortunately with the modern drops, laser, and surgical techniques, it is usually well treated and vision loss can be kept to a minimum.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Meier
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Get tested : The only way to know if you have glaucoma is to get tested at an ophthalmologists office. Glaucoma has no real signs that a patient can see. By the time you notice loss of vision, you are almost permanently legally blind.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Meier
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
See your eye doctor: Any type of double vision is a reason to see an ophthalmologist. There is really no home remedy type treatment. Double vision can be a sign of serious problems and needs to be addressed quickly.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Meier
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Low blood pressure: That is usually caused by low blood pressure. If often happens when going from lying or sitting down to standing. Dehydration of many medicines can cause this.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Meier
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Retina thinning: There are two types. Lattice dystrophy of the cornea is an uncommon cause of cornea clouding. Lattice degeneration of the retina are areas of thinning in the peripheral retina. Usually they don't cause any problems. They can however be thin enough to tear and cause a retinal detachment. If you have new floaters or flashes of light in your peripheral vision, see an ophthalmologist right away.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Meier
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Dry Eyes: Occasional cloudy vision is usually caused by dry eyes. Use artificial tear drops and see if that helps. If not, sometimes it can be caused by allergies and a prescription allergy drop can help. Cloudy vision that is constant is a good reason to see your ophthalmologist.
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Meier
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Yes: Dry eye can cause long term problems such as corneal clouding. It can also make you more susceptible to infection.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Meier
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
No: Most patients get numbing drops for the eye being operated on and IV sedation to make them sedated. It is a "twilight" anesthesia similar to what a person gets for a colonoscopy. We want you to be able to follow directions if need be. General anesthesia with a breathing tube is only used for patients that can't lie still or patients that can't cooperate and follow directions.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Meier
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Preprogrammed: Babies seem to be preprogrammed to look at circular shapes like a mother's eye. They will also preferentially look at items like a dartboard that are shaped similarly. At that age, that is really all their brains are able to resolve (that is a whole 'nother post). It probably aids in bonding and certainly aids in visual development.
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