Dr. William Becker

Ophthalmology
St. Louis, MO
36 years experience male

Locations

Office

St. Louis, MO

Address

13131 Tesson Ferry Rd, Suite 108, St. Louis, MO
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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

Languages spoken

English

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56 Answers
18 Agrees
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Yes, it can...: Medrol (methylprednisolone) is a steroid. Steroids can cause headaches. Blurry vision can result from your blood sugar going out of whack (in diabet... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Blue: No solid research that i know of but- not red. Blue/lighter shade will likely be best.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
No: Not really. Weight loss might help. Healthy diet, no smoking, etc may help. No real treatment or cure.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Could be trouble.: I know it is cheaper to keep them, but do not put your eyes at increased risk of infection. The safest soft lens is the daily disposable, then 2 week... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Not usually: Everybody is different, but I have not seen this happen.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Migraines?: You need to be evaluated for possible migraines. Heat can sometimes trigger neurological symptoms. Ask your regular doctor about this.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Leave them on: Put them on, wear them as much as possible. You will get in the habit because your vision will be better with them.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Not usually: It can be very helpful if the skin is involved around your eye (cellulitis), but the oral medication is not much use in most cases of pink eye or eye ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
No: I do not know of any studies that suggest this.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Really?!: Good luck with that.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
The Blind Spot: There is one blind spot for each eye. There are not supposed to be any more. If you close one eye, the blind spot will be to the outside (toward yo... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Inflammation: Could be a soreness from the front of the eye projecting back behind the eye (like a heart attack causing left arm pain). Could be sinusitis. Could b... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Could be serious: Depending on how long you have had this symptom, this can be bad. Retinal detachment, migraine, brain issues would be on my list. If it is chronic, ... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Likely none: Don't do cocaine. Likely no long term damage. If it persists, get an ophthalmologist to do a thorough exam.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Likely fever blister: This sure sounds like a fever blister which is herpetic. It is very common. It can burn and sting. See an urgent care doctor or your regular doc. ... Read More
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Elective Surgery: If your vision is fine, leave it alone. If your Va is becoming affected, you should think it over and discuss it with a Retina trained doc. The prob... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Could be.: Injury, eye drops, allergy, makeup (mascara), lack of sleep. I am unsure. Try stopping any mascara, eye shadow, un-prescribed drops and see how that... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Maybe: There are preventative treatments to avoid migraines- usually for the whopper headache. These can include beta blockers or amitriptyline. If you jus... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
AMD?: Do you mean macular degeneration? This is a leading cause of blindness in people over 60. This is a huge topic. Learn more on this almost anywhere.... Read More
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A 71-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
It can: Alcohol will lower your eye pressure, but the effect does not last as long as the drops we prescribe.
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Prob nothing: A ct scan would help. Need more info fb vtumoy.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
20/20/20: Every 20 minutes, look at something at least 20 feet away, for 20 seconds.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
TV: Reading moves your eyes too much, but tv at a distance does not. You need plenty of dvds or other videos. Video gaming is questionable. The idea is... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
None, really.: High eye pressure (iop) is not caused by foods. Certain consumables lower iop like alcohol, caffeine, pot, and diuretics. Oral Prednisone or steroid... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
3 weeks: You may be able to be seen sooner, but why rush this if you are planning on buying new glasses. Sometimes you have to wait longer if the virus affect... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
No: No, it can feel like a "pressure sensation" behind or in your eye, but the actual pressure inside the eye is not affected by a sinus infection.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Could be: I am not sure, but if it is only after the goggles and goes away quickly-you probably don't need to worry. Quit wearing those goggles. Are they swim... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
No: The sunlight/depression link has little to do with your eyes. Your skin absorbs the light, and in some cases prevents depression. I think even blind... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Tough Call: Ideally, 7 days, if the pink eye is due to a virus. This is almost never possible. As long as it is tearing, you are contagious. School nurses that... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
The plastic: It is a different plastic in each lens. They fit similarly, but oasys "breathe" better than advance. That is to say, oasys has a better oxygen perme... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Get the treatment: Get the treatment for the chlamydia, likely drops and pills. See your regular doctor too. This is a sexually transmitted disease. Drink if you want... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
This is tough: There is a form of shingles that can cause both eye and ear pain. Maybe sinus disease. This is a good question, those are my first thoughts.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
NOT common: But...... It varies depending on how near-sighted you are. Highly near-sighted people have increased risk of rd. I do not have solid numbers. I see... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
OMG!: Don't do that! this can only make things worse. Nothing intended for your butt goes anywhere near your eye. Ps-will give you a crappy outlook on lif... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Treat Infec First: The infection trumps other concerns. If she needs IV antibiotics, do this first. When she can be on oral antibiotics and does not need any abscess d... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Stress: Could be thyroid problem, but likely stress is the answer.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Too bright: Lower the brightness. It is a setting.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Depends on the prob: What are you treating? You really should be using eye meds this close to your eye. You can try scrubbing them with baby shampoo-but it depends.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
See a doctor: You should not wait any longer. Call an eye doctor, primary care doctor, or go to an er.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Get an exam!: You need an eye exam. Likely nothing serious, but get seen. The diagnosis depends on your age, but this forum is not the answer. Get an ophthalmolo... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Maybe: I usually see these patients within 1-2 days. Better safe than sorry. If there is a retinal tear, it can be fixed quickly and easily if caught early... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
I think, yes: There is no doubt that initially, hard (gas permeable) lenses are more uncomfortable than soft lenses. Later, people are comfortable with them, but t... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Be Patient: A PVD is not a retinal tear. It can cause a tear. The laser is to treat, not prevent, the tear or retinal detachment. It takes roughly 6-8 weeks fo... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Droopy lid: Likely the eye is not smaller, just less open- or droopy. Wait at least 6 months, then have it evaluated by your eye surgeon or an oculo-plastic surg... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
In some cases: If you have narrow angle glaucoma that has not been treated with laser, you cannot take these medications. Otherwise it is okay.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Boil it: Either boil it for 5 minutes, put it through the dishwasher or best yet-get a new one with each bottle of solution. Many solutions have these include... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Darker: Put contrast on near maximum, and brightness as low as you are comfortable with.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Yes: The redness will go away. The bloodshot, dilated vessels, are the bodies way of attacking the problem. When you are all better the redness will like... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Yes, but....: If you are having these issues, you should be in an icu. This is serious. Pupil changes from head injuries are likely a precursor to a fatal event. ... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
They Should: There are societies for the blind in most metropolitan areas. These tend to be custom made for visual problems. Different eye diseases cause differe... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Becker is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Becker is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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unfortunetly after thr aura goes away and my vision is restored to normal i get the worst headache behind the eyes and temple area followed by vomiting .. usually takes a day or two to recover.
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Medical/Graduate school

Washington University School of Medicine, MO
Graduated 1987MD
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