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Dr. Theodore Wu

Ophthalmology
Richmond, VA
22 years experience male

Locations

Office

Richmond, VA

Address

400 Westhampton Station, Richmond, VA
Directions

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Insurances accepted

Aetna

Blue cross blue shield

Cigna

Humana

Medicaid

United healthcare

About

Bio

Dr. Theodore Wu is a general ophthalmologist located in Richmond, Virginia. He is part of the Virginia Eye Institute. Dr. Wu specializes in cataract surgery, LASIK surgery, and glaucoma care. He is a member of Eyecare America, a program designed to provide free medical care to patients without health insurance.

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

Doctor Q&A

673 Answers
146 Agrees
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Eye pain: Eye pain may be related to migraine or sinus headache. Twitch may be related to dryness or allergy or stress. Seek care from your eye doctor if the p... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Pain: Any sharp pain should be discussed with your OB doctor...Especially if it persists.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Wrinkles: At 24, the wrinkles are unlikely to be age-related. Wrinkles can be due to lots of causes, such as stress, fatigue, sun exposure, dehydration, and sm... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Pressure: High eye pressure usually does not accompany conjunctivitis. Conjunctivitis has many causes, such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, allergies, etc. If th... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Pvd: A PVD can last many months or many years...It can begin with either flashing lights or floaters or both....
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Cough: Possibly you may have an atypical pneumonia...See your local primary doc for an exam.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
wavy: If the wavy lights last more than an hour, call your local eye doctor. The common term is ocular migraine, a neuro-vaso-spastic response in the back ... Read More
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
allergy: This is prime fall allergy season-- mold, pollen, and ragweed are high. You could try some allergy medicine otc-- if this is not helpful, call your p... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
floaters: You may see the floaters most easily when looking at a clear sky or background in good light-- there is no easy way to get rid of them-- in time, they... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Peels: As long as your skin heals fully, there is no particular limit...
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Lights: Perhaps...Other causes include retinal tears, retinal detachment, and ophthalmic migraine...
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Vision: What kind of visual symptoms are you having? The jaw tightness suggests tmj, but this is usually associated with headaches, not vision changes. Perh... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Glaucoma: Early glaucoma often has no visual symptoms and may only show up on a visual field or oct test. This stage is the most treatable, usually with eyedro... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Red eye: You may want to try some artificial tears, such as theratears or systane, available over the counter at your drugstore. If the redness still does not... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Dark eye: Darkness under the eye could be due to lack of sleep or genetic factors. This can be concealed with makeup.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Sarcoid: Sarcoidosis is a systemic disease that comes and goes. It affects many parts of the body. For instance, it can cause redness and pain in the eyes, w... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Contact: Most eye doctors will have sample trial contact lenses you can try out when you have a contact lens fitting exam...
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Retinol: At age 23, you probably do not need to use anti-aging products. However, most retinol creams are safe near the eye-- just make sure not to put any cr... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Eyelid: The skin of the eyelids is very thin. When you sleep, fluid shifts occur in and around the eye. Sometimes folds are more prominent in the morning, a... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Dull eyes: The bumps could be a herpetic rash. See your primary care doctor soon to have the rash looked at.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Twitch: You probably have blepharospasm, a benign twitch of the eyelid due to dry eye, allergy, stress, fatigue, or caffeine. If the twitch involves the face... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Severe pain: Severe pain in the eyes may be related to scleritis or uveitis. In either case, i recommend that you contact your local ophthalmologist for a complet... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Uvula: Perhaps you should see your primary doc for these problems....Gentle stretches may help your back.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Litter box: Although not common, it could be ocular toxoplasmosis-- seek care immediately from a pediatric ophthalmologist in your town.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Burning: Try some artificial tears, chilled, every two hours. If your eye still bothers you, then call your local ophthalmologist.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Lattice: That is absolutely fine! if you start to see lots of floating objects, flashing lights, or a dark curtain in your vision, then please call your local... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Red: Redness may be due to dry eye, allergy, subconj heme, infection, etc. If not better in a day or two, call your local eye doctor.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Itchy: The itching caused by blepharitis and allergy are similar and can best be determined by a thorough eye exam. Dry eye usually causes a foreign body se... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Shake: If your eyelids are twitching, this is caused by dry eye, allergy, stress, or fatigue. You can use artificial tears, such as theratears, for this pro... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Stars: With any hange in vision, including stars, i recommend that you see your local eye doctor to check for a retinal tear or detachment.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
bug: Bug bites are often itchy or painful, and they are very red. They are located on exposed areas of skins. Acne may be painful, but not itchy and usua... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Mri: The vision problems indicate a possible problem in the occipital cortex or visual pathways. Balance issues may involve the brainstem. Seek care from... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
red spot: If the red spot is new and does not clear in 2-4 weeks, then call your local eye doctor for a checkup.
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Sarcoid: You will probably need to see your primary doctor for some antibiotics to clear up the pneumonia. Also make an appointment with a rheumatologist to t... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
pancetta: Possibly--- pancetta is cured, but not smoked-- it is a form of pork-- most people are fine if they eat the pancetta without cooking it, but next time... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Pimple: Probably not. The skin and any scarring will remodel over time, and it should fade away-- if not, it can be revised surgically or simply covered with... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Eye pain: This sounds worrisome...I would take her to see a pediatric ophthalmologist soon....
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
blue dot: The blue dot may be a floater, a small fragment of vitreous jelly, that moves in and out of your field of view. It may also be a transient visual cha... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Allergy: It is mold and ragweed season in ohio right now. For allergies, you could try Claritin for sinus and zaditor (ketotifen) for itchy eyes. Both are ove... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Eye circle: Eye circles may be inherited or may be due to fatigue-- try getting a good night's sleep-- this may help.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Red eye: Since red eye may have dozens of causes, the type of medicine used varies with the ailment...
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Shock: Possibly a shock from metal tweezers (static)... You could try plastic tweezers.
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Flash: Your flashes may be related to a retinal tear, retinal detachment, vitreous traction, ocular migraine, etc. If your eye doctor did not see a retinal ... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Pinkeye: Pinkeye, or conjunctivitis, has many causes, including viruses, bacteria, allergy, inflammation, foreign bodies in the eye, etc. The first thing to d... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Tumor: Although it is possible to have normal eye pressure and normal optic nerves with a brain tumor, this is quite rare.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Sunken: Generally no...Unless you would consider plastic surgery.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Macular degeneration: Macular degeneration is a leading cause of blindness in the elderly. There are two major types-- wet and dry. The dry form progresses slowly, and ra... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Dry: Try frequent artificial tears, warm compresses at least 4 times a day for 5 min each, and if this does not help, call your eye doctor to discuss resta... Read More
A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
20/350: Unless you have other eye problems, then the answer is no.
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Goose egg: For pain, you can try tylenol (acetaminophen) or advil. For the swelling, after 24 hours you can try a warm washcloth. The swelling may last for a we... Read More

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Aug 29, 2013
Terrific, timely answers. Well stated and very easy for the patient to understand.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Wu is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Wu is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! This is a wonderful service as we have few doctors in my area and my doctor just doesn't listen to me. He spends less than 5 minutes with me and doesn't take me seriousl...Read More
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you so much! You made me feel a lot better phew thanks a lot for your time and for what you do
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Thanks! I did not lose the eye, I wear a scleral shell over the left eye. Seen opthamologists at duke, johns hopkins and emory.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Virginia School of Medicine, VA
Graduated 1999MD

Awards

Richmond Top Doc 2011
Patient Choice Award 2011
Patient Choice Award 2010

Affiliations

Virginia Eye Institute
American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
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