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Dr. Theodore Wu

Ophthalmology
Richmond, VA
24 years experience male

Locations

Office

Richmond, VA

Address

400 Westhampton Station, Richmond, VA
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Insurances accepted

Aetna

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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
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Ophthalmology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

552 Answers
121 Agrees
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Uvula: Perhaps you should see your primary doc for these problems....Gentle stretches may help your back.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Nearsighted: Nearsightedness is a result of several factors, including the normal growth of the eye, genetics, and environmental factors, such as prolonged near wo... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 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
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 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
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 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
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 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.
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Shock: Possibly a shock from metal tweezers (static)... You could try plastic tweezers.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 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
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Pvd: A PVD can last many months or many years...It can begin with either flashing lights or floaters or both....
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 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
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 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
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 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
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Humid: Yes. If you live in a very dry area, you may feel drier after lasik. Most people will feel drier than usual for a few months after lasik surgery..
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Air: In the area beneath the eyelid, there is connective tissue, fat, and muscle. Air generally does not enter this space, unless there is severe eye trau... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Rash: How long has the rash been there-- what does it look like? Does it itch? Is it painful? Is it weeping fluid? You may need to see your primary care... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Litter box: Although not common, it could be ocular toxoplasmosis-- seek care immediately from a pediatric ophthalmologist in your town.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 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
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 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
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 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
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 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
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 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
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 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
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 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
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 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
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Sunken: Generally no...Unless you would consider plastic surgery.
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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 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
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Myope: Your chances are very small with such a low amount of myopia. Just avoid getting hit in the eye and eat a healthy diet.
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 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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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Nose: Try saline nasal spray first. If this does not work you can try a nasal decongestant over the counter.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Bump: Eczema usually does not cause bumps on the eyelid. The most common new bumps are styes or chalazia. These may resolve with hot compresses and topica... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Graves: Graves disease can also cause double vision, bulging eyes, and optic nerve compression. It is a great idea to see your local eye doctor for an exam. ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 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
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
20/350: Unless you have other eye problems, then the answer is no.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 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
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Swelling eye: This could be a drug reaction or an extension of infection. See your doctor asap!
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Entoptic: You are seeing blood cells moving around in your vision-- this is normal and can best be observed under certain lighting situations and a clear backgr... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Try using zaditor for itching a week before the surgery. Make sure your eye surgeon agrees.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Iridotomy: Sometimes the iris bleeds a little right after the procedure...This can cause transient blurring.
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A male asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Eye pain: There are many causes of eye pain and blank spots, but this is not normal. See your local ophthalmologist for a complete eye checkup!
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Graves: The eyelids can be adjusted to reduce the cosmetic effect of thyroid eye disease. Depending on the severity, you may be able to avoid orbital decompr... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Yellow: The yellow area is probably a pingueculum, an area of collagen breakdown due to the sun or wind. The white area is arcus senilis, due to cholesterol... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Maybe: It depends on the severity of the glaucoma and the amount of visual field loss. A pressure reduction of 20% or more is usually desirable.
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Falling lashes: Some reasons for falling lashes include severe blepharitis, caused by bacteria on the eyelashes, and eyelid cancers, such as sebaceous cell carcinoma-... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Bells: Eyes roll back in the head due to something called the bell's phenomenon--it was first noticed by the scottish surgeon, charles bell. It is a normal ... Read More
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Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Pain: Pain may be related to migraine or cluster headache. Try to limit your stress levels and caffeine intake. If over the counter medicine does not help... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Dark: Some dark circles are from lack of sleep or from stress. Try getting good rest. Some dark circles are inherited, and can only be treated with make-u... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
JRA: It depends on the type of jra. Often, folks with jra will have repeated bouts of uveitis. This may lead to other eye problems, such as glaucoma, cat... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Stye: Perhaps-- if used with hot compresses twice a day. If the stye lasts more than a week or two, see your local ophthalmologist. It may need to be drai... Read More
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Surgery: Do not worry...People may require up to 90 days to have their best vision after surgery. Keep using your drops and give yourself more time to heal...
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Pot: No. Pot does not promote wound healing...
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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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