Dr. Theodore Wu

Ophthalmology
Richmond, VA
24 years experience male

Locations

Office

Richmond, VA

Address

400 Westhampton Station, Richmond, VA
Directions

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Insurances accepted

Aetna

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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

552 Answers
121 Agrees
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Cataract: There is no clear association between pituitary tumor and cataract formation. A pituitary tumor may affect several hormone levels, which may in turn ... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Color contacts: Do not buy color contacts without first having a contact lens fitting and a full dilated eye exam. All the rules that apply to contact lens wearers s... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Stye drainage: Typically, a stye is numbed with local anesthesia, then drained. The actual numbing feels like a tiny bee sting, then the entire area goes numb. Fro... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Cataract: Cataracts may cause glare or haloes while night driving, trouble reading even with glasses, or difficulty seeing in bright sunshine. Each person may ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Clear eyes: It may help your eyes feel better if dry or irritated.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Watery: Try a nasal decongestant from the drugstore. If your eyes are watery from allergy, try some otc zaditor (ketotifen).
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Watery eye: When you read, your blink rate diminishes. This can result in dry eye, which causes tearing and blurring of the vision. This can be treated with art... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Maybe: Uv light may contribute to cataract formation and macular degeneration. However many factors contribute to healthy eyes, such as a good diet and regu... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Eye pain: Causes of eye pain include foreign body, eyelash poking the eye, infection, sinus pressure, iritis, scleritis, tumor, optic neuritis, choroidal hemorr... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Lazy: This is not likely, unless your eye is already lazy.
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A member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Color blindness: Color blindness is a congenital or acquired condition whereby a person cannot see certain colors well because the parts of the eye that receive those ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Spicy: Spicy foods add variety to life and the palate. Tearing results from stimulation of acetylcholine release by chemicals in the food. Tearing is not h... Read More
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A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Pressure: Yes-- the nasal passages, sinuses, and eyes are in close proximity. Blowing your nose hard, especially if congested, can transmit pressure to the eye... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Concussion: It may take weeks or months for the head to heal fully after a concussion. Once you have had one concussion, it is easier to have another.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Night vision: Get plenty of rest. Eat a diet rich in green leafy vegetables and orange vegetables. Eat fruits rich in antioxidants, such as blueberries and blackbe... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Rub: While not a terrible thing to do, it may irritate the eyes or cause a corneal abrasion. There are some doctors who believe that keratoconus is caused... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
LASIK: If your eyes keep getting worse, do not have lasik. One requirement for lasik is a stable glasses prescription for 6-12 months before surgery. Lasik... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Red eye: Other possible causes of red eye include dry eye and subconjunctival hemorrhage. For dry eye, try using an otc eyedrop such as theratears, three time... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Blood in the eye: Blood on the eye surface, subconjunctival hemorrhage, may be caused by sneezing, coughing, straining, and rubbing the eye. It usually resolves in 2 t... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Ear Wax: You can try debrox drops over the counter for a few days. Eventually, the wax will soften and fall out of your eye in a big gooey glob. If this does... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
LASIK: He is probably concerned about the distance between your eyes, also called the intrapupillary distance-- if it is too close together, he may be concer... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Dry: Try using artificial tears, such as systane, every 30 minutes. Take a break every hour to rest your eyes, if possible. Wear eye protection if workin... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Floaters: The vitreous is a jelly-like substance that fills the back part of the eye. Around the age of 60, it begins to liquify and form small floating strand... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Rash: Could be allergy, eczema, lupus. Seek care from your local ophthalmologist or dermatologist.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Eye exam frequency: Diabetic patients are seen at least once a year depending on the severity of their eye disease. People with cataracts, as they approach visual signif... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Red spots: If the spots last a short time, this is ok. If they persist, then call your ophthalmologist.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Red eye: Contacts deprive the eye of oxygen. Things you can do to prevent red eye include limiting the number of hours per day you wear contacts, trying anoth... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Red eye: Recurrent pinkeye may be due to an infection, but it also may have other causes, ranging from dry eye to a bacterial pinkeye. If this problem is not ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Dark eye light eye: Could be a benign condition called iris heterochromia, but it could also indicate eye disease. I would recommend that you take your child to a pediat... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Contacts Astigmatism: Some people with high degrees of astigmatism cannot use soft toric contact lenses. Instead, they may require a gas permeable lens to correct their vi... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
LASIK: Lasik costs vary depending on where you live. Some doctors will offer promotions in your area. Do a google search in your city to see what is availa... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Red eyes: One of the common side effects of Lumigan is chronic red eye. You may use naphcon a (over the counter) on occasion for taking out the redness. Do no... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Flashes and floaters: Most flashes and floaters are benign but annoying. They tend to disappear over a period of weeks to months, without any medication. If the number of... Read More
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Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Eso: Your newborn may have strabismus, or misaligned eyes-- it is important to determine if the baby has true esotropia or pseudo-esotropia. Make an appoi... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Sunglasses: Yes. They provide a good way to keep unwanted rays from the eye.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Farsighted: A person who is farsighted can see well far away but needs glasses or contacts to see well close-up.
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Floaters: It depends. It may take weeks, months, or years depending on the cause and how old you are. There are no eyedrops or medicines to get rid of the flo... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Blind: Not usually-- in richmond we have a state department for visually impaired folks. This is called a low vision department, and there is something simil... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Itchy eyes: If you are using hairspray or other chemical products to straighten your hair, you may be having an allergic response to the product. This may be affe... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Eye strain: Not usually. Sometimes glaucoma can cause abdominal pain, but this does not usually cause eye strain.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Tired: When tired, the eyes often feel tired because your eyes dry out and your eyelids may feel heavy. Try using some artificial tears, take a break from t... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Itchy eyes: You may be suffering from allergic conjunctivitis. Try some cold compresses and zaditor (ketotifen) twice a day for 3 weeks. If you have no relief a... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Retina: Theoretically, but this is not a common event, otherwise, it would be quite tough on mountain climbers.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Serrapeptase: There is no fda approved medicine to help with floaters in the eye. Most floaters will dissolve or improve with time. It can take weeks to months to... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Heart: Depending on the type and severity of the heart problems, they may certainly cause fatigue, which in turn, may cause dark circles under the eyes. Dar... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Eye Pain: This could be serious. Eye pain may be caused by infection or inflammation. It may rarely be caused by optic neuritis. In any case, it is worth see... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Adrenal: Symptoms of adrenal fatigue vary considerably, but may include blurred vision. There is no direct connection between the adrenals and eye function. ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Contact lenses: It depends. The vision should be clear unless your eyes are dry, the contact lenses don't fit properly, the lenses are in the wrong eye, or if both l... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Dizzy: This could be a stroke or stroke warning sign. Seek care immediately in the er or a local ophthalmologist...
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Tea: Personal preference. Try chamomile or chai tea. Ginger tea is also good.
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Testimonials
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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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