Dr. Ari Weitzner

Ophthalmology
Brooklyn, NY
35 years experience male

About

Bio

I am a comprehensive ophthalmologist with 20 years experience. Teaching at Kings County Hospital part-time keeps my clinical and surgical skills sharp, considering the challenging cases that present there. I am devoted only to medical/surgical ophthalmology- I no longer manage glasses or contacts. I have a reputation for honesty and ethics- the idea of exposing a patient to unnecessary exams, treatments or procedures for the sake of making more money violates everything I believe in as a human being. Period.

Specialties
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Ophthalmology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

493 Answers
5 Agrees
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Cataract at birth: Clouding of the lens present at birth. Need to r/o torch and other syndromes.
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Nope: If benign, will go away sooner or later.
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Hard to say: You mean you feel this pain only when you jump? Most likely its sinus congestion. If lasts only for a second or two, almost invariably benign.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Not rare...: ..Condition where fluid fills up behind the retina ad causes blur/distortion. Goes away and recurs. Usually not treated. More common in type a pople.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Yes: Immunosuppressed, like hiv, chemo for cancer.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
No: I dont think so. But ask a neurologist- they may have some new meds that can help.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Safe: But not necessarily accurate prescription- depends on the strength.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Maybe: Could be a retinal tear. Or a migraine. See ophthalmologist asap.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Move the ac: Air blowing from the AC duct aggravates the problem. Turn it down or move the vents away from your face.
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Benign tic: I get that, too. Irritation of one of the small muscle fibers in the eyelid. Some say coffee makes it worse. Not to worry.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
No such thing: We dont treat ophthalmic strokes with laser.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Hot or cold: Compresses. Artificial tears.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Exam: Inability to move the eyes voluntarily, but they can move when the head is jerked left and right.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Nope: One can get macular damage that could look like the end stage of macular degenration and have the same symptoms, nut they are 2 separate diseases.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Close to the eye: Further back, the trauma affects one side of the visual field in both eyes. Head injuries typically dont disturb vision in 1 eye.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Lighthouse: Is an excellent institution that can fit you with the best optical aids.
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Its ok: In a young healthy person, this is nothing to worry about, unless you have some rare vitamin a deficiency, or other rare dystrophy.
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Sensitivity: No good answer- some people are just sensitive to the sun. Some have cataract which create a lot of glare and that glare can make some tear.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Blurred vision: Bleeding comes later and causes floaters.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Not sure : Possible you are sleeping on that side and irritating the eye against pillow.
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Possible: But typically one sees plaques periventricular, not brainstem. Fluid in optic nerve sheath is not typical. You need to have long conversation with ne... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Probabay not: But bottle may be contaminated.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Usually: If you do, make sure its a breathable high o2 transmission lens.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
See ophthalmologist: Regularly, and in some cases, eye vitamins can help. Also avoid sun.
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A member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Too vague: Could be days, weeks or never. Depends on extent of damage.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Nothing: Or antibiotic drops. Either way, it will go away.
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Probably...: ...A freckle, but rarely a melanoma or other growth. Get it checked out.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Blepharitis: Probably blepharitis, an inflammatory condition of the lids. Conjunctivitis or dry eye also. Try artificial tears and keep your lids clean. If no impr... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Sinus: Sounds like sinus disease. Try otc sinus medication and go to ENT doctor of no relief.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
A few: Steroids, plaquinil, amiodarone. Those are the most common.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Age and female sex: Also some drugs like antihistamnes and birth control pills. Cold, dry air. Some disease like rheumatoid, sjogrens, lupus etc.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Could be retina tear: Sudden flashes need to be checked promptly for retinal tear or detachment. Otherwise, it's probably vitreous tugging on the retina. Migraine also poss... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Nope: Sounds like viral conjunctivitis. Other possibility is blockage of tear ducts-have it checked out by ophthalmologist.
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A 62-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Bad measurement: Squeezing the eyes give falsely high readings. Thick corneas, too. Glaucoma either is noted in first year or two, or later as adult. Almost unheard of... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Kinda slim: But some of the orbital congestion can go down and make the eyes a little less protruding.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Variable: Blepharitis is irritating, so some blink alot, some rub, some tear etc.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Depends: If viral, a week or 2. If bacterial, probably a few days.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Could be: Could be tear, or simply you are appreciating the PVD more. If this is a change since you last saw the ophthalmologist, see him promptly.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
It helps: Lid hygiene with baby shampoo can be effective. If not, you may need to add antibiotics like Azasite or emycin (erythromycin).
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Possibly: Could also simply be tension headache.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Relax: Probably temporary, but see an ophthalmologist when you get a chance.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Naah: Cellulitis is an infection of the deeper skin structures. You would really have to claw at the eye to get cellulitis. But anything is possible i guess... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Too late: To reduce or eliminate migraine symptoms, you need to take Imitrex (sumatriptan) or similar medicine the moment the attack starts. Once you are alread... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Spasm: Sounds like accommodative spasm, where the focusing muscle of your eye is "spazzing out". If you are older, could be a sign of stroke- depends if it's... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Migraine: Likely migraine. Rarely TIA or occipital lobe seizure- depends on your age and how long its been going on.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
No relation: Hard to imagine how minor head bump can cause pain 3 weeks later. If persists, see doctor.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Swelling...: ..Of the muscles and fat behind the eyeball.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Possible: Normal eye sensation (via trigeminal) is required for the blink reflex which keeps eye lubricated. If trigeminal nerve not working normally, it could ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
You can't: Aint gonna happen. You have to somehow train yourself not to blink. You can't place a speculum in your eyes every day. Good luck!
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Almost: Any antibiotic is good. Try hot compresses first.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Weitzner is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Weitzner is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Maybe it is that I have glasses to read with and I don't use then all the time.I read alt and write but don't use them like I should. Thanks
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This is pretty much exactly what it happens. If I jump, as the shock is being felt through my body there is the pain behind my eye lasting only for a short time.
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I do have and have had periventricular lesions. I was told by 2 diff neuros these weren't def MS. I'm so confused. By fatigue level is horri

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, NY
Graduated 1988MD

Awards

superdocotors, 2009
Top Ophthalmologist , Second Place, New York - Winter
2013
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