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Dr. Stephen Hamilton

Ophthalmology
Atlanta, GA
33 years experience

Locations

Office

Atlanta, GA

Address

3225 Cumberland Blvd, Ste 900, Atlanta, GA
Directions

About

Bio

I strongly believe in the "old fashioned" doctor-patient relationship. I am dedicated to providing superior medical and surgical eye care with the highest level of professionalism and compassion. Special Expertise: Cataract; Corneal Diseases; Corneal Transplantation; Trauma repair/Anterior Segmant Reconstruction; DSEK; Keratoconus; LASIK and PRK; Prelex; Premium IOL`s; Refractive Lens Exchange; Refractive Surgical Procedures Read more: http://www.vitals.com/doctors/Dr_Stephen_M_Hamilton.html#ixzz1cH5vFLqC

Specialties
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Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery

Licenses

United States: Georgia

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

188 Answers
47 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A male asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Discuss with doc: You should discuss this with your surgeon. Your vision should recover very quickly after cataract surgery unless there are special circumstances. Mos... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Yes: As long as there is not ongoing damage to the nerve fiber layer or visual field that would indicate that the target pressure was not low enough.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
See your doctor: It is hard to say exactly what this could be without seeing it. If it is indeed on the iris, it warrants a visit to your eye doctor. That would be th... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
The contacts: If you normally have larger pupils, the colored contacts could certainly give the perception that your peripheral vision is blocked. A more serious pr... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Unfortunately no: Atropine can take a week to washout. There is really not much that will help but waiting.
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Treating floaters: There is no cure for benign floaters. No medications or supplements will help. Fortunately with time, floaters to become less noticeable and problema... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
See an ophthalmologi: It's hard to be sure exactly what you're describing, but it sounds like something that should be evaluated. Especially if you are a contact lens wear... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Not necessarily : It mostly depends on how advanced your glaucoma was when first diagnosed and detected. Unless the disease was very advanced, i see no reason why you ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Hard to say : From your post. If there is a severe change in vision from when your PVD was diagnosed, you should be seen again asap. If the symptoms are intermitten... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Yes: You can dilute the ointment with drops, but it may defeat the purpose for which the ointment was prescribed. Discuss with your eye doctor. Maybe there... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Steroids : If you were diagnosed with or even highly suspected of having temporal arteritis, you need to be on steroids urgently. A temporal artery biopsy can c... Read More
A 62-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
A lot of info here: There is a lot going on here, but sounds like some of the common problems with such a procedure. You will not have good vision as long as you have cme... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Optic nerve: Where the retinal nerve fibers exit the eyeball through the optic nerve, there is a blind spot in the visual field of all patients. It is quite small ... Read More
A 57-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Yes: Acute angle closure or any acute pressure rise can cause and should be treated emergently. Can also have hazy vision and nausea. Much more common, chr... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Two types: There are 2 types of blepharitis, anterior and posterior. Anterior is often associated with demodex folliculorum, as well as staph bacteria, and poste... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Eye exam: You need a good eye exam looking specifically for dry eyes and uncorrected hyperopia or glasses or contacts that are incorrectly powered. If you are ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Pink eye symptoms: Most common are tearing, swelling and mattering(sticky mucous causing eyelids to stick together in the morning), starting in one eye and often then th... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Lazy eye: An eye that cannot see well despite being without disease is called amblyopic or "lazy". There are many causes, most common are strabismus (an eye th... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Reducing symptoms : Is possible by taking an antihistamine/decongestant, as well as a mucolytic like mucinex, (guaifenesin) and drinking lots of water.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Yes: I see this most commonly in keratoconus grafts where initial swelling causes graft flattening. As the swelling goes down the graft steepens and become... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Depends : On the cause. It could be related to the fit, the lens material, the solutions, protein buildup, or even dry eye or allergy. Best to see an ophthalmol... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
You can't feel it: Amblyopia cannot be felt. It is poor vision that cannot be corrected. There are a number of causes, the most common being crossed eyes or asymetrical ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Cold packs: The only thing i can thing of is cold compresses or oral antihistamines.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Not likely: The best thing you can do is do everything you can to protect the good eye.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
It depends: It depends on the severity of vision loss. If vision in the injured eye is poor then depth perception is lost and has to be "re-learned" by visual clu... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Glaucoma: When the eye pressure is high enough to cause permanent damage to the optic nerve it is dangerous. The higher it is, the more dangerous because the da... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
5-7 days critical: This is when re-bleeding can occur, do activity must be extremely limited. After that there could be a few more weeks before things seem healed. Sever... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
A small difference : Is normal. A significant difference would be unusual but it could just be the way it is written in a different format.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Yes: But your eyes may look more red.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
It depends : On multiple factors including your age and degree of amblyopia. Usually a patching regimen is recommended that will strengthen the amblyopia eye witho... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
No: There are no medical studies that show that eye drops can slow or reverse cataract formation.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
No: Although the prescription of the glasses can make the eyes look bigger or smaller depending on whether it is myopic or hyperopic.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
It is best: To see a specialist who can evaluate the proper fit of the lens and educate you in safety and appropriate wear and lens care. Taking this lightly can ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Ok: Plane travel should be safe with an eye infection, however, if there is an associated sinus infection the pressure changes could prove painful.
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Less than 24 hours: Most of my patients have near perfect vision by the following morning. Some have night fog and halos that last a few weeks, particularly when dry.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Sub conj hemorrhage: With a black eye, blood can certainly spread to the white of the eye, but could be indicative of a more serious injury or fracture. If you are describ... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Hyperopia : It sounds like you are beginning to manifest some farsightedness. A good exam and a prescription for glasses or contact lenses should help. Some hyper... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Tearing: Do your eyes tear a lot? You could have a tear drain (nasolacrimal duct) obstruction or a chronic infection that needs specific antibiotic treatment.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Depends : Really depends on what you are being treated for. If it is HSV or zoster, sometimes long term low dose steroids are required to suppress inflammation.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
No: But it could cause conjunctivitis. That's all I have to say on this one.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
There are many: The best are antihistamine and mast cell inhibitors. Avoid vasoconstrictors like visine that gets the red out as they can make matters worse if used t... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Steroid cream: I would try spot treatment for a week or so with otc Hydrocortisone cream. If it doesn't go away then you should definitely have it checked.
A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
No it should not: It may even be better to do your reading and studying without them as it relaxes your accommodation and allows you to use your nearsightedness to read... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Chalazion: Probably a small chalazion (plugged oil gland). Use warm compresses and it should resolve in 3-4 weeks but if not, have it evaluated.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Depends: It really depends on the maturity level of the child. Improper lens care, poor hygiene, and overwear can lead to permanent vision loss. I would only a... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Floaters are common : But any sudden change in floaters, or associated flashing lights should be evaluated emergently.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Yes: Type 1 HSV is more common around the eye. This is the same virus that causes cold sores. It behaves like any herpes virus with recurrences, and if it ... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Mucous: Excessive mucous production, as with pink eye/conjunctivitis is often described as "mattering".
A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Migraines: The fragmented circles that you are seeing sound like a typical aura that can be associated with a classic migraine headache. There are treatment opti... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Know your child: It really depends on the maturity level of the child. Improper lens care, poor hygiene, and overwear can lead to permanent vision loss. I would only a... Read More

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Apr 16, 2018
Dr. Hamilton rocks! He did an excellent job on my cataract surgery and is a very kind, caring and listening Christian man and is kind enough to answer my emails!
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Hamilton is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Hamilton is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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The only thing they have prescribed me, that somewhat works is Ultravate Ointment. I eventually ran out and I have lost my insurance, so... I guess I am stuck with using Cortisone ointment. Ugh.
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no actually they don't tear alot but my room mate has the same Issue and never had the problem before untIl a while after I had it. yet no doctor finds anything wrong..
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you. That's what I was thinking, but I just wanted to make sure

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Alabama School of Medicine, AL
Graduated 1989MD

Awards

Best Doctors in America 2001-2013, Patients Choice Award 2008-2013, Compassionate Doctor Award 2010
Top Ophthalmologist , Third Place, Georgia - Summer
2013
Top Ophthalmologist, First Place, Georgia - Spring
2017
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