Dr. Stephen Hamilton

Ophthalmology
Atlanta, GA
34 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 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Sure: It requires routine testing to determine the level of visual disability and whether a patient fits the definition of legal blindness.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Bacterial infection: You could certainly get a bacterial conjunctivitis from such an exposure. Classic pink eye is a virus. I runs a course and only symptomatic treatmen... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Possibly: If you are farsighted, sometimes the drugstore glasses that people use for reading can help your distance vision. If you are nearsighted they will jus... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Will likely help: But a painful swollen eye needs a diagnosis by a physician.
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A 58-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
No: Possibly if they cough or sneeze, sending the virus airborne in droplets.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
It a depends: Depends on the cause. Some causes of blindness, cataract and corneal in particular, can be surgically repaired. Others may fall into a need to preserv... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Neither: Tap water is not sterile and should only be used for irrigatin in case of an emergency chemical injury when nothing else is available. Use sterile irr... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Intrapapillary?: I am sorry but that makes absolutely no sense. It is possible that he/she said interpupillary distance, but that would not have any effect on lasik.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Sinus fracture: There must be a sinus fracture. It should be evaluated by xrays and possibly treated or just allowed to heal. You should probably be on antibiotics,... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Follow your doctor's: It is important to care for contact lenses exactly as prescribed. Not doing so can be much more costly due to complications and even permanent vision ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Probably not : In the absence of a head injury, a small difference can be normal, but evaluation by an ophthalmologist should be done to be sure.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
3-4 weeks: We usually recommend 3-4 weeks of waiting and conservative treatment with warm compresses. Most will resolve without need for intervention.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
No: Pupil sizes vary quite a bit.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Pupilloplasty: Yes, surgical pupilloplasty is possible if the tissues are not extremely damaged. A corneal specialist should be familiar with this procedure.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Not: Other than irrigating and hoping it dislodges, there is no safe way to do it yourself.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Lose your lenses: They will likely float out and be lost. You will at the very least expose your lenses to water borne organisms and parasites that can cause serious ey... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Temporary burning: And irritation with tearing but should heal spontaneously without treatment. Perhaps irrigation with saline or artificial tears would help. I would no... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Diet coke in: The eyes should not cause harm. Your natural tears should do the trick. You could rinse with sterile eye irrigation solution or artificial tears.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Longer eye: Myopic eyes are usually longer from front to back, so imagine the internal retina as being more stretched and thin and easier to tear and detach.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Doubt pink eye : This does not sound like pink eye. You need to be evaluated by a corneal and external disease specialist who will consider other types of infections,... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Lumigan: Is the most likely culprit. Sometimes it can get better over time, instilling at bedtime helps. Assuming that you are already doing that, the only oth... Read More
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Sinus pain: Is most likely the cause, but if there are any vision symptoms or if the eyes seem red or sensitive to light, you should have your eyes examined.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
No: Tap water is not sterile nor lubricating. Irrigation of the eyes should be done with sterile irrigating solution or artificial tears.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Thyroid disease: Is most common due to swelling in the eye muscles, but any swelling or mass behind the eye can cause one eye to bulge. It can also be normal anatomy f... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Yes: If you are referring to a hemorrhage on the surface of the eye then it is completely benign unless there was associated trauma or it is recurrent. If ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Depends: It depends on your age and the level of disparity. If you are a teenager or older and it's not lazy now then it should not become. If you are younger ... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Amblyopia?: If you have amblyopia (commonly called lazy eye) where your vision cannot be corrected to 20/20, then the best thing you can do at this age is protect... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Can help: But avoid preserved drops and see a doctor if not improving.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
No: True colorblindness is usually genetic and involves the inability to distinguish particular colors (red/green). There are some diseases that can cause... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Typically: This would either be due to a droopy eyelid or due to an orbital blowout fracture allowing the eye to sink in. Either way, an oculoplastic surgeon cou... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
An eye that drifts: When tired will also drift when drinking alcohol. Other than avoiding these things, if the drifting is frequent, surgery can help.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
No: Sorry it won't help. The best thing you can do is protect your good eye.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Glaucoma: That is called glaucoma and it is very treatable but best caught early. There are usually no symptoms.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Rubbing: Rubbing your eyes is never recommended. Not only is it unhealthy, it will likely cause even more histamine release and make the itching even worse.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
You would need: A thorough eye exam.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
This is not normal : But certainly could be attributed to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. Any eye cause would have to be ruled out by examination.
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Elevated IOP: Most commonly causes no symptoms until significant damage is done (glaucoma). This is why routine eye exams are necessary. A sudden acute rise in pres... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Certainly: A trial of lubricants my help and if not, an assessment by an ophthalmologist may help provide relief.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
It could be: Any number of reasons, all of which require a thorough physical exam by an internist or even a neurologist.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
No: I would not get any water in the eye until it is fully healed.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Sinus headache: Most common would be a sinus headache as there are sinuses surrounding and behind the eye.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Cranial nerve palsy: This should be evaluated by a doctor urgently. Often it can resolve, depending ion what caused it.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Many things: Could cause these symptoms, many of which are serious and should be evaluated by an ophthalmologist.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Possibly: Could make them seem more noticeable, just as stress can seem to worsen any annoyance.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
It makes surgery : Surgery much more difficult. The iris becomes floppy and the pupil dilates poorly. An experienced surgeon should be able to compensate using special ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Possible : But if it continues much longer you should be evaluated for other types of conjunctivitis that may require treatment.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Very possible : It is very possible that you are a candidate for laser vision correction but a thorough evaluation for surgery involves more than checking your prescr... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
No : Glaucoma is caused by increased pressure within the eyeball itself.
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A male asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Low risk: Unless the cornea is highly vascularized, i would not worry about it. Follow your doctors med schedule religiously, and call right away for any reject... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Yes: With modern cataract surgery and techniques, laser vision correction is usually not necessary after cataract surgery. It is safe and possible to do i... Read More
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Testimonials
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HealthTap member
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!
HealthTap member
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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