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Dr. Claudio Contreras

Ophthalmology
San Jose, CA
35 years experience

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Office

San Jose, CA

Address

2120 McKee Rd, San Jose, CA
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About

Bio

I am a comprehensive ophthalmologist in solo practice in San Jose since 1997. I consider myself fortunate to be an ophthalmologist. This was my aspiration since I was young, but I was unable to achieve it as I had anticipated. I started my career as a primary care internist (board certified 1992-2002) after unsuccessful attempts of obtaining a residency position in ophthalmology after completing medical school. After practicing internal medicine for 4 years I was able to obtain an ophthalmology residency in 1994. I love what I do. I focus on comprehensive adult ophthalmology with an emphasis on cataract surgery serving a mostly Latino population in San Jose as the only Hispanic ophthalmologist in San Jose. My staff and I do our utmost to provide everyone we are privileged to care for with the best medical care we can provide.

Specialties
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Ophthalmology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

25 Answers
18 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Claudio Contreras
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Get an eye examinati: Because of the risk of contracting an std infection in the eye, it is important to obtain an eye examination to rule this out.'.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Claudio Contreras
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Possibly low thyroid: These symptoms are suggestive of underactive thyroid disease or hypothyroidism. A medical evaluation with a primary care physician is indicated.
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Claudio Contreras
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
5-10 years: It depends on whether there are risk factors for eye disease such as diabetes, history of eye trauma, or family history of eye disease. The recommend... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Claudio Contreras
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Tear film imbalance: Chronic watery eyes is usually a symptom of a tear film imbalance problem commonly referred to as dry eyes. If frequent application of artificial tea... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Claudio Contreras
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Probably benign: It depends on how long the bumps have been present, whether they are painful, getting bigger, weeping fluid, etc. May people develop benign skin bump... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Claudio Contreras
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Possible migraine: This sensation may be due to migraine if associated with headache. Sometimes there is no associated headache and it is referred to as ocular migraine... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Claudio Contreras
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Possibly: Prolonged use of corticosteroid medications can result in the development of glaucoma, a potentially blinding condition. Nasal steroid medications c... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Claudio Contreras
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Important factor: The cup to disc ratio refers to the amount of depression that is in the center of the optic nerve. As glaucoma progresses this depression enlarges be... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Claudio Contreras
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Possibly: Brimonidine tartrate is an eye drop used for the treatment of glaucoma. It is not known if this medication is excreted in human breast milk. Animal ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Claudio Contreras
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Warm compresses: Red eyes can be due to many things including eyelid disease. Warm compresses are often helpful for this.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Claudio Contreras
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Dry eye treatment: Constant eye mucous can be due to a tear film imbalance that is usually referred to as dry eye syndrome. There are several possible treatments for th... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Claudio Contreras
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Laser therapy: The most common method of treating glaucoma is the use of eye drop medications to lower the eye pressure. If the angle of the eye is open then a low ... Read More
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Claudio Contreras
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Not problematic: As long as there are no visual effects this can continue to be monitored by your ophthalmologist.
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Claudio Contreras
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Eye examination: To distinguish between eye pain that is due to eye disease or referred pain from some other illness requires a complete eye examination.
A 70-year-old member asked:
Dr. Claudio Contreras
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Probably not: If multiple glaucoma surgeries have been necessary it would not be uncommon for the cornea to suffer the consequences of multiple eye surgeries. Even... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Claudio Contreras
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Allergic disease: Symptoms are suggestive of an allergic type eye condition, but it could be an infectious eye condition. The only way to determine this is with a com... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Claudio Contreras
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Eye examination: I am unfamiliar with personalized medicine. Cataract is a gradual clouding up of the natural lens of the eye that can eventually lead to vision loss.... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Claudio Contreras
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Neither: A blocked tear duct can result in unwanted tearing either intermittently or constantly. Infection can also develop. If this is a constant problem wi... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Claudio Contreras
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Possibly: Trauma can result in a fracture most commonly of the inferior wall of the orbit. It is important to exclude damage to the eye itself. Because one of... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Claudio Contreras
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Possibly dry eye: If there is eyelid twitching this is often due to tear film imbalance or commonly referred to as dry eye syndrome. The twitching may respond to appli... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Claudio Contreras
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
No: Allergic eye condition commonly referred to as allergic conjunctivitis from environmental causes would be expected to affect both eyes. If only one e... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Claudio Contreras
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Probably stye: Styes are accumulation of greasy oily material in the eyelids that occur when the eyelid oil glands become plugged up. Why this happens is unknown, b... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Claudio Contreras
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Probably : Glaucoma is an incurable disease that results in damage to the eye (optic) nerve. It is usually a slowly progressive disease. The goal of treatment ... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Claudio Contreras
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
No eye wash watch tv: The eyes are able to maintain good health without the need for eye washes. Healthy eyes with frequent blinking are able to lubricate and cleanse with... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Claudio Contreras
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Medical condition: Symptoms are suggestive of a systemic or whole body disease that may involve dry eyes. A complete medical evaluation is indicated to determine the ca... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
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Mar 31, 2015
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UCLA School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 1987MD
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