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Dr. Harvey Fishman

Ophthalmology
Palo Alto, CA
22 years experience male

Locations

FishmanVision

Palo Alto, CA

Address

706 Webster St., Palo Alto, CA
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My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Medicare

About

Bio

Dr. Fishman is a comprehensive ophthalmologist providing personalized eye care for patients in the Bay Area, Santa Cruz, and Northern California. Dr. Fishman is an Eye Physician and Surgeon specializing in dry eye disease and is running two clinical trials involving dry eye disease. One investigation involves light sensitivity and photophobia and the other clinical trial deals with a novel method to measure gene expression in dry eye patients. As a comprehensive ophthalmologist and anterior segment surgeon, Dr. Fishman offers full comprehensive eye care including the treatment of glaucoma, corneal and external diseases, eyelid disease as well as diabetic and macular degeneration screening, same day emergency visits, and prescriptions.

Specialties
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Ophthalmology

Licenses

United States: California

Doctor Q&A

121 Answers
101 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Depends: Is the double vision only in the operated eye? ( when other eye is closed?) as long as the iol was properly inserted , cause could be as simple as r... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Ignore: If the eye is impaled do not remove the object. Go the the emergency and let them inspect first
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Eye: Eye twitching is generally from fatigue. Limit caffeine, obtain more sleep, and f/u with an eyemd.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Glaucoma: Glaucoma causes peripheral (not central) vision loss in most individuals with good follow-up.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Ignore: Sleep is associated with glaucoma and also floppy eyelid syndrome which can lead to chronic red eyes.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Ignore: A red eye can be associated with an autoimmune condition like lupus, colitis, or even arthritis.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Ignore: Pink eye may actually be a more serious condition like iritis. Check in with your eyemd.
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Pseuduotumor cerebri: Doxycycline can cause visual disturbances and you may have idiopathic intracranial hypertension (also known as pseudotumor cerebri)-- see your eyemd ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
No: Csr is typically treated with a watch and wait approach . Occasionally laser can be used to hasten the recovery. New injectable drugs are also being e... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Recurrent erosion: Multiple causes but a classic cause is a condition known as recurrent erosion syndrome. It can also be from run of mill dry eyes.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Sleep: Eyelid twitching also know as fasciculation are usually from fatigue or caffeine use. However it can also be a sign of blepharospasm or even demyelina... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Diabetes : There are many causes of vitreous hemorrhages. Common causes include diabetes, vitreous separation , coughing. It can be from very serious eye conditi... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
At your convenience: Not an emergency , but it is good to have an ophthalmologist examine and monitor your cataracts. Your quality of life can be vastly improved if they a... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Yes: Cataract surgery is often performed with clear corneal incisions that do not cause bleeding. No change in Coumadin (warfarin) dose is required. Howev... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Many ways : Treatment usually starts with eye drops. As the glaucoma progresses, laser then various incisional surgeries are used.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Many causes : Risk factors include Prednisone use, diabetes, tobacco use, as well as many genetic diseases
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
No: Various causes of double vision with glasses are possible. An incredibly under appreciated condition known as aniseikonia is often the cause . This re... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Yes!: Contact lenses can deprive the cornea of oxygen causing the epithelium to breakdown thus exposing it to bacterial colonization . No matter how clean y... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
5 to 10 minutes: Laser trabeculoplasty can be performed in about 5 to 10 minutes. It is a relatively easy procedure for most patients. However the lens that is placed ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Yes: Cataracts will continue to progress with or without medicines although the rate may slow down if the medicine is discontinued. . Prednisone is a very ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Rarely: Laser eye surgery (lasik or prk) is generally safe long term; however as with all surgical procedures there can be long term problems. These include ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Yes: Cataracts will not be adversely affected by ctl use.
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Pencil pushups: Double vision always needs to be evaluated by an eye md. If the diplopia is associated with fatigue, try focusing on a near object over several minut... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Many: Infection such as by herpes virus or toxoplasmosis can increase eye pressure. Trauma can cause immediate or delayed pressure increase . Cancer of the ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Both: Glaucoma drops lower eye pressure and slows progression of vision loss. This can prevent blindness in many cases. However if you already have vision l... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Depends: Most glaucoma specialists will see you every three to four months. However in severe forms, you may be seen more often. In less severe forms or forms ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Mm HG: Technically it is mmhg. It is the intraocular pressure measured in millimeters of mercury. It is created by fluid produced in the ciliary body of the ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Glare: Cataracts can cause glare symptoms or blurry vision despite glasses . Night time driving can be adversely affected and should be carefully monitored.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Many: Too many to list but macular degeneration is another major one for people over the age of 50.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Lubricate: Try lubricating with tears and gentle massage with the eyelids closed. If it doesn't work see an eye doc.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Generally nothing: Cataracts almost never have to be removed. In certain cases of narrow angle closure glaucoma they can be removed as an effective treatment. In the cas... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Exam by eye md: First it is crucial to rule out serious neurological disease that can cause diplopia. If stable , prisms in the glasses are the easiest method. Surger... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Possibly: Diabetics can often develop a type of catatact known as a posterior subcapsular cataracts
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Dry eye: Likely dry eye . Indoor conditions with air conditioning or heaters can dry out the eye and cause compensatory tearing.
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Vascular : If the vision remains blurry then it could be a serious vascular problem like an arterial occlusion or retinal detachment . See an eyemd soon.
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Dry eye therapy: Lasik often induces dry eyes. It is important to start omega 3 fatty acid supplements. You need to talk to your internist to determine if there are an... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Styes : Hordeolum or styes are from clogged oil ducts in your eyelid . Warm compresses and lid scrubs are helpful for treatment and maintenance.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Ocular irritation : Dry eyes now called ocular surface disease . Easily treated.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Yes: Cataract surgery with intraocular lenses can permanently treat most forms of myopia. There are some people with excessive myopia that continue to prog... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Any age is possible: Cataracts can form at any time in your life. I have performed cataract surgery on teenagers and recently a patient 104 years old. In addition to your ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Many causes: Many causes but i would see an eyemd to get checked for narrow angle glaucoma
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Decreased contrast: Decrease in contrast sensitivity (CS) with conditions like macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy or even previous optic neuritis can also play a ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Combined surgeries : It depends on the severity of corneal scarring . If severe enough a combined cornea transplant with cataract surgery can be done. If the cornea is st... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Ibd: Ibd is an autoimmune disease that can be associated with iritis. It is a good idea to see an eye md.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
For residual tag: Occasionally a tag from the laser capsule can occlude the visual axis. In these case, the remnant capsule can be lasered again.
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
OCT: Oct is superior than hrt in assisting the ophthalmologist in making a diagnosis of glaucoma. In addition to the retinal nerve fiber layer, oct can mea... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Ignore: Do see your eyemd regularly; don't miss taking your eye drops.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
If: If you take flomax, (tamsulosin) do make sure you inform your ophthalmologist before cataract surgery.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Don't: Don't assume its bacterial. It could be associated with an autoimmune condition. Do see an eyemd.

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Fishman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Fishman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Stanford University School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 2000MD

Residency

Stanford Hospital
Completed 2005

Awards

HealthTap Founding Doctor
HealthTap Scholar
HealthTap ClubMD

Affiliations

American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology

Publications

Carbon nanotube bucky paper as an artificial support membrane for retinal cell transplantation.
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