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Dr. Gary Wortz

Ophthalmology
Lexington, KY
18 years experience male

Locations

Office

Lexington, KY

Address

Eagle Creek Medical Plaza, 120 N. Eagle Creek Dr, Suite 431, Lexington, KY, US
Directions

Practice website

Insurances accepted

Medicare

About

Bio

Dr. Gary Wortz is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in cataract and refractive surgery. Dr. Wortz has spent his entire adult life in Kentucky. He received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Asbury University in Wilmore, KY, and then received his medical degree from the University of Louisville graduating with honors in 2004. He then completed his surgical internship and ophthalmology residency at the University of Kentucky, where he served as Chief Resident during his final year of training in 2008. Dr. Wortz has successfully performed thousands of cataract and laser procedures. With a commitment to quality pre-operative evaluations and surgical counseling, precise measurements, and utilizing the best intraoperative techniques and technology, Dr. Wortz has achieved great results and has continued to grow and expand his network of referring doctors. Beyond clinical and expertise, Dr. Wortz prides himself on creating a customized plan that suits the specific needs of each of his surgical patients. His surgical success is built on listening to patients, precise surgical planning, and delivering on the results. Dr. Wortz enjoys innovations in intraocular lens design and also spends each month instructing UK residents in cataract surgery at the VA hospital in Lexington. His other scholarly contributions have been featured in Ophthalmology Times, EyeWorld, and Ophthalmology Management magazines, and The Journal of Medical Practice Management. He is currently a consulting speaker for Alcon, and has also been a consulting speaker for Carl Zeiss Meditech at both the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons annual meetings. Additionally, Dr. Wortz enjoys college sports and is working with local college athletes to help improve their performance and prevent sports related eye injuries.

Specialties
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Ophthalmology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

58 Answers
70 Agrees
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
It may take time: It takes some time to adjust to wearing contacts. The lens may be fitting a bit loose on your cornea allowing it to move some with blinking. Overall,... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Maybe: A congenital cataract by definition means it has been present since birth. Having cloudy vision while the eye and brain are developing before age 8 ca... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Acanthamoeba: Hot tubs and fresh water pools and lakes also harbor a weird bug called acanthamoeba that can cause severe corneal ulcers especially in contact lens w... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Discharge matters: Allergic conjunctivitis causes severe itchiness and tearing with little discharge. Viral "pink eye" is characterized by mucous or thicker discharge, m... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Low BP or Anemia: You may be experiencing orthostatic hypotension which can be exacerbated by anemia or dehydration. I recommend a full eye exam and routine blood work ... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Yes: Having an eye with amblyopia leads to permanent vision loss if it's not corrected. Also having eyes that are constantly misaligned can lead to permane... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Antihistamine : You sound like you are having symptoms realted to environmental allergies. Itchy eyes (with redness, tearing, and irritation) along with a runny nose... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Patch the good eye: Patching therapy under the expert guidance of a pediatric ophthalmologist is your best bet. You need to force the brain to use the bad eye by patchin... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Yes: If you have a red, irritated, watery eye, you need to be seen. There are many possible causes, some of which are serious. Don't take chances, see your... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Your eyes are dry : It is very common to have fluctuations in vision if your tear film is unstable which is the case in people with "dry eye". If your eyes are irritated,... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Cool compresses: Try cool compresses to reduce swelling and redness associated with allergies.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Scratched?: Pain is a good reason to be seen by an eye doctor. It is possible that you scratched your eye while you slept. If you wear contacts and sleep in them,... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
No.: The eyes do not get smaller except in very rare circumstances in which you have had severe eye damage and longstanding blindness. However, as people a... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
See an eye doctor: Floaters can be associated with a retinal detachment, especially if associated with flashes of light and/or a shadow like area of vision loss. This is... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Maybe: Usually, amblyopia is thought to be fully correctable only before the age of 8. However, some new studies have shown some evidenvce that amblyopia the... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Probably not: Unless you have a special form of strabismus called accommodative esotropia contacts will not straighten your eyes. However if your eyes cross in with... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Warm compress: If you have a sub conjunctival hemorrhage, a warm compress can speed up the resolution of this.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
No : It has to be fixed before the age of 8 in most cases. Some people get minor improvements in patients up to 12 years old. However, by adulthood, amblyo... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Dry eye?: Many patients with dry eyes complain that their eyes feel tired. Try to take some non- prescription artificial tears to see if that helps.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
No magic cure: There are no magic cures for dark circles but here are some suggestions: 1. Ice packs can reduce swelling. 2. Ant-/histamines (claritin, allegra, (fe... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Yes and no: Diplopia means that the brain cannot fuse the dissimilar images it is receiving from eyes looking in different directions. Usually the vision in eithe... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
No: You are probably straining your eyes too much. Appropriate computer glasses may help this. Regardless, this is a reason to see your eye doctor as the ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Not typically: Only if you were experiencing signigicant blood loss resulting in anemia or low blood pressure could a blood thinner cause vision loss in most cases.
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Yes : This is called esotropia and it is a common form of strabismus.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Rest: You need to either take a short nap or rest your eyes. Stimulants like caffeine may help temporarily but i really recommend listening to your body an... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Yes: Threre is a condition called hysterical blindness which is a type of conversion disorder. This is very rare and typically only happens when people are... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Possibly: If an eye is damaged before a person's visual system has fully developed (age 8 or so) amblyopia is a common result.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
No: Amblyopia is only fully correctable before the age of 8 in most cases.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Couching: Actually, the procedure known as couching might be considered a highly invasive form of acupuncture for the treatment of cataracts. I would not recomm... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Secondary cataract: You likely have a very common condition commonly referred to as a secondary cataract. The technical term is posterior capsular opacification, which de... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
See a doctor: You could have a sinus infection, and / or pre-septal cellulitis. I would see a doctor soon.
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Depends on procedure: Surgery to correct vision is called refractive surgery and is most commonly associated with laser procedures such as lasik and prk. With modern laser ... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Your eyes are dry: When you have lasik the process involves cutting a flap in the middle portion of the cornea. This also cuts many of the corneal nerve fibers causing a... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Blepharospasm : If your eyelids are twitching, it is most likely blepharospasm which in most cases can be annoying but is not usually medically problematic. I recomm... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Dry Eyes?: Blurry vision that comes and goes can be related to dryness. I would recommend getting some artificial tears such as "systane ultra". Put a drop in ea... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Increased pressure: In general Lotemax (loteprednol) is a very safe steroid. However in some patients increased eye pressure can occur. Your eye doctor should be follow... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Disinfect!: The most common cause of pink eye is adenovirus. It can be found living on doorknobs or other surfaces up to 7 weeks after an exposure. It is highly c... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Hepatitis A: Hepatitis a, (a food born disease, not the kind you get from dirty needles etc), among other types of hepatitis can cause jaundice. If you notice whit... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Maybe: Bells palsy typically resolves within a few weeks to months. In the mean time, you need to be sure to prevent your eye from drying out, as your eyelid... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
A scratched cornea: The cornea is the clear dome shaped tissue that is in the front of the eye. When you scratch the cornea, you have damaged the surface layer or epithel... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
No magic cure: There are no magic cures for dark circles but here are some suggestions: 1. Ice packs can reduce swelling. 2. Ant-/histamines (claritin, allegra, (fe... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Unlikely: Since he is 17 months old, it is unlikely due to compression or trauma during labor. It could be a birth mark, or other dermatologic or vascular lesio... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Nystagmus: It sounds like you are having nystagmus localized to the cerebellum (due to your balance problems). I would seek care from your neurologist asap.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
49 days: The most common cause of pink eye is adenovirus. If you have this, studies have shown the virus can survive for up to 49 days on hard surfaces. People... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Yes: I assume you are talking about the occasional image you see when a bright light or the sun shines into your eyes. If that's it you are experiencing a ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Yes: Try cool compresses and zaditor (ketotifen) 2 times per day.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Curable if 8 or less: Lazy eye has 2 definitions: 1. Amblyopia- this is an eye that doesn't see well due to abnormal visual stimuli to the brain during development (age 0-8... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Yes : Studies show that when intensely concentrating on a visual task (such as reading or working on a computer), the normal blink reflex is blunted. This m... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Cataract?: The use of any steroid for a long period of time can cause cataracts to form, in addition to increased eye pressure. I would recommend seeing your oph... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wortz
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Optic neuritis : Myositis is certainly possible. However, if you are having pain with eye movement associated with fairly severe vision loss, optic neuritis needs to b... Read More

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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Louisville School of Medicine, KY
Graduated 2004MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY HOSPITAL

Awards

2008 National Award Winner, American College of Eye Surgeons Bloomberg Memorial Resident Competition
Recipient of the Alpha Omega Alpha Special Senior Award, University of Louisville, School of Medicine.
Member of “Whose Who Among American Medical Students”

Affiliations

American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
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