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Dr. Christopher Hood

Ophthalmology
Ann Arbor, MI
16 years experience male

Locations

University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center at Chelsea

Chelsea, MI

Address

14700 E. Old US Highway 12, Chelsea, MI
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My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 12pm
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Office

Ann Arbor, MI

About

Bio

Comprehensive eye care; evaluation and treatment of cataracts (including astigmatism-correcting lenses); corneal surgery (including lamellar and full-thickness transplantation); refractive surgery (including IntraLase, custom cornea LASIK, LASEK, PRK); dry eye disease; corneal infections, dystrophies and tumors

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Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery

Doctor Q&A

70 Answers
23 Agrees
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Depends: The recovery time depends on the type of transplant performed as well as your corneal disease. We can now selectively replace certain layers of the co... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
May fade with time: A chalazion is basically a 'blocked up' oil gland on the eyelid that results in inflammation and swelling. They are almost never infected. They usuall... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Good prognosis: Keratoconus is a progressive corneal disorder in which it becomes more irregular in shape over time, blurring vision. Often glasses or contacts can ac... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Could be: There are many variants of migraine headaches, and much overlap with 'regular' tension or cluster headaches. Ophthalmic migraines typically have visua... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Migraine: I would need more specifics about when these episodes are happening and what exactly they are. If it appears as "shimmering lights" in both eyes that ... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Not your eyes: This problem is not originating from your eyes. If you have repeated episodes where your heart beats fast it could be bouts of atrial fibrillation or ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
If family history: Although everyone is at risk, there is a strong genetic component so the best predictor may be your family history.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Typical cataract: This is the term used for the type of cataract caused by aging. It is a clouding of the lens of the eye, and can usually be fixed surgically by removi... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Unusual: This would be very rare. Your ophthalmologist that performed retinal surgery can determine if you have any problems with your cornea.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Old age: Cataracts have many risk factors, but age is the biggest. If you are lucky to live long enough, you will likely develop some level of cataracts.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
No: Although some products advertise this, it has never been proven. Cataracts need to be treated surgically.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Many causes: There are many causes of declining vision - too many in fact to list. You should seek care from an eye doctor to better assess the possible cause.
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Unlikely your eye: A lot of pain seems like it is coming from the eye, but i agree that this is more likely from the sinuses or a is a type of headache. You could get an... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Try warm compresses: If it is a stye, it is not an infection and can be treated with warm compresses twice a day for ten minutes. It should resolve in a week or two. If it... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Possible scleritis: It sounds like you may have scleritis, a deep inflammation of the normally white part of the eye that makes it red. It is often associated with a syst... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
No: The transplant itself doesn't cause a 'lazy eye.' lazy eye has many meanings, but to an eye doctor it means an eye that doesn't see well because the i... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Corneal abrasion: A scratched cornea is called a corneal abrasion. Typically an object rubs off the surface layer of the cornea, causing immediate eye pain, redness, an... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Probably not: There are many diseases in which a cornea transplant can be performed to improve the vision. In fact, different parts of the cornea can be transplante... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Covered by insurance: Surgery to correct a 'wandering' or 'lazy' eye should be covered by your insurance. You should check with your insurance carrier. If you are paying ou... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Different types: We can currently transplant different layers of the cornea, depending on which area is diseased or damaged. The visual recovery from each type of tran... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Not much pain: There are different types of cornea transplants that can be performed depending on the reason for needing them. The time to recovery and restrictions ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
By eye doctor: An eye doctor will use a phoropter to rapidly change lenses in front of your eyes to determine your refractive error.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Long or short eye: Refractive error means that light is not focused on the retina, but in front or behind it. Although it can be caused by a steep or flat cornea, it is ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
See PCP: Most eye surgeons require an evaluation by your primary care doctor to determine if you are healthy enough to undergo cataract surgery.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Almost always no: Most cataract surgery is done under topical anesthesia with a mild IV sedative given to "take the edge off." if too much IV anesthesia is given and yo... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Minimal for 24 hrs: Take is easy for 24 hours after cataract surgery. Your surgeon will see you the day after surgery to advise you further. After 1 week, the eye is usua... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Congenital: Congenital cataracts are seen at birth, and this is likely what you have. They can have a variable effect on vision.
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Basically the same: This is a semantics issue. An erosion and abrasion are a loss of the surface epithelium of the cornea, the front clear surface of the eye. They imply ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Not related: This isn't related to cataract surgery. She should see an eye doctor for evaluation. It could be as simple as dry eye, eyelid malposition, or obstruct... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
See an eye doctor: I'm not sure exactly what you mean by "staticky" but if the issues persist even with your eyes closed I am concerned enough that you should see an eye... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
See primary care: I agree it could be from the sinuses. I would seek care from your primary care doctor, who can refer you if appropriate.
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Not really: There is not yet enough convincing evidence to support intervention to slow down the progression of myopia (near-sightedness).
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Floppy iris: Flomax, (tamsulosin) a medication for an enlarged prostate, can cause the colored part the eye (iris) to become floppy during cataract surgery. This c... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Yes: Most "normal" levels of astigmatism are correctable with refractive surgery, but you would need a full evaluation before it could be recommended.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
No: The transplant needs time to heal in many ways. The new cornea needs to become epithelialized (new surface) from the recipient. Also, corneal edema (s... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Stye: Although there are many reasons for a swollen red eyelid, a chalazion or "stye" is probably the most common. It is not an infection but essentially a ... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Not safe at night: Even though some lenses are approved for continuous wear for one month at a time, the rate of corneal infections goes up tremendously by doing this. I... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Generally yes: The most common technique used today (phacoemulsification) may not be possible if your cataract is very dense, but another technique is available and ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Varies: There are many lasers that we use in ophthalmology, including some for the front part of the eye for glaucoma, for refractive surgery, after cataract ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
No: There are different types of cornea transplants that are performed depending on the disease, but none of them should have significant pain.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
No: They can diagnose a cataract, but do not perform surgical removal of the cataract. Only eye physicians (ophthalmologists) can perform cataract surgery... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Yes: In fact, a rigid gas permeable lens may be able to correct the vision loss that is due to irregular astigmatism.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Diagnose by exam: All of these problems can be detected by a careful examination by an eye care professional. Treatment will vary.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
No: The best thing you can do if you have undergone a corneal transplant is use your eye drops as instructed and return for to your eye surgeon for regula... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Not really: The iris, behind the cornea, determines the color of your eye. There are some drops used to treat glaucoma that can change green eyes slightly more br... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Many things: Depending on the other eye symptoms, onset, duration, etc this could represent a variety of different eye conditions from simpler things like dry eye ... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Try allergy drops: If they only periodically itch, it could be ocular allergy. You could try an over the counter allergy relief drop that may help. There are a few of th... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Don't worry: It sounds like subconjunctival hemorrhage, which is bleeding under the surface layer of the eye. It can look very red, but should only give a little i... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Probably not: The brain has a "critical period" where it needs equal input from the two eyes to have them develop well. If you have had amblyopia (ie lazy eye) sinc... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Possible jaundice: If you are referring to a yellowing to the normally white part of your eye as well as darker colored urine, you may have jaundice, which is a build up... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Hood is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Hood is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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thank you dr for your respond i hope surgery could help even a lil
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Michigan Medical School, MI
Graduated 2006MD

Residency

CLEVELAND CLINIC
Completed 2010
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