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Dr. Ali Zaidi

Ophthalmology
Seattle, WA
17 years experience

Locations

Office

Seattle, WA

Address

2914 South Alder Street, Seattle, WA
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Office

Seattle, WA

About

Bio

I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. I attended undergrad at Stanford University and then completed medical school at UCSF. I moved east for residency, starting out with an intern year in Boston and then an ophthalmology residency at the Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania. I stayed in Philadelphia for my retina surgery fellowship as well. Now I have moved back to the west coast and have join a wonderful private practice in the Seattle-Tacoma area. If you have retinal problems, pay us a visit.

Specialties
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Ophthalmology

Retinal Surgery

Licenses

United States: California

Languages spoken

English, Hindi

Doctor Q&A

27 Answers
27 Agrees
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ali Zaidi
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Depends: It depends on the location of the blood. Blood under the surface of the eye, subconjunctival hemorhage, may take 1 week to clear. Blood inside the f... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ali Zaidi
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Work in progress: Retinitis pigmentosa (rp) is a retinal degeneration caused by a malfunction in the photoreceptor cells in the retina. Doctors are now beginning to id... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ali Zaidi
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
No: Myopia is most likely genetic. There is some evidence that doing a lot of reading or other tasks that require up close vision may also contribute to ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ali Zaidi
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Could be cholesterol: Xanthelasma is a condition in which cholesterol deposits in the eyelids. This may be associated with high levels of cholesterol in the blood. Howeve... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ali Zaidi
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Covered by insurance: Strabismus surgery, or eye muscle surgery, to correct the alignment of the eyes should be covered by insurance. It is not considered cosmetic surgery... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ali Zaidi
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Same: Posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) occurs when the vitreous gel becomes more like a liquid. The solid component of the gel floats in the liquid comp... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ali Zaidi
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
No: If you have amblyopia, or lazy eye, then it may mean that you don't have normal vision in that eye. Lasik (or lasek) surgery will not fix that proble... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ali Zaidi
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Lots of reasons: Red eyes come from many causes. Allergies, viral infection, and dry eyes are the most common. Wearing contact lenses too much is another reason. Le... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ali Zaidi
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Surgical procedure: Retinal detachments can be fixed primarily in one of two ways: 1) push the retina back to the eye wall, or 2) push the eye wall towards the retina. T... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ali Zaidi
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Many causes: The most common causes of vitreous hemorrhage include diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusion, and retinal tear and/or detachment. Less common c... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ali Zaidi
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Get sinus evaluation: Pain when bending over may be due to increased pressure on the face and eye. You may consider a sinus issue as the cause of the pain. Sinus congesti... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ali Zaidi
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Usually aging: There are many causes of a drooping eyelid. The most common cause is aging, which can result in the eyelid muscle becoming loose and detached from th... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ali Zaidi
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
No: Central serous retinopathy (csr) is caused by a leak in the pigment layer below the retina. This leak usually seals itself and the vision improves. ... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ali Zaidi
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Inflammation: The classic three findings are ulcers in the mouth, genital ulcers, and inflammation of the eyes. The eyes can be inflammed from front to back. The ... Read More
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A 57-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ali Zaidi
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
You'll know: Cataract surgery is an elective surgery - that means you choose if you want to have it. You'll know when its time to have cataract surgery because yo... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ali Zaidi
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
No: Lasik eye surgery is to help people who don't want to wear glasses or contacts. The procedure takes your prescription and lasers it onto your cornea.... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ali Zaidi
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Boxing: If you are 8 weeks out from retinal detachment surgery, then you can resume most activities. You can read, watch tv, run, bike, even lift weights. M... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ali Zaidi
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Depends: Strabismus surgery is not an exact science. Aligning the eye muscles so that the two eyes are perfectly aligned can be difficult and sometimes imposs... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ali Zaidi
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Inflammation in eye: Serpiginous choroiditis is an uncommon inflammatory disease of the back of the eye. We don't fully understand the cause of this disease, but it is be... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ali Zaidi
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Vitreous issues: The eye is full of material called vitreous. When we are young, this vitreous is a solid gel. As we age, it liquefies starting in the center. Bits ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ali Zaidi
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Go to ophthalmologis: You need to be seen by an ophthalmologist. Chronic conjunctivitis (chronic=lasting more than 2 weeks) can come from infections (bacterial, including ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ali Zaidi
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Variety of ways: Graves disease can cause bulging of the eyes, which can lead to dry eye and damage to the ocular surface. The eye muscles can become inflamed leading... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ali Zaidi
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Unfortunately, no: "lazy eye" or amblyopia results from a lack of proper communication between the eye and the brain. It is usually caused by the brain receiving a clea... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ali Zaidi
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Yes: Keratoconus is a condition in which the cornea, or front of the eye, is very steep. Patients with keratoconus are often very near-sighted and have as... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ali Zaidi
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Vision loss: Diabetes damages blood vessels. In your feet, it can cause neuropathy, ulcers, and lead to amputation. In your kidneys, it can cause kidney failure ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ali Zaidi
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Not common: A posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) is when the vitreous gel pulls away from the retina. The posterior aspect of the vitreous can be seen as a float... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ali Zaidi
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
See an eye doctor: "fuzzy" or blurry vision can some from many causes. Starting with the front of the eye, your eye could have trouble focusing light (need glasses). ... Read More
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Aug 4, 2013
Great responses. Recommend highly.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Zaidi is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Zaidi is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This saved my life. Thank You!my wife is having this done tomorrow with the big bubble and laser in Toronto
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thank you dr that makes a lot of sence as in to why i see perfect from one eye n the other eye blurry
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Hello Dear, my name is Jenifer, I am, very happy to contact you today

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
Graduated 2005MD

Medical/Graduate school

Stanford University
Graduated 2000MD

Medical/Graduate school

UC San Francisco School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 2005MD

Awards

Residency teaching award from Scheie Eye Institute
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