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Dr. Beth Friedland

Ophthalmology
Durham, NC
43 years experience female

Locations

Office

Durham, NC

Address

5306 NC Hwy 55, Suite 102, Durham, NC
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About

Bio

Dr. Friedland was raised in Miami, Florida and earned her medical degree from the University of Florida School of Medicine in Gainesville, Florida. She has also completed fellowships sponsored by the Florida Lions Eye Bank, in ocular immunology at Harvard University, and a National Eye Institute post doctoral fellowship studying glaucoma medications at the University of Florida under Dr. Thomas Maren. She interned in medicine at Duke University Medical Center and completed her residency training in Ophthalmology at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Friedland is a clinical associate professor at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine and authored the chapter on Glaucoma Medications in The Textbook of Ocular Pharmacology. She also consults on new drug clinical trials and ocular medical device development with specialized skill in treating dry eye conditions. Dr. Friedland’s interests in ocular health include ocular gerontology (treatment of the elderly), pediatric ophthalmology (treatment of infants & children), occupational eye safety and laser eye safety. She has traveled extensively and lectured in China, Israel, Europe and the United States. Dr. Friedland is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a member of the North Carolina Society of Eye Physician Surgeons, a life member of American Medical Women’s Association, a member of American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, Ophthalmic Women Leaders, and an active volunteer physician with Eye Care America. For her pioneering work in the field of ophthalmology, Dr. Friedland was recently awarded the 2011 Business Leader Woman Extraordinaire, Triangle Businesswoman of the Year award. Dr. Friedland is married and currently has a son attending university. She enjoys fly fishing, travel, skiing, and singing, particularly liturgical and folk music.

Specialties
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Ophthalmology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

216 Answers
893 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Somewhat, genetics: Strabismus or eyes crossing does tend to run in families, but the genetics is not very clear cut. Your children should be checked regularly by a pedi... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Cotton swab: I advise patients to gently squeeze a very small amount of the ointment on the tip of a clean cotton swab and then use the swab to apply the ointment ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Blurred, eye muscles: Lamotrigine can cause blurred vision in about 1/2 the patients who take it because it can affect the internal eye muscles that facilitate focus. D... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Ophthalmologist: An ophthalmologist can evaluate diplopia or double vision, to see if it is an eye muscle problem, something inside the eye, or an eye-brain communicat... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Lid inflammation: Blepharitis is a condition where the lid margin becomes inflamed and irritated. Many causes, but you know you have it with crusting on the lids, some... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Not usually: However, a tendency toward dermatochalasis, which is an age reated droopy lid with puffy upper lids does tend to run in families and hasomething to d... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Wasp stinger: Please be aware that the wasp stinger may be retained in the conjunctiva and lead to further problems if not removed. After flushing the eye, it is im... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Eyes and lungs: Chemical irritants usually caus burning in the eyes and difficulty breathing due to tear surface and lung exposure. The first step is to remove yours... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Not really: Severe headaches could be related to a severe sinus congestion, or to a serious but rare condition such as cavernous sinus thrombosis. You should get... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Sometimes: I would caution against wearing a contact lens if you ar having any scratchy sensation or discomfort from the conjuctival hemorrhage.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Not normal: Ocular migraines usually last longer. See an ophthalmologist right away to rule out a retinal tear or detachment.
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Medicated OTC drops: Drops containing ketotifen ophthalmic, zaditor, alaway, etc, are often more effective than artificial tears or murine, if symptoms are severe. Also c... Read More
A 65-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
UV protection: It is very important to protect your eyes from sunlight with good quality sunglasses, although the younger you start , the better. Once you have visu... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Blocked gland: Stye is the general term for a blocked, infected meibomian or oil gland. Everyone has scores of these glands on the edge of the upper and lower lids,... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Born with it: A congenital cataract is a potentially serious condition when an infant is born with one or both eyes having a cloudy lens. We try to surgically trea... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Serious: Angle closure glaucoma occurs when the distance between the cornea and the iris gets too close. Then the fluid circulating inside the eye, the aqueou... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Eye irritation: As pterygia grow, they can cause surface irritation on the eye, usually treated with lubricant drops. If they are very bothersome, surgery can be per... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Quick: The actual surgery is very fast, often taking less than 5 minutes. However the measurements of the cornea to accurately perform radial keratotomy (rk... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
No, but not helpful: Cold milk is only advisable if you do not have acess to sterile saline to irrigate your eyes. The lipids in milk may have a negligible effect on cert... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Usually not: Glass is a very inert substance so is unlikely to cause an allergic reaction. Any swelling and redness after such an injury is more likely to be caus... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Could be: Usually blood in the eye or hyphema is caused by severe blunt trauma, so it is important to follow up and be certain that after the blood clears away,... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Lid Scrubs: Cleaning the eyelid area with a dilute baby shampoo solution on a swab or cotton ball for 30 seconds each eye every day is a good way to keep blephari... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
ER, or EyeMD: This is an urgent problem that needs quick attention. Go to the er if you do not have an eyemd who can see you soon. You did not say how old the pat... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Yes: It is highly unlikely, however if your pet has an eye infection, then you need to practice good hygeine and wash your hands after contact with your pe... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
It depends: If the blood vessel is on the eyeball itself, laser or sclerosing treatments might lead to problems with circulation in the episcleral veins so i woul... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Possibly: Supplements to prevent macular degeneration (amd) are only useful if someone is at high risk, such as children of patients with amd, and patients wit... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
No!: Even if you do smoke and have been smoking for years and trying to quit, it is much better for your immune system if you refrain from smoking during a... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Tired dry eyes: Paradoxically, when the eyes become dried out at the end of a long day, there is a reflex tearing and watering as you try to cover over the dry spots ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Blepharospasm: A jumping eye, known as blepharospasm, can hve many causes, but most commonly is a localized dryness or irritation. Stress, lack of sleep, alcohol al... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Why block?: I am not certain that blocking out peripheral vision is such a good idea in computer use. Even if you are concentrating on a programming task, it is ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Aerobic exercise: Regular aerobic exercise has been shown to lower iop in previously sedentary patients. There may be some help to the cardiovascular system, so that e... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Depends: It depends on what you mean by a 'dot'. If you have a growth on your cornea called a pterygium, which is a medical problem, this could affect your ab... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
2-3 weeks: It could be as long as 2-3 weeks depending on the cause. With allergic conjuctivits, the stimulus to conjuctivitis may still be present so it is hard... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Jaundice: Yellow sclera or the white part of the eye can be a sign of elevated bilirubin in the bloodstream. This could be a warning sign of something much mor... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Faster w/reversing: There are drops called reversing drops that many eye doctors use to speed up the recovery after dilation. Dapirazole hcl 0.5%is an eyedrop that hel... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Not a Color, UV: Make sure that your sunglasses block 100% of uv light, and many doctors feel that blue blockers are also important, so block anything below 400nm.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Strabismus: If the eyes are not tracking together, it is a muscle balance problem, and is either something they have had all their life, or is a new eye muscle pr... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Supplements: Some patients benefit from supplements such as billberry or eyebright, and mild eye exercises can improve accomodation, but generally when you need gl... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
History & Physical: The main diagnostic tests are careful observation by your doctor. Other tests such as thyroid, ceruoplasmin, MRI are to rule out other disorders.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
It depends: Many eye infections are self limiting and clear up in 7-10 days. However there are infections that are deeply seated in the meibomian glands of the l... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Cosmetic or theater: Specialized contact lenses are used as special effects in theatrical or other settings, as well as to cosmetically change eye color. It is very impor... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Possibly: Infrequently, an inhaled corticosteroid can elevate the intraocular pressure and lead to glaucoma. Untreated glaucoma causes loss of vision, but regu... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Sometimes: Many antibiotics can dry out mucous membranes including the ocular surface. It is important to stay well hydrated while taking antibiotics. Tired fe... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Not usually: The main concern with wearing contact lenses is to check with your eyemd and be certain that you leave the cls out for a sufficient time peroid so tha... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Usually not: Double vision is usually caused by an eye muscle problem or a nerve problem controlling the eye muscles. In rare cases monocular diplopia or seeing ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Yes: Normally migraines do not cause any permanent vision loss. Trouble with speech and vomiting could be a sign of elevated intracranial pressure, or a s... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
No, diagnostic: Tropicamide is a dilating eye drop and is not usually used as therapy. If we want a person to keep their eye dilated to treat iritis, or for amblyopi... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Yes, depends: The chronic condition is difficult to treat but may respond to topical eye and mouth treatments. In rare cases biological agents such as humera are p... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Child laying down : The easiest way I have found is to have the child lay down with their eyes closed. Then put the drops in the corner of their closed eye closest to th... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Adies tonic pupil: Adies tonic pupil, the most common type is genetic and t=runs in families. There are other types of pupil abnormalities caused by trauma or medicatio... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Friedland is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Friedland is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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thank you for your help! I used to think it was normal to have these headaches, but now I'm going too look for an specialist
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Thank you! I got an appointment scheduled to be checked out, just in case!
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Florida College of Medicine, FL
Graduated 1979MD

Awards

Triangle Businiess Women Extraordinaire 2011
America's Top Doctors 2010
America's Top Doctors 2011

Affiliations

Park Ophthalmology
Rex Healthcare
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