Dr. Beth Friedland

Ophthalmology
Durham, NC
44 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

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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
Yes: Otc medications from artificial tears, to ketotifen containing drops, many types and brands, to many prescription antihistamine, allergy, and steropid... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
Abcess in clear area: The cornea is usually clear and when you get a bacterial infection there, the area becomes cloudy due to white blood cells migrating in to attack the ... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
No: Adipex, or Phentermine has a number of very serious side effects, and loss of vision could mean that you have previously undiagnosed glaucoma, or some... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
It depends: Computer use is the largest cause of 'eye strain' because we do mot blink as much when we stare at the screen as at a printed page. Our brains need t... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
Itch: Allergic conjuctivitis causes itchingb but pink eye typically does not.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
Yes to eye muscles: The muscles can be repaired, but the lazy eye vision will not change.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
Cloudy capsule: The back part of the lens, known as the posterior capsule, is left in place after cataract surgery to help hold the plastic intraocular lens in the co... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
Only indirectly: It is generally safe for glaucoma patients to take erectile dysfunction medications such as viagra (sildenafil) or cialis, but there can be transient ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
Nerve endings: When your eyes feel tired, this is often a symptom of evaporation of the tear film, or dry eye. The surface of the film breaks down and you get littl... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
Rare condition: In rare situations an abscessed tooth can cause an infection that will spread to the orbit and cause vision loss. More common is an abscessed tooth ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
See a Dr.: You must first see an eyemd to make sure that you do not have a retinal tear or other seroius problem associated with floaters. If all else is health... Read More
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A 63-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
Not very much known: Benson's disorder (posterior cortical atrophy) is believed to be a visually impairing variant of alzheimer's and is very rare. See this landmark pape... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
Not usually: Unless you have GI upsets from omega3, you should be able to take 3000 mg with no harm.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
Can affect eyes: Toxoplasmosis can rarely cause retinal lesions, so wear gloves when handling kitty litter.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
Yes, usually: With soft cls it is usually safe to shower while wearing them; just be careful not to get water directly in your eyes. If you do, it is advisable to ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
Magnifying Mirror: Another trick to help you or someone close to you to remove something the flew into your eye, is to use a lighted magnifying mirror to help you to see... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
It depends.: It depends on how long it lasts, if there are any other symptoms associated with it. Does stress or eyestrain bring it on? Is it related to menstrua... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
No: The surface lining cells of the eyeball and lids are one continuous layer several tissue layers thick. This prevents a contact lens from getting bei... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
Maybe Hepatitis: The smoking would not turn eyes yellow, but drinking to the point of liver disease could cause jaundice with yellow skin and yellowing of the white pa... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
Flush w/warm water: Warm water will help remove the petrolatum base that contains the menthol in Vicks vaporub. Flushing it out with water of any temberature will help ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
Maybe: You want to be sure that your eyes are stable and not changing anymore before you consider refractive surgery. Also if you wear contact lenses, be su... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
Bacterial "pink eye": More commonly people can get a bacterial conjuctivitis if your partner has an untreated std such as gonorrhea, or even just a uti. Then after handlin... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
Possibly: Advise you see your rheumatologist and have titers checked. Connective tissue diseases can fluctuate in severity with the seasons, and many factors p... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
Poor CL fit: A slightly larger base curve can cause the cl to move differently in most cases. The ophthalmologist fitting you can compensate for this by changing ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
Sometimes: It is really related to how severe the diabetic retinopathy was and if there was permanent damage and scarring in the retina. After treatment, the ab... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
Social distance: If you use a boric acid eyewash, be sure that you boil the water first to sterilize it and then dissolve the boric acid. Also, any pink eye that is n... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
Similar membranes: The eyes, nose and even the mouth are lined with mucousal membranes that can be damaged by similar insults. That is why your eyes and nose become run... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
Other Treatments: In addition to the many helpful suggestions, such as plugs, increased efas in diet or capsules, and getting off medications that dry the eyes, there i... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
Not yet...but soon: An entire eye transplant is still in the relm of science fiction but researchers at several centers including stanford university and jules stein eye ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
Not normal: Various medications affect the response to alcoholic beverages and this may be playing a role in your reaction. Also you did not specify if this occ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
Flush the eye: If you are wearing the cl you may be able to flush the hair out with saline eye wash. If you can remove the cl and clean it, that is usually more eff... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
Yes, in future: There are several companies working on home iop measurement devices. Icare from finland is the most advanced, and is being used for screening in some... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
No decongestants: Avoid mucinex-d if you have glaucoma, but standard Mucinex (guaifenesin) should be fine.
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
Varies, 1-2 weeks: It can take time to recover from any surgery, and you should discuss this with your eyemd. It can depend on other medical and eye conditions such as ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
Yes, Infection: Cataract surgery involves entering the eye and has a slight but measurable risk of infection inside the eye, or bleeding inside the eye. The risk of ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
Not a cure, vit C,A: Vitamin containing creams can help reduce black circles, but are not a cure. They need to be used continuously to get the best results. The best on... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
Try Latisse (bimatoprost): Some patients respond to Latisse (bimatoprost) to grow eyebrows as well as eyelashes, but it depends on the underlying cause of the brow hair loss.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
Genetic fat storage: Fabry's disease is a lipid storage condition where the mother transmits it to sons. The lipids build up in the kidneys. Autonomic nerves, and eyes. ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
Eye, joints, urethra: Reiter's syndrome is a triad of conjunctivitis, arthritis and inflamed urethra, or urine tube, seen most commonly in males. Women can get it also, bu... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
Aging: The bags under your eyes may relate to fluid retention, and may also tend to be familial. Do your parents and grandparents also have bags uder their ... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
Rest, hot liquids: Voice rest is usually the best remedy for overly strained vocal chords. Hot liquids also relax and soothe the tissues. I have also found a homeopathi... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
Cloudy lens: The lens inside the eye becomes cloudy as we age, and eventually this is clinically noticable as a cataract. There are many types and causes, and dia... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
No, not normal: Severe dry eyes is often a treatable condition and no one should suffer with this. First try to find the underlying cause. Sometimes after lasik, th... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
Color vision anomaly: Color blindness is a misnomer, as most color blind people see some colors, they just see the hues differently than the norm. This can be an advantage... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
Depends on cause: Bell's palsy is a facial droop, and difficulty closing the eyelid on the same side. If it is caused by a herpetic viral infection, sometimes acyclovi... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
Latisse (bimatoprost): I would be careful about eyelash extensions, as I have seen chronic infections associated with the lid margins in patients who have received these. L... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
Eye exam: Each patient needs an individualized or personalized approach to their health and in treating cataracts, the time to have surgery is when it affects y... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
Not likely: Many people have a persistant single floater. As long as you have had it chacked out and there is no evidence of a retinal tear or detachment, then a... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
Aqueous humor: The anterior chamber fluid, or aqueous humor, is produced by the ciliary processes behind the iris and is very similar to fluid in the kidney tubules ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 44 years experience
All increase tears: The medications you have listed can all help improve tear properies in selected patients and you need to work with your eyemd to see what will work fo... 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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