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Dr. John Gillespie

Ophthalmology
Russellville, AR
42 years experience

Locations

Office

Russellville, AR

Address

1700 West B Street, Russellville, AR
Directions

About

Bio

Graduate of Ohio State Univ with Honors in Nutrition and medical school at Univ of Louisville with further training at Mayo Clinic Rochester Mn in Ophthalmology, now in private practice specializing in surgical and medical management of Glaucoma, Cataract and Refractive disorders and Retina since 1985.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Ophthalmology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

73 Answers
8 Agrees
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Hand wash: Three minutes with running water and without any germicidal soap should do.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Eye drop blood effec: Not likely going to be a concern in ointment for the eye infections. Drops can track through to the nose when instilled in the eye and thus give expos... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Inclusion cyst: Epithelial cells in normal skin glands sometimes plug the opening called inclusion cysts. Harmless but if cosmetic concern can be removed by eye md at... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Crusting of lash/lid: Chronic eyelid crusting usually caused by a type of deep seated infection of the lids oil glands or lash follicles. Warm compresses for ten minutes fo... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Flank pain and thirs: Blood pressure can be a side effect of kidney disease and frequent urination as a cause of thirst might suggest adrenal gland problems as well . A med... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Blurry vision, drug: Effects of blood pressure drugs can affect the eyes, but the ones you are on are probably due to the positional change on your blood pressure such as ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Trauma, head, face: Traumatic facial injuries and to the skull are occasioned by severe level of impact. Besides the obvious deformities, the not so obvious brain concuss... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Ptosis, eyedrops: Most common eye drops instilled are pupil dilates and can elevate a mildly drooping eye so if not in both the other eye might look more drooped. Conve... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Glasses power: Yes, the eye care professionals have instruments as do the optical department optician that can measure the strength of the eyes when they were prescr... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Broken blood vessel: Most broken blood vessels on the external eye are nearly painless, dont affect vision, and do not cause watering or discharge from the eye. If painful... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Amblyopia: The opposite is usually true in that the lazy eye manifests itself during periods of tiredness as some effort needs be expended to maintain ocular ali... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Stroke or TIA : Brain fog is a description of the results of stroke and the loss of the ability to remember things involves the outer cortex of the brain. Seek evalua... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Try gov. Org : Bmi calculations and fat density vs muscle mass is helpful in weight management and to help with level of fitness. Try nutrition/ gov. Org.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Twitching eyelid : Twitching eyelids called "myokymia" in one eye one lid is most likely a sign for eye strain of the kind occurs with need for glasses correction or adj... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Bells palsy: Night time closure of eye might still be a problem for months use lubricant drops during day and tape shut or ointment in eye at might or when sleepin... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
No: Clear eyes or other eye remedies for redness occasionally not harmful.
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Soggy to hear: Chronic emersion can soften the skin and surrounding nail beds to the point of loss of the nail but unlikely by itself. Use of waterproof but breathab... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Sleep apnea: Sleep apnea might be a cause or symptom. A disruption in the sleep process is the problem but obstruvction of the airway and thus reduced levels of ox... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Pain behind eye: Pain may feel like it comes from behind the eye if cornea is scratcthe the surface is dry or the eyeball is sore. Most of these surface issues will ab... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Itchy eyes: Allergies of eye start with allergan such as pollen, animal dander, foreign object or chemicals and the resulting reaction to them such as swelling an... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Eye swelling : Eye lid swelling as a result of medication common and should resolve with discontinuation of offending agent in a short time but can be aided by cold ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Worms of eye: Cystocircosis is very rare in the us but more common in less developed world. It is the larval stage of various parasites that find their way into the... Read More
A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
VADouble to the side: Horizontal diplopia ( images look doubled side to side not on top of one another) when looking to extreme side most likely a weakness of lateral rectu... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
One or both at once : Monocular eye muscle twitch often due to eye muscle strain ie prolonged reading, improper correction etc. Binocular suggests neurological conditions a... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Bells palsy, stroke: Bell's palsy , a weakness involving one side of the face and of viral cause and specifically not a vascular event such as a stroke, can not be prevent... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Eye exams are needed: Blurry vision eval starts with an eye exam and dilation. Glasses, contacts, cataracts, glaucoma, retinal conditions, etc can be diagnosed and or treat... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Photophobia : Normal vision just more light sensitive. Darken her world for comfort and or have her wear sunglasses or sun sensing glasses that turn dark with brigh... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Eye twitch is which?: Eye lid muscle twitching "myokymia" is often the result of eye irritation, stress, dry eyes, eye strain or need for glasses or glasses update. Not to ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Too old to see?: Age does not determine the necessity for eye surgery but does impact the outcome. Always balance potential benefit of proposed surgery and risks with ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Optic nerve damaged: No treaent for nerve damage but a cause should be investigated to rule out a tumor a brain lesion and less likely for this age patient a blood circula... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Steroid and IOP: Steroids like used to reduce keloids are often used in limited and local ways. Although class of drugs can cause a rise in the eye' s pressure, it wou... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Eye infected: Recurrent eye " infection" might be from your own hands stop rubbing. Wash before touching eye with hand. Might not be an infection but inflammation t... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Divergent gaze: Exotropia (aka divergent gaze) can have a congenital or acquired basis. If it is recent onset a medical evaluation is important to rule out diabetic ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Allergic blepharitis: Many cosmetic and some cleaners can be the culprit including just vaseline. Stop all cosmetics around the eyes and use cold compresses only for a week... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Dry eye tearing: Dry eyes can cause friction on the surface of the cornea and trigger a sudden release of tears. Lubricating eye drops can help with this friction prev... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Amyloidosis, macula: Treatment involves treatment of the systemic disease. An internal medicine specialist can help in this regard and manage any other organ involvement
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Inflammation , eye: As with other parts of the body, all inflammatory response is the body's response to something such as an infectious agent, an irritant such as drug o... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Floaters,: Floaters, the little bits of scar tissue in the jelly of the eye that lead or lag behind the motion of the eye thus drift or "float" are made worse in... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Enamel lost gone 4ev: Enamel of teeth can be hardened but once gone lost forever. Protect it while you still have it.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Dark spots from sun: Dark sun induced spots, best avoided. Treat with topical hydro quinone ointments available by prescription, laser skin or acid peels might be helpful ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Brow hair comeback: Eyebrows like hair on head can be affected by many things. Why did the hair initially fall out in first place? Drugs can be stopped but variable time ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Yes disabling : Seek the help of healthcare professional. Disabling headache with vision changes should be investigated by eyecare professional to rule out a type of ... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Tigeminal neuralgia: The oral and lower facial distribution of pain and burning sensation might be from a condition of nerve inflammation called trigeminal neuralgia. A ne... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Eye squeak : Eye so key when rubbed can squeak as air trapped between hand and eyelid. Same as armpit. If your child as a popping sound with certain eye movements ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Headaches in am: Waking with headache is unusual and likely not caused by eyes unless vision is affected. Puffy eyes with headache in am most likely to be blood pressu... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Both are needed : Bmi ( body mass index) sex specific and age determined. Fat density determined with calipers, immersion and or ultrasound methods affects this index a... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Low volts to bare: Electrolysis is the application of low voltage to the lash base (bulb) that when properly applied destroys the source of hair growth. Once done the la... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Time heals, duck 2: Puffy eyes respond to cold packs for the fist 48 hrs then warm moist heat for the rest of time, helps with the bruising that causes the " black eye". ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Posterior headache: Posterior headaches with radiation to top of head would likely be for muscle tension type but not if other symptoms like vision change, listlessness n... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Gillespie
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Drug effects : Side effects of antidepressants can cause blurriness of vision and as the dose increases this can get worse. Seek advice from the prescribing physicia... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Gillespie is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Gillespie is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! naomi had an mri tonight hopethere is no tumor
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Louisville School of Medicine, KY
Graduated 1980MD

Awards

Gold level Laser Vision TLC, Top 100 practice
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