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Dr. John Jarstad

Ophthalmology
Blanchard, ID
38 years experience male

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I love the practice of ophthalmology and really enjoy helping patients with vision problems and diseases of the eye to see clearly once again through the miracle of modern medical technology. Being at the very forefront of eye research, particularly when it comes to sight restoring operations using the very latest technology and lasers is what I live for and have dedicated my life toward.

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Ophthalmology

LASIK Surgery

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69 Answers
8 Agrees
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Not at your age: A Lazy eye" amblyopia is usually caused by a refractive error that is not discovered before age 2. The brain will "turn off" the image coming fro... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
No. It is inherited: Hereditary conditions are by definition genetically inherited. However recent research into stem cell treatment of inherited conditions of the eye ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Most likely: Probably no harm no foul but if you develop a discharge redness and infection you could have introduced mouth bacteria into your conjunctiva causing c... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Less than 20/20: Normal vision is defined as the average visual acuity that a person with "normal' vision can see at 20 feet. Thus if someone can't see those letters ... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Madaurosis: Madaurosis or loss of eyelashes is most commonly the result of a staph infection of the eyelid margin called blepharitis. Treatment with warm compres... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Hand surgeon: Typically a trauma team withna hand surgeon. An orthopedic surgeon who has completed a hand fellowship.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Problems possible: Depends on how deep the laceration is and if any tendons or nerves are involved. See an orthopedic surgeon who is a hand specialist.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
No: No scientific research to date shows any eye exercises that work to stop or reverse myopia. Some expensive eye training exercises have been tried to ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Early sign of MS: This could be the initial sign of multiple sclerosis, a demyelinating disease. There could be other causes but MS is the most likely. Myelin is like t... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Yes: It's possible to have a migraine without a headache. This is referred to as an ophthalmic migraine or atypical migraine. You should consult an ophth... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
It's coming!: Macula translocation operations are available currently but stem cell procedures will be the ultimate cure for central retina and foveal diseases or s... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Eye Drops: Seasonal allergies are a real drag. I think an all out "no prisoners" approach is best. Follow the guidelines of dr. Faust ENT and use nasal sprays,... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Not necessarily: Usually not. I agree with the other eyemds here. Soft contact lenses should be removed for about a week prior to measurements for lasik and hard or g... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Yes quite possibly: Cocaine is a potent topical anesthetic and a potent vasoconstrictor used legitimately in nasal and sinus surgery to shrink the nasal passages to allow... Read More
A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Not Likely: While there are some good studies from Israel and SIngapore that try to answer the "chicken or egg" cause, most myopia is inherited from the parents. ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Botox or laser: One of the more exciting therapies short of laser skin resurfacing to tighten up and get rid of the lines, wrinkles and crow's feet is Botox injection... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Likely Blepharitis: Redness around the eyelids is almost certainly related to a condition referred to as blepharitis or inflammation of the eyelids. Surprizingly similar ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Yes they could: Because the sinuses surround the eyes on all sides, any sinus infection can cause pressure build up and cause eye pain. See an ENT doctor and get a si... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Yes Eyedrops: For Lasik surgery we typically give both a sedative / muscle relaxer (like Valium - Benzodiazepine) and a topical anesthetic like lidocaine gel or pro... Read More
A 72-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
See Ophthalmologist: It could be something as simple as a refractive error (needing eyeglasses) but could be the start of a cataract, glaucoma or a cornea condition. If ... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Benign tumor: Usually signifies a benign tumor or growth on the outside of the eyelids or surface of the eye. It could also be something like a pigmented spot (Nev... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Yes + Dry Eye: Yes the stress and associated catecholamines produced by your body can have an effect on the pupils causing them to dilate which can make a near sight... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Macular degeneration: Central vision deterioration or macular degeneration is the most common cause of blindness in the United States. It is usually associated with second... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
If : If vision is double with one eye closed it may be something as simple as needing new glasses. Alternatively, a cataract or cornea problem could also b... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
1 day 2 weeks 3 mos: We see our routine surgical patients the following day to check eye pressure and rule out infection, then again at two weeks for a change in glasses o... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Yes, Usually: Most eye cancers can be treated successfully. There are some aggressive tumors such as choroidal malignant melanoma, retinoblastoma and rare metasta... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Could be hyperopia: This could be a symptom of latent or "uncovered" hyperopia. This occurs as a person ages and is particularly evident around age 40. It can only be a... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Yes Could be either: Because the nasal sinuses surround the boney orbit that form the eye "socket" a sinus infection can cause tremendous pressure that may manifest this w... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Usually Yes: A too tight fitting contact lens or a condition called gpc (giant papillary conjunctivitis) is the most likely cause. You should return to your eye do... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Blepharitis-dandruff: This is caused by blepharitis or dandruff of the eyelids. It is typically caused by a staph infection that is almost always curable with antibiotic oi... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
It's risky: You could but the stye is a sign your mascara reservoir could be harboring infectious bacteria. I would suggest you use hot packs consisting of a war... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Most cases -YES: In most cases your best corrected vision wil be the same as what you see with your glasses. No better / no worse. The only exception might be with g... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Skin or vascular chg: Skin or vascular changes. As the skin thins with age, or allergy or edema the underlying vascularity shows through and can give this darkened venous a... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Migraine or glaucoma: This could be migraine particularly if you have the classic symptoms of an expanding circle of light that progresses to a zig zag pattern that precede... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Possibly: Temporal arteritis or giant cell arteritis is an inflammatory condition involving the arteries in the head and scalp just in front of the ears. It is... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Recurrent erosion: This is most likely due to recurrent cornea erosion syndrome. You will need to see an ophthalmologist and have anterior cornea stromal puncture treatm... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Not usually: Typically the smaller blood vessels are affected and so most cases of amputation for frostbite involve only the tips of the fingers or first knuckle. ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Serious eye problem: Angle closure is when the outflow of aqueous humor is completely blocked and the eye pressure builds up to dangerous levels potentially causing blindn... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Yes or Glaucoma: The frontal sinus is located directly behind the eyebrow. Alternatively, a glaucoma attack or chronic glaucoma may begin this way. I would advise yo... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Mold spores: Mold is likely. Install an electrostatic air filter / cleaner and wash the element in the dishwasher monthly with a tablespoon of household bleach. ... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Either drop is good: Both Gentimycin and Cipro (ciprofloxacin)floxicin are pretty good antibiotics against the common bapathogens around the eye that cause secondary infec... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Try cortisone cream: You can try a 1% over the counter cortisone cream aplied to the area that itches twice a day for a week. If it's still a problem after that you schou... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Rosacea: This is most likely due to ocular or generalized rosacea. I would recommend you see an ophthalmologist and a dermatologist. A gentle scrub with a dr... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
"dandruff" of eyelid: Two possibilities: 1). Dandruff of the eyelids aka blepharitis can occur with low grade bacterial infection and this responds well to warm compresses ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Sinus trouble: It's very likely you have a sinus infection. The sinuses completely surround each eye. When they are inflammed they can cause a pressure sensation. T... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
No damage: Studies have concluded that in order to cause any damage to the retina from light (phototoxicity) a bright light would have to be focused sharply on t... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Stress? Diabetes?: The stress of major surgery or undiagnosed diabetes could be the likely cause of an elevated blood sugar. I would have the reading rechecked about on... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Visine Gets Red Out: This is the one condition we recommend using Visine (gets the red out) eyedrops for. Use visine with Tetrahydrozoline 1 drop twice a day for 2 weeks ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Yes: Clean it well with soap and water. I would also rinse it in 3% hydrogen peroxide then putnon the superglue followed by antibiotic ointment and a clean... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
It Depends: It depends. If you are over 60, have diabetes, glaucoma, a family history of glaucoma or were exposed to second hand cigarette smoke or smoke yourself... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Jarstad is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Jarstad is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your quick reply made me feel good! Thank you! I will get it checked out! I have Sjograns, I wonder?
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you very much Doctor! I appreciate your time and expertise!
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Washington School of Medicine, WA
Graduated 1984MD

Publications

Immediate Adjustment of Intraocular Pressure following Micro-incision Cataract Surgery May Reduce risk of Cystoid Macular Edema,
Immediate Adjustment of Intraocular Pressure following Micro-incision Cataract Surgery May Reduce risk of Cystoid Macular Edema,
Comparison of Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty vs Penetrating Keratoplasy in Egypt
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