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Dr. Michael Ham

Ophthalmology
Prescott and Prescott Valley, AZ
29 years experience male

Locations

Office

Prescott and Prescott Valley, AZ

Address

412 Whipple Street, Prescott and Prescott Valley, AZ
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About

Bio

Medical Profile Michael Ham, M.D., FACS Board Certified A native of Nebraska, Dr. Ham graduated from the University of Nebraska, Omaha in 1990 and its Medical Center in 1994. As a medical student, Dr. Ham provided care at the University of Arizona Medical Center and at a community hospital and clinic in Belize, Central America. He served his internship and received his specialty training in Ophthalmology at the Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation in New Orleans. During this time, he studied at five different clinics/hospitals under 22 different physicians, receiving the most comprehensive training available in advanced technology and techniques. Dr. Ham, a board-certified surgeon, performs a variety of eye surgeries and laser treatments including the Instant Vision (tm) cataract surgery, glaucoma surgery, laser treatment for diabetic retinopathy and Blepharoplasty and related plastic eye surgery. To date, he has performed over 12, 000 cataract and over 1,000 Blepharoplasty surgeries. He perfected techniques allowing him to complete cataract surgery in about 5 minutes, with the industry standard being approximately 14 minutes. His 5-Minute Instant VisionÔ cataract surgery helps to reduce risks and complications and accelerates recovery. Most patients of Dr. Ham’s cataract procedure return to normal activities the same day as surgery. As the Medical Director of the Kokopelli Eye Institute, Dr. Ham is committed to staying abreast of the latest changes in ophthalmic eye care and surgery. The Institute is dedicated to expanding knowledge of eye care issues through education directed at both healthcare professionals and the community at large. He supports the Tri-City community, providing both human and financial resources to local causes and charities. He also donated his time to staff the only medical clinic located on the bay island of Utila in Honduras. Dr. Ham was selected as one of America’s Top Ophthalmologists by the Research Council of America. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Medical Association, the American College of Surgeons and the Arizona Medical Association. Dr. Ham is licensed as a physician in Arizona, Alabama and Louisiana.

Specialties
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Ophthalmology

Licenses

United States: Alabama, Arizona, Louisiana, New Mexico

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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Yes!: Using the eye to see after cataract surgery will not harm or change the outcome of the surgery. You may need glasses or "drug store readers" to read,... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Skin cream : Skin cuetical's eye balm works great for mild condition. Have used personally for over 10 years.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Conjunctival cyst: Depending on the size. A small conj. Cyst can be removed by incising with a small needle and is painless. A larger one may need to be incised and th... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Vitreous detachment: It sounds as if you have had a posterior vitreous detachment. This is a situation where the vitreous(jelly) of the eye detaches (not a retinal detach... Read More
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A 76-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
With vision problems: You should have your cataracts operated on cataracts when they affect your activitities of daily living. "you have problems doing things you like, or... Read More
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
See doctor: Hard to tell what this is, possibly abscess, tooth infection, allergic reaction, insect bite, etc. See you primary care doctor.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Tearing: Most likely a nasal lacrimal duct obstruction, which will only be correctable through a surgery. Possibly also due to dry eyes! the eye produces exce... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Eye pressure!: Most healthy eye have a pressure between 9-21. Your doctor is most likely refering to the pressure at the upper end of this or a point above (20-22).... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Possibly!: It may go away on its own, or you may have to have it removed by an eye specialist. It is typically very simple to remove in needed.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
There are none!: There are none that work, as far as I am aware of!
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Myokymia: Random twitching of an eyelid, which happens in normal people, is called myokymia (an involuntary, spontaneous, quivering of a few muscle cell bundles... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Go to ER: Could be many severe things such as tumor, infection, aneurysm, cavernous sinus infection, intra-cranial bleed. You need seen now, and stop the advil... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Dry eyes!: Start with artificial tears routinely (one drop 4 times a day every day), oral omega-3's, and warm compresses. Next, medicated drops (restasis, mild ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Eye twiching: If you mean the eyelid blinking of fluttering, it my be myokymia due to stress or simply dryness of the eye. If the eyelid(s) contract fully, and is ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Hemorrhage: Sounds like a sub-conjunctival hemorrhage. As long as the vision is unchanged and there is no pain, everything should be fine. This is due to a blood ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Myokymia: Random twitching of an eyelid, which happens in normal people, is called myokymia (an involuntary, spontaneous, quivering of a few muscle cell bundles... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Diplopia: Not sure of the cause of your diplopia, you should see eye specialist. Possibly cranial nerve vi palsey.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
No: Trauma would cause damage or scarring to the macula. Macular degeneration is a progressive degeneration of the macula resulting from age and genetics.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Ocular migraines!: Ocular migraines are a form of migraines that take place in the occipital cortex (part of the brain that interprets/controls vision). They lack the s... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Yes: Ophthalmologists are full md specialists of medicine and surgery of the eye who have graduated from medical school, internship, and residency. Optomet... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Sinus: Decongestants, hydration, rest, and get antibiotics started.
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Not always!: Posterior vitreous detachment. This is a situation where the vitreous(jelly) of the eye detaches (not a retinal detachment), it then "crumples" up le... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Opinion: My opinion is skinceutical eye balm. I use it myself for 8 years. I see immediate and long term results.
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
???: Not sure how one can determine 25% optic nerve damage. Technically if you have lost 25% of your optic (damage) there is some loss of vision somewhere... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Training: Ophthalmologists are full md specialists of medicine and surgery of the eye who have graduated from medical school, internship, and residency. Optomet... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Mature cataract: Many people reference this differently. Some doctors use the word "mature" to mean they believe you should have surgery. Others mean the cataract ha... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Not really: Ophthalmologists are full md specialists of medicine and surgery of the eye who have graduated from medical school, internship, and residency. Optomet... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Pinguecula: Sounds like a pinguecula, which is a deposit/build up on the white part of the eye (sclera) due to uv light and dryness of the eyes. You can use arti... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Lutein: See information on macular degeneration and lutein - http://www.Areds2.Org/ lutein is synthesized only by plants and like other xanthophylls is found... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Storage: Storage: Protect from light. Store unopened bottle(s) under refrigeration at 2° to 8°C (36° to 46°F). Once a bottle is opened for use, it may be stor... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
NO: No, Pred Forte is a steroid and does not cause dilation. You may have other drops that possibly you touched with your hand and then your eye that coul... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Floaters: A posterior vitreous detachment causes floaters. This is a situation where the vitreous(jelly) of the eye detaches (not a retinal detachment), it the... Read More
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Skin spots: Have an exam with a dermatologist or your primary doctor. Could be benign or cancerous. Especially with such quick appearance and changing.
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Yes: All over the counter eye drops should not be a problem and safe.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Possibly!: You need the eye examined. You may only have a broken blood vessel or possibly something more serious such as an open globe which could lead to blindn... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Blood flow: This is called orthostatic hypotension. It is when you change position from sitting or lying down the blood rushes to the lower part of you body due ... Read More
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A 82-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Ocular migraines!: Ocular migraines are a form of migraines that take place in the occipital cortex (part of the brain that interprets/controls vision). They lack the s... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Migraines: Migraines can happen spontaneously without cause. Although there can be triggers, the most common are stress, caffeine, chocolate, red wine, food wit... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Many things!: You need to see an ophthalmologist. Could be vitreous hemorrhage, retinal detachment, cataract, dislocated lens, scratched cornea, uveitis, comotio re... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Vitreous detachment: Floaters are caused by the vitreous (jelly in the eye) detaching from the retina (typically a normal change in the aging eye). The vitreous clumps up... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
No: A tooth infection will not cause a cataract. Possibly if they use steroids in the after care, steroids may start or spread the progression of cataract... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Pinguecula: A pinguecula, which is a deposit/build up on the white part of the eye (sclera) due to uv light and dryness of the eyes. You can use artificial tears... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
No: Legal blindness is determined and classified as vision with correction. 20/200 is one of the criteria and classification for legal blindness, but thi... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Floaters: It sounds as if you have had a posterior vitreous detachment. This is a situation where the vitreous(jelly) of the eye detaches (not a retinal detach... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Many things!: Most common cause of enlarged cup to disk ratio, "enlarged optic nerve", would be glaucoma. Other causes could be; physilogic (you were born that way... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Pressure: The air puff is a way of measuring the pressure of the eye. It is a screening test to make sure the pressure is not high, which if it is high, it wou... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Allergies: Sounds like you have allergies. You can try over the counter allergy meds by mouth and over the counter allergy drops for the itchy eyes.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Swelling: Not sure what you are asking. If the retinal veins are engaged or enlarged it may mean pending / partial central retinal vein occlusion.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Most of the time!: With today's procedures and lens implants most people can see immediately after surgery. It is not uncommon for the vision to fluctuate after the sur... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Yes: The eye surface can become dry making the eyes scratchy, red, blurry, and tear. Use artificial tears and/or take breaks. It may also cause accommodati... Read More
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Sep 22, 2014
A great Ophthalmologist! Very knowledgeable in eye surgery, eye medicine, and many other areas of medicine also. Gives excellent answers. A great resource on Health Tap. Highly recommend.
Apr 20, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
Dec 22, 2015
Highly recommend
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! thanx doctor, very helpful. This my first time happen to my eye, it never happen before in my life, i taught there was something hit my eye.
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Thanks so much. I cant sleep from worrying going to the doctor first thing in the morning

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Nebraska College of Medicine, NE
Graduated 1994MD

Awards

Top Doctor, Second Place, Arizona - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, Second Place, Arizona - Winter
2013
Top Ophthalmologist , Third Place, National - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Kokopelli Eye Institute
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