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Dr. David Speck

Ophthalmology
NY
43 years experience

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Ophthalmology

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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
PVD Prevention: When we first got our eye lasers many years ago, we tried to preventatively treat vitreous detachments. Unfortunately, we found that the laser beam, p... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Possible infection: The contacts may float away. However, you should not wear contacts while swimming, as they may cause the development of a severe infection by a one c... Read More
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A 63-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Ask your surgeon: The time it takes to heal enough to resume normal activities depends on the way your surgery was performed. It's best to ask your operating surgeon a... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Side effect of meds: It is common for the eyedrops (particularly steroid drops) given after cataract surgery to make the eyelid a bit droopy. Usually, the lid will return... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Not likely.: There is a tube of skin called the conjunctiva that extends from the edge of the iris, goes halfway back along the surface of the eyeball, and then t... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Steroid side effects: Lotemax (loteprednol) is a steroid eyedrop. It can be useful in certain selected conditions. However, long term steroid use (> 2 weeks) may cause de... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Not a good idea.: Would you wear the same underwear for two weeks without taking it off? The inside of the eyelid is a sort of buffing and cleaning machine. Every nig... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Need evaluation soon: The sudden onset of a facial droop may indicate something serious like a stroke, or a somewhat less serious condition like a bell's palsy. You should... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Recheck the contacts: Redness is nature's way of cleaning up problems in the eye. When something bothers the eye, the vessels on the eye surface expand to carry away the i... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Different kinds: Complete inability to see any light at all is usually called "no light perception" (nlp) vision. A person who can see no better than 20/200 with best... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
It's normal: Most children are born about 6 diopers farsighted, 'cause their eyes are small (90% of adult size). This is completely normal. Most three year olds ar... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Possibly: All eyedrops that come in a recloseable container are required to contain preservative chemicals to prevent growth of bacteria and fungi. Some patien... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Depends: People generally seem to become more farsighted as they age, and the lenses of their eyes get more stiff. However, as cataracts develop, the lens of ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Wrong approach: Lubricating drops lubricate the eye, don't fix redness. Redness is nature's way of cleaning up problems in the eye. When something bothers the eye, th... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Stress,caffeine: An isolated twitch of a muscle is called myokymia. It may be caused by stress, fatigue, or excess consumption of caffeine, or caffeine like compounds ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
About 19,200 times: Most people blink their eyes about every three seconds, or 20 times a minute, 1200 times an hour, or roughly 19.200 times in a 16 hour day.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Maybe not necessary: Has your child been evaluated for eyeglasses? If the child is farsighted, wearing the proper eyeglasses will often straighten the eyes without surger... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Mother fatigue: Have you had a baby yet? Taking care of just one baby properly is a lot of hard work. Taking care of two, especially if you are nursing, is even more... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Stress,caffeine: An isolated twitch of a muscle is called myokymia. It may be caused by stress, fatigue, or excess consumption of caffeine, or caffeine like compounds ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Probably not.: There are no medications that have been proven to prevent or reduce cataracts once they have formed. Cataracts are just a normal part of growing up, ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Eye practitioners: Optician are technicians who makes glasses and contacts to other practitioners' prescriptions. Optometrists can prescribe glasses and contacts, but ar... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Recheck: Not every infection responds to every antibiotic. If the infection has not cleared within 10 - 14 days, recheck with the doctor who prescribed the or... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Need more evaluation: The contacts may be too old, too tight, or you may have an infection. You may be losing contact tolerance or have other diseases. Not everyone can w... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Often: A lazy eye in an adult will most often tend to drift outward, but it may remain straight, or turn inward, depending on the nature of the underlying di... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Definitely: Many children, even those of black or hispanic ancestry, are born with light colored irises. The basic model iris is actually white, though we call i... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
No: I know of no treatment that will make the blind spot, or "scintillating scotoma" of migraine resolve any faster than its natural course. All migraine ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Pick your favorite: Which eye do you use to look through a telescope? The eye you pick for one-eyed tasks is your dominant eye. However, eye dominance doesn't mean a hill... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Usually, but...: Examination at the microscope will often tell an ophthalmologist if a patient has a bacterial or viral infection. However, sometimes, certain infectio... Read More
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A 71-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
It depends: Alcohol in any form lowers the eye pressure for about 6 hours, but then raises it for about 18 hours. If you are going to be tested for glaucoma, you... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
It's a good idea: Without dilating the eyes, doctors can see only the central 10% of the eye. There is a lot more territory out there that is only visible when you dil... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Permanent eye damage: You can permanently burn the back of the eye and cause a permanent shadow in the vision. It's just like starting a fire in a piece of newspaper with ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Absolutely not!: No! peroxide will cause severe and painful burning of the cornea, and will be only mildly annoying to the bacteria. Do not use it in your eye!
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Usually lifelong: Astigmatism is a condition where the eye is less than perfectly round. A "perfect" eye would be as round as a billiard ball, but most eyes are a bit ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Possibly: Floaters come from vitreous debris or blood floating within the fluid of the interior of the eye. The more serious the injury to the eye, the more li... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
End of optic nerve: At the back of the eye, all of the nerve fibers come together to join at the optic nerve which carries the picture to the brain. Strangely, there are... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Definition of a sty: A "sty" is a common name for a new lump in the eyelid, just as a "cold" is a common name for viral pharyngitis. Hordeola are short term lumps with ba... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Depends.: Has the child been properly evaluated for eyeglasses, and possibly patching? Many cases of strabismus respond well to simple eyeglass use. Eyeglasses ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Possibly: The fovea is the most delicate part of the eye. 90% of all vision fibers connect to this tiny area. There are new amazing surgeries to repair condit... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Not likely.: None of the nerves or blood vessels that serve the vision system go through the neck. The eye has its own private nerves, called cranial nerves, that... Read More
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A 57-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
When they interfere: Cataracts are a normal part of aging, like grey hair and wrinkles. An eye with a little cataract is still better than any artificial alternative that... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Not beneficial: Your own tears contain 30+ disease fighting chemicals. I usually don't recommend "washing" the eyes with anything foreign unless you get dust or a ch... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Not uncommon: Dry eyes are a common development with age. Certain medicines, contact lens use, smoking, sun and wind exposure, and lasik may make them worse. If the... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Possibly: I've read that people who wear sun glasses most of their lives have half the risk of cataract formation, and half the risk of developing macular degen... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Time, usually: If you are referring to a red patch of blood on the white part of the eye, known as a subconjunctival hemorrhage, or "bloodshot eye", then only the pa... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Probably not: Your eyes run the same 24/7/365, awake or asleep. You may feel tired after concentrating for a long time, but your eyes are just as ready to work as ... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Speck is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Speck is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you for your input. She has been wearing glasses for about 8 months so far. And I've only noticed a worsening in frequency of the affected eye turning outward. her pedi opth she was seeing said ...Read More
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Medical/Graduate school

Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, NY
Graduated 1979MD
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