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Dr. Matheson Harris

Ophthalmology
Salt Lake City, UT
17 years experience male

Locations

Office

Salt Lake City, UT

Address

4400 S 700 E, Suite 130, Salt Lake City, UT
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About

Bio

Dr. Matheson Harris is a board certified Ophthalmologist and Ophthalmic surgeon, also specializing in functional and cosmetic oculoplastic and facial surgery. A native of Utah, he completed his undergraduate education first at Dixie College, then Southern Utah University. He went on to complete medical school at Penn State University, followed by an internship at the Milton S. Hershey Medical center and residency in Ophthalmology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He then completed a two-year ASOPRS (American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery) fellowship at West Virginia University Eye Institute, with special training in orbital and lacrimal surgery, in addition to eyelid and facial reconstruction. He is also a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Harris has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and presented research at several national meetings. He is also an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Utah, providing oculoplastic care to the veterans at the Salt Lake VA Medical Center. Dr. Harris practices at the Salt Lake and St. George offices. You can email Dr. Harris directly at drharris@utahoc.com

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Ophthalmology

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250 Answers
43 Agrees
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A female asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Market forces: Doctors set their prices based on what other doctors are charging and how busy they are or want to be. They also may charge more if they have a newer... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
It depends: Botox can help with undereye lines and wrinkles caused by muscle contractions, such as when you smile. It can relax these lines and lessen the develo... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Many possible causes: Eyelashes fall out as we age, but can also happen with allergies, eyelid inflammation, infection, low thyroid hormone, poor diet and trauma. See an o... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
ASOPRS website: The american society of ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgeons (asoprs) website lists physicians with fellowship training in orbital and oculo... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Could be swelling: It is not uncommon after eye and eyelid surgery to get swelling under the "skin" of the eye, the conjunctiva. This is called chemosis and appears yell... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Oculoplastic surgeon: An oculoplastic surgeon treats diseases of the orbit and would diagnose and treat an orbital cellulitis, including orbital abscess drainage when neces... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Not exactly: Ptosis of the eyelid is corrected, in most cases, by advancing the levator muscle, which raises the eyelid. It is done through the same type of incisi... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Yes, but: Glasses are corrective lenses, but not all corrective lenses are glasses. Contact lenses would also fall into this description. You could even add i... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Not usually: While the pressure in the sinuses can build and cause pain, this isn't transmitted to the eyes as they are separated by bone. Even when the bone rarel... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Entoptic phenomena: In most cases this represents what is called entoptic phenomena, where you eyes send false signals to the brain. The retina is normally stimulated by ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
No: Nothing's impossible, but the eye is very well attached in the orbit, by both the optic nerve, 6 extraocular muscles and multiple soft tissue attachm... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Glasses Rx: Sph is sphere power or the focusing power of the lens. A negative number means you are near sighted and positive is far sightedness. Cyl is cylinder... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
It happens: Eyelashes fall out as we age, but can also happen with allergies, eyelid inflammation, infection, low thyroid hormone, poor diet and trauma. See an o... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Depends on cause: In children, the cause is often a small membrane that hasn't yet broken. This can be opened through a probing procedure, normally done under general a... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
See a cornea doc: A corneal specialist performs corneal transplants and can diagnose and treat eye diseases that may require this type of surgery.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Sometimes: It can get better with time, but in many people blepharospasm must be treated for a lifetime.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Blurred vision: Assuming you don't need glasses, wearing someone elses glasses will just make your vision blurry and possibly give you a headache.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
In most cases: Yes, in most cases. The bleeding resolves on its own as it breaks down. This can be helped along with steroid and dilating drops to prevent complica... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Bruising & swelling: The eyelids will be swollen and bruised for 1-3 weeks. This is usually worse the day after surgery. The incisions can be itchy as they heal and there ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Several weeks: It can take 2-6 weeks to completely heal. During part of this time it may be critical to maintain a certain head position, depending on the type of re... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Hot compresses: Try eyelid hygiene with hot compresses for 5-10 minutes, then cleaning along the eyelash line with a mild soap, such as baby shampoo diluted in warm w... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Oculoplastic surgeon: Oculoplastic surgeons are eye doctors (ophthalmologists) who do extra plastic surgery training after residency. Find an asoprs trained surgeon who wi... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Common problem: Floaters are pieces of the vitreous gel within the eye casting a shadow on the retina. They are almost always benign in nature. If a large floater su... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Wait: Scleral buckle surgery requires cutting through the conjunctiva or skin of the eye to expose the eye muscles, under which the buckle is placed. You'l... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
No good ones: A low salt diet is good for hypertension, but high blood pressure and high eye pressure haven't been linked. There aren't any clear lifestyle changes... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
See endocrinologist : Getting the hyperthyroidism under control is important, but may not stop eye changes if they are going to occur. They can be the first sign of hyperth... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Could be bad: This wouldn't be good for vision. Vessels don't often burst in the macula, but if they did the blood could damage the delicate photoreceptors and can ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Pretrichial lift: A pretrichial forehead lift is used in high foreheads. It involves an incision along the hairline and removal of the skin of the upper forehead. It w... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Don't write it off..: You should be examined. The infraorbital nerve, which gives sensation to the cheek runs through the floor of the eye socket. Orbital (eye socket) or ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Many things: The list is long, but many genetic diseases cause progressive degeneration of the photoreceptors, such as retinitis pigmentosa. Exposure to extremely... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Genetic disease: Retinitis pigmentosa is a genetic disease where certain layers of the retina slowly degenerate, causing loss of the photoreceptors and a gradual narro... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Generally not: In most cases, once testing indicates someone has glaucoma, they are no longer considered suspect and are started on treatment. However, sometimes th... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Inclusions: The most common type of bubble like growths on the inside of the eyelid are inclusion cysts, or essentially balloon-like growths related to tear produ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Yes: Artificial tears are very safe and don't result in inhibition of your normal tearing. Prolonged use of artificial tears can result in sensitivity to t... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Definitely: An improperly constructed blepharoplasty wound or poor closure can lead to a change in the shape of the eyelid opening. An oculoplastic surgeon is sp... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Yes, but...: You can get contact lenses with a prescription for near, but wearing them on both eyes will make very difficult to see anything further than a few fee... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Carefully: If it is on your eye, try washing it out with saline or artificial tears. Avoid rubbing or touching the surface of the eye.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Long list needed: The most common causes of blindness worldwide are cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, corneal scarring, diabetic retinopathy, childhood blindne... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Preservative effects: Prolonged use of artificial tears can result in sensitivity to the preservatives causing redness, irritation and burning when dropping them in. Preser... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Sort of: There are special contact lenses that some doctors prescribe to gradually reshape the cornea. They are often worn at night and left off during the day... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Oculoplastic surgeon: They train exclusively in eyelid and upper mid-facial plastic surgery and have extensive training in eye surgery and disease treatment. No eyelid sur... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Should never happen: If this were to occur because of the surgery, it would be considered a serious complication and medical error. The eye is normally protected during th... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Yes: Allergies almost always affect both eyes simultaneously, although one may be a little worse.
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Its possible, but...: High blood pressure can cause changes in vision, but this usually only happens if it is poorly controlled for some time. Very high blood pressure can... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Western eyelid: Eyelids which have a higher crease are said to be double eyelids. In caucasians, the eyelid crease is 7-10mm above the eyelashes and when open there ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Many causes: This is probably eyelid myokymia, which can come on with stress, fatigue, high caffeine intake or for unknown reasons. It generally resolves on its o... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Sure: The stimulus to blink the eyes is sent at the same time from the brain to both sets of eyelids, but if the signal is not carried the same, one eye may... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
If used properly: There is no anti-fungal cream that I am aware of that is formulated to be safe around the eyes. Most antifungal creams, however, could be safely used... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Eye surgeon: Many surgeries can be performed by different doctors with training in various specialties, but certain doctors have much greater experience and expert... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
No: If both parents have refractive errors, the likelihood that their children will inherit this problem is higher, but not guaranteed.

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Nov 11, 2014
Expert surgeon specializing in Ophthalmology and Oculoplastics. Highly recommend.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Harris is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Harris is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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I do see large areas of darness only on the left eye top, and additionally some red thin veins that end in bloded dark spots. No OI here
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Thanks for your response and the link. It was helpful.
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, PA
Graduated 2005MD

Awards

Resident of the Year, UNC-Chapel Hill Dept. of Ophthalmology 2009
Top Ophthalmologist , Third Place, Utah - Summer
2013
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

American society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
American Academy of Ophthalmology
Utah Ophthalmology Society
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