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Dr. Timothy Carey

Ophthalmology
Seattle, WA
37 years experience male

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Seattle, WA

Address

5116 25th Ave NE, Seattle, WA
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About

Bio

I am board certified in ophthalmology and did a fellowship in eye plastic surgery. My practice is largely centered around ophthalmic plastic surgery. I am a member of ASOPRS( American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery). I specialize in eyelid surgery including cosmetic blepharoplasty, ptosis repair and eyelid reconstruction following tumor removal or trauma . I also specialize in orbital surgery including thyroid eye disease, orbital fracture repair and lacrimal surgery. I am the team ophthalmologist for the Seattle Seahawks and the UW Athletic Department. I served in Iraq in trauma surgery in the summer of 2008. I grew up in Seattle. I went to grade school, high school and college within a few miles of my office. That gives me a sense of pride in serving this community. I enjoy cycling, mountain biking, skiing,hiking, golfing, kayaking, generally enjoying this great part of the country. I am married and have a daughter and a son.

Specialties
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Ophthalmology

Facial Plastic Surgery

Doctor Q&A

56 Answers
21 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Perservatives: Dry eye is most commonly treated with atds ( artificial tear drops). These can be difficult on the epithelium ( cause sloughing) when they contain pre... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Eye doctor: Unfortunately something like this will need a visit to an eye doctor, either an ophthalmologist or optometrist.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Sinus rinse: Neti pot which is a sinus rinse is very helpful especially for those " deep seeded" infections such as that in the sphenoid sinus. Always use distill... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Inflammation ?: Likely inflammation, without discharge infection unlikely. Inflammation may come from dry eye, pinguecula, etc. And you should see an eye doctor to ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Dry eye?: This could be dry eye. Try artificial tear drops before you go to bed and just as you wake up. If that doesn't work see an eye doctor.
A female asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Light sedation: Many surgeons like myself have been doing upper and lower lid blepharoplasty under a light oral sedation with local anesthesia. It is the exception th... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Hard to say?: This could be a number of things like a stye, skin cancer or a dermatitis. You should see an ophthalmologist to be sure.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Usually no scar: Usually no scar after chalazion surgery but the final result can sometimes take a few months to heal. Sometimes the healing process can take even lon... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Veins?: Sometimes this can be a prominent vein in your thin lower lid skin or it can come from mild fat herniation thru the orbital septum of the lower lid.T... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
See a doctor: A lot depends on the type of inflammation and the type of medication your are using. Steroids can arrest inflammation but have their own set of proble... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Don't wear them: You should not wear other peoples glasses because their prescription is for their eyes and you can get eye strain trying to focus thru them.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Not sure: Pretty open question. Is there any associated symptoms? Discharge, itch, etc. Sometimes people have prominent vessels on the surface of their eye tha... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Not enough info: I would start with artificial tear drops and if this doesn't work i would see an eye care professional.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Not sure: We remove blind eyes commonly for pain or when they are at risk of spreading inflammation to the fellow eye. The fact that it is shrinking ( phthisis ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Stability and age: The key here is stability and age. Most surgeons wait until the patient is past early 20's when a lot of change in the eye is still occurring. Plus yo... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Sometimes: Sometimes this can be a conflict and you need to check with your physician.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
No: Absolutely never put your contacts in if your eyes are red or sore. Your should be evaluated by an eye doctor. If you have a corneal ulcer this could ... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
High Blood Pressure?: Yyu could be having bouts of dangerously high blood pressure and you should make an appointment with a primary care physician. It also could be a migr... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Not sure: Seem pretty big not to suture. You should ask the doctor who removed the mole.
A member asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Fatigue?: This sounds like fatigue but it should be evaluated by an ophthalmologist. There is several neurologic conditions that should be ruled out.
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Iritis?: This could be a traumatic internal inflammation to eye and should be evaluated by an ophthalmologist.
A member asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Costs vary: Depends on how many and how many eyelids are involved. They have to each individually " dug" out under a local but costs vary so you would need to see... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Common: It is common when you throw up to have watery eye. The strain that occurs from vomiting stimulates the lacrimal gland and one tears. Also your friend ... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Dermatitis?: Could be dermatitis or could be something more sinister like a cancer. It should be checked by a physician.
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
No: The traget pressure is generally that that does not cause damage. It varies in individuals.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Tear duct?: This could be a tear duct obstruction. You should see an ophthalmologist and you may be referred to an oculoplastic surgeon for treatment which is usu... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
How Long?: Symtoms most likely a stye in that a " bump" isn't always palpated. They can become quite painful and cause a lot of local inflammation. A key is how ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
corneal injury: You likely have a corneal abrasion and would need to be seen right away in the emergency room to rule out a more serious injury. At the er they would... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Yes: Stress can be a cause of bell's palsy usually by reactivating a latent virus. Check with your primary care physician for more information.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Recurrence?: You could have a recurrence of the ulcer or you may need to decrease your wear time. I would make a appointment asap with your eye doctor to rule out... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Hormonal?: This can be related to hormonal changes in the body that occur in females. Also an allergy can cause this but that usually itches around the eye. You ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Depends: Dark circles under eyes can be caused by various conditions such as veins in the fat or somethings as simple as contour of the lower lid. You should h... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Time: This can take a lot of time. Sometimes up to a year. Blunt orbital trauma that causes " black eyes" break small blood vessels in the skin and in deepe... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Pinguecula: This is likely a benign growth on the temporal and sometimes nasal limbus ( edge of the cornea). This should be confirmed by an eye doctor.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Try it: You could try a mild exfoliation thru some of the commercially available non prescription agents at a cosmetic counter at a nordstrom store first( ma... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Sinusitis?: This is something you should see an ear nose and thoart ( ent) specialist. It sounds like inflammation of the sinus and should be examined.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Age related ?: People age at different rates. However, to be safe you should see a primary care physician. You should take a multi vitamin every day, if you live in ... Read More
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Autoimmune: This is a tough problem but it is related to the autoimmune response of thyroid eye disease. I would recommend seeing an ophthalmologist in your area ... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Yes: Yes they can. They usually follow an event of eye strain. However there are many causes for a headache and you should always visit with a physician fi... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Depends: Depends on the severity of the hemorrhage. As an oculoplastc specialist i deal with blunt trauma all the time but i leave the retina issues to a retin... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Most not serious: Most of the time this is a benign condition.But it can be a sign of eyelid cancer or even a metabolic disease such as thyroid dysfunction. You should... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Pinguecula: This could be a pinguecula which is benign but needs to be varied by a physician. Sun and wind make it worse.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Could be: Could be a virus get examined and ask your primary care physician.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Variable: I hate to be so vague but this could be anything from a simple swollen sebaceous gland ( i.E mila, pimple) to a skin cancer. I would start by asking y... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Yes: Antihistamines can dry the eye. Try artificial tear drops 4 times a day and if that doesn't work see an eye doctor.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Medication?: Eye color rarely changes if ever. Sometimes it can be from medication such as a prostagladin. Tumor can also get the eye color to changes. You should ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Topical treatment: I thought i answered this yesterday but i would recommend seeing a physician to prevent scarring. In the mean time i would treat these burns with topi... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
See a doctor: You should really see a doctor to lessen the chance of permanent scar. I would start with topical antibiotics and steroids commonly sold in drug store... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Depends: You should see a doctor to be sure. Temporal arteritis is a potentially blinding even fatal condition. It is unlikely in your age group without other ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Maybe: See a doctor to make sure. I highly recommend you don't drink alcohol, do drugs or smoke during this critical developmental period for the fetus in ca... Read More

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Dr. David Drucker
Dec 2, 2012
I have known and worked with Dr. Tim Carey for several years. He is an outstanding oculoplastic surgeon as well as an excellent comprehensive ophthalmologist. He is extremely knowledgeable in his fiel...Read More
Dec 2, 2012
Dr. Carey is one of the finest occuloplastic surgeons in Seattle. He is well-trained, is a skilled surgeon, and his outcomes are excellent.
Dec 2, 2012
I endorse this doctor.
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Graduated 1985MD

Residency

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Residency

Legacy Emanuel Hospital

Awards

Top Doctor, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine
Top Doctor, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine
Super Doctors, Super Doctors

Affiliations

American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
University of Washington Athletics
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