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Dr. David Chandler

Ophthalmology
Mechanicsville, VA
35 years experience male

Locations

Chandler Eye Care Specialists PC

Mechanicsville, VA

Address

8266 Atlee Rd., MOB II, Suite 226, Mechanicsville, VA, United States
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About

Bio

D. Alan Chandler M.D. is a Board Certified ophthalmologist (American Board of Ophthalmology) specializing in small incision cataract extraction with lens implant, medical and surgical management of glaucoma, and the diagnosis and treatment of diabetic eye disease, laser floater treatment, dry eye disease and age-related macular degeneration. Dr. Chandler implants advanced technology intraocular lens implants including the Panoptix and Vivity lens implants. These new lens implants give the potential for the uncorrected vision after cataract surgery to be excellent for both near, distance and intermediate vision. Dr. Chandler also uses the Alcon toric intraocular lens implant to help correct astigmatism at the time of cataract surgery and uses the I-stent for glaucoma.

Specialties
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Ophthalmology

Licenses

United States: Virginia

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

604 Answers
186 Agrees
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Many causes: Get an exam first by your regular medical doctor about this, because this could be a sinus infection or some other cause of headache unrelated to the ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Not a problem: People with very dark irises often are hard to dilated with eye drops because the pigment literally absorbs the medication in the drop. Diabetics also... Read More
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A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Should get eye exam: After blunt head trauma there may be a temporary blurring of vision, but the eyes should be checked to rule out any problem directly affecting the eye... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Unsure causes: I am not sure how the eye puffiness is associated with the constipation. It would be reasonable to call your doctor's office to see if they have any a... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Fairly rare: Do you have symptoms suggestive of a retinal tear or detachment? If so, get a complete eye exam immediately to rule these out. Symptoms include a new ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Possible: Allergy to contrast dye used in ct scanning, kidney studies (ivp dye) is very common. The eyelid and area around the eyes is very sensitive and may be... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Post op: Ask your surgeon about any postoperative restrictions. Usually there is restriction on alcohol use for several days after any surgical procedure, defi... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Probably floaters: Doctors refer to floaters in different ways, and this is most likely a reference to floaters. A floater is basically debris caught up in the vitreous ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Routine urinalysis: Probably they are just checking routine tests found in a urinalysis, such as for glucose in the urine, checks on kidney function, and evidence of a ur... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Unusual: The iris can change color over the years, but usually very gradually. The cornea, which is the clear dome over the iris, can develop haziness which ca... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Various reasons: The conjunctiva, which lines the surface of the eye, can develop patches of pigmentation over the years to have a "muddy" appearance. Yellowish spots ... Read More
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
So many causes: There are so many causes of red eye that they could not even be listed here. An eye exam can help to determine the cause, but some people have enlarge... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Unusual: The appearance of the eyes becoming big or protruding is usually from "lid retraction", where the upper and lower lids open so wide that the white of ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Worst of the worst: A strong glasses prescription implied very severe refractive error. This is usually due to the eye either being too long, too short, or too irregular ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Xanthelasma?: Xanthelasma are yellowish plaques on the upper eyelids (usually) and could indicate the risk for a lipid disorder. Sometimes subcutaneous blood from a... Read More
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A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Lifestyle Changes: Usually the medications for type 2 diabetes control the diabetes, but do not cure the underlying problem. Dietary improvements, exercise, and weight l... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Interesting question: This is a very rare symptom. The eyelashes are normally very sensitive to the lightest touch, but this a function of the sensitivity of the skin at th... Read More
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A 74-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Retinal specialist: Retinal folds sometimes occur spontaneously and do not lead to vision changes. Other times they can be from traction within the eye or sometimes from ... Read More
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Most get cataract: Virtually everyone, will develop cataracts if they live long enough, which is a clouding of the natural lens of the eye. Not all cataracts will affect... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Not sure: This is an unusual symptom, and I am sure how this can be easily explained. Blue is the most refracted color and tends to be defocused, so anything sc... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Unusual combo: Problems with the eye and ear are usually amazingly independent of each other. It is unusual to have vision changes with a routine ear infection, unle... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Type 2 Diabetes: In type 2 diabetes, your body either resists the effects of Insulin or doesn't produce enough Insulin to maintain a normal glucose level. This is more... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Large number: Cholesterol molecules are found in every cell of the body, and are especially abundant in cell plasma membranes. The plasma membrane is a continuous ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Yes, it can: Fraser syndrome is an autosomal recessive congenital disorder characterized by developmental defects including cryptophthalmos (where the eyelids fail... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Should get better: The eyes may get dry and irritated at the time of surgery, and you may be feeling that. Also, small openings are made in the membrane over the white ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
No great treatment: Ocular dysmetria is a type of dysmetria that involves the under- or over-shooting of the eyes when attempting to re-fixate gaze on something. This is... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Encouragement: Especially with type 1 diabetes, it is important to follow all of the doctor's instructions about using medication, following diet, checking blood sug... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Need fitting: Anyone wearing contact lenses, whether prescription lenses, cosmetic, or both, should be fit for the lens and instructed in the care of lenses, and ho... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Possibly dry eye: There are many things that can cause those symptoms, and only through an eye exam can you be sure. However, sensitivity to wind is very suggestive of ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Not unusual: It is common for the sclera, or the white of the eye, to have pigmentation. Sometimes there are yellowish patches called pingueculae as well. If ther... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Soft lenses: Sometimes the cornea has a significant scar after pterygium excision. The irregularity might make contact lens use difficult, but soft lenses would be... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Warm Compresses: A stye, or chalazion, is an obstructed or infected oil gland of the eyelid. Use of warm compresses (a wash rag soaked in warm water) held over the clo... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Cyst or infection: This may be a cyst or an infected or obstructed gland, such as an oil gland or a sweat gland. If it is not tender, it is probably not infected. If it ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Should be a reason: Children have a tremendous focusing ability, but sometimes there is a problem where focusing to read can cause the eyes to turn in more than necessary... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Possibly glasses: Treatment depends on whether the eye is turning in or out. Often the eyes can maintain alignment, but if fatigued, tired, or in some cases speaking or... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Probably not: I have never heard this, and i cannot think of any mechanism where constipation would cause darker eyes. Straining, of course, could be a cause of a b... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Get an exam asap: Nothing good causes a total loss of vision in an eye, even if temporary. Amaurosis fugax is the medical term for this, which basically is a TIA or tra... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Unknown: I cannot find any information about this product "onerythonzan ointment eye care". Perhaps it is Erythromycin ointment, which is a commonly used opht... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Warm Compresses: A stye, or chalazion, is an obstructed or infected oil gland of the eyelid. Use of warm compresses (a wash rag soaked in warm water) held over the clo... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Physical restriction: Ask your surgeon if there are any physical restrictions after surgery. In some cases, there may a restriction to avoid straining or vigorous activity.... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Discuss with surgeon: If done through an abdominal incision, salpingo-oophorectomy is major surgery that requires 3-6 weeks for full recovery. If performed laparoscopically... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Get exam ASAP: You could have a serious medical problem with these symptoms, especially if they are of recent onset and worsening, so i would recommend getting seen ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
What kind of surgery: Please clarify the type of surgery. With any surgery involving the GI tract, there can be some blood in the stool postoperatively, but it should not ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Retina or angle: A diagnostic contact lens sometimes is used during an eye exam. Sometimes only an anesthetic is used, and sometimes a thicker gel is placed on the len... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Eyes hurting: Some people with disorders of their cervical spine (neck) can get referred pain to the ocular area, where the aching feels like it is behind the eyes.... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Days to weeks: A "black eye" is basically bruising of the soft tissues around the eye and face. There are tissue planes where hemorrhage can track, and blood often s... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Possible, rare: Apparently it is possible to contract salmonella if contaminated material was splashed into the eyes. Salmonella does not typically cause an eye infec... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Get an eye exam: Dry eye commonly causes a variety of symptoms such as grittiness, light sensitivity, eye fatigue, fluctuating vision, and even tearing. Tearing that o... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
See allergist, eyemd: Your son will need an evaluation by an eye doctor as well as possibly an allergist. The eye exam will confirm the severity and nature of the allergy, ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Not likely: If her "cold sores" are truly from the herpes virus (as opposed to canker sores), then she is already infected with virus. The virus lays dormant in ... Read More
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
Oct 23, 2013
Fast, Fantastic answers to often complex questions, truly an asset to the Medical Community. A true national leader in ophthalmology.
Virginia is lucky to have such a top doc!
Jun 20, 2013
Very accurate and useful responses.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Will book in to the eye doctor asap. Thanks for your response, made me feel more balanced about it- was quite scared! Very best.
HealthTap member
Thanks , however this has been goin on for a year off and on , Meds don't work it keeps coming back , belly ring has been out for 3 years :/
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Thanks for your quick reply! Had a shut eye for an hr, the small bubble dissapeared. Now back to a single bubble. Tq for responding.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Graduated 1988MD

Residency

Washington Hospital Center

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Richmond, VA - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Third Place, Richmond, VA - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, Third Place, Richmond, VA - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Medical Association
Virginia Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons
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