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Dr. David Chandler

Ophthalmology
Mechanicsville, VA
33 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, 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
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Ophthalmology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

682 Answers
168 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Also pinguecula: In addition to jaundice, some people have yellowish lumps on the white of the eyes on either side of the colored part of the eye called pinguecula (a ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Straining issue: The problem is with straining, and there actually have been documented cases of severe hemorrhages of the macula (central visual part of the retina) a... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Not color related: The color of a contact lens does not affect the cornea. However, the lens itself may have a defect, or something may be under the contact lens causin... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Not easy: Blepharitis is an infection or inflammation of the eyelid, and usually the margin of the eyelid is affected. Many people have recurrent blepharitis, a... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Probably: If the lenses have been in a multipurpose disinfecting solution, the lenses may be usable if the solution is clear. I would clean the lenses off as di... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Glasses win: Glasses have almost no downside except for people doing water based activities. A more precise prescription can be put in glasses because there are li... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Not really: The tissues around the eye, such as the conjunctiva, can become swollen with fluid, but the eyeball itself does not really change in size (the excepti... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Ignore: Most cases of recent eyelid twitching are from stress, fatigue, lack of sleep, and too much caffeine.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Nystagmus?: Nystagmus is a condition where the eyes back and forth involuntarily usually horizontally. Sometimes the movements can be very fine and rapid, and som... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Yes: Yes, generally you should close your eyes while being strangled (sorry). This is a very unusual question. Extreme straining of the eyes (valsalva) can... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Need exam to check: Corneal abrasions initially lead to symptoms of pain, sensation that something is in the eye, tearing, light sensitivity, and blurred vision depending... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Blepharitis: Blepharitis, which is eyelid infection or inflammation, is commonly present. Bacteria colonize the edge of the lids and the base of the eyelashes. Ove... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Probably not: The tears produced during crying are similar to those made during "reflex tearing". In this situation, the eyes tear profusely if something gets into ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Get eye exam ASAP: There are many causes for blurred vision, and the only way to know the cause is to get an eye exam, preferably by an ophthalmologist. Even if the blur... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Some issues: Hydroquinone 2% is available topically over the counter in some countries and is banned in some. 4% is available by prescription. Care should be used ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Strength of glasses: A diopter is an optical unit of measurement where a lens of one diopter power focuses light at one meter distance. Focal distance = 1 divided by the ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Possibly a cyst: If the white dot is on the skin of the lids at the outer corner, it may be a small cyst or other benign growth which are very common. Check with an op... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Don't worry: Briefly wearing someone else's glasses might cause a mild headache, eyestrain, or even nausea, but there will be no damage done to the eyes or brain.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Please clarify: I am not sure what you mean by "msd". Is that musculoskeletal disorder? If so, there are not really any specific eye problems associated with this th... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Facial spasm: Eyelid twitching is common, and is usually related to stress, fatigue, consumption of stimulants like caffeine, and local eye irritation. Facial twitc... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Possibly not fitting: A heavy feeling when wearing contact lenses can be from the lenses fitting too tightly. As a result the contacts move very little on the surface of th... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Retina, optic nerve: Traditional color blindness is inherited, with 8% of men being red/green color blind. Acquired color blindness can be from any condition that affects ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Not really: Poorly fitting contact lenses (too tight) of the rigid type (gas perm or hard lenses) can flatten the curvature of the eye and temporarily reduce near... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Infection? Allergy?: Allergy is a common cause of eye itching, and relief is obtained by avoiding the source of the allergy, using cool compresses to the eyes, using refri... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Balanced diet: No specific vegetables are required for good vision if you have a reasonably balanced diet (extreme cases of vitamin deficiency excluded, which are ra... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Don't smoke it: There are many things that cause eye redness, and avoiding the source of irritation is the easiest way to prevent the redness. This can be from smoke ... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Many causes: You need to have this checked because there are many possible causes of this. A new floater is a common cause, but the floater would tend to move arou... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Too long: It is known that the eyes can be dry after lasik, but to have a continued foreign body sensation (eyelash) 8 weeks out with plugs and using artificial... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Generally safe: Laser correction of nearsightedness by lasik or prk for a -4.25 prescription is generally safe and effective. However, you would need to have a comple... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Don't worry: I presume these are findings from a ct scan. That is typical radiology terminology from a ct or MRI report, and ct scans visualize the sinuses very w... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Doubtful: There shouldn't be any physical changes or symptoms in the body if you conceived a few days ago. The fertilized egg may not even have implanted. While... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Possible, not good: Mild cases of diabetes can be asymptomatic, but that does not mean that damage is not occurring. I saw a woman for a routine eye exam with no history... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
ER / Urgent care: This could be many problems from an acute food allergy to a panic attack. Go to an urgent care center or er. Asap.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Contact your doc: Hives is a sign of an acute allergic reaction, such as to an antibiotic, for example. If she is taking an antibiotic or medication for the cough, she ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Tragus: The tragus is the small pointed eminence of the external ear in front of the ear canal. Unlike the ear lobe, it has a core of cartilage. I have seen p... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Possibly: Dark circles are increased pigmentation often from cycles of swelling, from rubbing or allergies, and from and increased concentration of skin due to ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Allergist can help: Sometimes people become insensitive to an allergy medication that has worked for them in the past, and they may need to switch. Going to one that incl... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Surgery is an option: Cartilage can be found in congenital choristomas on or around the eye. While there is usually no risk of cancer, they can cause ocular irritation, vis... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Probably not: The factors that determine eye color are very complex, but generally darker colors are dominant genetically over lighter colors. Thus, if one parent h... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Ignore: Avoid spreading to others, use cool compresses, get eyes checked for possible antibiotics, hygiene.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Probably need exam: Puffiness around the eyes is typical with allergies and inflammation, as well as generalized fluid accumulation in the body (edema, which may build up... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Doubtful: Smoking in general causes ocular irritation and redness. Yellow coloration in the eyes is most seriously from liver disease (jaundice), but some peopl... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Usually OK: A sty is a blockage of oil glands that open at the edge of the eyelid. Sometimes they become infected, so if the area is red and tender with or witho... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Allergy, infection: The tissues around the eyes are very sensitive to allergy and and low grade infections of the eye and lids. Sinus infections or inflammation can also ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Unusual symptom: If this is a visual symptom it is very unusual. It could be a visual aura as in a visual migraine, but it is not a typical description. It could also ... Read More
A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Evaporative: In evaporative dry eye, there is a deficient oil layer that prevents evaporation. So, the tears clear too rapidly from the ocular surface. Some otc dr... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Many causes: The conjunctiva, or the normally transparent lining of the white of the eye, can have a wide variety of color variations, lumps and bumps. While yello... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Toxicity: Oculosan contains the vasoconstricting eye medication naphazoline along with some homeopathic ingredients. Using this type of eye drop may lead to chr... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Unusual symptom: If the vision is suddenly becoming all white then you should have an eye exam immediately to rule out a vision threatening problem or a vascular occlu... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
No problem: Based on the way these thermometers work, I do not believe that they pose any risk to the eyes if they are used according to the directions provided.

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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.
HealthTap member
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.
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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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