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A male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Davis
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Whether : Whether or not to have surgery is entirely your decision. You must determine with your surgeon, what your current level of vision is and how much your decreased vision is affecting your ability to live your life. You surgeon should be able to give you a run down on what potential your eye has of seeing better. A cornea transplant is a major surgery that requires many post-op visits and does carry with it some risk. So, you must weigh the benefits and the risks of going through this elective procedure.
A female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Davis
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Staph : Staph aureus is a common bacteria naturally found on all of our eye lids. However, i assume you are talking about a special version of staph called mrsa. This referrs to this bacteria's resistance to many of the commonly used antibiotics today. While your symptoms do not sound serious currently, the things to look for are redness, foriegn body sensation, blurry vision or mucous discharge. Redness or lumps around the eye lids also should raise concern as well. The important thing is to keep your hands away from your eyes (no rubbing), wash your hands often and wash all of the clothes you used at the gym that day to prevent contaminating your home. At the sign of any of the above symptoms or if any concerns come up, see a qualified ophthalmologist in your area.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Davis
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
An : An intraocular pressure (iop) of "30"mmhg is considered high no matter what the patient's age is. There are a multitude of reasons for this elevated measurement which can vary from an inaccurate pressure measuring by the technician (which would be benign) to pediatric glaucoma (which can be serious). This should be evaluated by an ophthalmologist as soon as possible to rule out any condition. He/she may then refer you to a glaucoma specialist if necessary.
A member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Davis
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
The : The term "stressed cornea" is not a usual term that we cornea specialist use. It could be eluding to many different conditions including dry eye, keratoconus, contact lens over wear, ect. Each of these conditions have very different treatments. Do you have more specifics on your condition that can help me determine what is going on with your cornea?
A female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Davis
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Pain : Pain behind the eyes is a very common complaint seen in the general ophthalmology practice. The cause of this can vary tremendously, but fortunately are often times benign. Many of the causes of pain behind the eye can be traced back to sinus problems. However there are many other causes of eye pain that need to be ruled out by an ophthalmologist. It would be best for you to consult with your local ophthalmologist for a full evaluation.
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A male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Davis
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
We : We do not yet understand fully what causes cataracts, but we have found an association between cataracts and certain conditions. Smoking, poor blood sugar control, poor diet and high blood pressure can all contribute to cataract formation. A cataract will generally worsen with age, but improving your sugar control, stopping smoking and exercise will certainly help slow the progression while also improving your overall health. Fortunately modern cataract surgery enjoys a very high success rate with great results in the event your cataract worsens to the point your vision decreases.
A male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Davis
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
It : It is certainly possible you are having some symptoms from cataracts. A cataract is a change to your natural lens (usually clouding of the lens). Diabetics tend to get cataracts earlier. Symptoms such as decreased vision, glare/halos around lights at night, or a decrease in overall night vision are common symptoms. A full dialated eye exam will allow your ophthalmologist to examine your natural lens and tell you the status of your cataract. As mentioned earlier, modern cataract surgery is painless and hugely sucessfull. The main indication for surgery is ultimately in your hands. I tell my patients, "it is time to do surgery when you say it is time to do surgery". Basically, your symptoms have to be bothering you enough to want to go through cataract sugery and the associated risks with surgery.
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A male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Davis
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
In : In many glaucoma patients, cataract surgery is performed the same way as it is performed in non-glaucomatous patients. Depending on your severity, the surgeon may use some special techniques to make sure your pressure does not go up too high during or after the surgery. In a small group of patients who are not being well controlled on glaucoma drops, a combined cataract surgery along with a glaucoma surgery (tube shunt or trabeculectomy) can be performed at the same time. Your doctor will be able to best answer whether you will need a single cataract surgery or a combined procedure.
A female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Davis
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Conjunctivitis : Conjunctivitis including bacterial and viral are commonly seen in childreen. It is certainly a good idea to have your child seen by your local ophthalmologist where she can be fully evaluated.
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A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Davis
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
The : The blurring of vision you are describing could be caused by a large list of reasons ranging from benign dry eye to a more serious blood flow issue. It is important to note if you are experiencing any other neurologic symptoms during these episodes such as headache, nausea, numbness/weakness of your arms or legs, dizzyness, ect. These could be signs of a blood flow issue and warrants a prompt workup with your pcp. The fact it clears with Aspirin is unusual and may or may not be related to your condition. Dry eye can also cause blurry vision when you wake up. This usually resolved with blinking or consistant artificial tears. Other corneal issues have also been known to cause blurryness in the am. I'm sorry i can not give you a set answer. You do need a proper eye examination by an ophthalmologist to rule out corneal or retinal problems. If the eye examination is normal, the doctor may want to refer you to a neuro-ophthalmologist for a further evaluation.
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