Dr. Alan Mindlin

Ophthalmology
Bloomfield Hills, MI
52 years experience

About

Bio

I have been in private practice since 1975. My area of expertise is with patients who have problems with eyelid malposition, thryoid eye disease and dry eyes. I treat the entire patient and not just their eyes.

Specialties
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Ophthalmology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

468 Answers
312 Agrees
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Mindlin
52 years experience
Also hispanics: In addition to the excellent answer given there is also an apparent increased incidence in hispanics.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
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Origin Graves: Graves disease was named over 170 years ago and is associated with an abnormal thyroid status. 4-5% have no current discernible abnormality. Most who ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
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Corneal ulcer: In addition if this is from a plant/tree or mascara brush injury this is condidered an ophthalmologic emegency, because it can be vision threatening q... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
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Nasal irrigation: Use inhaled steam even off of soup, hot tea or coffee. Some people use nettie pots or ocean spray -salt water solutions.Also try a hot shower or bath ... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
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Treating Graves: The status of the thyroid must be evaluated and treated first. When this is stable frequently the graves will get better or even go into remission wh... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
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Dual inflammation: Staph infections can cause primary inflammation and then secondary reaction to the staph toxin especially from this bacteria. The eyelid margin skin i... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
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Unknown: There are no available studies to indicate safety or lack of safety with these conditions.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
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Yes but: The more aggressive types of eye melanoma can spread to other parts of the body including the brain seek an opinion from a university center that deal... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
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Venous obstruction: This could be a sign of venous obstruction aggravated by intense internal pressure generated by the excersize. See your family doc first.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
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Liver enzyme: It can be a sign of other coincidental autoimuune disease. This needs much more rigorous work-up.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
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Retinal hemmorhage t: There is no easy answer. Much depends on other parts of the eye in terms of unseen hidden damage in layers that delay absorption.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
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Treat early: Very warm compresses should be used topically for 2-4 minutes. Using the compresses a circular light massage with your fingers for 10-20 seconds will ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
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Healing problems: Lasik is elective. The tear film contains multiple protective parts. These aid healing and minimize inflammatory and infection effects. The drier the ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
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Not necessarilyt: A family history is extremely important. There are groups of scandinavian origin who have a higher incidence with even normal sun exposure. The bes ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
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Retinal detachment: Dilated retinal exam with complete exam is mandatory by an ophthalmolgist-a physcian either md or do.
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A 62-year-old female asked:
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Eye pain: This can be sinus.Strep throat. Bad teeth. Ear infection. Total body infection. Environmental allergy or other diseases. It maynot be originatng in th... Read More
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A 48-year-old male asked:
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Inflammation: This could be sinus or CNS problem. Make sure that this is not an early sign of brain bleedetc. Seek eval.
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A member asked:
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Zinc can cause this: In some rare people the increase dose of zinc can alter the taste or even lead to a metallic taste that alters everything. Check with your ophthalmol... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
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Eyesight: Retinol can affect the eye sight and can lead to permanent problems. This should not be taken without consulting an ophthalmologist.
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Eye irritation: If they are new then you need to be evaluated by an ophthalmologist. They may represent nothing other than simple eye irritation or could be a sign of... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Mindlin
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Rinse and avoid: Examine the contents of the "pimple cream" in the packing. There are many common potentially irritating substances that can even be secretly in cosmet... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
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Needs evaluation: The list is long and can be almost nothing or potentially problematic. You should see an ophthalmologist as quickly as possible for evaluation and dia... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
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Lens dislocation: The most common problem is that the lenses in the eyes are held in place by zonules. These are weakened by this syndrome and frequently the lenses can... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
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"routine"?: This may also need other tests dependent on silent findings of the exam or in your history including medications. Do not with hold any information tha... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
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Pathological: Other answers can be from chronic inflammation that may be subclinical and destroy iris pigment making it appear lighter. If one is getting darker thi... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Mindlin
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NO: Modern statins have been altered to prevent this complication.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
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Numbers game: Fitting cl is an art form as much as science. When the eyeglass refraction is placed in a cl if the number is large enough the strength of the contac... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Mindlin
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Migraine or worse: Without going to a doctor ypu should try a migraine headache food diet and avoid many otc drugs. You should see a physician to insure that it is only... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
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Maybe: Not all optic neuritis is the same even with ms. A lot has to do with the extent of the damage and number of episodes. Any type of refractive surgery ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
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Yes: Sometimes these can be part of genetic syndromes that affect other organ systems.
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BOTOX: If the conservative treatments outlined are ineffective, then you need to be evaluated for brain or facial abnormalities.Botox can be used if indicate... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Mindlin
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Not usually: Rarely are there ophthalmologists physically present or on hand in hospitals. The standard is to be available for consultation.
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A female asked:
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Yes: Exposure to any bacteria or virus that is active can cause a toplical infection especially dependent on a person's immune system.
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Mindlin
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It depends: This is a complex disease entity. Sometimes it can come back intermitantly or just be chronic. All medications can have side effects even if only used... Read More
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Eye versus body: This can range from simple eye strain from accommodative spasm to uncontrolled diabetes, acute angle closure glaucoma, or meningitis ( inflammation of... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Mindlin
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Lasik dryeyes: Frquently the dry eye is aggravated or made symptomatic by not blinking properly prior to the surgery and may be aggravated by extended near or comput... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Mindlin
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Sinus or burst blood: This can be an acute frontal sinus but can also represent a ruptured berry aneurysm in the brain or spontaneous bleeding fro oral blond thinners even... Read More
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A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Mindlin
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Eyelid drooping: It is not uncommon for the upper eyelids to fall after any eye surgery. This can lead to a tired feeling and appearance. This can be one sided or bila... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
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Tissue replacement: Cloudy tissue is removed and replaced with clear tissue that allows proper focusing of light entering the eye.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Mindlin
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Yes: Yes but during the last trimester there may be changes with corneal curvature and tear film consistency. The patient may need to have the fit "tweaked... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Mindlin
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Eyelids don't open: Dryness in the eyes and/or environment can cause this as well as just still being tired.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Mindlin
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Blindness: Almost any disease or its treatment can lead to blindness. This is in addition to heredity, trauma, environmental exposure etc. Ophthalmologists eith... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Mindlin
52 years experience
Cross eyed people: There is no set answer. Much depends on if its congenital or acquired. Then there is the age of presentation abd family history/ there can be a "lazy"... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Mindlin
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Surface disease: Glasses may help any residual prescription. There may be surface disease that can be treated icluding borderline dry eye and/or inflammation that may ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Mindlin
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Glaucoma drop: This was and is the first in its class of more modern glaucoma drops used at night to treat most forms of glaucoma. The pharmacology can be found on... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Mindlin
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No: Unless you have a healthcare contract with the provider or have an agreement with them separately, this is just not done.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Mindlin
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Unkown answer: The prescription is not the critical part of the equation. The number one concern is curvature and corneal thickness. This must be evaluated to see i... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Mindlin
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Cataract: There are over fifty types of cataracts that iclude inheritence, medication induced, normal without symptoms or the first clue to onset of dm> you nee... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Mindlin
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You cant: Not all blind eyes wander. It depends on how unlucky you are.
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Testimonials
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Aug 9, 2014
Great job. Thank you!
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Dec 21, 2012
Ophthalmology Dr. Alan Mindlin gave me the name of an illness that I didn't know I had......and of which I had never even heard of before! Now I 'll know how to correct everything! What a super su...Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Mindlin is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! The doctor I seen said I have a sever cold. He assumed I had the flu. I already had the flu shot.
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Thank you! My doctor advised me to take a dose before an attack if 3 pills was what I needed, I must have took them too early.
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Thanks for your quick reply! Is it serious ? These spots are irritating can't see by one eye clearly. Can it be treated?

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Michigan
Graduated 1971MD

Residency

Wayne State University - Kresge Eye Institute

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Pontiac, MI - Winter
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Pontiac, MI - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, First Place, Pontiac, MI - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Michigan State Medical Society - Past President
Oakland County Medical Society - Past President
American Academy of Ophthalmology
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