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Dr. Constance Okeke

ophthalmology
Norfolk, VA
22 years experience female

Locations

Virginia Eye Consultants

Norfolk, VA

Address

241 Corporate Blvd, Norfolk, VA, US
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My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 3:00pm
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Fax

(757) 622-4866

Insurances accepted

Medicare

About

Bio

Dr. Okeke joined Virginia Eye Consultants in July, 2009. Prior to that, she practiced ophthalmology as a glaucoma specialist at the University of Pennsylvania Scheie Eye Institute in Philadelphia for four years. While at UPenn, she obtained a Master’s in Clinical Epidemiology and headed the glaucoma division’s clinical research efforts. In addition to clinical and surgical management of complex glaucoma, Dr. Okeke was involved with numerous multi-center clinical trials and in teaching glaucoma fellows, residents and UPenn medical students. She was also the Director of the community outreach efforts for screening for glaucoma and other common eye diseases in the community of west Philadelphia. Dr. Okeke went to both undergraduate and medical school at the prestigious Yale University in New Haven, CT, where she won several awards for her academic achievements and research efforts. She then moved on to Baltimore, MD where she performed her residency in ophthalmology at the world-famous Wilmer Eye Institute of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, ranked at that time the number 1 ophthalmology program by the US News and World Report. Dr. Okeke pursued subspecialty fellowship training in glaucoma at the premier University of Miami Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, which was also ranked the number one ophthalmology program by the US News and World Report. There, as a highly coveted Heed Research Fellow, she was trained by distinguished leaders in all facets of glaucoma, Drs. Douglas Anderson, Richard Parrish, Paul Palmberg, and Donald Budenz. Her areas of subspecialty training included complex glaucoma diagnosis and management, laser treatments for glaucoma, glaucoma surgery, including: trabeculectomy, tube shunt, trabeculotomy, surgical revision and cataract surgery. Dr. Okeke has extensive experience in clinical research. She has designed and implemented numerous clinical trials, as well as published extensively in the professional literature on the subject of glaucoma.

Specialties
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ophthalmology

Ophthalmology

Licenses

United States: Virginia

Doctor Q&A

155 Answers
274 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Neuro-ophthalmology: Myokymia is a common eye condition resulting in eyelid twitching that typically occurs related to excessive amounts of caffeine, stress, and/or fatigu... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Possible stye: I would try first using hot compresses for 15 to 20 minutes several times to see if will go down on its own. If the bump persists, gets larger, or mor... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Sinusitis likely: One can have a collection of mucus within the sinuses that are unable to drain leading to inflammation of the mucosal lining of the sinuses, and possi... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Possible dehydration: Diarrhea can deplete body stores of fluid. You may very well be dehydrated causing the lightheadedness. Drink plenty of fluids and if symptoms persist... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Depends : Pred forte is a steroid and steroids are known to potentially cause elevation in eye pressure. If the Pred forte is stopped it's effects will likely w... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Likely no change: Pigmentary glaucoma is a type of open in the glaucoma that is a result of an excessive release of pigment from the structure in the eye called the iri... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Sounds neurological: The constellation of your symptoms may or may not all go together, but they definitely warrant an evaluation. They sound neurologic in origin, so a ne... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
It is not rare: Pigmentary glaucoma is not a rare secondary open angle glaucoma. The onset is most often seen in people in their 30s and 40s. It is more commonly foun... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
May be a sign of...: inflammation in the eye. When the eye in inflammed the structure in the eye that makes fluid can shut down and the eye pressure can go very low, hence... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Common drop: Xalatan (latanoprost) is a very good and commonly used topical medication for glaucoma. It was the first medication and its class and now comes in gen... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Ignore: Ask your doctor when it's safe to go back to work so that you won't contaminate others.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Ignore: Glaucoma: an eye disease that does not go away. It can worsen without you noticing. Keep follow-ups!
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Ignore: Feel like no one else understands what you're feeling? You're not alone. This is quite common.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
To: To stop thto stop the twitch: reduce your stress, get more sleep, and drink less caffeine.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Yes: Trusopt is a common ophthalmic medication used for lowering eye pressure. It is a prescription drug and not sold over the counter.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Have you used: these drops before? One needs to use steroids in the eye carefully and under supervision of an eye care provider. Red eyes can come from a number of c... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Facial pain: This sounds like you may be having sinus pressure. There can be blockage of the sinus passages from mucous congestion the can lead to pressure in vari... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Common drop: Travoprost is a very good and commonly used topical medication for glaucoma. It is used once daily typically at night and can be effective in lowering... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Likely, but in time.: There are 3 growth cycles of an eyelash and it can take several months for them to grow back. It is normal for us to shed our eyelashes but they do so... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Effective: Carteolol is in the beta blocker class and can be quite effective in lowering eye pressure. It typically gives about at 20-25% reduction of eye pressu... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Good evaluation: Hi myopia or high nearsightedness can be treated in a number of ways which include glasses, contact lenses, refractive laser surgery, or lens removal ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Hard to say...: what your symptoms are exactly related to. It's possible that it may just be dryness in the eye causing this. You can try seeing if just artificial t... Read More
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Unfortunately: there is no way to predict stabilization. In some it does and in some it doesn't. Typically if it doesn't and progresses to a certain extent surgery c... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Begins with the...: history. Sometimes information like contact lens wear, trauma, access to debris in the eye etc can give information on what type of infection it may b... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Myokymia : Myokymia is a common eye condition resulting in eyelid twitching that typically occurs related to excessive amounts of caffeine, stress, and/or fatigu... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Your eye anatomy...: is such that where two structures meet in the eye, they form an angle. In you those structures are too close together hence being narrow. This angle i... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Go to ER: What you are describing sounds like it could be a corneal infection, which can be common in contact lens wearers. If you are experiencing blurred visi... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Eye eval: If you have difficulties with your vision and it has been told to you that you have astigmatism, you should likely see an eye specialist again for an ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Sounds neurological: The constellation of your symptoms may or may not all go together, but they definitely warrant an evaluation. They sound neurologic in origin, so a ne... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Possibly post nasal.: drip. You may suffer from mild congestion that leads to post nasal drip that doesn't drain while you sleep due to gravity and lying supine. As you get... Read More
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Likely to be fine: There can be multiple conditions in an eye at one time, and when this is the case a visual field may be a bit off from it's full potential. But it can... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Floaters?: If your mother has been diagnosed with borderline glaucoma it is unlikely that any of her visual problems are related to the glaucoma. Typically in bo... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Inflammation: This is an inflammatory condition affecting the Eye muscles . Symptoms include eye pain, redness, difficulty with Eye movements, double vision, Eyelid... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Get Eye exam: I would recommend that you get a full Eye exam to rule out the possibility of an eye abnormality causing headaches and blurred vision. It could be an ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Dry eyes: are an often the culprit of many symptoms in the eye which can include burning, stinging, tearing, foreign body sensation, tiredness, heaviness, blurr... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Astigmatism: Astigmatism can be corrected at the time of cataract surgery such that one can become glasses free postoperatively.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Sounds like Dry eyes: Glasses up to date? Dry eyes are often the culprit of many symptoms in the eye which can include burning, stinging, tearing, foreign body sensation, t... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Gradual change: Typically cataracts cause a gradual change in the vision. Early on these changes are accommodated for. For example, glare is a common effect from cata... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Seek attention quick: The constellation of your symptoms could be the sign of an acute angle closure attack. A condition in the eye where the eye pressure suddenly rises du... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Eye disease: Acute angle closure glaucoma is a potentially blinding eye disease that occurs when there is closure of the natural drainage system within the eye. Th... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Depends: on what kind of glaucoma your father has: narrow vs open angle glaucoma. Many over the counter and prescription meds have components that can affect n... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Any one can develop: glaucoma. Though there is a hereditary component to it, it is not 100% dominant, meaning it can skip generations. Also it can also start randomly with... Read More
A 62-year-old member asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Best ophthalmologist: The best way to look for esteemed ophthalmologists is to look at the American Academy of Ophthalmology website. You can go to the tab "Find an Eye MD... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Need to be seen: Headaches associated with blurry vision could be a sign of narrow angle glaucoma which can make one lose vision. I would be seen quickly to make sure ... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Likely benign: Redness in eye can be many things. Typically if not associated with symptoms of vision loss, pain, or discharge, usually fairly benign. Pic shows a su... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Potentially blinding: Glaucoma is a well-known eye condition that has the potential to cause blindness. However, with early diagnosis and intervention the risk of going bli... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Ignore: Ask your doctor if there are any lifestyle changes you can make to help protect your vision.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Follow-up: The good news is that if you've been recently diagnosed with early glaucoma that is the best time to be diagnosed. The earlier the diagnosis, the easi... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
Eye pain: that can be severe within the eye or come in the form of pressure or headache around the eye or forehead. This pain can often be mistaken for sinus pr... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 22 years experience
See an eye doc: Even though cat scan normal, you should still be seen by an ophthalmologist given your symptoms especially if they are progressive. It could be as sim... Read More

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May 31, 2015
I endorse Dr Okeke. She is clearly very knowledgeable about ophthalmology and is providing a valuable service to the public via HealthTap.
May 26, 2015
Dr. Okeke is a caring and very well educated in opthalmology. Her answers are golden.
Clear and concise answers, accompanied by messages of hope and reassurance.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Took him to the doctor. Turned out to be just sinus drainage. No infection. Now on singular. Thank u!
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Thankyou so much for your reply. i had two doctors check my eye and both of them said everything is normal. but I still have these issues...
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Yale University School of Medicine, CT
Graduated 2000MD

Residency

Johns HOPKINS HOSPITAL, THE

Awards

Most Influential, Third Place, Virginia - Spring
2015
Thought Leader, Third Place, Virginia - Spring
2015
Top Doctor, First Place, Norfolk Region - Spring
2015

Affiliations

American Board Of Ophthalmology
American Glaucoma Society
Heed Ophthalmic Foundation
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