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Dr. Constance Okeke

ophthalmology
Norfolk, VA
23 years experience female

Locations

Virginia Eye Consultants

Norfolk, VA

Address

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

Friday: 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
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Possible vasovagal…: event where there is a sudden drop in your blood pressure and you can feel faint, lightheaded, and sweaty. This is a common phenomenon that can occur... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Old pictures: I would recommend that you dig up some old pictures and look to see if there are signs of proptosis in the past. If there are this may just be somethi... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Not sure: Based on your description it is difficult to know for sure what you were talking about. It may be a benign I finding or something that is more concer... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Any pain? : There are many reasons for redness in the eye which can be as simple as dryness. If you have no pain and no change in your vision, I'd recommend start... Read More
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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Many options...: If you are already using artificial tears 2 or more times daily without relief, you can ask your doctor about restasis, a prescription medication to h... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
When in doubt...: check it out. If you are fairly vigilant with acknowledging changes around your face, this may be something new. If it is new and quickly changing it ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Possible complicati: Are uncommon given the number of cataract surgeries performed throughout the country. Some of the complications that can arise include The cataract b... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Check your BP first: Common symptoms of bromocriptine include headache. Elevated blood pressure can also occur and can be reason for headaches. Check that first. Eye pain ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
There are several : tests utilized separately for glaucoma and for cataract evaluation. For glaucoma: eye pressure, Slitlamp examination of the eye focusing on the optic ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Open angles are okay: Glycopyrrolate is an anticholinergic, which has a potential effect on patients with NARROW angle glaucoma. The effects can transiently dilate the pup... Read More
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A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Environment factors: can be altered to help with dry eyes. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Remember to blink more and rest eyes with heavy use. Consider using a hu... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
See doctor: Blocked tear ducts are common in infants. Fortunately, more than 90% of all cases resolve by the time kids are 1 year with little or no treatment. The... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Pinkeye: Pinkeye can be very contagious while the eye is still red. Be sure to refrain from handshaking.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Turns off faucet: Dorzolamide is a class of glaucoma drugs called carbonic anhydrase inhibitors. The mechanism of action is stimulate a certain receptor in the eye that... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Not exactly sure: It is actually known that hemp components of marijuana can actually lower eye pressure. However, these products are less effective than medicines pres... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Ignore: If you have ANY problem with your glaucoma treatment, tell your doctor. There may be other options!
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Ignore: Sometimes eyelid twitching is related to dryness in the eye. Try using artificial tears.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Ignore: Glaucoma: an eye disease that does not go away. It can worsen without you noticing. Keep follow-ups!
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
It's possible: Glaucoma is a very serious eye condition that can lead to blindness in it's late stages. It's known as the sneak thief of sight because it typically d... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Its a risk factor: Asymmetry of the optic nerve between eyes is one known red flag for potential glaucoma. Also a slightly elevated eye pressure in the eye with more "cu... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Inflammation : Pain with movement can come from a number of causes. If there has been no trauma and there is no swelling around your eyes, because may be related to ... Read More
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A 84-year-old male asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Good news!: The exciting news is there are a lot of new glaucoma treatments coming down the pipeline. There are several new classes of glaucoma medications in cli... Read More
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Not necessarily: Glaucoma is a multi factorial disease of the optic nerve that can lead to blindness. We know that an elevated eye pressure is a risk factor for devel... Read More
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A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Cataracts will…: develop and everyone because this is part of the natural aging process. However there are some people whose cataracts develop earlier than others and ... Read More
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
It does not cause it: Just like within the body there are many parts, although one organ, the eye is very similar with many parts as well. Where floaters occur in the eye i... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Sounds like Dry eyes: Dry eyes are an often the culprit of many symptoms in the eye which can include burning, stinging, tearing, foreign body sensation, tiredness, heavine... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Treating a stye: It does sound like you have a stye, or chalazion, on the eye lid. This is a blocked oil gland in the lid that got clogged and possibly infected. The b... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Help with eye drops: One technique I use with my own kids is the have them lay flat with the eyes closed. I apply one or two drops of the medicine in the inner corner of t... Read More
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A 69-year-old male asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Treatable yes: Mac deg is treatable but not curable. Once diagnosed it is a chronic condition that does not go away. Treatment is aimed at prevention of further dama... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Eye condition: Since ongoing, related to one side with pain, i would suggest seeing an eye specialist. This could be related to inflammation in the eye called iritis... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Yes: A white spot over the iris is likely a condition affecting the cornea. With associated symptoms of redness, watering one needs to rule out infection l... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Ignore: If you prefer not to wear glasses, ask your doctor about other options such as contact lenses or refractive surgery.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Ignore: If you wake up with your eyes matted shut together, you may have a contagious pinkeye.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
It is uncommon for: eye colors to change frequently. The iris, which is the structure in the eye that give us our eye color, is a muscle that does change in its shape. It... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Check it out: it is possible that your symptoms could be related to sinus pressure, however it's also possible that your eye pressure could be related to something ... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Sounds like...: some type of inflammatory process or eye pressure issue going on in your eye. This is something that should be seen by a doctor right away and will li... Read More
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A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Go to ER: The combinations of these symptoms would cause one to be very cautious. I recommend going to the emergency room for evaluation to make sure there isn'... Read More
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Unlikely: It is unlikely that the three weeks of pressure on the eye to move the contact lens could have caused you to have glaucoma. Glaucoma is a typically ve... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Eye muscles: There are muscles in the eye that allow us to focus on things up close and look at things in a distance. This muscle changes the shape of the pupil as... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Seek evaluation: When chest pain occurs it is sometimes difficult to know for sure if it is related to the heart, to the muscles around it, like within your rib cage, ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Sounds like Dry eyes: Dry eyes are an often the culprit of many symptoms in the eye which can include burning, stinging, tearing, foreign body sensation, tiredness, heavine... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Difficult to say: Based on your description it is difficult to say exactly what it is. You probably need to be evaluated to determine if it's something that is benign a... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Sounds like there...: is inflammation in the eye. The bump on the sclera may be a pingeuculum, which is a benign lesion, that grows in relation to increase UV sunlight. It ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Possibly: If the topical bacitracin that you put in the eye is meant for the eye, then yes it can possibly treat a mild bacterial conjunctivitis. If the medicat... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Sounds like Dry eyes: Dry eyes are an often the culprit of many symptoms in the eye which can include burning, stinging, tearing, foreign body sensation, tiredness, heavine... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Preseptal cellulitis: is an infectious condition affecting the tissue around the eye. If not properly treated it can spread around to the eye and other surrounding tissue, ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Treat if red eyes: If he wakes up with eyes stuck together from dried secretions and a pinkish to red eye, i would treat. If no redness, not stuck together, and discharg... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Inflammation likely: The combination of symptoms and timing make rebound inflammation very likely. If you recently tapered off or stopped your steroid drop typically used ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Depends: If your glaucoma is an open angle type of glaucoma, then you can be free to use any medication. However if you have narrow angles, this may be contrai... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Constance Okeke
ophthalmology 23 years experience
Ignore: Ask your doctor if it's normal for an eye lid to jump. He or she will know exactly what it is.
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
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.
HealthTap member
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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