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Dr. Todd Purkiss

Ophthalmology
Louisville, KY
18 years experience male

Locations

Retina Associates of Kentucky

Louisville, KY

Address

6420 Dutchmans Parkway, Suite 70, Louisville, KY
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My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 4:30pm
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Practice website

Fax

(502) 883-6797

About

Bio

Private Practice physician specializing in retinal disease. Fellowship trained at the Duke Eye Center.

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

Doctor Q&A

181 Answers
76 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Sinus: What you describe sounds pretty typical for sinus problems, but it could represent something more serious. If you haven't seen a primary care physici... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Sinus: What you describe sounds pretty typical for sinus problems, but it could represent something more serious. If you haven't seen a primary care physici... Read More
A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Watch for worsening: If the flashes increase in severity, especially if they are accompanied by new floaters in the vision, you should see an on-call ophthalmologist, if p... Read More
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
None: There are no over the counter drops that will treat chalazion. Some will resolve with warm compresses and lid massage, but a combination steroid/antib... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Eyes not aligned: Strabismus is a condition in which the eyes are not aligned properly. There are many types and causes, including mechanical, neurological, and refrac... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Eye doc: There are actually many reasons for red eyes other than pink eye and allergies. Some can be serious. I recommend you take your child to a pediatric op... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
No: This is a common misconception. Wearing glasses to correct refractive error does not make your vision worse or increase your refractive error over tim... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Change in power: While most people complain of worsening near vision with age, distance vision can also be affected. This is usually the result of changes in the optic... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
None really: Most "pinkeye" or conjunctivitis is actually viral, so eye drops, including antibiotics, are usually not effective. Viral conjunctivitis tends to run ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Depends: Can take seconds to minutes, but it really depends on a number of factors: the light intensity, the time of exposure, and your retinal health. Light e... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Depends: There can, indeed, be regression years after successful lasik. A lot depends on the stability of your refraction. That's why it's usually recommended ... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Possible keratitis: People who wear contacts are at higher risk of inflammatory and infectious keratitis. Your description sounds typical of patients i've seen with kerat... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Probably not: Mucormycosis is a serious, potentially fatal infection, which is typically seen in ill individuals, particularly very poorly-controlled diabetics. Sin... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Ignore it: If you think you have an eye infection, you should be seen by an ophthalmologist. There are many things that can look like an infection. Ignoring it c... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Depends: There are various causes for "eye ache, " which range from simple eye strain to dry eyes to glaucoma to uveitis. If you are having problems with eye ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
See your doc: Sounds like you're feverish. The cause could be a number of things, some of which are serious. I would recommend seeing your doctor asap.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Perhaps: There are some medical conditions, such as optic neuritis and idiopathic orbital inflammation, that can cause pain with eye movement. I would recommen... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
See an eye doc: You may have already flushed it out and are having irritation from the process of getting it out. The only way to know for sure is to see an ophthalmo... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Hard to say: There are many forms of uveitis, many of which are idiopathic, which means we can't identify a cause. I'm assuming you've had extensive testing by th... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
See an eye doc: First step is to get a diagnosis. There are multiple issues that could cause what you describe. I recommend you see an ophthalmologist.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Depends: Most of the brain is dedicated in some way to processing vision. Depending on the part that's affected by a stroke, the vision changes can vary widely... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Unclear question: Normally, bacteria are not present within the eye. If you are referring to the surface of the eye, we all have resident bacteria there. If you mean a ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Probably not: Systemic fungal infections can affect the eyes, but not usually in the way you describe. The fungus can get into the eye through the bloodstream and c... Read More
A 78-year-old male asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
See your doc: A "flickering" in the upper peripheral vision could be related to wet amd, but it's unlikely. Wet amd usually affects the central vision. I would be c... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Warm compresses: A "stye, " a.K.A. Hordeolum, is a plugged oil gland in the eyelid, sort of like a pimple. Most of the time, it can be effectively treated with warm co... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
See an eye doc: While what you describe may simply indicate a need for corrective lenses, i recommend you see an ophthalmologist, as soon as you can. There are many e... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Jaundice?: What you describe could indicate jaundice. While it is usually benign, severe jaundice (kernicterus) can actually cause brain damage. I would recommen... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
None: What you describe sounds like a spontaneuous subconjunctival hemorrhage, otherwise known as a bruise on the eye. It can occur without injury and tends... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Muscle spasm: What you describe sounds like a common condition called orbicularis oculi myokymia. It's a type of spasm in muscles around the eye. It tends to presen... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Coloboma: I've not heard "cleft" being used in reference to the eye, but when used in reference to the lip or palate, for instance, it refers to incomplete deve... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Allergies?: What you describe could be a severe form of ocular allergy, but certain eye infections can also be chronic and recurrent, like what you describe. I re... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Depends: Hopefully, you have already seen an ophthalmologist, if you have a corneal abrasion. If not, you should. If the abrasion is large enough, a bandage co... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Muscle spasm: What you describe sounds like a common condition called orbicularis oculi myokymia. It's a type of spasm in muscles around the eye. It tends to presen... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Give it time: Most "pinkeye" or conjunctivitis is actually viral, so antibiotic eye drops are usually not effective. Viral conjunctivitis tends to run it's course i... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
No: Floaters are condensations within the vitreous gel in the eye. They can be annoying, but are usually not a significant problem. If you develop a showe... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Tension headache: What you describe actually sounds most like a normal tension headache. It could also be precipitated by poor posture. For instance, if you're at a c... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
See an eye doc: This is likely related to your cold. Certain cold viruses can also cause conjunctivitis ("pink eye"), which could explain your symptoms. I would see ... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Vitreous detachment: What you describe is classic for a vitreous detachment. The back of the eye is filled with a jelly-like substance called vitreous. Over time, it becom... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
See a doctor: What you describe could simply be a sinus infection, but i would recommend you see a doctor for a complete evaluation.
A female asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Nearsighted?: If i understand you correctly, you are nearsighted, meaning your distance vision ("long eyesight") is poor without glasses or contact lenses. If that'... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Depends: Some people tend to sleep with their eyes slightly open, though there can be medical conditions that keep your eyes from closing during sleep. I recom... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Give it time: Most "pinkeye" or conjunctivitis is actually viral, so antibiotic eye drops are usually not effective. Viral conjunctivitis tends to run it's course i... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Yes: Reading glasses simply change the plane of focus of your eyes from distance to near. That's why they help with reading. Removing the glasses moves the... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Depends: There are many possibilities for your son's symptoms. It may be a simple viral infection or something more serious. I would recommend having him seen ... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Muscle spasm: What you describe sounds like a common condition called orbicularis oculi myokymia. It's a type of spasm in muscles around the eye. It tends to presen... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Eylea (aflibercept)?: The newest treatment out for wet amd is called Eylea (aflibercept) (alfibercept). It's a drug that is injected into the eye. It has been very successf... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Arcus: What you describe is likely arcus formation. It is a clouding of the outer rim of the cornea that can give a bluish appearance. It can be seen with ag... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Depends: Fortunately, the majority of people with macular degeneration will only have mild to moderate visual impairment. Only about 10% will have severe visio... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
None really: Most "pinkeye" or conjunctivitis is actually viral, so eye drops, including antibiotics, are usually not effective. Viral conjunctivitis tends to run ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Yes and no: Most amd is dry, which tends to progress slowly, results in mild to moderate visual loss, but has no real treatment yet. Areds supplements can reduce ... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Purkiss is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Purkiss is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! I appreciate your attention to this matter, I am worried as I just read neurontin causing pinkeye in some people, 2x now since I've been on
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thank you so much, been in so much pain that the pain meds not working
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Thanks for your quick reply! I took a cloth and washed it wid. Hot water and put on eye is it right

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Louisville School of Medicine, KY
Graduated 2004MD

Residency

University of Louisville

Awards

Top Ophthalmologist , Second Place, Kentucky - Summer
2013
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

American Society of Retina Specialists
American Academy of Ophthalmology
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