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Dr. Val Zudans

Ophthalmology
Vero Beach, FL
24 years experience male

Locations

Florida Eye Institute

Vero Beach, FL

Address

2750 Indian River Blvd, Vero Beach, FL
Directions

Practice website

Fax

7725699507

Insurances accepted

Medicare

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Florida

United HealthCare Insurance Company

Aetna

CIGNA Health Care

About

Bio

Dr. Zudans is the CEO of Florida Eye Institute. He completed his ophthalmology residency at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and has been published in the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and presented at numerous meetings.

Specialties
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Ophthalmology

Doctor Q&A

49 Answers
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
You should always follow up with your surgeon if you are concerned. In general most LASIK surgeons include at least 90 days of follow up in their st... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Monovision IOLs: Monovision (one eye distance focus, one eye near) is a common method to correct presbyopia (loss of reading vision over age 40). The + is an increase... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Lens implant life: They are made of plastics (acrylic, silicone, and pmma) that will last longer than us. The lens capsule behind the lens often opacifies a year or two... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Cataract appearance: With a slit lamp (the microscope at the ophthalmologist's) cataract is very easy to see as a clouding of the natural lens. From the patient's perspec... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Lensectomy cataract: They are the same procedure (remove lens and replace with artificial lens). The issue is the indication and insurance coverage. Cataract surgery is ... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Occipital neuralgia: Pain behind the eyes is often not from an ocular source. An eye exam is recommended to rule out an ocular source, but these symptoms are often referr... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Sweat stings eyes: The salt content of sweat is higher than your tears. There is also likely a difference in the ph. They both can cause stinging.
A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Diabetes cataract: It is best to stabilize diabetes before an elelective procedure like cataract. Diabetic retinopathy (retinal sweling / bleeding / neovascularization)... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Serum tears: There are many otc and rx drops that work best for different sources of dry eye (as mentioned in the other answers). One of the best, though, is for ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Angle closure gla: Cataract surgery would reduce the narrowing of the angles and virtually eliminate the chances of new acute angle closure (the angle closing and causin... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Chalazion (stye): A distinct nodule with tenderness and redness of the lid is often a stye (chalazion). Warm compresses x 30 minutes 2 x/day often helps. Also, 1/2 cu... Read More
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Everyone gets catara: Not just in the tropics. If we live long enough, we are all prone to develop cataract. Genetics, environment, and lifestyle can play a role in when ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Ocular allergies: Otc zaditor (ketotifen) (or generic equivalent) is often helpful in covering the allergy symptoms. In severe cases a short course of steroids under s... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Dry eye twitching: A common cause of eyelid or eye twitching is dry eye. A trial of artificial tears +/- omega 3 vitamins often relieves the symptoms. More serious cau... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Blurry after swimmin: Chlorine and other chemicals (plus the hypotonic water) from pools will often cause a prolonged blurring of vision. Using goggles is advisable. Arti... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Uveitis treatments: Initial treatments for uveitis are topical steroids. Other immune supressants may be necessary. Recurrent episodes may require rheumatologic evaluat... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Insurance lasik: Lasik is generally not considered a medical necessity and therefore is elective. Many flex spending and health savings plans may allow you to apply a... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Multifocal lenses: Multifocal lenses are available in contact lenses and lens implants at the time of cataract surgery; many like them. They work by "simultaneous visio... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Groden point strike: I use a corneal ectasia risk assesment system called the "groden point strike" system. You or your doctor can google the criteria. There is a good s... Read More
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Dry eye twitching: A common cause of eyelid or eye twitching is dry eye. A trial of artificial tears +/- omega 3 vitamins often relieves the symptoms. More serious cau... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Is glaucoma serious?: Yes, if undiagnosed or untreated, it can lead to severe vision loss or even blindness. It is estimated that 1/2 of all patients with glaucoma are und... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Thick dark lashes: Prostaglandin drugs will make the lashes thicker, darker and longer. This includes Latisse (bimatoprost) and the glaucoma medications Xalatan (latanap... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Chalazion (stye): A distinct nodule with tenderness and redness of the lid is often a stye (chalazion). Warm compresses x 30 minutes 2 x/day often helps. Also, 1/2 cu... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Possible migraine: Some of those symptoms are consistent with a migraine, but evaluation by an internist is necessary.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Glasses and observe: There is no known cure for cataract other than surgery. In the early stages updating glasses or contacts can delay the surgery. Almost everyone in de... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Retinal bleeding: Bleeding " behind the eye", "in the eye", and in the "back of the eye" are all very different but may sound similar to the patient. Bleeding in the "b... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Conjunctivitis: Viral conjunctivitis can often take up to two weeks to heal and is unresponsive to antibiotics. The body's immune system builds up resistance to the ... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Glasses weaken eyes?: No. People over 40 often think that wearing readers made their eyes weaker. Presbyopia is a natural condition that occurs around 40 where the focusi... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Cataract progression: Cataract surgery is elective. It is done if you want to see better. The problem is that cataract slowly gets worse with time and almost never improv... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Genetics cataract: A history of cataract at a young age often runs in families. Most patients though get visually significant cataract around the age of 70. A history ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Sounds like dry eye symptoms. Try Retaine MGD drops available OTC, but if that does not work you may need to see your local ophthalmologist.
A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
generally safe. You definitely do not want to burn yourself, but reasonable heat is quite healhy.
A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Natural dry eye tx: A diet rich in omega 3 fatty acids (fish oils, flax seed oils, krill oil) should help. Warm compresses can help with lipid deficiencies in tears. Pu... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Krill oil for dry ey: Krill oil contains omega 3 fatty acids (as well as strong antioxidants). It should help dry eye syndrome, not hurt it.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Most cases anesthesi: Most often in the U.S. There is either an anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist. Cataract surgery can be done without sedation because the topical an... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Ocular allergies: Otc zaditor (ketotifen) (or generic equivalent) is often helpful in covering the allergy symptoms. In severe cases a short course of steroids under s... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Motion sickness: Motion sickness is due to "ocular - vestibular mismatch." the vestibular system is in the inner ear and senses position and rotation. When what the ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Young cataract: Cataract can occur at any age, including congenital cataract. My youngest cataract patient was 1 week at the time of surgery. My oldest was 99 years... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Prk vs lasik: There was a conference where ophthalmologists were first asked which procedure they performed most; 90% said lasik. When asked what they would have i... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Prk vs lasik: There was a conference where ophthalmologists were first asked which procedure they performed most; 90% said lasik. When asked what they would have i... Read More
A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
You may benefit from IPL / BBL (broad band laser) to prevent this. Don't think that filler is the answer. Also, very benign microneedling might help.... Read More
A 81-year-old female asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
It could be something more serious, especially if you have diabetes, hypertension, elevated cholesterol, or a history of vascular disease. If you hav... Read More
A 70-year-old female asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Visual field driving: Severe (end stage) glaucoma causes peripheral vision loss (tunnel vision) . Open angle is most common. Florida requires that you have at least 130 de... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Occipital neuralgia: Pain behind the eyes is often not from an ocular source. An eye exam is recommended to rule out an ocular source, but these symptoms are often referr... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Lens implant history: The first successful lens implant in humans was in 1949 by sir harold ridley. He noticed that plexiglass (pmma) that was imbedded in the eyes of figh... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Foreign body sense: Dry eye would be the most likely source, but the common treatments did not help. Checking the schirmer and tear breakup time would help confirm the ... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Piggyback rgp kcn: The primary power is in the rgp (rigid gas permeable) that goes on top of the soft lens. The soft lens is mostly to improve comfort and fit of the ov... Read More

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HealthTap member
Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Zudans is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Zudans is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
May 20, 2021
Wish I could give him 0 stars. Rude
HealthTap member
Thank you alot but I have cataract in my eyes especially in my lift ey
HealthTap member
Thank you for your time. Had microneedling. No improvement
HealthTap member
This saved my life. Thank You! Now I know what to expect

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Florida College of Medicine, FL
Graduated 1998MD

Residency

ANNE BATES LEACH EYE HOSPITAL

Awards

Top Ophthalmologist , Third Place, Florida - Summer
2013
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Publications

Comparison of prediction error: Labeled versus unlabeled intraocular lens manufacturing tolerance
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