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Dr. Matthew Goren

Ophthalmology
Chicago, IL
33 years experience male

Locations

Matthew B. Goren, MD

Chicago, IL

Address

Two Prudential Plaza, Suite 3175, Chicago, IL
Directions

Practice website

Fax

(312) 819-1316

Office

Des Plaines, IL

About

Bio

I am an academic ophthalmologist on the faculty of Northwestern University Medical School, where I have taught since 1994. I maintain an active practice and focus on corneal and external diseases, although I also practice general ophthalmology.

Specialties
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Ophthalmology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

553 Answers
34 Agrees
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
Good question: the list is endless. you need an evaluation.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
Less than myopic: Anybody can get a retinal detachment, but myopia is considered a risk factor and not really hyperopia. That is not to say that a hyperope can't get a... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
Don't: The other members of the gym will thank you for not getting them sick.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
Unclear: The data is unclear on this. I don't think that anybody can make the statement that they are completely safe at this point.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
Several hours: Up to 5 or 6 hours or more for susceptible people.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
no: I'm not sure which specific drops you're talking about but it certainly does not sound like a good idea.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
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you know better: There is no substitute for a healthy diet and getting enough rest.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
No: It doesn't work that way.
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A male asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
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Lacrimal system: has to be explored. Puncta may be open but patient needs irrigation of the lacrimal system to assure that there is not an occlusion somewhere since t... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
Lots of reasons: only way to really know is to have an evaluation by an eye doctor.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
Hardware: mostly stuff to use to bend and adjust glasses.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
Depends: on what the reason for your vision problems are. Some having surgical fixes and some don't.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
Not related: you would not have "eye strain" due to a "tired neck"
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
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Anesthetic: the drops that are used are usually proparacaine, which is a topical anesthetic. It's just like the stuff the dentist gives you. In the old days, th... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
If you did: The lash won't grow back.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
See your doc: I think it would be atypical, but it might be a variant of a seizure. Might be worth getting a neurology evaluation.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
See an eye doc: There are a couple ways of getting rid of it that involve either injecting it with a steroid or surgically removing it.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
This is rare: A "migraine" that results in a permanent deficit would be extremely rare. You need to be evaluated with formal visual fields by an ophthalmologist to... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
Check with your doc: It sounds like you might be having an allergic reaction to the antibiotic. Check with you doc to get it evaluated.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
Calcium: The parathyroid gland regulates calcium levels in your body. A parathyroid hormone level is needed to do this correctly.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
First thing: you can do is try to use some over the counter artificial tear drops. But if that doesn't work you will need to see an eye doctor.
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
It doesnt: MS will not cause true floaters. Although people with MS can have floaters like anyone else.
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
Could be: Macular pathology could cause that symptom. Consult a retina specialist to see if treatment is indicated.
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A member asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
Crossed eye: In simplest terms, that's what it is. There a a zillion different types and some are symptomatic and some are not. But it's a crossed eye(s).
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
Bacteria?: I think a bacterial infection would be an unusual cause of what you describe, but bacterial infections are treated with antibiotics. It is more likel... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
You really can't: Without surgical intervention.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
LIke a flash bulb: Generally they are like a flash bulb going off and most often in the periphery of your vision. The bottom line is that you should be seen by an ophth... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
Astigmatism: Regular contact lenses (soft) don't correct for astigmatism. Toric lenses do.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
Yes: Contact lenses are a very common cause of corneal abrasions (scratches). You need to be evaluated right away if you think that is happening as these ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
What do you mean?: If one eye seems smaller than the other, it is because one of your eyelids is drooping and not opening as quickly as the other. If you mean they are ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
Could be anything: Make an appointment with an eye doctor to figure it out.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
Get checked: You might have a problem with you sinuses, which is behind the bone that you describe. If it is persisting you should get evaluated.
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
No: Lasik is certainly known to exacerbate dry eye, but skl is a separate entity and has nothing to do with lasik. It is not the same as dry eye.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
Was it burning?: You could get a nasty burn if it was hot. But otherwise i wouldn't expect any problems.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
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Anatomy: The normal blind spot that all people have is a result of where the optic nerve inserts into the eyeball causing there to be no retinal tissue at that... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
See your OB: If you are that frightened, see your OB to put your mind at ease. You're probably just fine but why have the unnecessary stress?
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A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
Too hot?: I've never heard of gentle warm compresses causing discomfort in thousands of cases i've treated. I wonder if the temp is too high? Don't push on th... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
See your doctor: Those are symptoms that generally don't go together. I would be concerned about blood flow issues. You should be evaluated soon.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
Go get seen: If you fell on your head and are now having visual problems you need to be evaluated immediately.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
Depends: Some conditions are exquisitely sensitive to steroids eye drops and other conditions less so. It really depends on the reason for the inflammation yo... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
Follow instructions: These medications require that they be strictly adhered to the instructions given to you when they were prescribed. Use them as you were directed to ... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
Vertigo: Sounds like you might have benign positional vertigo, which is very common. You should consider seeing an ENT doctor.
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A female asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
Get evaluated: Your husband she ask his doctor to evaluate him and make sure everything is ok.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
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No: That wouldn't be such a great idea.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
Corneal curvature: Astigmatism just means that your cornea is not perfectly spherically shaped and instead has different curvatures in different directions (kind of like... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
Exam: If your pupil has truly turned white, you need an immediate examination. Lots of things can do this and none of them are particularly good.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
Sure: Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve which connects the eye to the brain. It is usually caused by high pressure in the eye. Macular degeneration... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
Why?: It should be fine, assuming you have no allergy or intolerance to that food.
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
Could be: That would be a common history. You need to see an ophthalmologist to make sure.
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
Sort of: A normal eye exam does not rule out a brain tumor-- only brain imaging would do that. Of course, brain tumors are quite uncommon to begin with. You ... Read More
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Jul 18, 2015
Excellent, very helpful and detailed response!
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Goren is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Goren is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Dear Dr. Goren, Thank you for your input on this issue. I have had really bad headaches on the top left of my head for over a year now and hx of shingles and never thoug...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you! I went back today and my doctor looked right at my eye and could tell I was having a reaction. Thank you so much!!
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Thank goodness. I'd almost swear it was pharyngoconjunctival fever. As an adult, I've never been sicker. We still haven't recovered 100%.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, IL
Graduated 1989MD

Awards

Top Ophthalmologist, Second Place, Illinois - Spring
2014
Top Ophthalmologist , Second Place, Illinois - Fall
2014
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