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Dr. Caridad Santos

Ophthalmology
SARASOTA, FL
65 years experience female

About

Bio

i practised ophthalmology for 10 yrs in the Philippines and 27 years in Florida. my passion is eye mission work. I have organized and completed 50 eye missions in the third world from 1979 to the end of 2008: Philippines, south america: bolivia, peru, el salvador; central america: guatemala; west indies: st kitts and nevis. For about 12 yrs faculty of keratorefractive eye surgery contributing articles at the AAO. My patients were treated compassionately as family, listening to their problems aside from their vision difficulties. Awards: Rotary international, Zonta, University of Santo Tomas humanitarian jubilarian , College of the Holy Spirit 100 outstanding alumnae humanitarian award, Girls Scouts crystal heart, cover of Woman magazine book: To See Again, Amazon.com 14 journal articles

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Ophthalmology

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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Caridad Santos
65 years experience
Congenital hemangiom: You probably have a congenital hemangioma which is a benign blood vessel capillary growth. Don't worry about it.
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Caridad Santos
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no: Floaters are not related to smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol or insomnia.
A 18-year-old female asked:
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Lymph nodes: These are most likely lymph nodes which are reacting to some infection in the throat such as tonsillitis or strep throat. They are usually tender on ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
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See a neurologist: Do not ignore and see a neurologist to find out cause of your symptoms and signs.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Caridad Santos
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Optic neuritis: Optic neuritis may cause headaches. It is usually responsive to steroids given intravenously and then orally and then tapered off when disc swelling r... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
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Field of work: It depends on one's field of work. If one is a surgeon, jeweler, artist dealing with intricate detailed material, this will be noticeable and may need... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
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Foreign body: Mostly likely there is a foreigng body in the eye which has to be flushed out or removed if stuck in the cornea there could also be an allergen irrit... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Caridad Santos
65 years experience
Temporary: Since your tan will fade away i suggest just wearing lipstick and a sheer pink cover with bare minerals powder until it does.
A 44-year-old member asked:
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No: The eye lashes can get inside the space between the outer conjunctiva of the eyelid and the outer conjunctiva of the eyeball but cannot enter the eyeb... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Caridad Santos
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Diff prognosis: Few floaters seen are of no significance. Posterior vitreous detachment should be rechecked in a month to make sure that it does not lead to retinal ... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Caridad Santos
65 years experience
Pinguecula: Probably this is a pinguecula which is a response of the white blood cells of the eye to an allergen such as dust etc. This may or may not progress to... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
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Iris in two colors: The iris which is the concentric muscle of the eye shaping the pupil is responsible for the eye color and is usually one color: brown, black, blue, gr... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Caridad Santos
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Gravity: The swelling of the eyelids is probably just due to gravity with fluid from forehead going downwards. Ice packs followed by hot packs after 24 hrs wi... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
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Myokymia: The muscles in the eyelid may be stimulated to contract almost non stop by some irritant. The treatment is to apply warm compresses over the eye until... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
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65 years experience
allergy preservative: Sounds like allergy to preservative in eyedrops as itchiness is in drainage area: sup and inf punctae stop eye drops and use only oral med antihistam... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Caridad Santos
65 years experience
sinusitis: Any postnasal drip on getting up? Could be sinus trouble. See an otolaryngologist.
A 32-year-old member asked:
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Floater: A floater in the vitreous liquid portion behind your lens may cause this. If there are no accompanying light flashes there is nothing to worry about.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Caridad Santos
65 years experience
Avoid eyecreams: Do not apply eye creams under eyes. Avoid other make up in these areas. Cold packs may help.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Caridad Santos
65 years experience
probably allergy: This is probably a reaction to an allergen or to the preservative in an eye drop. Apply cold compress within 24 hours and then warm compresses.
A 26-year-old female asked:
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65 years experience
Good treatment: Weaning steroids is important and treatment should not have any side effects on baby via breastfeeding.
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Caridad Santos
65 years experience
Check up right away: Do see a neurologist right away . He can order tests such as cat scan, mri, xrays, to see if you have any brain damage. Do not delay!
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Caridad Santos
65 years experience
Tonsillitis or sst: Is this your first time to have this? Look into a mirror and check your tonsils: if inflamed with spots of pus: tonsillitis and you may need antibioti... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Caridad Santos
65 years experience
Ignore: Do not touch eye with finger. if hands not washed thoroughly after this will spread infection.
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Caridad Santos
65 years experience
Dizziness fr low bp: This may be caused by postural hypotension. Does this happen when you get up quickly from a lying or sitting position? Try doing this slowly and gradu... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Caridad Santos
65 years experience
Vascular problem: No you should consult a cardiologist as this is related to your cardiac rate.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Caridad Santos
65 years experience
clean,antibiotic: If the cut is supeficial, just clean and apply an antibiotic ointment. It will heal in less than a day. If deeper do see an ophthalmologist.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Caridad Santos
65 years experience
Which part of eye ?: If not the cornea: this will heal in less than a day: apply antibiotic drops if the cornea: may tear profusely and needs to be seen by an ophthalmolo... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Caridad Santos
65 years experience
See your family md: Your family md can refer you to an oral specialist or oropharyngeal surgeon if needed. Sounds like an infection and you should be given antibiotics an... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Caridad Santos
65 years experience
Remove make up: Yes but be sure to remove all make up carefully before you sleep or whenever you get home.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Caridad Santos
65 years experience
Rubbing too hard: Rubbing too hard may be harmful causing capillary breakage, subconjunctival hemorrhage best to avoid.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Caridad Santos
65 years experience
Amsler grid: No you should be tested with a simple amsler grid available in all eye offices to see if you are developing macular or retinal trouble.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Caridad Santos
65 years experience
Poisonous or not: If a harmless spider, just apply cold compress within first 24 hrs of bite and then warm compress. If poisonous such as tarantula, go to emergency ro... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Caridad Santos
65 years experience
Ocular migraine: Onesided headache with pain focused on one eye accompanied by pulsation.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Caridad Santos
65 years experience
Sleep and water: Sleep at least 7 hrs per night drink lots of water avoid direct sunlight.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Caridad Santos
65 years experience
no: As long as your bath water is clean and your hands are clean.
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Caridad Santos
65 years experience
Antibiotic: The eyebrow must be infected with bacteria. You need a local antibiotic cream plus possibly ANA oral antibiotic . See your doctor for a prescription.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Caridad Santos
65 years experience
wash contacts: Remove and wash contacts thoroughly with saline solution without preservatives. Inspect contact to see if there is any foreign body stuck in it. Also ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Caridad Santos
65 years experience
Change sleep habits: Only use the bedroom to sleep not to watch tv or read etc exercise about 2 hrs before sleeping drink 1 tbsp honey in warm chamomile tea no stimulan... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Caridad Santos
65 years experience
foreign body: Could be a foreign body from bedsheet, . Flush out with water holding down lower lid and holding up upper lid if still persistent go see an ophthalm... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Caridad Santos
65 years experience
good refraction: Yes dilating is necessary for a good refraction for glasses. No pain just mild sting. To avoid closing eyes when applying drops look up and pull lower... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Caridad Santos
65 years experience
decongestant eye gtt: Decongestant eye drops such as visine can do this but is not advisable as it leads to a vicious cycle and is just temporary. When the blood vessels ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Caridad Santos
65 years experience
Wash face frequently: Wash your face frequently while at work and after work use a protective face cover while frying food.
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Caridad Santos
65 years experience
Eczema allergy: The cause of the eczema may be eye make up which you apply to the eyebrows, etc. Avoid applying all make up and see if the eczema clears up.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Caridad Santos
65 years experience
Keratoconjunctivitis: You probably had adenoviral conjunctivitis followed by keratoconjunctivitis esp on your left leading to corneal inflammation and fogginess of vision, ... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Caridad Santos
65 years experience
Lacrimal plug: You should see an ophthalmologist who inserts punctal lacrimal plugs. This plug is easily inserted into the lower punctum under topical anesthetic dro... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Caridad Santos
65 years experience
See a neurologist: Do not ignore and see a neurologist to find out cause of your problem.
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Caridad Santos
65 years experience
Check up right away: You could have a subdural hemorrhage which manifests symptoms such as severe headache, disorientation after 24 hrs. Have ourself checked right away.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Caridad Santos
65 years experience
Underdeveloped o d's: One may be born with underdeveloped optic discs in which the discs appear quite small and there may be an associated abnormality of the optic nerves c... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Caridad Santos
65 years experience
Migraine: Sounds like migraine. Do take a migraine med as prescribed by your doctor.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Caridad Santos
65 years experience
verymild irritation: Nothing to worry about. Best to close your eyes if you are bothered.

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Santos is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Santos is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I thought it may be draining since the swelling became so intense
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I have been considering punctual plugs, thanks for confirming.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Can these lumps lead to something else and do they go away?

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Philippines
Graduated 1957MD

Residency

st clare's hospital nyc
Completed 1960

Awards

service award rotary international, zonta club of sarasota, humanitarian award, university of santo tomas jubilarian, 100 outstanding alumnae and humanitarian award, college of the holy spirit, girls scout crystal heart
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

sarasota rotary club, zonta club of sarasota, ladies guild and choir st michael's church
asian women's cultural assn sarasota fl
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