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Dr. William Cappaert

Ophthalmology
Cleveland, OH
60 years experience male

Locations

MetroHealth Ophthalmology

Cleveland, OH

Address

2500 MetroHealth Drive, Cleveland, OH, US
Directions

Fax

(216) 778-4438

Insurances accepted

Medicare

About

Bio

I am a graduate of the Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago. After internship I had a one year residency in neurology and then a residency in ophthalmology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio which I completed in 1971. I then joined the CWRU ophthalmology faculty and subsequently took a fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology with Dr. William Hoyt at UCSF. In 1975, I was appointed the Director of Ophthalmology at what is now known as MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. I retired from there in 1987 and joined a private practice. However, four years ago I was reappointed the Director of Ophthalmology at MetroHealth, a position I now hold. I am an Assistant Professor at the CWRU Medical School.

Specialties
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Ophthalmology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

91 Answers
2 Agrees
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
Redness with both: Pink eye is a viral conjunctivitis which causes a generalized reddening of the eye. It usually starts in one eye and spreads to both. With a blocked t... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
Yes: Candida infection of the foreskin can be spread to the mouth. Other bacteria as well. However, the saliva of the mouth offers some protection. If you ... Read More
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
Not related: Use a tear drop occasionally. Could right eye be touching a pillow or other types of cloth?
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
Yes: Buy Zicam tablets and start taking them according to the directions as soon as cold symptoms start.
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
Go to the ER: Although you didn't hit your head, indirect injuries to the brain can occur. You need to go to an emergency room to be checked. The dizziness and coll... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
See your doctor: MRSA can cause eye infection.You need to see your doctor. Be sure he cultures the eye discharge.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
Clean with alcohol: Clean the area with alcohol or hydrogen peroxide and then put a warm compress on the area for five minutes. The apply Neosporin ointment. Do this thre... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
Warm compresses: Warm compresses, gentle massage and cleansing with baby shampoo should help. If it lasts more than 2-3 weeks you may need an antibiotic. See an ophtha... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
Need evaluation: Retinal vasculitis implies there is inflammation of the retinal blood vessels and the signs of it are found on retinal exam. Rheumatogic disease, immu... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
An unusual sign: Bleeding from the tear duct is unusual if there has been no trauma to that area. If you are sure it is coming from the tear duct you should have an ey... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
Eyelid inflammation: Blepharitis is an inflammation of the glands of the eyelid which cause reddening of the eyelids. Warm compreses twice a day and massage of the eyelids... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
? sinus infection: Sinus infections or upper respiratory infections can cause nasal congestion and puffy eyelids. It could be allergy. Try a nasal decongestant. If no re... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
Tear drops: Drying and itching may mean you have allergic conjunctivitis. Air pollutants and dusty environments make it worse. Try a combination of artificial tea... Read More
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
See ophthalmologist: Go to an ophthalmologist immediately. A sudden loss of vision in one eye can have several serious causes. If it is more convenient, go to an emergency... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
Will help some: A pinquecula is the result of irritation to the lining tissue of the eye called conjunctiva. Sun, wind, contact lenses and air pollutants will aggrava... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
Surgery: I see that you are on FML (fluorometholone) drops to stop inflammation in the pinquecula. This is good but the only was to permanently remove it is wi... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
Yes but....: Yes you can use them but only if you know that they have not been contaminated by the eyelashes when you first used them. Check the expiration date of... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
Eczema or monilia: By certain places I think you mean the armpits and groin areas. Eczema, psoriasis and candida (monilia) are common in these areas. See a dermatologist... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
Likely eczema: At age 13 the cause would probably be allergy producing a rash called eczema. You should see a dermatologist for treatment and to rule out other cause... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
Probably not related: Puffy eyelids at your age is not unusual. Fluid tends to accumulate in the thin tissues of the eyelid especially overnight when lying down. This is re... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
Limit the Tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone): Tobradex is OK but limit it's use as it can raise the ocular pressure or cause allergy. Alrex is a better choice. Fluromethalone or FMLdrops can be us... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
Should not be used: Timoptic or timolol drops are a beta blocker and make asthma worse. You should avoid beta blockers as treatment for glaucoma.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
See ophthalmologist: You may have damage to the branch of the facial nerve that closes the eyelids. This is called Bell's palsy.Frequent artificial tears and LacriLube oin... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
Forget contacts: Forget about contacts. It's not only the fear but your age that makes me say that. The eyes are drier and it makes it more difficult to wear contact... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
Try eyelid creams: Baggy eyelids are usually an aging change. However you may be retaining fluid and need a diuretic. Be sure your kidney function is normal and you are ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
See ophthalmologiist: Light flashes in the periphery of your vision are usually caused by either a problem in your eye called vitreous detachment or ocular migraine. You n... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
See ophthalmologist: Closing your eyes breaks up the binocular vision and and may bring out a drifting of the eyes called a phoria. This would give you momentary double vi... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
No: Glaucoma and increased eye pressure can be caused by certain medications but xylometazoline is not one of them.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
LATISSE (bimatoprost): There is a product which will make your eyelashes grow called LATISSE (bimatoprost). It was found that an eyedrop used to treat glaucoma made the eyel... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
Tear drops: The drops should not cause pain unless there drying of the eye which can cause pain when the drop is put in. Try putting in an artificial tear first b... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
Get an eye exam: Sarcoidosis can produce an inflammation in the eyes called iritis or anterior uveitis. Signs of it would be found on an eye exam. As long as the sarco... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
Have laser first: Retinoschisis is usually treated with laser so the split retina can be walled off and prevent progression. Leaking of fluid from the split retina is u... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
No: However, prolonged computer work can dry the eyes and cause irritation as the blink rate does down. Use artificial tears. The focusing of the eyes can... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
Frequent lubrication: Most eyelid twitching is related to dry eye. Frequent use of tear drops (at least four times a day) and night time gel should be helpful. If it persis... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
Try massage: Try massaging the inner corner of the lower eyelid to try to open the duct. Probing the duct may be needed by an ophthalmologist.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
Massage eyelid: Artificial tears will not help. Gentle massage of the inner corner of the lower eyelid may open the duct. Probing of the tear duct by an ophthalmologi... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
May be sinusitis: You may have a sinus infection or allergy which can cause light sensitivity. There are eye conditions such as inflammation called iritis or even dryin... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
Part of aging: By your question I assume you mean needing reading glasses or bifocals as we get older. This is a normal part of aging whereby the eyes lose some thei... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
Emergency room: There are many serious problems including migraine and aneurysm that could be causing your symptoms. Go to an emergency room and have them evaluate yo... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
May be several days: I assume you mean after a dilated eye exam. In most case the eye will constrict normally within 4-6 hours and certainly overnight. Hoever for certain ... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
Dehydration: Sounds like you are getting dehydrated. Drink water frequently. The general recommendation is 8 glasses per day. Your medication may also be drying yo... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
Not a good idea: Eye drops are manufactured under sterile conditions to avoid infection of the eye. They are expensive I know but you should not be making your own.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
See ophthalmologist: Dry eye problems can be caused by a number of things. Hormonal chnages, rheumatoid diseases, immune diseases, allergies and medications are common cau... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
See your PCP: Reddening and swelling of the foreskin of the penis is a sign of infection. There are several causes for it. See your PCP. You may need an antibiotic.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
Vasoline and gloves: The best I've found is to lubricate the hands at night with Vasoline and then wear cotton or poly gloves over night. Cetaphil lotion during the day. S... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
See ophthalmologist: The herpes virus can affect the eyelids and the eye itself. You need to see an ophthalmologist to be sure the cornea of the eye is not involved. An or... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
Should be OK: No harm should occur if more than one drop is put in the eye one time. Repeated oversue of the drops can raise the eye pressure so limit it to one dro... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
Not the same: These are two different problems. Aging spots are commom but not related to dry skin. Treat the dry skin. I recommend Cetaphil and Suave lotions. The ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
See your doctor: Increased volume of hearing called hyperacusis and photophobia can be caused by a number of dieases, everything from hypertension, medication, minor h... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 60 years experience
Not with nystagmus: Laser can correct astigmatism but with nystagmus the eye may move and create problems with the cornea. Stay away from Lasek and other laser procedures... Read More
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May 20, 2014
I was a rotating intern on Dr. Cappaert's service back in the day. I am now a neurologist and remember much of what he taught me on that service month. I'd recommend him in a heartbeat....or at leas...Read More
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Cappaert is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Cappaert is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks for your reply I'll check it out because I have no allergies
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Went to ENT Dr. Blood tests and doxycycline,avenox prescribed
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you sir , your this advice saved my life, my eyes

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, IL
Graduated 1962MD

Residency

Case Western Reserve University
Completed 1971

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