Dr. William Cappaert

Ophthalmology
Cleveland, OH
61 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 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 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 61 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 61 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 61 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 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 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 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 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 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 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 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 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 female asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 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 61 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 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 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 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 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 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 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 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 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 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 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 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 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 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 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 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 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 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 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 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 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 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 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 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 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 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 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 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 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 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 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 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 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 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 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 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 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 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 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 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 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 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 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 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 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 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 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 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 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 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 years experience
It shouldn't: Glaucoma is an increase in the intraocular pressure with other effects on the eye. In polycythemia there are too many blood cells and blood clots and/... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 years experience
Use artificial tears: Reddening and irritation are often related to drying of the eyes. Prolonged computer work can also cause it as the blink rate goes down. Take a break ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 years experience
Try cocoa butter: For years we used cocoa butter for dry skin and eyelids. For blepharitis use warm compresses, baby shampoo scrubs and massage. Flaxseed oil by mouth i... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 years experience
Not total blindness: Although patients claim total blindness they can usually walk without hitting objests and can take of their personal needs.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 years experience
Good: Baby shampoo is well tolerated by the eyes and will help to cleanse the eyelids when you have blepharitis. Warm compresses and eyelid massage will als... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 years experience
No: There is a gene for green eyes in your family. It is recessive which means that several generations may not have the green eyes and then it will show ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 years experience
Be careful: Seborrhea is an inflammation of the skin under the eyebrows. I would get that cleared up before tattooing. You don't want to get an infection afterwar... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 years experience
Probably a virus: The most likely cause would be a viral conjunctivitis. It is possible some of the spray paint went into your eyes but you would would have noticed thi... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 years experience
May not be heat rash: You should have the baby examined by a pediatrician. This may not be heat rash but eczema or impetigo.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 years experience
Antacids: Gastric reflux is helped by taking an antacid at bed time. Try eat supper 3 hours before you go to bed. Prevacid or Zantac (ranitidine) at night will ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 years experience
Normal: This is normal Latoya. A good medication to keep on hand for cold sores is Zovirax (acyclovir) ointment. You will need to get it on prescription from ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 years experience
Spicy foods OK: Bell's palsy is a weakness of the facial muscles usually on one side. Spicy foods are OK to eat. With regard to the gym acitivity, there will be a ten... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 years experience
Absolutely: Dry skin produces some inflammation which gives the skin an older appearance and wrinkles. See a dermatologist. You may have eczema or other causes fo... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 years experience
Yes: Hyperthyroidism can affect the eye muscles which become inflamed and can cause pain and protrusion fo the eye called exophthalmos. Occasionally the i... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 years experience
Lubrication: You need frequent artificial tears and night time gel or ointment. I recommend Thera Tears during the day 6-8 times and LacriLube or Duratears at nigh... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Cappaert
Ophthalmology 61 years experience
See ophthalmologist: There are many causes of double vision and you need to see an ophthalmologist to sort it out. Don't wait to do this as there a serious causes for doub... 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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