Dr. Deborah Distefano

Ophthalmology
Chattanooga, TN
47 years experience female

Locations

Office

Chattanooga, TN

Address

Chattanooga, TN, United States
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About

Bio

I am a board certified ophthalmologist that did her felowship training in cornea at Harvard in Boston.. I was chairperson of the Dept of Ophthalmology at the University of Tenn. in Chattanooga for 10 years. I specializie in refractive surgery ;such as LASIK . I have a med spa also.

Specialties
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Ophthalmology

Licenses

United States: Tennessee

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

22 Answers
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Deborah Distefano
Ophthalmology 47 years experience
Eye pain: Pain is not common and should be seen by an ophthalmologist to ascertain the reason for it. Glaucoma, dry eyes, inflammation, infection are a few of ... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Deborah Distefano
Ophthalmology 47 years experience
Dry skin: At times you may need a steroid cream to eradicate this problem. You may need to go to an ophthalmologist or dermatologist to ascertain the cause and... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Deborah Distefano
Ophthalmology 47 years experience
Ignore: Glaucoma is usually a painless condition that can progress . It is important to be checked yearly.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Deborah Distefano
Ophthalmology 47 years experience
Eye vitamins: Ocuvites are eye vitamins that help prevent macula degeneration. They contain many of the vitamins that are important in maintaining the health of th... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Deborah Distefano
Ophthalmology 47 years experience
Dry eyes: The tears of your eyes keep your eyes from drying out. They are made in the lacrimal gland and come across the eye and drain into the nose through the... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Deborah Distefano
Ophthalmology 47 years experience
Causes of dry eyes: Dry eyes can be caused many reasons. They can be aggravated by allergies. Tears can diminish as we age or with hormonal changes and contact lens wear... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Deborah Distefano
Ophthalmology 47 years experience
Lump on neck: The lump on your neck can be a number of things but could be a swollen lymph node. Did you have any viral illnesses recently or come in contact with ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Deborah Distefano
Ophthalmology 47 years experience
Lacrimation: Lacrimation is tearing. Tearing is normal but their are some diseases that cause a decrease or increase in tearing.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Deborah Distefano
Ophthalmology 47 years experience
Conjunctivitis: No, viral conjunctivitis is more contagious than bacterial conjunctivitis. Bacterial conjunctivitis tends not to be contagious unless the surface of ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Deborah Distefano
Ophthalmology 47 years experience
Foam in eyes: This can be do to a number of conditions such as dry eyes, allergies and bacterial infections. I would suggest that you see your eye doctor for a de... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Deborah Distefano
Ophthalmology 47 years experience
Herpes simplex: If you have a cold sore that means that the herpetic virus is in your body. If the cold sore is active and weepy and you touch it and then touch the ... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Deborah Distefano
Ophthalmology 47 years experience
Ignore: Keep lids clean, warm compresses on hordeolum to express the stye, antibiotic ointment to lids.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Deborah Distefano
Ophthalmology 47 years experience
New glasses: Sometimes the exam is not right the first time. It is important at your age to have a dilated exam to get an exact prescription for your glasses. If... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Deborah Distefano
Ophthalmology 47 years experience
Restasis: If you have already used artificial tears and they don't help enough than you should ask your doctor about restasis. It is a medicated drop that help... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Deborah Distefano
Ophthalmology 47 years experience
Swollen eyes: It sounds as if you may have an allergy to something. If it persists you need to see your ophthalmologist to rule out potentially serious problems suc... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Deborah Distefano
Ophthalmology 47 years experience
Contact lenses: It is usually fine to take a nap with contacts. If you have very dry eyes this may cause irritation. It may be a good idea to put artificial tears in... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Deborah Distefano
Ophthalmology 47 years experience
Blue grey sclera: The sclera is the white of the eye that you see when you look at your eyes. If it thins then you can see the underlying pigment which gives it a blue ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Deborah Distefano
Ophthalmology 47 years experience
Differing size pupil: This can be a problem and should be evaluated by an ophthalmologist. Sometimes it is called an Adies pupil that is not serious. It is usually not ass... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Deborah Distefano
Ophthalmology 47 years experience
Eyelash falling out: There can be a number of reasons for eyelashes falling out. An infection can cause this and should be treated with lid hygiene and antibiotic drops ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Deborah Distefano
Ophthalmology 47 years experience
Healthy eyes: To maintain healthy eyes: - have them checked annually - wear sunglasses -eat healthy vegetables - take eye supplements -don't rub them - use safety g... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Deborah Distefano
Ophthalmology 47 years experience
Blepharitis: Crusting of the eyelids are usually called blepharitis. This is usually an infection of the eyelids that cause the lids to be thickened and red with ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Deborah Distefano
Ophthalmology 47 years experience
Refractive error: refractive error means that you need glasses to see well. This can mean that you are near sighted, farsighted or have astigmatism. It also may be a s... Read More
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Medical College of Wisconsin, WI
Graduated 1976MD

Residency

The Medical College of Wisconsin

Awards

Most Influential, Second Place, the Chattanooga Region - Spring
2017
Top Doctor, First Place, the Chattanooga Region - Spring
2017
Thought Leader, First Place, the Chattanooga Region - Spring
2017
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