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Dr. Harold Peltan
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Ophthalmology (Definition)

Ophthalmology is a field of study in which a person specializes in the eyes, eye muscles, eyelids, laser surgery, lens implants, glasses, contact lenses, eye ...Read more


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Can a eye doctor see right away if you have eye herpes.?

Can a eye doctor see right away if you have eye herpes.?

Yes: In most cases, an ophthalmologist can diagnose herpetic eye infection during an eye exam without the need for further testing. ...Read more

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Possible eye professional needed, so do I see the ophthalmologist or optometrist?

Possible eye professional needed, so do I see the ophthalmologist or optometrist?

Depends: It depends on what treatment is needed. An optometrist does not perform surgery but does treat disease of the eye and does refraction for prescription eye glasses and contact lenses. Opthamologist is an md that specializes in the eye and tends to eye disease and surgery. ...Read more

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When you get your eyes dilated can doctor see lesions? when eyes are dilated can you see behind optic nerve?

When you get your eyes dilated can doctor see lesions? when eyes are dilated can you see behind optic nerve?

Yes and No: Yes a dilated eye examination facilitates examining the retina, it's blood vessels, optic nerve, & the vitreous humor. Any abnormalities or lesions will be identified as well. Sometimes mor sophisticated imaging techniques may also be utilized (ultrasound, optical coherence tomography, flourescein angiography). However a dilated exam will not allow viewing behind the eyeball where the optic n exit ...Read more

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Should I see a eye specialist about floaters?

Should I see a eye specialist about floaters?

Vitreous detachment: Floaters are caused by the vitreous (jelly in the eye) detaching from the retina (typically a normal change in the aging eye). The vitreous clumps up or develops blurry areas within the jelly causing your floater. Yes they can be a warning sign. If when the vitreous changes, causing floaters, the retina is torn you are at risk for a retinal detachment. You should have and examination. ...Read more

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Is it bad for your eyes when you make your vision go blurry?

Is it bad for your eyes when you make your vision go blurry?

Not: I assume you are talking about voluntary convergence in which the eyes move centrally and the focus diminishes. This gets tiring but is not harmful. ...Read more

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What to do if you have floaters in your eye?

What to do if you have floaters in your eye?

See eye dr: Floaters are usually a normal change that occurs in your eye over time, however they can sometimes be associated with a retinal tear. There really isn't any way for you to tell the difference so we always tell our pts to see their ophthalmologist right away to ensure there are no problems. ...Read more

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If you have hydrocephalus and you see floaters when you cloose your eyes dovthat mean blindness?

If you have hydrocephalus and you see floaters when you cloose your eyes dovthat mean blindness?

Separate problems. : No, the two are unrelated. Floaters can mean retinal tear or detachment and should be checked out with a dilated retinal examination. Hydrocephalus results in papilledema or swelling of the optic nerve. The retina is not directly involved in hydrocephalus. Each of these diagnoses has it's own implications and should be dealt with individually. ...Read more

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What should you do if you get an eye lash in your eye and you can't get it out?

What should you do if you get an eye lash in your eye and you can't get it out?

Wet Q tip: If you wet a Q tip & get it soggy, you can drag it across the eye and the lash should adhere to it. Then just remove it. Don't try it with a dry q tip. If all else fails see a doc. ...Read more

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Who should I see about my scratched eye? An eye dr, optician, or optometrist?

Who should I see about my scratched eye?  An eye dr, optician, or optometrist?

MD or OD: Optometrists and ophthalmologists can provide you with medical eye care. Opticians cannot. ...Read more

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Following lasik can a eye doctor tell you had it by looking at your eye, what to do?

Following lasik can a eye doctor tell you had it by looking at your eye, what to do?

Usually, yes: Usually, when an eye doctor does an exam, he or she can tell from a routine exam at the microscope if a person has had LASIK eye surgery; usually the edges of the flap, created by the surgery, can be faintly seen. This is a normal finding and occurrence after LASIK surgery. ...Read more

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Can an eye doctor know your contact lens prescription just by looking at your glasses?

To some degree: If your glasses prescription is known, your contact prescription should be as well. If the eye doctor just looks at the glasses with his/her naked eye, he/she may get a rough idea of your prescription. If they look at the glasses with a lens meter, he/she will know the glasses' exact prescription, and have a good idea of the contact prescription based on that. ...Read more

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How old should you be before you have eye surgery (to correct your eye sight)?

How old should you be before you have eye surgery (to correct your eye sight)?

18 or older: Laser vision correction (lasik) is the most common surgery to correct vision. It is approved by the fda for treatment on those who are 18 or over. The reasoning behind this cutoff is that the eye's shape and therefore prescription continue to change until one is about 18. For this reason age and prescription stability are both important prior to having lasik. ...Read more

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Is pvd an emergency? If you have symptoms. Can you wait for an appointment with your eye doctor or retina doctor?

Is pvd an emergency? If you have symptoms. Can you wait for an appointment with your eye doctor or retina doctor?

PVD: Let's be clear that you mean posterior vitreous detachment'. Other branches of medicine use this abbreviation for other conditions. If you know you have a 'pvd' then it is not an emergency. However, 'floaters', and/or 'flashing lights', the symptoms suggesting a pvd, should be seen by an eye doctor within 24 hours. Beware vision decrease/defect = concern for retinal detachment = emergency. ...Read more

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How often should you see an eye doctor?

Depends on age: A child should have regular vision screens at the pediatricians office and in school--when irregularities are detected then they should have an eye exam. A healthy adult with no eye problems (not including glasses need) needs one good comprehensive eye exam between the age of 20-60 or as needed to update the glasses. After the age of 60, you should have a dilated eye exam every 1-2 years. ...Read more

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How often should you get your eyes checked by a doctor if you have bad vision?

How often should you get your eyes checked by a doctor if you have bad vision?

Periodic eye exams: Children should be checked by an ophthalmologist once by age 5, again before age 10. Couple of times during teens. Every 2 years 20-35 and then every one year thereafter. This is for routine eye care. If there are problems such as poor vision you may need to be seen at more frequent intervals. ...Read more

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Do you need glasses when your vision is -0.75 and other eye -0.50?

Do you need glasses when your vision is -0.75 and other eye -0.50?

Not necessarily: Decide whether you are comfortable with your vision without the glasses. Some folks with low prescriptions like yours will decide to wear that glasses only at night while driving. Nearsightedness gets worse at night when the pupils are dilated. Good luck. ...Read more

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Which doctor should I go to for contacts when I have a scar in my cornea? Cornea Specialist, Optometrist, or Ophthalmologist?

Which doctor should I go to for contacts when I have a scar in my cornea? Cornea Specialist, Optometrist, or Ophthalmologist?

Depends: Cornea specialists are ophthalmologists, but not all ophthalmologists fit contact lenses. If you have a question about scar or its treatment, see an ophthalmologist. If you just want contacts, you can see ophthalmologists or optometrists for contact lens fitting. ...Read more

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If you scratch your eye (corneal abrasion) is it possible you damaged your vision?

If you scratch your eye (corneal abrasion) is it possible you damaged your vision?

Not likely: A corneal scratch (abrasion) is a loss of the thin skin covering the cornea. Usually this does not involve the deeper layers and as long as the eye is not penetrated or infected, visual loss is very uncommon. You should see an ophthalmolgist for a corneal scratch both for symptomatic relief and for proper treatment. ...Read more

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Floaters (Definition)

Floater = 0ptical debris in vitreous body or lens that appears as a spot in ...Read more


Dr. Richard Scartozzi
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Eye Floaters (Definition)

are spots you notice visually that may vary in shape & are ...Read more