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Eye Floaters When Should You See Your Eye Doctor
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 6 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Which doctor should I go to for contacts when I have a scar in my cornea? Cornea Specialist, Optometrist, or Ophthalmologist?
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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