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Can an ocular melanoma tumor be surgically removed without radiation therapy or removing my eye?

Can an ocular melanoma tumor be surgically removed without radiation therapy or removing my eye?

Ask your specialist: That is a very specific question which can't be answered without a lot of information which we can't share in a forum like this. Seek out an institution and physician team with experience in ocular melanoma. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

A condition in which some element of your skin--which is one of the most complex organs in the body--degenerates into cancer. The three most common types of skin cancer are: basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma which occur in that order and degree of aggressiveness. Although heredity plays a major role, sun exposure and tobacco use and ...Read more


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If you're being treated for glaucoma by ophthalmologist for glaucoma would early cataracts be seen during glaucoma examinations?

If you're being treated for glaucoma by ophthalmologist for glaucoma would early cataracts be seen during glaucoma examinations?

Yes: Glaucoma examinations include a detailed dilated examination of both the anterior and posterior segments of the eye. Cataracts are clouding of the human lens which is located in the anterior segment of the eye and is easily seen with a dilated exam. The impact on vision is determined by history and determining the visual acuity after refraction. ...Read more

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Should someone with starburst (higher order aberrations), get lasik/prk?

Should someone with starburst (higher order aberrations), get lasik/prk?

Starburst: The decision to consider lasik or prk would depend on if the patient is happy with the quality of vision with glasses or contacts. As long as the patient realizes that the laser eye surgery can correct their prescription and not the starbursts, then the surgery can be considered. ...Read more

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Are intraocular lens implants a permanent cure for cataracts and myopia?

Are intraocular lens implants a permanent cure for cataracts and myopia?

Usually: Myopia is usually caused by the eye being longer than average, the cornea being steeper than average, or both. Cataracts develop in everyone eventually. During surgery, the doctor replaces the catarac with an intraocular lens implant. This lens has the capacity to permanently correct myopia (much like a contact lens does), and definitely cures cataracts. ...Read more

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Do narrow angle glaucoma numbers require treatment?

Do narrow angle glaucoma numbers require treatment?

Glaucoma Rx: With narrow angle glaucoma, raised pressure causes decreased visual acuity and sometimes pain and redness. Treatment may consist of a quick laser surgery to allow the pressure to subside. An alternate treatment may be oral medicine or eye drops. Let your eye provider help you decide when to treat. There is no magic number. It is important to keep the pressure within normal to prevent damage. ...Read more

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Do you know are intraocular lens implants to restore good vision a permanent cure for cataracts and myopia?

Do you know are intraocular lens implants to restore good vision a permanent cure for cataracts and myopia?

Cataract Surgery: Cataract surgery has advanced tremendously in the last few decades. Risks still remain but the majority of patients have their cataracts & myopia cured with cataract (or clear lens) extraction & premium intraocular lenses. See for more info: eyedoc2020.blogspot.com: Cataract Surgery Options. ...Read more

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What eye conditions require you to be prescribed sunglasses?

What eye conditions require you to be prescribed sunglasses?

Light sensitivity: Sunglasses protect from bright light. Any eye treatment which dilates the pupil would benefit from sunglasses . Inflamed eyes are also light sensitive, and sunglasses are of benefit also in those conditions. Sunglasses are otherwise good protection against uv light exposure for anyones eyes. ...Read more

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To undergo lasik operation should a person cornea should be 545 microns thickness, yes?

To undergo lasik operation should a person cornea should be 545 microns thickness, yes?

Sort of: It is the combination of the amount of correction needed and the amount of cornea present that determines whether lasik or prk is better. Your surgeon will advise you which is the better procedure for you. Both work. ...Read more

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What risk factors are involved to undergo floater (eye) removal procedure by yag laser? Anything to do with retinal damage?

What risk factors are involved to undergo floater (eye) removal procedure by yag laser? Anything to do with retinal damage?

Floater removal: The use of a yag laser in the vitreous creates a shock wave that can cause a retinal tear or detachment. The yag laser can sometimes break up a large floater into several smaller floaters which may or may not be less bothersome. A floater, in of itself, is annoyance and the risks associated with removal must be weighed against the benefit. Please discuss with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Do myopes need glasses?

Do myopes need glasses?

Depends: Myopes see things blurry at a distance. The degree of blur depends upon how myopic they are. Glasses will clear up the image but are not a medical item. If a myope does not wear glasses, then things at far will be blurry and if that degree of blur does not bother them, they can get by without glasses. High myopes of course need them to see at all .. ...Read more

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Is it possible to change eye colors without contacts or corneal surgery?

Is it possible to change eye colors without contacts or corneal surgery?

Not safely: There is at least one person in another country that I have heard of who puts in iris implants for purely cosmetic reasons, but there a lot of complications associated with this. ...Read more

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To undergo lasik operation, does a person's cornea have to be 545 microns thickness, yes?

Not exactly: 545 microns is about the thickness of the average cornea. Certainly patients with corneas thinner than 545 microns can have lasik depending on their prescriptions and the health of their corneas. ...Read more

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Poked in eye, went to ER (corneal abrasion Dx), saw opto(metrist) who performed retinal scan which normal, see floaters, now seeing flashing lights?

Floaters/flashes: Hi. After blunt trauma with your new symptoms, you need to have a dilated retinal examination looking for possible retinal holes, tears of detachment. Dr. C ...Read more

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Are intraocular lens really effective for high myopia rate patients (-15)? Are there different types of these intraocular lenses for myopia? Risky?

Are intraocular lens really effective for high myopia rate patients (-15)? Are there different types of these intraocular lenses for myopia? Risky?

Yes: Implant choices: Best intraocular (IOL) choice: Depends on if you want good reading, computer, distance vision OR all distances after surgery; if you have astigmatism (may need Toric IOL). If you want good reading, intermediate, distance VA, Multifocal or Crystalens may be option. Full answer: Cataract Surgery Options at eyedoc2020.blogspot.com. ...Read more

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Will lasik eye surgery help serpiginious choroidopathy?

Will lasik eye surgery help serpiginious choroidopathy?

No: No. Lasik is to help with refractive errors, whereas serpiginous chorioretinopathy is treated through medical approaches. ...Read more

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Normal field vision test. Dilated optic discs small w/slight asymmetry. Suspicious oct scan. Eye pressure 27. Family history. Suspect for glaucoma?

Normal field vision test. Dilated optic discs small w/slight asymmetry. Suspicious oct scan. Eye pressure 27. Family history. Suspect for glaucoma?

Yes: It is important that your eye pressure be monitored closely and that the visual fields and oct are tested are a regular basis. I suggest you see an ophthalmologist regularly. There are usually no symptoms of glaucoma that you will experience. ...Read more

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Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Cancer of the melanocyte cells. Melanocyte cells determine the color of your skin. Although these cells are primarily found in your skin, they can also be found in the bowel ...Read more


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