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Could you explain what is a eye doctor for children called?

Could you explain what is a eye doctor for children called?

Ophthalmologist: There are ophthalmologists that take extra training in the delicate muscle surgery needed by kids with cross eye problems, they are often on staff of children's hospitals, medical schools and similar facilities, and will focus on kids eye needs. They are often labeled pediatric ophthalmologists, but most will do some work on adults when appropriate.

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I just called my eye doctor and she said I have astigmatism and something about only with my glasses, and not contacts? What does this mean?

I just called my eye doctor and she said I have astigmatism and something about only with my glasses, and not contacts? What does this mean?

Astigmatisn: If you have a very small amount of astigmatism, you can wear soft contact lenses that do not have astigmatism correction and still see very well with them.

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Blind spot in center of vision--went away after few minutes. Should I have called eye doctor?

Blind spot in center of vision--went away after few minutes. Should I have called eye doctor?

Probably not: Depends on your age. I would see one to make sure nothing funny going on, especially if you are older or have medical problems. In a young healthy patient, it's usually migraine.

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What do you call the sunglasses that you get after getting your eyes dilated at the eye doctor?

What do you call the sunglasses that you get after getting your eyes dilated at the eye doctor?

"Post-mydriatic": Mydriasis is pupillary dilation and without pupillary constriction, bright lights can dazzle you or even cause a temporary bleaching of the retina. Pharmacologic dilation for diagnostic testing and examination can last 3 or more hours, depending on the drops used and the color of your eyes, with lighter colors lasting longer. The near vision is typically more impaired than the distance.

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Is an eye doctor one of the specialists a patient sees if he has a brain tumor?

Is an eye doctor one of the specialists a patient sees if he has a brain tumor?

Yes.: If the tumor is of sufficient size to cause an increase in the intracranial pressure (icp), there is swelling of the optic nerves as they are "pushed" on by the high pressure. The result is a finding called "papilledema" which is a tell tale sign of increased icp. So, yes, for larger tumors the answer would be yes. Small tumors may have no impact, especially intiially.

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I have stye (i think, I've never had one) in the inner corner of my left eye. It is a little swollen and hurts to blink and tightly close my eyes. What should I do? Is an eye doctor visit necessary? I don't have much money. :- (please help.

I have stye (i think, I've never had one) in the inner corner of my left eye. It is a little swollen and hurts to blink and tightly close my eyes. What should I do? Is an eye doctor visit necessary? I don't have much money. :- (please help.

Heat: Most styes can be eliminated with topical heat. Put a wash cloth under the very warm, but not hot, water tap, wring it out a little and hold it over your closed eye for 4 minutes - do this about 5 times per day. This will usually cause it to melt away over several days. If persistent after that, you will need to see your ophthalmologist.

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Can an eye doctor detect if you have diabetes?

Can an eye doctor detect if you have diabetes?

Occasionally: Diabetes can lead to leaking blood vessels in the body. The easiest place to spot the small vessels (which are first affected) is the retina in the back of the eye. Retinal blood vessel disease (retinopathy) usually does not show up until after one has been diabetic for several years, so looking for it is not a useful early detection method, but it certainly can be picked up by an eye doctor.

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What can be expected at a regular eye doctor check-up?

What can be expected at a regular eye doctor check-up?

See below: Discussion of medical condition and history, exam of the eyes with possible dilation, refraction to determine strength of eyes or if prescription needs changing in glasses.

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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.

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Can an eye doctor detect if you have diabetes by looking?

Yes,: Because they can find retinopathy consistent with diabetes and then confirm by having your hemoglobin a1c checked. (technically, it's the blood test that confirms presence of diabetes.

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Should I call the doctor if my baby has a bull’s eye rash?

Should I call the doctor if my baby has a bull’s eye rash?

Yes: There are a couple of things that a "bull's eye" rash could represent, and most of them should be followed by a medical provider. The most common of these is erythema multiforme, which represents a form of an allergic reaction that your child can get to a viral infection, amongst other things. Best to call your doctor and get it checked out.

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I am getting bad eye sight. Which kind of eye doctor to see?

I am getting bad eye sight. Which kind of eye doctor to see?

An Ophthalmologist.: You should see an ophthalmologist. There are many possible reasons for poor vision. Some reasons are very dangerous such as bleeding from diabetic retinopathy or retinal detachment. Others such as glaucoma may be less noticeable by the patient. Infections, cancers and vascular changes of hypertension or ischemia are other dangerous problems that are discovered and treated only by a trained md.

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Is it possible to get an eye doctor to prescribe you a monocle?

Monocle: Any eye doctor can prescribe you a monacle. The problem will likely be in you finding an optical that will make one for you. They are quite outdated. A time machine might be of use in this situation. Mo.

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Is it possible to get contacts without going to the eye doctor?

Possible: But not advisable. Always better off getting contacts through an experienced eyecare professional.

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What to do if I have health issue in the eye eye doctor sucks.?

What to do if I have health issue in the eye eye doctor sucks.?

Second opinion: The skills of an Md are one issue and the personality is the other. It sounds like you have a clash somewhere here. A second opinion can always be useful and if the first doctor objects, that is excellent motivation to go elsewhere. You should always feel comfortable with any doctor you see.

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Please answer! What eye doctor can remove a freckle from the eye?

Please answer! What eye doctor can remove a freckle from the eye?

Probably not: It's not commonly done, with rare exceptions. Any ophthalmologist can do it but most would be reluctant to given the invasiveness of the procedure compared to the relative harmlessness of the condition.