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

Could you explain what is an 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. ...Read more

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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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

Can an 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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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

I am getting bad eyesight. 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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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

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

Second opinion: The skills of a 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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Should I stop seeing an eye doctor & start seeing a diabetologist?

Should I stop seeing an eye doctor & start seeing a diabetologist?

Diabetes: Management of your blood sugar and monitoring of the health of your kidneys, heart, nervous system, can be done with your diabetologist. Your eye doctor will help monitor the health of your eyes. You need both. ...Read more

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Why does my eye doctor want to do more than one kind of glaucoma test?

Glaucoma testing: Common glaucoma tests include intraocular pressure measurement, pachymetry (corneal thickness), visual field test, and oct. Ask your glaucoma specialist what each test is used for. If any test is abnormal, you may need glucoma treatment to protect your eyesight. ...Read more

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My eye doctor told me my astigmatism could not be corrected. Is that true?

My eye doctor told me my astigmatism could not be corrected. Is that true?

It depends: Most cases of astigmatism can be corrected with either glasses, contacts, or laser vision correction surgery. This is true if your cornea is otherwise healthy and your astigmatism is what is called "regular" astigmatism. If your astigmatism is caused by some other disease/condition of your cornea and is "irregular", it may not be fully correctable. Ask your eye doctor for more information. ...Read more

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My eye doctor told me that I might be a suspect for glaucoma. What does that mean?

My eye doctor told me that I might be a suspect for glaucoma. What does that mean?

Glaucoma: When your eye doctor measured the pressure it your eye it was likely above the normal range. He/she will want to monitor you to make sure all is well. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How much does an eye doctor cost w/o insurance? Need an exam and probably glasses.

Full eye exam: Can cost anywhere from $75-$115. Optometrists often charge less, but a medical doctor has full training in medical and surgical problems of the eye. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my eye doctor told me my astigmatism could not be corrected?

What do you suggest if my eye doctor told me my astigmatism could not be corrected?

Just make sure that: Your corrective lens prescription is fine. So, you can see 20/20 despite your astigmatic error. Should be no problem. ...Read more

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My eye doctor have me coming back every month and he haven't mention any problems. Why?

My eye doctor have me coming back every month and he haven't mention any problems. Why?

Ask him: I would suggest asking him why. If it doesn't make sense to you, I would get another opinion. ...Read more

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At what age should you take your child to the eye doctor, if your child seems completely normal?

At what age should you take your child to the eye doctor, if your child seems completely normal?

Early!: Since 'lazy eye' issues start early, and become permanent by the age of 8 or 9, it is best to have a complete eye exam sometime around the age of 6. ...Read more

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My bottom eyelid has been twitching for two weeks. Is this something that calls for a doctors visit?

Myokymia : This could be due to poor sleep, increased reading (working on computer) eye straining, need for glasses, too much caffeine or even stress. If normal sensation in the face and no weakness noticed this is probably a benign process. If persists or worsens or if accompanied by any other symptom then I would check with your physician. When in doubt call your doctor! Hope you feel well soon. ...Read more