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Is it possible for a macular degeneration patient to have an eye transplant?

Is it possible for a macular degeneration patient to have an eye transplant?

No: The optic nerve that connects the eye to the brain cannot regenerate once you cut it so a transplanted eye would be blind. When people donate their eyes the only part usable is the cornea for a patient whose cornea has scarred up or got damaged. ...Read more

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Transplant (Definition)

In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...Read more


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Is eye surgery for a lazy eye a good option to consider?

Is eye surgery for a lazy eye a good option to consider?

Depends: Depends on if correcting ambylopia, strabismus, or both. If eliminating the cause such as a congenital cataract, then yes. If the eyes are very misaligned then extraocular muscle surgery will help. ...Read more

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Is there an eye drop that doctors recommend for general eye care?

Is there an eye drop that doctors recommend for general eye care?

Lubricating drops: Most eyes are very good at keeping themselves healthy. If you feel the need for tear supplement, lubricating or tear replacement drops are available over the counter in pharmacies. Drops are usually not necessary for most. ...Read more

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Is it safe for person with glaucoma to have lasik for vision correction?

Is it safe for person with glaucoma to have lasik for vision correction?

Yes: Some caveats, glaucoma disease should already be controlled and not severe enough to have limited visual acuity. Once the cornea is thinned, then it is more difficult to estimate the true pressure inside the eye to monitor for disease progression. Also flap microkeratomes increase eye pressure temporarily while making the cut so intralase laser might be a better way to create the flap. ...Read more

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I have 20/350 uncorrected distance vision that is correctable to 20/25 each eye. Need eye exam for rx. Is this a medical necessary exam for insurance?

I have 20/350 uncorrected distance vision that is correctable to 20/25 each eye. Need eye exam for rx. Is this a medical necessary exam for insurance?

No: The need for glasses is a refractive problem, and not considered a medical problem. Most insurances will not cover refraction. However, if you are not correctable to 20/20, it is more than likely that you eye md will find a medical condition to account for this. The exam can then be covered by the medical insurance (except for the refraction part). ...Read more

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It is possible that a person with glaucoma have lasik for vision correction?

It is possible that a person with glaucoma have lasik for vision correction?

Yes: Yes but you will need to be followed closely. Steroid eye drops are often used after lasik. Some people respond with increase in iop to these meds (usually transient). Finally, lasik will have no impact on glaucoma progression later in life, but it can cause eye pressure to register at a lower level (an artificial lowering). Again, close follow up will be needed with or without lasik. ...Read more

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How is a visual field examination for an eye done?

How is a visual field examination for an eye done?

A perimeter: Visual fields are mapped out using a device called a perimeter. Most are computer driven but a few a done manually. You will asked to fixate a target with an exposed eye (the other is covered) and identify the target spot somewhere in the dome of the machine. Multiple points are tested and recorded. This produces a MAP of retinal sensitivity, useful for analyzing the vision of your retina. ...Read more

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Can a person with glaucoma still have lasik for vision correction?

Can a person with glaucoma still have lasik for vision correction?

Perhaps: Glaucoma itself does not disqualify you from lasik. There are however certain considerations. Your best bet is to check with the doctor who is managing your glaucoma before getting consulted for lasik. ...Read more

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Can an md who is not an ophthalmologist write a prescription for getting eyeglasses?

Can an md who is not an ophthalmologist write a prescription for getting eyeglasses?

Not appropriate: If you needed such a note to get reading glasses you can pick out by yourself at a kiosk,it would be fine. Having them covered by your HSA can be a hassle. Beyond that it would not be appropriate. Your doc would not have the proper equipment to properly assess your eyes for glasses. The state medical boards expect docs to practice within the areas they train and discipline those who don't ...Read more

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Which is better for treating a lazy eye: a patch or glasses?

Which is better for treating a lazy eye: a patch or glasses?

Depends: Some forms for lazy eye, such as that associated with a difference in glasses prescription between eyes, respond well to glasses alone. Other causes of lazy eye need glasses and drops or patching. Your child's ophthalmologist can discuss this issue with you. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a blind person eomi on an eye exam?

Is it possible for a blind person eomi on an eye exam?

YES: A person who is legally blind or completely blind can still retain all their eye muscle movements and thus have all their "extra ocular muscles intact or eomi.". ...Read more

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Is it safe for a person with amblyopia to have lasik surgery?

Yes: Is it safe? Yes. Will it improve your vision beyond what your glasses do? No. In short, lasik is safe in amblyopic eyes, but it will not cure your amblyopia. Whatever your vision is in your glasses or contact lenses is about what it should be after lasik. ...Read more

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With 30 percent optic nerve damage should treatment be provided by a glaucoma specialist or is an ophthalmologist able to provide same treatment?

With 30 percent optic nerve damage should  treatment be provided by a glaucoma specialist or is an ophthalmologist able to provide same treatment?

Depends: If your pressure is now well controlled, and repeated testing shows no further damage, then you are fine with your general ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Is an annual eye exam mandatory in order to get a prescription for glasses with same lenses?

Is an annual eye exam mandatory in order to get a prescription for glasses with same lenses?

Depends: Different states have different laws regarding the time acceptance of an eyeglass prescription. Typical is two years. Some optometrists will try and get you in each year to find a small difference and then sell you a pair of eyeglasses. This is why it is recommended to get most eye examinations from a real doctor - an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Is it true that a person with -8.00 contact prescription would be a good enough candidate for lasik?

Possible: Patients with -8.00 can have laser vision correction surgery (lasik or prk can be done). However, it depends on other factors being normal as well, such as the thickness of your cornea, shape of your cornea. Consult an experience refractive surgeon for a consult to be sure. ...Read more

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How safe is it for a person with CHF to be put to sleep for retinal detachment surgery?

How safe is it for a person with CHF to be put to sleep for retinal detachment surgery?

Happens often: In the care of well trained physicians this is done all the time with success. People who suffer retinal detachments are seldom professional athletes at the peak of health.Management of complicated patients are what it takes them so long to train. ...Read more

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Does oxidation treatment to the eyes work for glaucoma patients?

Does oxidation treatment to the eyes work for glaucoma patients?

Data is not yet in: Anti-oxidants and nitric oxide agents are being investigated for lowering the intra-ocular pressures in glaucoma. Although some studies have been promising, there are others that call the agents into question. Bottom line, definitive research has not been completed as of this date, 2017. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Chang
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Glaucoma (Definition)

A condition that causes damage to your eye's optic nerve and gets worse over time. It's often linked to a buildup of pressure inside your eye. Without treatment, glaucoma can cause total permanent blindness ...Read more


Dr. Amy Friedman
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Transplantation (Definition)

Transplantation is the process of transplanting organs from a donor to a recipient and includes surgery ...Read more