December 1, 2016

Flashes and floaters are one of the most common urgent visits that I see in the office.  Nationwide this is one of the most common reasons that someone will visit an ophthalmologist or eye doctor.  Although similar symptoms may be caused by migraine, this tends to be c...

November 28, 2016

A lot of people are on plaquenil (the generic name is hydroxychloroquine).  This is a medication that is usually used for lupus, sjogren's disease, rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases.  An autoimmune disease is one where the body attacks itself.  It is v...

November 22, 2016

This is probably the single most common item on a parents mind because every kid is going to get this at some point or other.  Sometimes a generous child will give this to the whole family!  What is pink eye?  Well, it really is not a diagnosis; it is just a red eye....

November 15, 2016

Over the last ten or so years there has been the rapid development of advanced technology intraocular lenses.  These are placed during cataract surgery like a standard lens, but they are able to reduce the need for glasses.  Many of these lenses can allow the patient t...

November 11, 2016

When a patient comes in, and we make the decision to proceed with glaucoma drops for treatment, we have to decide together what the best type of drop.  There are several different drops and they each have their benefits, and risks.  Generally, the first class that we t...

November 8, 2016

We have previously talked a little bit about cataracts.  However, a common question that comes up is what causes the cataract.  The lens is made up of a number of proteins that are aligned in a uniform fashion.  This uniform alignment allows light to pass through the l...

November 3, 2016

Glaucoma is a condition that results in optic nerve damage and peripheral vision loss in a characteristic pattern.  The only modifiable factor that we know that can modify the disease course is lowering the intraocular pressure.  Even though glaucoma is one of the most...

November 2, 2016

As an ophthalmologist, glaucoma is one of the most common conditions that I treat.  One of the major questions that the ophthalmologist or your eye doctor must decide on is when does the patient have glaucoma and when does it need to be treated.  In order to decide thi...

October 30, 2016

When people are thinking about cataract surgery, they often think they will be able to get the surgery and be able to see without glasses.  Sometimes this is the case, but most of the time glasses are still needed to some degree or another.  Cataract surgery is done to...

October 26, 2016

One of the most common questions I get is "When should I have cataract surgery?"  The other way people ask this question: "Is my cataract ripe?"  My view is that a cataract is "ripe" for surgery when the patient's vision does not meet their needs secondary to the catar...

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