The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommendations for screening of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) retinal damage were recently updated in 2011. Plaquenil is more commonly used and the risk for damage increases after a total cumulative dose of 1000 gm or 5 or more years of use....
Each surgeon has a different protocol. Most surgeons would restrict any sort of swimming for at least a week. Sleeping with eye protection for two weeks is common. You must always avoid rubbing the eyes especially during the first month. Using the appropriate eye protection a
Intraocular lenses are generally placed in the eye after the eyes natural lens is removed either in a refractive lens exchange procedure or a cataract operation. If you require cataract surgery then you will have an intraocular lens placed. There are several new options such as astigmatism correc...
There are several different brands and methods of cleaning contact lenses. All available brands have been approved for use by the FDA. Store brands, like generic drugs, are probably similar to the national brands and if you get a significant cost savings I think it is safe to try them.&n
If itching is a big part of your symptoms then allergy is a more likely possibility. If you have associated upper respiratory allergies such as stuffy nose etc. that may also be more likely to be an allergy. Swollen glands, sore throat and fevers suggest a possible infection and you shou
Floaters that are not associated with retinal problems such as tears or holes are usually a benign condition. Should the floaters worsen, increase in number or size or become associated with blurring or light flashes then immediate attention by an EyeMD is needed to rule out retinal problems.&
After Bell's palsy resolves some people are left with spasms and contractures on the side of the face in which the palsy occurred and this can look like forcible eyelid closure associated sometimes with contraction of the muscles of the lower face. Treatment for this may be injection wit
I don't think you should worry. Dry, peeling skin can occur for many reasons. It can be allergy related such as to pollen. It can also be a skin reaction to topical creams or other ingredients that may be found in soaps, cleansers, makeup or facial creams. It can also be rela
From the American Academy of Ophthalmology policy statement on frequency of examination: "For young individuals at higher risk for certain diseases, such as African-Americans who are at higher risk for glaucoma, comprehensive eye examinations should be considered every 2 to 4 years for those un
There are a range of treatments. Warm compresses and eyelid hygiene(scrubbing the eyelid margins and lashes with mild soap such as baby shampoo or commercially available pads) are the mainstays of treatment. Massaging the eyelids to force out the abnormal glandular s
This is a very common symptom. These symptoms call for a comprehensive exam from an Eye M.D. In this exam, the eye doctor will first evaluate whether you have refractive error, which is hyperopia, myopia, and/or astigmatism or a combination of these. Small refractive errors can cause big symptoms...
Diabetes can cause several complications in different organ systems such as the eye. This can occur whether the diabetes is well controlled or not. Diabetes can cause early cataracts and glaucoma. Diabetes can also cause diabetic retinopathy. All of these things can be treate
Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are essential fatty acids. A growing body of evidence suggests that supplementation with these or a diet rich in these have a wide range of beneficial health effects. Many ophthalmologists have been using these to treat dry eye and other chronic external ocular c
Bell's palsy is a condition where the muscles on one side of the face become partially or completely paralysed due to a palsy of the 7th cranial nerve on the same side. A patient with a 7th nerve palsy needs to have a complete physical exam and radiologic imaging to be sure the palsy is not ca
If you are having cataract surgery you will need an intraocular lens. One of the reasons cataract surgery is so effective today has been the invention and improvement of the intraocular lens. It allows one to see without or sometimes with only mild spectacle correction. In most cases removing a c...