Ask an Eye M.D.
Dr. John W. Kitchens

Dr. John W. Kitchens

John W. Kitchens, MD, is an ophthalmologist and vitreoretinal surgeon at Retina Associates of Kentucky located in Lexington, Kentucky. Dr. Kitchens graduated with honors from the Indiana University School of Medicine and completed his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Iowa. Following his residency, he completed a retina fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and then served as chief resident, instructor of ophthalmology, and the director of the trauma service at Bascom Palmer.

For some time now, when I look at an object and look away I still see an outline of the object. This happens in both eyes. Do you know what causes this?
 
Is it safe to fly if I have flashes and floaters?
 
Can stem cell treatement help my toxoplasmosis scarring?
 
What is the physical size of the optic nerve? What can you compare the average size (diameter) to?
 
My son has developed blindness in one eye and decreased sight in the other. This was caused by fistulas in his brain that caused decreased blood flow to his eyes and damaged his optic nerve. Can any procedures help restore his sight?
 
What might be the cause and cure of a myelinated nerve fiber layer condition?
 
Is there increased risk for eye damage if one flies with macular edema?
 
My 10-year-old has been diagnosed with peripheral retinal whitening. How dangerous is it?
 
This past week I developed an infection and was prescribed prednisolone and atropine. This morning I woke up and there is a large brown spot on my iris and my pupil has quadrupled in size and is an irregular shape.
 
I was diagnosed with presumed ocular histoplasmosis syndrome 15 years ago. About six months ago after a 10 hour airplane flight, I lost central vision in my right eye. Could flying be responsible for causing the blood vessels to leak?
 
I had a macular scar in my right eye. Is there any possibility that it could spread to my other good eye?
 
The other day, I was punched in the eye which resulted in a good bruise and a slight cut to the corner of my eye. I have since been noticing a random light which I would say is in my peripheral vision and runs from the top-down, then goes away.
 
Two nights ago at work my vision became blurry all at once.
 
What is a wrinkle in the retina?
 
How do you treat swelling of the retina?
 
Is cystoid macular edmea the beginning stage of macular degeneration? Can it spread or effect the other eye, or likely stay in one eye?
 
If you are diagnosed with dry ARMD, what are the chances of it progressing to the wet form?
 
I was hit in the eye with a tennis ball when I was 11. I thought I just popped a blood vessel but I found out that I have a bruised retina and was told there is nothing they can do to fix a bruised retina.
 
What is recovery like after surgery to repair a hole in my retina? Pain, aftercare, time off work, and driving?
 
How and why do they do eye tests on premature babies?
 
My nephew told me his older brother held him down and pointed a laser pointer in his eye and held it there for some time about 6 years ago. He has a noticeable deficit of vision in one eye. What is the long term damage?
 
What is the name of the rare eye disease that affects Caribbean people and looks like a cluster of grapes on the retina?
 
Can warm tea bag compresses help reduce infections of the eye?
 
What is the cure of optic nerve atrophy?
 
What causes colors to register differently?
 
In dimly lit room, I see a dark large spot that is steadily increasing in size. Is this a symptom of my dry macular degeneration?
 
Is there any way to prevent or retard the wet kind of macular degeneration?
 
As a welder, what shade of safety glass should I wear underneath my welding shield to better protect my eyes?
 
Could it be that my recent cataract surgery precipitated an occurrence of PVD that I’m experiencing now?
 
Did scleral buckles in 1991 possibly contain a ferrous (magnetic) clip?
 
How harmful is it for a patient to bend after an eye surgery?
 
Will wearing contacts for distance worsen my near vision?
 
I now understand what vitreous detachment is. What is the cure or fix for the disease if any? Is there any treatment available to improve the condition?
 
What is a recommended eye drop for a possible corneal abrasion at least until a doctor can be seen?
 
I was at work picking up a wooden pallet and debris fell into my left eye causing bloodshot, headache, and runny nose—how do I treat this?
 
What would be the cause of feeling pressure behind the eye? Very dry, some redness. Feels, but does not look swollen. There is also pressure in the sinuses. Mainly on the left side.
 
How long can a person with symptoms of a detached retina wait to see an ophthalmologist safely before permanent damage could occur?

Pop needs to be configured.