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Dr. Robert Melendez

Robert Melendez, MD

Dr. Robert Melendez is a cataract and refractive surgeon and enjoys teaching, especially medical students. He practices at Eye Associates of New Mexico in Albuquerque and is also a clinical assistant professor at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. He completed his residency at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the ONE® Network where he is committed to bringing educational resources to ophthalmologists around the world.

Can I have laser surgery to remove cataracts if I have a lazy eye?
 
Can I fly if my cornea is inflamed one week after cataract surgery?
 
How soon can I start bowling after cataract surgery?
 
How long will blurry vision and glare last after cataract surgery?
 
Can I go to tanning beds a year after cataract surgery?
 
Can you safely have LASIK surgery in both eyes at the same time?
 
I had cataract surgery today. Is it normal that everything looks pink out of that eye?
 
I've had a stye for almost three weeks. As soon as I noticed the stye I took my contacts out and have worn glasses for three weeks. Is it okay to put the same contacts in? They've been in solution for three weeks.
 
I am 57 years old and have been using reading glasses for computer work, reading books, etc. Would laser refractive eye surgery fix this?
 
My ophthalmologist tells me that there is an added risk to cataract surgery because I also suffer from glaucoma. What is the risk?
 
I live at high altitude, 8,500 feet. Do I need to do anything differently after cataract surgery like staying at a lower altitude for 1-2 days afterward for better healing and to avoid pressure changes?
 
I had cataract surgery about five months ago and that eye always feels dry and sometimes seems cloudy. Is this normal?
 
Can an IOL be "polished" with a laser to correct posterior capsule opacification?
 
I need examination for double vision, possibly in one eye. Should I visit an ophthalmologist or optometrist?
 
Can a contact lens biomicroscopy exam cause floaters?
 
I have a hypermature cataract and have heard that phacoemulsification risks having it shatter and fall back to the retina.
 
If you have presbyopia, can you have corrective surgery to restore near focus without affecting your otherwise normal distance vision?
 
I have had allergic conjunctivitis occur in winter three years in a row now.
 
I play golf but cannot see the ball in flight.
 
Does cataract surgery carry a higher risk of retinal detachment since I have a preexisting posterior vitreous detachment (PVD)?
 
General anesthetic will be used for my cataract surgery. Will this affect my recovery or cause problems with my eye?
 
What can cause a 'snowflake' cataract without having diabetes of any kind?
 
Is a technician in a surgeon's office equally qualified as the surgeon to perform the pre-operative measuring prior to the surgery?
 
When performing vision screening for elementary students should I refer them to an eye doctor if they lean forward or turn their head to the side while looking at the eye chart?
 
I have a kidney transplant scheduled in two weeks. My wife is the donor and has had pink eye for a week. Will they still perform the surgery?
 
Is it safe to use Visine eye drops just for redness after cataract surgery?
 
My toric IOL lens has moved off the axis beyond the degree of tolerance causing less than a perfect implant. What are my options?
 
What is the success rate for cataract surgery?
 
I recently had cataract surgery with ReSTOR IOLs implanted. Unless the light is very bright, I need to use reading glasses.
 
I had cataract surgery four years ago and now I need reading glasses. Do I need prescription reading glasses or can I use store bought reading glasses?
 
What causes ulcers after a cataract operation?
 
As a helicopter pilot, can I fly with night vision goggles after cataract surgery? Is there any risk for my eyes?
 
I had cataract surgery and also have Fuchs’. I see halos around lights. I heard that brown lenses help this during the day and yellow lenses help this during the night. Is this true?
 
How does an IOL correct astigmatism?
 
Is it possible to have corrective laser eye surgery if you have had surgery for a detached retina before?

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