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Dr. Paul Sternberg

Dr. Paul Sternberg

Paul Sternberg Jr., MD, is a retina specialist and the G. W. Hale Professor and Chairman of the Vanderbilt Eye Institute in Nashville, Tenn. He received his medical degree from the University of Chicago and completed his ophthalmology residency at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins prior to a retina fellowship at Duke University. In addition to his clinical practice, he maintains an active academic and research program.

Can I wear my contacts after a vitrectomy gas bubble has gone away?
 
How costly is lattice degeneration to repair?
 
Does an occlusion in the eye cause pain in the socket surrounding the eye?
 
Why was beta carotene omitted from Bausch & Lomb's AREDS-2 formulation?
 
Is it safe to use Yellox (bronfenac) eye drops for 3 months?
 
Is there anything I can do to help a posterior vitreous detachment?
 
What’s the recovery time for vitrectomy (a surgery that removes the vitreous gel inside of the eye)?
 
My contacts hurt after scleral buckle retina surgery. Is this normal?
 
Will an eye patch stop flashes of light from posterior vitreous detachment?
 
Do gas and oil bubbles used in vitrectomies vary in size?
 
My Mom's AMD is stable. Can she stop the injections?
 
I see dark patches when I get up at night. Is this a sign my AMD is getting worse?
 
Would you recommend acupuncture as a treatment for AMD?
 
My 13-year-old son recently underwent surgery for a detached retina. How long after surgery should we wait before letting him resume unrestricted sports activities?
 
What is choroidal neovascularization and is there treatment for it?
 
Can I travel to a high altitude if I have a retinal hole?
 
I am 64 years old. I have vitreomacular traction in my left eye, which has led to a macular hole. Will the new drug ocriplasmin help?
 
I am a 57-year-old female and have just been informed that I have soft drusen and leakage. How is this treated?
 
My husband has a retinal artery that has been severely damaged by diabetes. Is it possible to regenerate the artery and return normal blood flow?
 
Can diabetes cause eye floaters (small specks you see in your field of vision)?
 
Is research close to restoring eye sight for someone who has experienced repeated retinal detachments?
 
My son has low vision due to retinoblastoma (a rare cancer of the eye) treatments as an infant and toddler.
 
Can one receive an implantable miniature telescope for macular degeneration (a breakdown of the macula in the back of the eye, which reduces central vision) after having had cataract surgery?
 
What are the signs and symptoms of eye microaneurysms?
 
Can jumping on a mini-trampoline be dangerous if you have increased risk of detached retina?
 
Is it possible for your eyes to be overdilated at the doctor's office?
 
What is an elevation on the retina and what causes it?
 
Can a Hollenhorst plaque be dissolved or removed from your eye?
 
Can retinal surgery result in a bleed in the eye? What can be done to stop the bleed?
 
What is the treatment for a retinal cyst?
 
Can I have a neck MRI after having a scleral buckle in 2007?
 
Why, after two injections of Avastin, is my vision worse?
 
Why is it that both eyes can't be treated at the same time when dealing with AMD?
 
I have macular degeneration and have just experienced an onset of floaters that never go away. Could my floaters be caused by the macular degeneration?
 
My nephew has diabetes and has lost his sight. He can now only see shadows if close. Are there any options that could restore his sight?
 
I did a dilation examination today and the doctor discovered several retinal holes on both of my eyes.
 
If an epi-retinal membrane (wrinkled retina) is behind a cataract, will it make any difference in vision to remove the cataract or will vision not improve until the ERM is removed also?
 
What is premature vitreous detachment?
 
I am losing my vision. One doctor said I have arthritis on the optic nerve.
 
Can you tell me what the general prognosis is for someone with atypical retinal degeneration?
 
My mom has been experiencing pain after injections to treat age-related macular degeneration. What can we do?
 
When I am reading I see a shadow that becomes apparent after a short time of reading. Could this be the result of fatigue or might it be diabetic retinopathy?
 
What is the prognosis for a thinning retina?
 
Is it all right to fly after valsalva retinopathy?
 
Is there a treatment for leukocoria (cat eye reflex condition)?
 
Will injections help my mother's vision?
 
Can you drive a vehicle if you have wet age-related macular degeneration?
 
How soon should I have a follow-up appointment after AMD diagnosis?
 
Should I change what vitamin I'm taking for AMD?
 
What is the prognosis for someone with idiopathic juxtafoveal macular telangiectasia?
 
What might cause white spots on the retina?
 
I received an ocular report indicating bilateral retinal pigment epithelial detachment on one of our students. Does that mean possible juvenile macular degeneration?
 
I've been blind in one eye for 12 years, and now I'm having an increasing number of migraines. Are these related?
 
I have a choroidal membrane. Can I have cataract surgery?
 
I had cataract surgery recently and now I’m told I have a detached retina. Could a mini stroke have caused this?
 
I had an injection of Avastin and now I've seen what looked like twinkling stars. Is this a concern or will it go away?
 
What can go wrong with retinal hole surgery?
 
What is a chorioretinal scar?
 
Is one year too soon to have macular pucker surgery after macular hole repair?
 
I am a nursing student and I was told in class that babies do not produce tears. Is this true?
 
How soon can the affected eye be exposed to running water after retinal detachment surgery?
 
My elderly mother used to take an eye vitamin supplement, as recommended by her retinal specialist for her macular degeneration, along with a daily multivitamin/mineral tablet.
 
Why is a patient with mild hyphema placed in an upright position?
 
Why has my daughter’s right eye been getting smaller? Everyone always asks what’s wrong with her eye.
 
Does doing close-up work like reading a book or playing video games cause myopia to increase? What are the recommendations for people who play video games? How many hours should they play?

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