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Dr. Charles P. Wilkinson

Dr. Charles P. Wilkinson

Charles P. Wilkinson, MD, is the chairman of the department of ophthalmology at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, which is part of an integrated residency program with Wilmer Eye Institute. Dr. Wilkinson is also a professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and served as president of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2007.

Can toric and regular lenses be mixed in cataract surgery?
 
I have had my cataract surgery. How long do I have to wait before I can use makeup on the face and eyes?
 
Is there any risk in waiting more than 6 months to have the second eye cataract surgery done?
 
Should I have a cataract removed if I’m already blind in that eye?
 
Prednisolone and PCO (secondary cataract); and Light Sensitivity and Multifocal IOLs
 
I have a rash on my body from one of the eye drops I am taking after cataract surgery. Is there something I can take to counterbalance the rash?
 
Once the IOL measurements are taken for cataract surgery, can I wear my contacts while waiting for the actual surgery?
 
Can I have an intraocular lens implanted years after childhood cataract surgery?
 
Why shouldn’t I have cataract surgery if I have drusen or macular degeneration?
 
Should I have cataract surgery or macular pucker surgery first?
 
What is a surgical clearance exam before cataract surgery?
 
Is cataract surgery done in a hospital?
 
Will it cause long-term damage to your vision or eyes to loosely cover them with a dark blindfold all the time?
 
My 15-year-old son has been diagnosed with myopia (nearsightedness) and one eye was much worse than the other. After leaving the office with his prescription I realized that the prescription was the same for both eyes. Shouldn't they be different?
 
What are the main problems with having cataract surgery after previously having LASIK?
 
Can I have cataract surgery if I am allergic to mercury?
 
My eye doctor told me if I wanted stronger prescription contacts for distance vision, I would have to give up some of my close-up vision. Is this true?
 
Do images look larger in an eye set for far vision than in an eye set for near vision?
 
How can I prevent progressive increase in my cataracts?
 
Can you tell me more about anesthesia for cataract surgery?
 
I had cataract surgery in 1944 and no intraocular lens was put in my eye. Can I have a lens put in now?
 
Do Azopt® glaucoma eye drops cause posterior vitreous detachment or accelerate it so it happens soon after starting the drops?
 
Can seasonal affective disorder (SAD) light therapy have any effect on multifocal lenses implanted after cataract surgery?
 
Why do congenital cataracts form?
 
Can cataract removal be done after a cornea replacement?
 
Can I get lens replacement only to correct vision?
 
What can be done with a turned lens due to injury?
 
Does an eye prescription add weight to the optical lens?
 
Can cataracts be removed if a patient has advanced glaucoma?
 
I have had a small ring similar to a smoke ring that floats in various locations in my right eye.
 
I'm experiencing nausea ten days after my cataract surgery.
 
Should cataract surgery be performed when Fuchs' dystrophy is also present?
 
I had radial keratotomy surgery in 1987 with 16 cuts in each eye. When the time comes, can cataracts be removed?
 
My 95-year-old dad just had successful cataract surgery and now wants the other eye done. How long should he wait in between?
 
How bad do eyes have to be before Medicare pays for cataract surgery?
 
Could the complications following my cataract surgery be caused by my pseudoexfoliation glaucoma?
 
What are the drawbacks or negatives of choosing a multifocal lens?
 
I have a silver streak that looks like a piece of tinsel on a Christmas tree that appears on the right corner of my right eye.
 
If I pop the stye on my eye, will that cause more serious damage? Is it safe to pop it?
 
I am a primary school teacher and I have a student who has what looks like gaps in her eyes like flecks of light.
 
Would it harm my 17-month-old grandson’s eyes to watch a 3-D Movie?
 
Approximately how much does a YAG procedure cost?
 
I had a cataract operation 15 years ago but the lens has moved in my eye due to a fall. What can be done to correct it?
 
Do cataracts affect balance?
 
I'm very worried because I just realized that I see differently with one eye than the other. I see colors darker with my right eye. Colors appear warmer with the right eye and colder with my left.
 
Is it harmful to watch 3D movies with retinal vein thrombosis? I will be having treatment next month.
 
I burned a large amount of debris and right after I started experiencing red eyes, pain, tearing, and sensitivity to light and heat.
 
I have very small pupils and ptosis. Would you recommend a doctor dilate my eyes and then use the large machine with the bright green light to check my retina and health of my eyes?
 
I wear contact lenses daily to correct myopia in both eyes and am planning to have cataract surgery. Post surgery, will I be able to resume wearing contact lenses if needed to correct my vision (instead of eyeglasses)?
 
If I want to play tennis after cataract surgery, should I consider accommodating or mono IOL?
 
I have the faint beginnings of a cataract in my left eye.
 
I have a dark spot in my vision in low light situations after I sustained minimal blunt trauma to the eye region.
 
Any idea why a 59-year-old male would have recurrent subconjunctival hemorrhage in the same spot in right eye after cataract surgery?
 
I was born with a birth defect in my left eye—thus I have no sight only shadows and light. The right eye is a healthy eye but I am nearsighted so I will stay with wearing glasses after cataract surgery.
 
I just had cataract surgery and when I went outside at night I saw streams or long streaks of light across the outdoor lights everywhere I looked.
 
My mother had cataract surgery in both eyes. The left eye is fine, but the right eye tears. The surgery was over a month ago and she has an appointment with her doctor in two weeks. Should I be concerned?
 
Lately when I read shadows appear around the words and also the words are smearing downwards. Why is this happening?
 
I had my eyes dilated for a routine examination today. I am wondering if I should be concerned that my pupils are returning to pre-dilation conditions at different rates.
 
I have an unusual symptom I hope you can explain to me. The center of whatever I look at sometimes appears to move around slightly by stretching, oscillating, or swerving.
 
My 86-year-old father "felt" a blood vessel burst in his eye late at night.
 
Who should have a digital retinal examination?
 
Does large weight loss cause vision change?
 
Can cataract surgery and corneal replacement be done in the same surgery procedure?
 
I have had cataract surgery in my left eye and then a retinal detachment. Can it be possible it will happen in the other eye after cataract surgery?
 
If your blood pressure is high would that make the eye pressure high?
 
I am partially sighted and not able to drive due to my congenital nystagmus.
 
I have a hole in my macula and macular degeneration.
 
I have advanced chronic glaucoma and my vision is overall misty in both eyes. Is this the glaucoma or something else?
 
Can cataract removal cause macular puckers?
 
My son is legally blind as a result of shaken baby syndrome when he was 10 months old. He is 16 now. He has optic nerve atrophy which is stable. Is there any research being done on optic nerve and eyeball transplant to treat such conditions?
 
Can you tell me why posterior vitreous detachment is more common in people who have undergone cataract operations?
 
Two days ago I was diagnosed with bacterial pink eye and was prescribed Ciloxan. Am I allowed to go in the sun while having pink eye? I live in Florida and was thinking of laying out in my back yard
 
I'm noticing a kaleidoscope image at edge of eye—what might this be?
 
What is cellulitis in the eye? What are the consequences if not treated appropriately?
 
What are the side effects of clear lens extraction?
 
Is it advisable to do yoga after cataract surgery?

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