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Dr. George A. Williams

Dr. George Williams

George A. Williams, MD, is a retina specialist and chair, department of ophthalmology, at the William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. A graduate of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, he completed his residency in ophthalmology and his fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery at the Eye Institute of the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Is sunlight reflected off of a computer screen as dangerous as looking into the sun?
 
What medication is injected into the eye for a retinal occlusion (a blockage of veins in the back of the eye)?
 
Do any ophthalmologists use moderate sedation for eye injections?
 
Is there another way to examine the retina, other than a handheld light?
 
Does macular telangiectasia cause the same type of vision loss as macular degeneration (a breakdown of tissues in the back of the eye)?
 
How can I improve my thin retina?
 
Are small flashes of light a problem?
 
My vision after my vitrectomy isn't great—will it improve?
 
Can retinal detachment treatment and corrective eye surgery to treat nearsightedness or other refractive errors be done at the same time?
 
Is it possible to restore vision lost from central serous retinopathy with foveal thinning?
 
Should I have my daughter's eyes dilated if she had trouble with a visual field test?
 
Will flying make the hole in my retina worse?
 
Can you tell me anything about the potential for improvement in macular degeneration patients from hyperbaric chamber treatments?
 
I just received a report from the school nurse that my son failed his vision test because of bilateral stereopsis. What is this?
 
Is it necessary to have your eyes dilated every year?
 
My mother is diabetic and she is now on insulin. She has been complaining about her eye sight getting poor. How can we prevent that?
 
Can blindness caused by brain trauma be treated?
 
Will cataract surgery now keep me from getting treatment for age-related macular degeneration in the future?
 
Are bright lights making my occult macular dystrophy worse?
 
Can I wear contacts after I get injections to treat wet macular degeneration?
 
Is there any new medical treatment available for retinitis pigmentosa?
 
Can being in the snow for three hours cause you to see colors wrong? For example white objects look yellow, blue objects look green except on the edges were you see blue?
 
Can I have an MRI of the head following macular pucker surgery?
 
How soon can diabetic retinopathy develop after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes?
 
My daughter, 15, just told us her vision goes dark two to three times per day for as long as 12 seconds, then vision comes back and she says she is dizzy. What can be the cause?
 
I have optic nerve hypoplasia. I know there have been advancements with intraocular lenses (IOLs). I’m curious if this is a viable option for correction?
 
A friend has been told that she has developed an eleventh layer in her retina. I can only find results for ten layers. What is the eleventh and is it debilitating?
 
Is Frequency Specific Microcurrent a recommended form of treatment for dry macular degeneration?
 
Do injections into the eye hurt?
 
What kind of an exam is given for a chorioretinal scar?
 
What treatment options are there for Juxtafoveal Telangiectasia?
 
Will a retinal surgery scar limit vision?
 
Can a 17-year-boy have retina swelling?
 
How soon after laser treatment of a retinal tear can I wear eye makeup?
 
Will my chronic myopic choroidal neovascular membrane improve with injections?
 
Do you have any comments about the miniature telescope implants used to help vision for end-stage AMD?
 
My vision is getting worse, with "strobe" type flashes along the edge of my vision and pain in my left eye.
 
My doctor scraped off a retinal abscess yesterday and I'm experiencing horrible pain.
 
What will cause the eye to have no pressure after re-attachment of the retina?
 
What symptoms should I look for with a pre-diabetes diagnosis concerning my eye sight, if any?
 
The doctor says the vein going to my eye is blocked. What can I do?
 
How much lutein should I take for the beginning of macular degeneration?
 
Can cataracts be removed from a macular degeneration patient?
 
How long I should wait before running again after macular hole repair surgery?
 
Some mornings I wake up with a very sharp pain in the outer corner of my right eye.
 
I woke up to a complete loss of vision in my left eye.
 
I have a retinal scar, so my central vision is very poor from my left eye. Is there any treatment to remove the scar from the retina and improve vision?
 
How much bleeding in the sclera is normal after a Lucentis injection?
 
Could I reverse eye damage caused by UV light by taking certain supplements?
 
What do you think about using YAG laser to treat floaters?
 
Why does vitrectomy hasten cataract formation?
 
My sister, 59 years old, was diagnosed with macular edema and thinning of the retina in both eyes over 5 years ago.
 
What is the preferred treatment for wet macular degeneration?
 
I just found out I have drusen in my right eye. What causes them in younger people (I am 45)?
 
I have been told I have veins growing over my irises and need to see a specialist. What does this mean?
 
Should I take a break from exercising after laser treatment on a retinal hole?
 
What kind of repair should be done for a small torn retina? Laser or cryo?
 
What is an epiretinal membrane?
 
Is surgery always indicated for a retinal hole?
 
What's the best treatment for ocular toxoplasmosis?
 
What are the effects of shining a very bright flashlight in the eyes during darkness?
 
What can I do to prevent exacerbation of my AMD?
 
Is there any treatment for a macular pucker other than surgery?
 
I am 61 years old with a PVD. Will it heal, get worse, or suddenly need surgery?
 
What is juxtafoveal telangiectasia and how is it treated?
 
Are headaches associated with retinal tears/detachments?
 
Is there a permanent cure for optic neuritis?
 
Is retinitis pigmentosa (RP) hereditary?
 
What is lattice degeneration?
 
Since Eylea was approved in Nov. 2011, many more patients have had experience with it compared to the original clinical trial.
 
I take the original AREDS formula. Can I also take Lutein 6 mg?
 
I have been diagnosed with a swollen optic nerve—what causes this?
 
What can I do to prevent ischemic optic neuropathy?
 
Dye was injected into my vein to photograph my eyes. The photos showed a white glob in center of eyeball. What does this signify?
 
What is the success rate of peeling a pre-retinal membrane over the macula causing 20/100 vision?
 
Can you provide some information on pigment epithelial detachment?
 
Can nystagmus be caused from ovoid plaques in/on left and right frontal lobes with mild demyelination?
 
What is a gel sack in the eye? Where in the eye is it located and what does it do?
 
Is it indicated to have an Avastin injection for macular degeneration in the same eye that had cataract surgery less than a week ago?
 
I got shot with a bottle rocket back in 2000 and went blind in my left eye. Is there any way to fix my eye?
 
If Avastin is not working in treating BRVO, then what is the next step? Is laser treatment an option?
 
My left eye retinal tear was repaired by laser about five months ago. I still see the odd floaters. How long will I have to rest before I can play golf?
 
A piece of cholesterol blocked an artery in my eye which has led to partial loss of vision in that eye. Will the vision come back?
 
My son was born premature and had laser eye surgery for retinopathy. He is now 11 years old and is considering wrestling. Is this sport too dangerous for him?
 
What is Coats’ disease?
 
How long does the retina remain swollen after an eye stroke?
 
Would you think the light from an interactive laser pointer used with white boards can be damaging for the (teacher’s) eyes? Especially when the pointer is coming from the back of the classroom?
 
I am allergic to betadine and will be undergoing surgery soon. What is recommended to use in place of betadine as a surgical prep solution?
 
I am considering macular hole surgery and wondered whether it was possible to quantify the risk of complications occurring.
 
I woke up with a lazy eye—is this something to be concerned about?
 
My Eye M.D. found a suspected torn retina and sent me to another more specialized doctor. He performed the exam again and said that the retina was not detached but "split."
 
To treat my MS, I had been taking Gilenya which can cause macular edema; and, which it appeared, I had developed. But after monitoring this for several months I was referred to a retina specialist and was diagnosed with perifoveal telangiectasia
 
I had my first child in 2008, and I had a detached retina in my left eye in 2009.
 
I have both astigmatism and nearsightedness. On my contact lens packs it says I'm -8.00 diopters in my right eye and -6.00 in my left eye. Is it safe for me to participate in boxing as a sport?
 
I am waiting for a Cyroptherapy to fix a tear in my retina. Can I play sports and lift weights in the mean time? Kindly advise. Thanks.
 
Can retinal holes get worse or develop further? My father is having one in his left eye but the doctor said having surgery on it will not assure a hundred percent cure of the hole. We are not sure what to do with it. Thanks
 
I have been diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa. How often should I get an eye exam?
 
I understand that a person with AMD (dry form) should check their vision with the Amsler grid regularly and report any changes immediately to their doctor but why the urgency? Is there a treatment that is time sensitive?
 
My father-in-law has macular degeneration that started about eight years ago. He has seen several eye specialists with no positive prognosis.
 
My husband's doctor has told him he has a macular hole. I would like to know a little more about this and what is the best treatment for it. Thank you.

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