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Why was beta carotene omitted from Bausch & Lomb's AREDS-2 formulation?
 
What tests are given to detect Vogt–Koyanagi–Harada Syndrome (or VKH, a complex autoimmune disease that can affect the eyes)?
 
Is it possible to restore vision lost from central serous retinopathy with foveal thinning?
 
I’ve been diagnosed with PCV. Is it possible to recover from this?
 
My Mom's AMD is stable. Can she stop the injections?
 
Would you recommend acupuncture as a treatment for AMD?
 
Can symptoms from Fuchs' dystrophy be confused with symptoms of glaucoma?
 
Is there a reason eye specialists wait so long to do a cornea transplant in a person with Fuchs' disease (a condition that harms the inner layer of the cornea)?
 
Is there any new medical treatment available for retinitis pigmentosa?
 
Can stem cell treatement help my toxoplasmosis scarring?
 
Can I have an MRI of the head following macular pucker surgery?
 
Can eye rubbing cause keratoconus?
 
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 is iris hypoplasia?
 
I read that posterior staphylomas usually progress with age. Is that always true?
 
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?
 
What treatment options are there for Juxtafoveal Telangiectasia?
 
Can multiple sclerosis (MS) cause blurred vision?
 
How safe is corneal transplantation for someone who has glaucoma?
 
Will my chronic myopic choroidal neovascular membrane improve with injections?
 
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?
 
I have herpes keratitis. My friend was just diagnosed with shingles. Will this compromise my condition?
 
I am losing my vision. One doctor said I have arthritis on the optic nerve.
 
How much lutein should I take for the beginning of macular degeneration?
 
Can cataracts be removed from a macular degeneration patient?
 
What is punctate keratitis?
 
There is now a generic supplement on the market for Ocuvite 50. Is it a reasonable facsimile of Ocuvite?
 
I recently read that there will be laser surgery available for macular degeneration soon. What do you know about this?
 
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?
 
I was diagnosed with Stargardt disease. What is the pigmentation behind the retina that causes frontal visual disruption?
 
Are there certain foods or vitamins that will decrease your chances of getting glaucoma?
 
Is it OK to keep practicing yoga normally until I see the ophthalmologist I was referred to for possible glaucoma?
 
How does high blood pressure affect vision?
 
Is there any surgery or treatment available for Leber's eye disease?
 
Last night my mother was experiencing an extreme throbbing in one eye throughout the night. Can this be associated with her macular degeneration?
 
Can corneal transplantation be successful if you’re diabetic?
 
Please advise on what to do for relief of eye pressure build-up from Graves' disease.
 
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?
 
Would the Epstein-Barre virus cause eye infections or bother the eyes at all?
 
What is the length of time an Avastin injection is effective (or, is working)?
 
How much bleeding in the sclera is normal after a Lucentis injection?
 
If the birth mother of my son is monochromatic color blind (she only sees in gray scale), how likely is it that my son will be color blind?
 
My 73-year-old father has been diagnosed with dry AMD. Should I start taking an AREDS supplement?
 
How long after exposure can pink eye appear?
 
What is the earliest age one might be diagnosed with wet macular degeneration?
 
How do you get blackbird eye disease?
 
Why would there be some loss of peripheral vision when the eye pressure reading is satisfactory? I had a small hemorrhage several months ago. Could that be a factor?
 
Is nerve inflammation present in ischemic optic neuropathy?
 
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 am curious as to why I have recurring corneal ulcers in both my eyes.
 
What is the prognosis for someone with idiopathic juxtafoveal macular telangiectasia?
 
I received an ocular report indicating bilateral retinal pigment epithelial detachment on one of our students. Does that mean possible juvenile macular degeneration?
 
Can histoplasmosis make you go blind?
 
I have map dot fingerprint corneal dystrophy and I'm concerned that routine eye exams may cause flare-ups. What can I do?
 
Is there increased risk for eye damage if one flies with macular edema?
 
What's the best treatment for ocular toxoplasmosis?
 
What can I do to prevent exacerbation of my AMD?
 
Is there any treatment for a macular pucker other than surgery?
 
What can be done about exophthalmos? I have double vision and was diagnosed with thyroiditis/hyperthyroidism.
 
I have double vision. Would prism glasses (like the ones Hillary Clinton wore following her concussion) help me to see?
 
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?
 
I am having trouble with double vision and have Graves' disease. What can I do?
 
I have Fuchs’ dystrophy. Are there any special contacts that can help minimize glare?
 
How early does diabetes affect the eye? At what age should we do diabetic eye screening?
 
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?
 
How effective is corneal collagen cross-linking for keratoconus?
 
I'm pretty certain I have either pterygium or pinguecula.
 
What is juxtafoveal telangiectasia and how is it treated?
 
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?
 
My 85-year-old father has macular degeneration. Last week he received an injection in the eye as treatment. He feels very tired. Could the injection be the cause of his fatigue?
 
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?
 
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.
 
My husband was told the vein in his retina is blocked. He has severely decreased 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?
 
Is it indicated to have an Avastin injection for macular degeneration in the same eye that had cataract surgery less than a week ago?
 
When I move my hand in front of my face I see my hand leaving a trace between the first and the last positions of my hand movement.
 
My daughter has uveitis. The ophthalmologist sent her to her regular doctor for tests and x-rays to see if there are any underlying issues. Is this the logical next step?
 
What is recovery like after surgery to repair a hole in my retina? Pain, aftercare, time off work, and driving?
 
My 19-year-old daughter was recently diagnosed with 2200/2400 vision due to degenerative myopia and posterior staphlyoma in both eyes.
 
My father was born with a white covering on one eye which never went away.
 
Can You Treat Strabismus in Midlife?
 
For some time I have been seeing blue horizontal lines. If I look at square wire fencing the top and bottom are blue. Occasionally short straight lines become quadrupled, or more.
 
In routine yearly eye exams for contact lenses, would Fuchs’ dystrophy be detected?
 
I am suffering from Sjogren’s syndrome. Currently I am using Eyemist Forte, but it isn’t helping. Can you suggest other medications?
 
What is peripapillary atrophy and how is it treated?
 
I have macular puckering retina. Can this be treated without surgery? What is involved?
 
Can antidepressants cause macular drusen and, in the long term, macular degeneration?
 
I'm currently taking latanoprost eye drops for high pressure in my eyes, but the pressure is still high. I also have high blood pressure that I'm trying to control with exercise and medicine.
 
What are the risks and side effects of using Avastin treatment for retinal vein occlusion with macular edema?
 
What is the name of the rare eye disease that affects Caribbean people and looks like a cluster of grapes on the retina?
 
What is the cure of optic nerve atrophy?
 
What is Coats’ disease?
 
I am considering macular hole surgery and wondered whether it was possible to quantify the risk of complications occurring.
 
I’m 25 and have been told I have symptoms of amblyopia in my right eye. I’m confused as I thought it was generally a pediatric disorder. What may have caused this and what is the treatment?
 
What the cause of a large optic nerve?
 
What is the difference between a bleed and a leak in the setting of AMD?
 
Can lack of oxygen cause wet macular degeneration? I had maxillofacial surgery and went into respiratory failure. I was kept on a ventilator for about two weeks and in a drug-induced coma. Since that time I had the vision loss.
 
My husband has vision loss in his left eye between positions of 12 and 2 but not in the center of his eyesight. Could this still be macular degeneration? This occurred suddenly, not slowly.
 
I have MS and have had double vision in my right eye. What eye diseases or problems (besides optic neuritis) are caused by MS?
 
Can an optometrist check your eyes for signs of macular degeneration?
 
Can blepharitis cause blurriness in vision?
 
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?
 
Can sunlight glare from snow cause AMD or contribute to it?
 
Do you have information on multifocal choroiditis or know where I can find more information? I have had this for over two years. Since it is also a rare disorder, I am also trying to find out how many people in the United States have been diagnosed
 
I have a 10-year-old who has been on steroid eye drops for the last 8 months for the treatment of iritis. I am concerned that we do not have a cause for this ongoing problem and that he has spent so much time on steroids. Is there any alternative?
 
Is it advisable to have cataract surgery with the presence of map dot fingerprint dystrophy?
 
Why would my sclera be swollen out past my iris?
 
What is cellulitis in the eye? What are the consequences if not treated appropriately?
 
What is map-dot-fingerprint corneal dystrophy? I have just been diagnosed with this.
 
Is herpes simplex 2 contagious? Is the virus progressive enough to cause blindness?
 
I think my daughter has an eye bigger than the other. Is this common? I think she has congenital glaucoma after reading online about it.
 
My daughter, 32, and her daughter, 14, both have been diagnosed with glaucoma recently. There is no family history thus far. I am wondering if there could be something in their environment
 
What could cause an area of my eyelashes to disappear? My left upper eyelid has an area that has lost its lashes. Is there any preventative or curative measure to take?
 
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
 
Are women more prone to developing macular degeneration than men?
 
Can blephorplasty cause blepharitis?
 
I have keratoconus on both eyes. In 2008 I had collagen cross-linking done but these days many doctors have told me about the intrastromal rings (intacs). I would like to know your opinion on this surgery.
 
I have chronic posterior blepharitis that affects my daily living and work life. Aside from hot compresses two times daily, flax seed and omega 3, is there anything else I can do? I am 56 and this condition has become debilitating since menopause 3 years
 
Does swimming in a pool have any long term effects on dry eye syndrome?
 
When I close my eyes, usually within an hour they feel like I have applied glue to my eyes. I have to apply a warm washcloth to my eyes to open them. I have applied drops, but this doesn’t help. What could be causing this and how is it treated?
 
I was diagnosed with a macular cyst. What causes this? Does it usually mean surgery?
 
What are the precautions to be taken to prevent recurrence of herpes virus in the cornea?
 
When I look at a grid the lines look wavy. Is that a problem?
 
I have macular degeneration and had cataract surgery about 3 years ago. My eyesight has worsened and I've been advised to have a YAG laser capsulotomy. What are the risks and/or benefits for someone with macular degeneration?
 
As a glaucoma patient, is it possible to undergo cataract surgery?
 
My boyfriend was born with retinitis pigmentosa. He is 31 years old and has tunnel blindness and nighttime blindness. He has been taking vitamin A to prolong his vision, which continues to get worse. Most websites say there is no treatment or cure
 
What is staphyloma?
 
I am a diabetic and I take "Ocuvite Adult 50+." Will this help my vision?
 
I have redness, extreme sensitivity to light, soreness and discoloration around my iris. What could this be?
 
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
 
What is the normal recovery time period after macular hole surgery?
 
Is it true that as women get older, their night vision deteriorates?
 
My 61 year old husband is almost blind from diabetes related glaucoma. Are there any surgical treatments available to return his vision?
 
I’m a 43-year-old man, and I can’t even remember the last time I had my eyes checked. My vision is terrific. Do I even need to get an eye exam?
 
I have been diagnosed as being at risk for closed-angle glaucoma. My doctor is recommending a laser iridotomy. I have read the risks, but have not found anything that says this treatment is recommended as a prophylactic measure.
 
I have been diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa. How often should I get an eye exam?
 
I was diagnosed with glaucoma three years ago, and so far I’ve been doing okay. I have to use the eyedrops my ophthalmologist prescribed every day, but sometimes I forget for a few days. Is it alright to miss a few days with the drops?
 
If glaucoma is treated properly with medication and regular eye doctor visits can you avoid blindness? Also my doctor has recommended I have an iridotomy to help lower the pressure.
 
Is an iridectomy the only way to prevent closed-angle glaucoma? Are there less invasive ways to achieve the same result?
 
Is there a permanent cure for ocular herpes?
 
What Is Fuchs’ corneal dystrophy? And what does it do?
 
What is the difference between hereditary glaucoma and glaucoma in elders? I have family members that were born with glaucoma and their children have developed glaucoma as well.
 
I have chronic dry eye and have used all kinds of over-the-counter drops and prescription drops but nothing seems to help. Is there anything else besides surgery?
 
My husband has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. He’s working hard on keeping his blood sugar under control, and he’s even exercising again. But I’m worried because I read that diabetes can affect your eyesight. Should I be?
 
Friday I was diagnosed with a retinal detachment and given a gas injection to the eye. I went back the next day and he lasered the tears shut and said everything looked good. However, I can still see the gas bubble in my eye. When does that go away?
 
How is a diabetic retinopathy exam performed?
 
I can see clearly out of either eye but when I look out of both eyes, I have double vision. It is like looking through binoculars when you see two images as you cannot get the eyepieces exactly right. What could cause this?
 
I was recently diagnosed with early onset diabetes and my vision is blurry at times. What does this mean and should I go in for an eye exam soon?
 
Can a chalazion occur on the inside of the eyelid causing irritation to the cornea?
 
Can you please explain what multifocal cataract surgery is?
 
I am getting to the point where my cataracts are interfering with my daily activities, so I think I’ll have surgery soon. But I take Flomax on a daily basis and I’ve heard that it can cause a problem during eye surgery. Is that true?
 
I am having a full corneal transplant done next week and wanted to hear positive results from people but all I hear is that it gives you double or quadruple vision.
 
I am not sure whether I should get my eye examination done from an ophthalmologist or from an optometrist. Please clarify from whom should I get my annual eye examination.
 
I do have allergies but I never had my eyes secrete mucus matter and water like they are doing for the past two days. I got some over-the-counter eyedrops that have an antihistamine in it.
 
I recently heard that the newest thinking about cataracts was that it was best to have them removed early in their development, rather than waiting for them to more fully develop. Is that true?
 
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?
 
Is cross linking a safe treatment in keratoconus?
 
Is there a medical cure (gene therapy, laser, etc.) for children's blindness caused primarily by ROP? My kid is now 13 years old born prematurely and suffered ROP.
 
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 always uses protective eyewear when he’s in his workshop, but now he’s telling me that I should use it when I’m out working in the yard. Do I really need to have protective eyewear to do my gardening chores?
 
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.
 
My mother has macular degeneration and is receiving the injections for it. What is her long-term prognosis? Will she be able to keep the vision she has now ... will she eventually go blind?
 
My mother is 90 and has macular degeneration. I am 58, should I be taking any special supplements?
 
My mother-in-law has just had a cataract operation. Her eye is bloodshot two days after the operation. Is this normal?
 
Please explain the difference between a single lens for cataract surgery and multiple lens. Thank you.
 
What can I expect to occur after cataract surgery? I have heard horror stories and I am a little uneasy about the surgery.
 
What eye specialist would I see if I am experiencing temporary blindness in one eye or sometimes both eyes, lasting 1-2 minutes, 20 times per year? Also, I have pressure(feels similar to my eye being squeezed)sometimes at the same time as the blindness.
 
What medication is in the shot that is given in your eye for macular degeneration?

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