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Dr. Dawn Dachelet Wilczek, O.D.

Optometrist

Dr. Dawn Wilczek O.D. is a top Optometrist in Anniston, AL. With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to her specialty, Dr. Dawn Wilczek O.D. is an expert in changing the lives of her patients for the better. Through her designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Dawn Wilczek O.D. is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in her field, Dr. Dawn Wilczek O.D. is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. She embodies the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Anniston, AL, Dr. Dawn Wilczek O.D. is a true asset to her field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
22 years Experience
Dr. Dawn Wilczek, O.D.
  • Anniston, AL
  • Presbyterian College
  • Accepting new patients

My refractive error in both the eyes is about 6. Can you please suggest a possible treatment?

Your treatment options are glasses, contacts, or refractive surgery (such as LASIK).

Do specs with glare protection really work?

Yes, the glare protection really works. If your prescription has changed, though, that could be causing your headaches.

How often should we ideally visit an optometrist?

An annual exam would be ideal to keep up with any changes in the prescription and also to monitor the health of the eyes.

My eye drops are getting into my mouth. Should I be concerned?

There is nothing to be concerned about, but if you would like to stop that from happening, just pinch on either side of the bridge of your nose (near the corners of your eyes) READ MORE
There is nothing to be concerned about, but if you would like to stop that from happening, just pinch on either side of the bridge of your nose (near the corners of your eyes) for several seconds and that will close off the ducts that drain into your mouth. You may still get a little drainage, but it will prevent most of the drops from draining down your throat.

Is there a cure for color blindness?

No, there is no cure for color blindness. It is a hereditary trait.

What is the way to treat eye strain due to excessive computer use?

You first need to go and have a comprehensive, dilated eye exam with an optometrist to make sure that you are wearing your best prescription. Most eye strain from the computer READ MORE
You first need to go and have a comprehensive, dilated eye exam with an optometrist to make sure that you are wearing your best prescription. Most eye strain from the computer is from you eyes drying out. Now days we have more of a half blink instead of a full blink which doesn't allow the oily layer to be deposited onto the cornea to protect the aqueous layer of your tear film. Concentrate on blinking fully with your eyes lightly touching each other. You can also use artificial tears 2-4 times a day to help with dryness as well.

What is the difference between optometrist and an ophthalmologist?

The biggest difference between an optometrist and an ophthalmologist is an optometrist does not do surgery. Optometrist's have an OD (Doctor of Optometry) and go to 4 years of READ MORE
The biggest difference between an optometrist and an ophthalmologist is an optometrist does not do surgery. Optometrist's have an OD (Doctor of Optometry) and go to 4 years of optometry school and Ophthalmologist's have a MD and go to 4 years of medical school with a residency in ophthalmology. Optometrist's have extensive training and schooling in optics (for glasses) and also complete understanding of the structure and functions of the eye. Optometrists are able to follow and treat eye diseases. The best way to think of an optometrist is they are the primary care physician of the eye and if you need surgery or laser procedures, your optometrist would refer you to an ophthalmologist for treatment and then you would be released back to your optometrist for your regular eye health exams.

Constant eye floaters--what's wrong?

It would be best to get your eyes dilated and examined by an Optometrist since it has been such a long time. There are multiple things that "floaters" can be. Yes, floaters can READ MORE
It would be best to get your eyes dilated and examined by an Optometrist since it has been such a long time. There are multiple things that "floaters" can be. Yes, floaters can get worse as we age because the vitreous in our eyes starts to liquefy as we get older and this liquefying causes floaters. You can also have a Posterior Vitreous Detachment (PVD) which can happen as we get older. The biggest reason to get your eyes dilated and checked is because this could be a sign that you have a retinal hole or tear that could be the beginning of a retinal detachment. The only way to know for sure is to have a dilated eye exam with an eye care professional.

Why is my vision blurry only sometimes?

Intermittent blur is most commonly caused by your eyes getting dry. Your eyes have to have a good, clean, tear film over them in order for you to see your best. When you are READ MORE
Intermittent blur is most commonly caused by your eyes getting dry. Your eyes have to have a good, clean, tear film over them in order for you to see your best. When you are reading, on the computer or watching TV, you don't tend to blink as often as normal and your eyes can dry out. The environment can also cause excess ocular dryness as well. You can use some OTC artificial tears to help keep your eyes lubricated.

Why are my eyes sore after contacts?

Typically, that means that your eyes are getting dry and/or there is not enough oxygen getting to your cornea. You can try to use artificial tears to lubricate your eyes, try to READ MORE
Typically, that means that your eyes are getting dry and/or there is not enough oxygen getting to your cornea. You can try to use artificial tears to lubricate your eyes, try to reduce your contact lens wear time or try another contact lens brand with a different material and one that allows more oxygen permeability.