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Dr. Melissa Clare Oltz, O.D.

Optometrist

Dr. Melissa Clare Oltz O.D. is a top Optometrist in Ithaca, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Melissa Clare Oltz O.D. is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Melissa Clare Oltz O.D. is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Melissa Clare Oltz O.D. is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Ithaca, NY, Dr. Melissa Clare Oltz O.D. is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
Dr. Melissa Clare Oltz, O.D.
  • Ithaca, NY
  • Accepting new patients

Can steam irritate my eyes?

Yes, close your eyes while you are steaming.

Can styes in my eyes affect my eyesight?

Yes, styes can get big and warp the cornea, changing the vision. Also, they can cause long term damage to the oil ducts that are infected can cause severe dry eye and lid margin READ MORE
Yes, styes can get big and warp the cornea, changing the vision. Also, they can cause long term damage to the oil ducts that are infected can cause severe dry eye and lid margin scarring/distortion.

A ball hit my eye and now it's swollen. What should I do?

Besides ice...you should see an eye doctor. Your retina can detach from blunt trauma and you can develop internal inflammation that is also sight threatening. This is covered under READ MORE
Besides ice...you should see an eye doctor. Your retina can detach from blunt trauma and you can develop internal inflammation that is also sight threatening. This is covered under medical insurance, not vision insurance.

Can contact lenses protect my eyes from the light of my computer screen?

Blueblocking technology is available in glasses currently, but not in contact lenses. I am sure it will be an option in the future.

What happens if I am exposed to a lot of dust?

It can clog your oil glands and tear ducts as well as make your eyes feel sandy and gritty. The best thing to do is put in an artificial tear before and after your walk and wear READ MORE
It can clog your oil glands and tear ducts as well as make your eyes feel sandy and gritty. The best thing to do is put in an artificial tear before and after your walk and wear a dust blocking goggle/wrap around glasses that block the dust.

Will vitamin A supplements improve my eyesight?

Lutein and Zeaxanthin (Vitamin A) improve photosensitivity, glare sensitivity, contrast sensitivity, and night vision when taken long term. Vitamins A through E are important for READ MORE
Lutein and Zeaxanthin (Vitamin A) improve photosensitivity, glare sensitivity, contrast sensitivity, and night vision when taken long term. Vitamins A through E are important for the eye, as well as drinking plenty of water.

My toddler has a lot of discharge from his right eye. What is it?

You should get it checked out. It could be a blockage of some sort, a chronic infection, blepharitis, or a retained foreign body under his upper lid, etc. Go to your eye doctor READ MORE
You should get it checked out. It could be a blockage of some sort, a chronic infection, blepharitis, or a retained foreign body under his upper lid, etc. Go to your eye doctor and have it checked!

Will my son need glasses for life?

Maybe. Depending on the prescription and reason, he may need visual correction long term. Contacts and Refractive Surgery are a potential possibility when he is older. However, READ MORE
Maybe. Depending on the prescription and reason, he may need visual correction long term. Contacts and Refractive Surgery are a potential possibility when he is older. However, wearing glasses with UV protection while he is young is very protective and can slow future development of cataracts and macular degeneration (if susceptible) as well as protecting him from injuries.

What causes keratoconus?

Keratoconus is a degenerative thinning of the cornea, frequently associated with eye rubbing. There is some genetic component as well. Changes in prescription and frequent increases/shifts READ MORE
Keratoconus is a degenerative thinning of the cornea, frequently associated with eye rubbing. There is some genetic component as well. Changes in prescription and frequent increases/shifts in astigmatism occur. Chances are, if your husband was recently diagnosed, he is not likely to develop severe stages. Most commonly, the condition is found in teenage years due to significant prescription shifts and decreased vision. Most commonly, the condition is managed with glasses and contact lenses. Corneal crosslinking is another commonly used to stabilize the cornea. The best thing is to get eye exams yearly or sooner when a vision change is noticed. This is a medical condition, so your medical insurance should be used for the exams.

My eyes strain a lot when working on my computer. What could be the issue?

Computer Vision Syndrome is very common. Eye strain and visual fatigue results from prolonged exposure to full spectrum screens, prolonged over focusing at a specific distance READ MORE
Computer Vision Syndrome is very common. Eye strain and visual fatigue results from prolonged exposure to full spectrum screens, prolonged over focusing at a specific distance without taking breaks, and decreased blink rate (zoning out and forgetting to blink causing dryness, haziness, eye pain etc.) All of the above combine to make you uncomfortable. Get your eyes checked to make sure you have the proper correction, get glasses with anti glare and blue blocking technology, and take breaks. Every 20 minutes look at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Remember to blink! (The typical blink rate is 17 blinks a minute and on the computer it drops to about 4 blinks a minute.)

How would the optometrist prepare my eyes to test for cataract?

Cataracts are easily visible with a slit lamp and any optometrist will be able to identify the cataracts and let you know whether or not it is ready for surgery or if it is just READ MORE
Cataracts are easily visible with a slit lamp and any optometrist will be able to identify the cataracts and let you know whether or not it is ready for surgery or if it is just shifting your prescription. A full, dilated eye exam should be performed, especially since you have not been seen in 10 years. There are lots of things besides cataracts that can blur your vision and a thorough eye exam is long overdue!

Why do my eyes turn bloodshot by the end of the day?

Normally, that is a form of evaporative dry eye. It usually is brought on by intensive work (computer, driving, etc.). See your doctor for remedies best suited for you and your READ MORE
Normally, that is a form of evaporative dry eye. It usually is brought on by intensive work (computer, driving, etc.). See your doctor for remedies best suited for you and your situation.
Sometimes it is moist heat therapy, sometimes occupational glasses, sometimes drops, or all of the above.

Can lupus make me blind?

It is unlikely lupus will make you blind but it can cause various eye problems which should be looked at and treated if/when they occur. See your eye doctor regularly.

What causes retinal disorders in a person?

There are many causes including genetics and aging. Smoke exposure and certain medical conditions can make it worse. You and your mother should be examined regularly and follow READ MORE
There are many causes including genetics and aging. Smoke exposure and certain medical conditions can make it worse. You and your mother should be examined regularly and follow your doctors guidance. Taking a Lutein supplement, eating a diet rich with green leafy vegetables, antioxidants (in food or supplements) and wearing UV protection are all helpful.

My eyes are puffed up and feel heavy. Why?

Yes, if it feels different than your allergies, it can be an infection or clogged glands. Get them checked out.

I have a problem seeing in dim light. Could it be night blindness?

Yes. It can also be uncorrected refractive error (needing glasses), dry eye, problems with the retina, cataracts...get it checked out by an eye doctor (this would be a medical READ MORE
Yes. It can also be uncorrected refractive error (needing glasses), dry eye, problems with the retina, cataracts...get it checked out by an eye doctor (this would be a medical visit covered under medical insurance)
Taking a Lutein/Zeaxanthin supplement daily has been shown to improve night vision, increase contrast, and reduce glare. (Check out the research studies linked to the Macuhealth website) Also, there is dark adaptation testing that can be done to determine if the problem is in your retina: check with the Maculogix company to see who has an AdaptDx machine near you.

I have been blinking too much. Is it normal?

If you are blinking a lot more than normal there could be several reasons including a small foreign body under one of your upper lids, dryness, allergies, keratitis, viral infection, READ MORE
If you are blinking a lot more than normal there could be several reasons including a small foreign body under one of your upper lids, dryness, allergies, keratitis, viral infection, plugged tear duct, eye strain, uncorrected refractive error, incomplete lid closure while blinking...best to get it checked out by a professional.

I am have hazy vision in the mornings. Could it be due to my blood pressure?

It can be, but it also can be a host of other things. Get your eyes checked.

Is there any supplement to improve eyesight?

Vitamins A-E, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, green leafy vegetables, etc. As for myopia (near sightedness), the most recent studies have found that spending more time outside on a daily basis READ MORE
Vitamins A-E, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, green leafy vegetables, etc. As for myopia (near sightedness), the most recent studies have found that spending more time outside on a daily basis slows it down. As far as non-surgical reversal of a prescription goes, they are working on it.