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Dr. Rona Zel Silkiss, M.D.

Ophthalmologist

Dr. Rona Silkiss is an ophthalmologist practicing in San Francisco, California. Dr. Silkiss specializes in eye and vision care. As an ophthalmologist, Dr. Silkiss can practice medicine as well as surgery. Opthalmologists can perform surgeries because they have their medical degrees along with at least eight years of additional training. Dr. Silkiss can diagnose and treat diseases, perform eye operations and prescribe eye glasses and contacts. Ophthalmologists can also specialize even further in a specific area of eye care.
39 years Experience
Dr. Rona Zel Silkiss, M.D.
  • Oakland, California
  • Northwestern Uniiversity
  • Accepting new patients

Why am I having trouble focusing my eyes?

There are many reasons to have difficulty focusing amongst the more common are dry eyes or the need for glasses. However there are also more serious conditions that can lead ho READ MORE
There are many reasons to have difficulty focusing amongst the more common are dry eyes or the need for glasses. However there are also more serious conditions that can lead ho blurry vision as well. Please contact your ophthalmologist for a complete eye examination to determine the cause specific to you.

What is used to keep your eyes open during LASIK eye surgery?

Generally, a small, delicate eyelid retractor is used to hold your eyelids open during the very short LASIK procedure.

How successful is LASIK?

Lasik surgery can be quite successful for the right patient. An evaluation by a Board Certified Ophthalmologist trained in refractive surgery will help determine if you are a good READ MORE
Lasik surgery can be quite successful for the right patient. An evaluation by a Board Certified Ophthalmologist trained in refractive surgery will help determine if you are a good candidate for surgery.

My son's eyes get itchy and puffy around dogs. What should I do?

It seems that your son is allergic to dogs. Avoidance of dogs will help prevent symptoms. In the event your son cannot avoid being around dogs, he can try an over-the-counter antihistamine READ MORE
It seems that your son is allergic to dogs. Avoidance of dogs will help prevent symptoms. In the event your son cannot avoid being around dogs, he can try an over-the-counter antihistamine - either oral or eye drop or both. You can also have your son see an allergist you may be able to pinpoint the allergy and use allergy injections or oral treatment to
desensitize your son.

Can an ophthalmologist perform cataract surgery?

Yes...absolutely. A board certified ophthalmologist MD is the only specialist qualified to perform cataract surgery.

My vision is a bit hazy since yesterday. Should I get it checked?

Yes! There are many reasons to have the new onset of hazy vision...and several are emergencies. Please contact your EyeMD ophthalmologist or even go to your emergency room for READ MORE
Yes! There are many reasons to have the new onset of hazy vision...and several are emergencies. Please contact your EyeMD ophthalmologist or even go to your emergency room for an evaluation.

How often should diabetes patients get their eyes checked?

People with diabetes should have an ophthalmologist check their eyes at least once a year....and more often if there are any diabetic related or other concerns.

Do I need anesthesia for a laser eye surgery?

I suggest you discuss this with your EyeMD ophthalmologist. Many cataract surgeons do provide for intravenous sedation and local anesthesia for cataract surgery. If you are having READ MORE
I suggest you discuss this with your EyeMD ophthalmologist. Many cataract surgeons do provide for intravenous sedation and local anesthesia for cataract surgery. If you are having a laser procedure for a secondary cataract, anesthesia (other than topical) is generally not needed.

Even after my cataract surgery, I have hazy vision. Why?

There are several reasons to have hazy vision after cataract surgery. For instance: the need for post-operative refraction (glasses), post-operative edema (swelling), an opacification READ MORE
There are several reasons to have hazy vision after cataract surgery. For instance: the need for post-operative refraction (glasses), post-operative edema (swelling), an opacification of the posterior capsule (often called a secondary cataract), etc. All these possibilities can be diagnosed and treated by your EyeMD ophthalmologist surgeon. Please contact her to
arrange for an evaluation.

Why are my eyes watering so much?

Yes. The tearing is a response to irritation. Your eye doctor can check your eyes for a retained particle or other condition that can lead to chronic tearing. Kindly, Dr. READ MORE
Yes. The tearing is a response to irritation. Your eye doctor can check your eyes for a retained particle or other condition that can lead to chronic tearing.

Kindly,

Dr. Silkiss

Why is my vision blurred after my cataract operation?

Ideally, your vision should be clear. May I suggest that you visit your EyeMD Ophthalmologist surgeon for an examination to evaluate for a cloudy capsule, macula edema, a refractive READ MORE
Ideally, your vision should be clear. May I suggest that you visit your EyeMD Ophthalmologist surgeon for an examination to evaluate for a cloudy capsule, macula edema, a refractive error, or other issue that may need treatment to improve your vision to its highest potential.

Kindly,

Dr. Rona Silkiss

Why do I have a pain in my eyes when I read?

You may be experiencing dryness or eye strain. I recommend that you visit an Eye MD (ophthalmologist) or qualified optometrist to evaluate your eyes thoroughly. Kindly, Dr. READ MORE
You may be experiencing dryness or eye strain. I recommend that you visit an Eye MD (ophthalmologist) or qualified optometrist to evaluate your eyes thoroughly.

Kindly,

Dr. Rona Silkiss