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Dr. Thomas C. Wolf, M.D.

Ophthalmologist

Dr. Thomas Wolf is an ophthalmologist practicing in Edmond, OK. Dr. Wolf specializes in eye and vision care. As an ophthalmologist, Dr. Wolf 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. Wolf 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. Thomas C. Wolf, M.D.
  • Edmond, OK
  • University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
  • Accepting new patients

Can baby shampoos cause cataract?

I have never come across anything to suggest a correlation.
Doc W

Can i be affected with two types of cataract in the same eye?

You most likely have posterior capsule opacification. This is very common after IOL Surgery. The capsule is a thin membrane left after cataract removal to support the IOL placed READ MORE
You most likely have posterior capsule opacification. This is very common after IOL Surgery. The capsule is a thin membrane left after cataract removal to support the IOL placed at surgery to provide vision. WebMD has a good section on this. Usually treated by a simple YAG Laser capsulotomy. You should discuss this with your Surgeon.

Doc W

What is the cause of dry eyes?

There are many factors involved. Gender, age, hormonal status, medications and health factors, and environmental issues are some. Itching is actually more common in allergic ocular READ MORE
There are many factors involved. Gender, age, hormonal status, medications and health factors, and environmental issues are some. Itching is actually more common in allergic ocular conditions. Your doctor can assess your risk factors and examine you for any conditions that are active. RX can be directed to any direct or underlying causes. It is a sometimes chronic problem requiring ongoing care.
Doc W

I want to wear contacts

I would have your Doctor assess the backside of your eyelid for Allergic GPC. That could be treated if present. Then, I would recommend being fit with a 1-Day Disposable Soft Contact READ MORE
I would have your Doctor assess the backside of your eyelid for Allergic GPC. That could be treated if present. Then, I would recommend being fit with a 1-Day Disposable Soft Contact Lens if they are available in your RX.
Good luck. T Wolf MD

Anything to watch out for when using glaucoma eye drops?

The most common side effects of this medication are mostly topical. Increasingly "red eyes", eyelid discoloration, eyelash growth & rarely, in very long term use a chance of increasing READ MORE
The most common side effects of this medication are mostly topical.
Increasingly "red eyes", eyelid discoloration, eyelash growth & rarely, in very long term use a chance of increasing discoloration of your iris (eye color).
However, this Class of Glaucoma meds is one of the most effective and most commonly prescribed agents in the management of Glaucoma.
You can discuss these issues with your Physician.

Can eyesight ever get better on its own?

Based on your history. You most likely have a myopic "nearsighted" Refractive RX issue. Very common to progress in adolescents. However, it usually levels out in adulthood. If READ MORE
Based on your history. You most likely have a myopic "nearsighted" Refractive RX issue. Very common to progress in adolescents. However, it usually levels out in adulthood. If this is the case, it is unlikely to "get better".
Options are correcting your vision with eyeglasses, contacts, or in some cases Refractive Surgery.

I can't stand to wear contacts

You would require a careful Eye exam to best answer this. One common issue is having GPC Allergy of your upper posterior eyelid tissue. Another can be subtle Cornea "front READ MORE
You would require a careful Eye exam to best answer this.
One common issue is having GPC Allergy of your upper posterior eyelid tissue. Another can be subtle Cornea "front of the eye" conditions. Dry eye etc...
However, MOST common is just poor Contact Lens fit.
I would recommend you have your Doc see if you are a candidate for the "Daily 1-day disposable" Contacts.
Lastly, there is a percentage of patients that are just Contact Lens intolerant.
Options then could be LASIK or PRK Refractive surgery .
Good luck! Doc W

Why are my eyes so sensitive to light?

Difficult issue to address as an isolated problem. This can be many things. ALL which can be assessed via a careful eye exam... Most common are irritations of your Cornea READ MORE
Difficult issue to address as an isolated problem.
This can be many things. ALL which can be assessed via a careful eye exam...
Most common are irritations of your Cornea or Anterior eye surface. Dry eye, Allergy etc..Also ocular inflammation, cataracts and retinal issues are possibilities...

What exactly is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is most commonly an age-related condition, where the normal internal circulating eye fluid "pressure" begins to rise. Most problems related to aging cause less effective READ MORE
Glaucoma is most commonly an age-related condition, where the normal internal circulating eye fluid "pressure" begins to rise. Most problems related to aging cause less effective internal "eye drains". This pressure build-up puts stress on the optic nerve "computer vision processing cable" that is responsible for sending your "vision" to your brain for processing. Long term pressure build-up damages this connection, leading to potential for visual loss. It is usually a "SILENT" disease in its most common forms and requires eye exam & testing to diagnose.

There are other less common glaucoma conditions, sometimes associated with other eye diseases. Most cases occur after a person turns 40 years old, but rarer forms can be seen earlier.

Diabetes and eye health

"Best Medical Practices" recommendations are for ALL Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetics to have Comprehensive Dilated Eye Exam yearly. Diabetes affects the small blood vessels of your READ MORE
"Best Medical Practices" recommendations are for ALL Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetics to have Comprehensive Dilated Eye Exam yearly. Diabetes affects the small blood vessels of your body and eye. Depending on both, degree of diabetic glucose control and how long a patient has had diabetes, which are risk factors for theses small vessels to "leak fluid" or bleed into your inner eye layer known as your RETINA... caught early, there are tremendously successful treatments available. Untreated disease does uniformly poorly, leading to visual loss. Definitely, SEE your eye physician.

Why are my eyes sore after contacts?

Very probable that your contact lens fits poorly, you have subtle contact lens induced inflammation or allergy, dry eye or some eyelid issues that should be addressed. Careful READ MORE
Very probable that your contact lens fits poorly, you have subtle contact lens induced inflammation or allergy, dry eye or some eyelid issues that should be addressed. Careful eye exam and treatment of any of these issues, along with assessment of contact lens fit will help. Also, ask about the "One Day" disposable contacts...safest lenses on the market...we rarely see any issues in patients using these.

My eye looks different because of my astigmatism. Anything I can do?

I'm not sure I understand your question. ASTIGMATISM is a refractive eye "power" & "focusing" issue...it doesn't cause your eye to be visibly different than the other. If you are READ MORE
I'm not sure I understand your question. ASTIGMATISM is a refractive eye "power" & "focusing" issue...it doesn't cause your eye to be visibly different than the other. If you are noting a PHYSICAL difference in appearance, you have a problem that needs assessing. If you are describing how you "see" things differently, then, yes, astigmatism blurs you. It can be addressed with glasses, contact lenses or sometimes, refractive surgery. See your eyecare physician to diagnose and address options with you.

Why does my eyesight get worse every year?

If you are younger..near sightedness is a common issue,if middle age..emerging farsightedness begins,if older..cataracts change your focus. See your eye doctor to discuss why he/she READ MORE
If you are younger..near sightedness is a common issue,if middle age..emerging farsightedness begins,if older..cataracts change your focus. See your eye doctor to discuss why he/she feels you are changing.

Constant eye floaters--what's wrong?

This is consistent with vitreous gel degeneration and possible separation. The posterior 2/3 of the eye cavity is occupied by a solid clear gel structure known as "vitreous". As READ MORE
This is consistent with vitreous gel degeneration and possible separation. The posterior 2/3 of the eye cavity is occupied by a solid clear gel structure known as "vitreous". As we age it liquefies and will "collapse" into itself, sometimes suddenly with large "floaters" which are condensations of the gel.

However, when the gel separates, there is sudden traction on the inner visual eye tissue known as the "retina". Small retinal tears can occur, which, if left untreated, can progress to retinal detachment and visual loss.

So, any "new" onset of floaters, light flashes, "specks" or "blobs" in your vision do warrant a complete dilated eye and retina exam. The vast majority of "floaters" will be benign, but a small percentage of people will have issues that need to be medically addressed.