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Dr. Russell E. Swann

Ophthalmologist

Dr. Russell E. Swann is a top Ophthalmologist in Waco, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Russell E. Swann is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Russell E. Swann is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Russell E. Swann is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Waco, Texas, Dr. Russell E. Swann is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
Dr. Russell E. Swann
  • Waco, Texas
  • Tulane University School of Medicine
  • Accepting new patients

Can a cataract recur in a person?

If the definition of cataract is a clouded lens, then the answer is a guarded no. In today's state of the art cataract surgery, the lens capsule is left in the eye to support the READ MORE
If the definition of cataract is a clouded lens, then the answer is a guarded no. In today's state of the art cataract surgery, the lens capsule is left in the eye to support the plastic lens (IOL) and approximately 30% of the time the membrane clouds secondary to cellular growth. This results in blurry vision. The remedy is making a hole in the clouded capsule with a YAG laser. But, of course, there can be other causes, so an exam by an ophthalmologist is recommended.

My sister's baby has been diagnosed with infant cataract. Is this curable?

This is a highly controversial area, but it is clear without surgery, the baby will develop severe amblyopia. I recommend an experienced surgeon/pediatric ophthalmologist. The READ MORE
This is a highly controversial area, but it is clear without surgery, the baby will develop severe amblyopia. I recommend an experienced surgeon/pediatric ophthalmologist. The main issue is the child is growing so it is very difficult to predict the IOL power AND the infant eye is very reactive, making secondary posterior pacification of the capsule very likely. This is a great challenge to the parents as well and at this age, silicon contact lenses are a reasonable solution if you have highly motivated parents.

Why are my mother's eyes watering 1 year after cataract surgery?

Quick answer: dry eyes, or bilateral blocked tear ducts. Your mother needs to see an ophthalmologist interested in working up dry eyes to determine the etiology.

I have a lot of floaters in my eyes. Will it make me blind?

The 99% answer is no if you had them, but if they are new then a dilated retinal exam is Indicated especially if you had flashes of light or are a high myope or have other medical READ MORE
The 99% answer is no if you had them, but if they are new then a dilated retinal exam is Indicated especially if you had flashes of light or are a high myope or have other medical problems such as diabetes

Can being in the sun without UV protection harm my eyes?

This is basic: UV exposure in large quantities is associated with skin cancer (squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma and melanoma as well as pre-cancer lesions such as READ MORE
This is basic: UV exposure in large quantities is associated with skin cancer (squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma and melanoma as well as pre-cancer lesions such as actinic keratoses). Therefore, if you have pale skin, you should be even more vigilant: use sun screen, a hat and large sunglasses with UV-A and B filters to protect the eye as well as the peri-ocular skin. The evidence regarding ocular damage is there as well including Salzmans keratopathy, pterygium and exacerbation of dry eyes. Cataracts also seem more prevalent with extreme sun, such as farmers.

Can my son's single eye squint be corrected through surgery?

I am not a pediatric Ophthalmologist, however, there are some principles that are important: 1) make an appointment with a pediatric MD Ophthalmologist or a general Ophthalmologist READ MORE
I am not a pediatric Ophthalmologist, however, there are some principles that are important: 1) make an appointment with a pediatric MD Ophthalmologist or a general Ophthalmologist with a strong interest in this area of Ophthalmology; 2) is there vision in the deviated eye? If so, this needs to be treated before surgery with amblyopia treatment, which can include patching and atropine; 3) surgery can be done, but can include both eyes with a 70% chance of winning on the first attempt. Success will be greater with greater vision. If no vision, the analogy would be a ship without an anchor, so strabismus surgery may work for a time and then drift.
Having said all of this, I am in agreement that cosmesis is important and that all future children should be evaluated earlier, including next generations.

My daughter is 3 years old and currently has swelling in her left eye. Is this a sty?

You should go to a general or pediatric ophthalmologist and treat the chalazion or anterior stye. Without pictures I would try warm compresses for 4 minutes and local massage READ MORE
You should go to a general or pediatric ophthalmologist and treat the chalazion or anterior stye. Without pictures I would try warm compresses for 4 minutes and local massage for 10 seconds 4Xdy and see the above recommended physicians

What is the reason for constant watering of the eyes?

Tearing eyes (epiphora) can be secondary to many etiologies. Firstly, it is usually easy to rule out lacrimal drainage issues; assuming this has been ruled out, the more frequently READ MORE
Tearing eyes (epiphora) can be secondary to many etiologies. Firstly, it is usually easy to rule out lacrimal drainage issues; assuming this has been ruled out, the more frequently seen cause is reflex tearing from dry eyes. This can be evaporative, decrease aqueous production, and even conjunctival chalasis. This is not always easy to sort out. It is recommended to find an ophthalmologist who has an interest and/or specialty in this area.

Is there a way to treat cataract without surgery?

There is an article by Robert Jay Warren in second opinion February 2004 which suggests that DMSO WITH ANTIOXIDANTS MAY BE OF VALUE. A recent article by Melissa Merrel PharmD suggests READ MORE
There is an article by Robert Jay Warren in second opinion February 2004 which suggests that DMSO WITH ANTIOXIDANTS MAY BE OF VALUE. A recent article by Melissa Merrel PharmD suggests that glutathione and DMSO SHOULD BE IN SEPARATE BOTTLES DUE TO INCOMPATIBILITY. I have no personal experience.

My son is 3 years old and has developed cataract. What should I do?

The issue is amblyopia vs developing.eye as implanting the predicted IOL power won't be accurate as the child develops. Need to know what kind of cataract and if dilation would READ MORE
The issue is amblyopia vs developing.eye as implanting the predicted IOL power won't be accurate as the child develops. Need to know what kind of cataract and if dilation would improve his best corrected vision. If cataract surgery is the only option I would recommend a cataract surgeon who is comfortable with pediatric case, do a good anterior capsulotomy and on completion of the cataract removal do a posterior capsu lotomy with an optic capture in the posterior capsulorrhexis. This apparently decreases the need for vitrectomy and certainly precludes a YAG capsulotomy. Even when this is done well the child needs to be followed closely for amblyopia preferably by a pediatric ophthalmologist.