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Dr. Deborah Kessler Hudak

Ophthalmologist

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

Can doing eye exercises help my eyes?

Sorry! No. Per many studies, based on the evidence of science, the only thing eye exercises have ever been able to help is convergence insufficiency.

Why do some people have dry eyes?

There are many reasons that people have dry eyes. It is extremely common, and estimated to affect 1 in every 5 people. Some of the more common causes are blepharitis, allergies, READ MORE
There are many reasons that people have dry eyes. It is extremely common, and estimated to affect 1 in every 5 people. Some of the more common causes are blepharitis, allergies, side effects of medicines, drying environmental conditions. Remedies should always address the underlying cause. Preservative-free lubricant drops is a starting point in addressing the symptoms.

What is the difference between optometrist and an ophthalmologist?

Optometrists do NOT attend medical school. Ophthalmologists do attend medical school. Optometrists have the equivalent of a PhD in Optics, which they get in 3-5 years after undergrad READ MORE
Optometrists do NOT attend medical school. Ophthalmologists do attend medical school. Optometrists have the equivalent of a PhD in Optics, which they get in 3-5 years after undergrad school. Ophthalmologists have an M.D. (or D.O. degree) and are trained surgeons and medical doctors of diseases of the eyes and vision. An Ophthalmologist, after finishing undergrad school, goes 4-5 years (for all 12 months of the year!) to Medical School, plus 12 month Internship, plus minimum 36 month Residency. In addition, many Ophthalmologists go through an additional 12-36 months of training to be a subspecialist, such as vitreo-retina specialist or oculoplastics specialist or pediatric/strabismus specialist or cornea specialist or glaucoma specialist, etc.. Consider that 38% of the brain's neurons are dedicated to vision!

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

Most styes will drain with application of warm, moist compresses (using a clean washcloth, of course!) A stye is an infection at the pore/opening site to a Meibomian oil gland READ MORE
Most styes will drain with application of warm, moist compresses (using a clean washcloth, of course!) A stye is an infection at the pore/opening site to a Meibomian oil gland of the eyelid. Insufficiently treated, it can lead to a chalazion, conjunctivitis, or cellulitis.

I accidentally got eye makeup remover in my eyes and it is burning in spite of using water on them. What should I do now?

Copious lubrication is what is most important. After thoroughly rinsing them, add 1/2 inch of a lubricant ophthalmic ointment, such as Refresh PM, TheraTears Ointment, GenTeal READ MORE
Copious lubrication is what is most important. After thoroughly rinsing them, add 1/2 inch of a lubricant ophthalmic ointment, such as Refresh PM, TheraTears Ointment, GenTeal Ointment, Systane Ointment, or Lacrilube. Check with the manufacturer of the makeup remover...if it had an alkaline pH or surfactants in it, you should see an eye care specialist or go to an Urgent Care center

Can diabetes cause reading difficulties?

Yes, it could be her diabetes and its related bad effects on the eyes (especially the retina). It could also be cataracts or corneal disease. It would be best for her to check READ MORE
Yes, it could be her diabetes and its related bad effects on the eyes (especially the retina). It could also be cataracts or corneal disease. It would be best for her to check in with an ophthalmologist.

My eyes feel very dry after LASIK. Why could this be?

LASIK often causes people to have some transient worsening of dry eye symptoms. See your eye doctor, and in the meantime use preservative-free lubricant eye drops frequently (at READ MORE
LASIK often causes people to have some transient worsening of dry eye symptoms. See your eye doctor, and in the meantime use preservative-free lubricant eye drops frequently (at least four times daily). You cannot over-lubricate the eye! Lubricating it with high quality preservative-free drops improves the health of the cornea.

Why are my son’s eyes burning?

There are several possibilities, including allergies, dry eyes, a corneal disorder that causes dry eyes, or maybe he has pain of juvenile iritis. An exam by an ophthalmologist READ MORE
There are several possibilities, including allergies, dry eyes, a corneal disorder that causes dry eyes, or maybe he has pain of juvenile iritis. An exam by an ophthalmologist with a slit lamp (a type of microscope) would likely reveal the answer.

My mother is highly diabetic and is not able to see very clearly. Could it be the onset of glaucoma?

"Highly diabetic" causes me to be more concerned about Diabetic Macular Edema, Diabetic Retinopathy, and other related sequelae. Glaucoma usually manifests first with visual field READ MORE
"Highly diabetic" causes me to be more concerned about Diabetic Macular Edema, Diabetic Retinopathy, and other related sequelae. Glaucoma usually manifests first with visual field loss; not hazy vision.
If her retina (and central retina, which is the macula) has diabetic disease, the sooner she sees an Ophthalmologist the better for her long-term vision.

Why does my vision feel hazy in the morning?

The most common problems to give those symptoms are ocular allergies or blepharitis. They may be long-term. An eye check-up would either elicit the diagnosis or give reassurance. READ MORE
The most common problems to give those symptoms are ocular allergies or blepharitis. They may be long-term. An eye check-up would either elicit the diagnosis or give reassurance.

What should I do for the continuous sticky discharge from my eyes?

The fact it is in both eyes, is sticky, and has gone on 3 days, makes it likely to be a bacterial or allergic conjunctivitis. Depending on its cause, it may resolve on its own READ MORE
The fact it is in both eyes, is sticky, and has gone on 3 days, makes it likely to be a bacterial or allergic conjunctivitis. Depending on its cause, it may resolve on its own or not.

My cylindrical number is changing every six months. What could be the cause for this?

It depends on the amount of cylinder. If it is high, and you are near-sighted, you might have keratoconus. An ophthalmologist who is subspecialized in cornea diseases is the READ MORE
It depends on the amount of cylinder. If it is high, and you are near-sighted, you might have keratoconus. An ophthalmologist who is subspecialized in cornea diseases is the expert in these matters.

My son has a black spot in the white portion of his eye. What is this spot?

If you are certain it is growing, it is recommended you bring him to an Ophthalmologist for exam. If you have photos of him that show it was smaller when he was younger, that would READ MORE
If you are certain it is growing, it is recommended you bring him to an Ophthalmologist for exam. If you have photos of him that show it was smaller when he was younger, that would be helpful to the Dr.

Can contact lenses be worn by an 8-year-old?

It depends on how responsible he is with caring for his eyes and contact lenses properly. How is his hygiene? Particularly hand-washing, and likelihood of cleaning contact lenses READ MORE
It depends on how responsible he is with caring for his eyes and contact lenses properly. How is his hygiene? Particularly hand-washing, and likelihood of cleaning contact lenses properly, nightly?

What is the safe age for wearing sunglasses?

All humans should wear sunglasses as early in age as possible. Like sunscreen.

What is the cause of dry eyes?

There are many things that cause dry eyes, as there are three components to the tear film, and multiple disorders that can cause problems with any of those three components. Common READ MORE
There are many things that cause dry eyes, as there are three components to the tear film, and multiple disorders that can cause problems with any of those three components. Common causes: blepharitis, allergic conjunctivitis, medication side effects, inadequate hydration, reading at a computer for long hours, estrogen levels decreased, and contact lens use. Other causes can include inherited, progressive corneal eye disease, cool and/or windy environment, vitamin A deficiency, and others.

Does ADHD medication lead to astigmatism as a side effect?

I have never had a patient with ADHD medication that got astigmatism attributable to the medicine. Astigmatism is nothing more than an irregular curvature of the front of the READ MORE
I have never had a patient with ADHD medication that got astigmatism attributable to the medicine. Astigmatism is nothing more than an irregular curvature of the front of the eye. It is quite common, and can change in amount and position without known cause. It can decrease in amount, too, such that it does not exist. So I would not worry about it. Astigmatism is not a disease. It simply means that the front windowshield of the eye, the cornea, has a shape somewhat like a piece of a football instead of a piece of a basketball.

Can a 3 year old child have glasses?

She should be seen by a pediatric ophthalmologist who can check to see if she needs glasses. This is important, because if she does need glasses and does not receive them before READ MORE
She should be seen by a pediatric ophthalmologist who can check to see if she needs glasses. This is important, because if she does need glasses and does not receive them before 7 years of age, she may have amblyopia, which means she will never be able to see 20/20 for the rest of her life!!! A child's visual pathways of the brain are forming (especially in the first seven years of life), and if the image that the brain receives is not clear (because the child needs glasses), then the brain cannot process the image as perfectly as it would in a child with 20/20 vision.

There's an intense pain in my eyes and my vision is blurry. What could this be from?

There are many possibilities, and the likelihood of one over another depends on the answers to other questions and a good exam by an ophthalmologist. Iritis and severe dry eye READ MORE
There are many possibilities, and the likelihood of one over another depends on the answers to other questions and a good exam by an ophthalmologist. Iritis and severe dry eye or ocular surface disorder are two of the more common conditions to give those symptoms. Again, there are MANY others!

My dad is suffering from hypertension. Of late he has been complaining of double vision. Are the two related?

YES!! Please have him checked by a competent ophthalmologist or neuroophthalmologist!! He might have Temporal arteritis, which can be a life-threatening condition!!