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Dr. Jacob A. Mong, D.O.

Ophthalmologist

Dr. Jacob Mong is an ophthalmologist practicing in Boise, Idaho. Dr. Mong specializes in eye and vision care. As an ophthalmologist, Dr. Mong 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. Mong 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.
8 years Experience
Dr. Jacob A. Mong, D.O.
  • Boise, Idaho
  • Michigan State University
  • Accepting new patients

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

It truly depends on the the underlying cause for squinting. In some children, this is a natural reflex due to poor vision in that eye. In some children, it is due to pain from READ MORE
It truly depends on the the underlying cause for squinting. In some children, this is a natural reflex due to poor vision in that eye. In some children, it is due to pain from light sensitivity and inflammation, while in others it is because the muscle is too weak to hold the eyelid up. Murray, it is caused by spasms of the muscles around the eye. There are multiple treatment options, but they all resolve around identifying the underlying cause and treating that first. My recommendation would be an evaluation with a pediatric ophthalmologist as your initial step. Hope that helps.

Could my double vision and headaches indicate neuro opthalmic issues?

Anytime double vision is present, I highly recommend seeing your ophthalmologist. Because the brain and motor nerves of the eye are so intimately connected, double vision can signal READ MORE
Anytime double vision is present, I highly recommend seeing your ophthalmologist. Because the brain and motor nerves of the eye are so intimately connected, double vision can signal serious neurological problems. If you are having double vision and cannot get in to see your ophthalmologist, then I would recommend a visit to the ER to rule out some of the more serious causes while you wait to get in to see your ophthalmologist.

Is there a remedy for red eyes?

The most common cause of red eyes is dryness. While there are many common causes of redness, chronic redness is most often associated with a lack of lubrication of the ocular surface. READ MORE
The most common cause of red eyes is dryness. While there are many common causes of redness, chronic redness is most often associated with a lack of lubrication of the ocular surface. I recommend high quality artificial tears to all of my patients, typically multiple times daily. This would be the best place to start. If the problem persists, I would recommend an examination with your local eye care professional.

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

This could be one of several common problems associated with diabetes. Unfortunately, it is impossible tell the actual cause without an examination. My best advice, would be to READ MORE
This could be one of several common problems associated with diabetes. Unfortunately, it is impossible tell the actual cause without an examination. My best advice, would be to have her examined, as diabetes can have some very serious side effects in the eye. If her vision is declining, I would recommend a dilated eye exam with a qualified eye physician.

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

Absolutely! While it may be a small infection, commonly known as a stye, it may be something far more concerning given her recent illness. I recommend a face-to-face evaluation READ MORE
Absolutely! While it may be a small infection, commonly known as a stye, it may be something far more concerning given her recent illness. I recommend a face-to-face evaluation with either her pediatrician, urgent care, or eye-care specialist.

What exactly is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is progressive damage to the optic nerve, which is responsible for taking the "signal" from the eye to the brain. In many cases, this is associated with higher pressure READ MORE
Glaucoma is progressive damage to the optic nerve, which is responsible for taking the "signal" from the eye to the brain. In many cases, this is associated with higher pressure in the eye, though not always. Risk factors include a family history of glaucoma, age, gender and other comorbidities (diabetes). In most cases patients will not notice visual symptoms until glaucoma is advanced. These include loss of peripheral vision, blurred vision and pain. Glaucoma can be diagnosed with a careful eye exam by an eyecare professional which includes a detailed history, exam to include eye pressure and evaluation of the optic nerve, and in some cases, pictures and visual field testing.

Can eyesight ever get better on its own?

The simple answer is yes, though it is unlikely. It depends on why the eyesight is getting worse. Typically, if your eyesight is changing due to a change in your prescription, READ MORE
The simple answer is yes, though it is unlikely. It depends on why the eyesight is getting worse. Typically, if your eyesight is changing due to a change in your prescription, this slows down, and sometimes, reverses in the second and third decade of life (20's and 30's). However, in most cases, the process simply slows down and you will notice a more stable glasses prescription. It is important to have your eyes evaluated by a qualified eye-care professional in order to determine if there are other pathological reasons for your decreased vision (glaucoma, cataract, macular degeneration, diabetes, etc..).

I can't stand to wear contacts

This is difficult to answer with evaluating the eye. In many cases, this is either due to an improper fitting contact or dry eye disease. Both of these are treatable, but require READ MORE
This is difficult to answer with evaluating the eye. In many cases, this is either due to an improper fitting contact or dry eye disease. Both of these are treatable, but require a qualified eyecare professional to diagnose and help you find a contact that fits your cornea properly. Dry eye syndrome should be managed by an eyecare professional who is comfortable with managing the many variables that cause this condition. In short, your contact should not feel the way you describe and I would recommend NOT wearing it until it has been evaluated by your local optometrist or ophthalmologist.

Diabetes and eye health

Diabetes causes degradation to the small blood vessels of the body, specifically the retina and kidneys. An annual dilated eye exam is necessary to detect early diabetic retinopathy. READ MORE
Diabetes causes degradation to the small blood vessels of the body, specifically the retina and kidneys. An annual dilated eye exam is necessary to detect early diabetic retinopathy. If diagnosed early, this condition can be treated and it will also give you an idea how your body is being influenced by the elevated blood sugar levels.