Dr. Rona Silkiss is an ophthalmologist practicing in Oakland, 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.
Education and Training
Northwestern Uniiversity 1980
Northwestern University The Feinberg School of Medicine 1980
OphthalmologyAmerican Board of OphthalmologyABO
PediatricsAmerican Board of PediatricsABP
Dr. Rona Zel Silkiss M.D.'s Expert Contributions
I would recommend that your child have a thorough dilated eye examination. There are some conditions in which an individual sees floaters that may require care. READ MORE
Lenses or contacts each have their own benefits and suboptimalities depending upon your own examination and needs. I would suggest that you be evaluated by an ophthalmologist who can prescribe both. You can then determine which, if not both, is right for you. READ MORE
If your refractive error is stable, you are old enough for Lasik. This should be discussed completely with your surgeon after a thorough examination. READ MORE
If your contacts fit you well and you use appropriate good hygiene techniques, you can wear contacts daily. This assumes you do not have any underlying ocular conditions that make contacts lens wear contraindicated. READ MORE
Please use over-the-counter artificial tears. You might ask your Lasik surgeon for a recommendation of preferred type or brand. READ MORE
A small eyelid retractor may be placed on your eye to prevent you from blinking. There are also tracking devices to focus specifically on your pupil. READ MORE
Most conjunctivitis is viral in nature and will resolve over time without treatment. The corona virus can also present as conjunctivitis. Viral conjunctivitis of any type is very contagious. There may also be a bacterial component to conjunctivitis which can be treated with a topical antibiotic eye drop. I suggest you schedule a Telehealth appointment with your eye doctor to evaluate your situation. READ MORE
Good hand washing! Avoid touching your eyes, use your own towel and pillow cover. Do not leave tissues around for others to touch. READ MORE
There are many reasons to have a sharp pain in the eye. They include a dry eye or foreign body or lash in the eye, One can also have a viral (herpetic) infection of the cornea, elevation of pressure in the eye, etc., that can lead to this discomfort. It is recommended that you seek the advice of an ophthalmologist to evaluate your particular situation. READ MORE
You should eat a diet rich in Omega- 3 fatty acids and Vitamin A. READ MORE
Perhaps your eyes are getting dry, or you have an allergy to the feathers in your pillows, or you are burying your eyes into your pillow....or you don't take out your contact lenses every night. You may even have an increase in your intraocular pressure in the dark. I would recommend that you seek the evaluation of an ophthalmologist to check your eye health. READ MORE
You may wish to try an over-the-counter allergy drop such as Alaway or Zaditor. Check for allergens in your environment such as feather pillows, pollens, pets, etc. If your symptoms do improve, please see your eye doctor. READ MORE
Unfortunately, no. However, cataract surgery is a highly successful and efficient treatment. READ MORE
Stress itself does not cause light sensitivity....but it does make us more sensitive and perhaps less tolerant of irritations around us. Additionally, there are ophthalmic syndromes that can be induced by stress, especially in men. If you feel that your vision has changed, please see an ophthalmologist for a full evaluation. READ MORE
This depends on the type of work that you do and the type of conjunctivitis. If you have viral conjunctivitis and are in contact with people that may contract the condition, please either stay home, or be mindful of the surfaces and people you touch. READ MORE
There are several reasons for the eyes not to track together, such as underlying strabismus, cranial nerve palsies and other neurologic problems, refractive errors, etc. May I suggest you discuss your particular situation with an ophthalmologist. READ MORE
There are many reasons for poor vision. Most cases of naturally poor vision do not improve. Poor vision from some acquired conditions may change. Please see your eye doctor for an evaluation. READ MORE
Glaucoma is a medical condition associated with elevated pressure in your eyes. You can feel a pressure sensation for many other reasons including sinus congestion, allergies, dry eyes, etc. Please schedule an appointment with your ophthalmologist to evaluate. READ MORE
You can use artificial tear drops for your eyes. These drops are available over the counter. Additionally, you can increase your intake of fish oil or omega-3. READ MORE
There is no natural treatment that I am aware of. Please contact your ophthalmologist to discuss options to improve vision. READ MORE
Floaters generally settle out of the visual field. If they do not, or if they worsen, an examination with your ophthalmologist would be in order. READ MORE
The options vary widely depending on one's age, degree of astigmatism, pre-existing cataract, etc. I suggest that you see a refractive MD Ophthalmologist who can discuss the options for you including glasses, contact lenses, refractive surgery and even lens removal and replacement. READ MORE
The data is not in. Please refer to this article from the American Macular Society: Blue Light The scientific evidence implicates blue light as a risk factor in contributing to the onset or progression of macular degeneration, as well as other eye diseases such as cataracts. However, the blue light emitted from the sun and the blue light emitted from electronic devices are significantly different. While most of the research agrees that UV blocking sunglasses are an important protective measure against sunlight exposure, the research on blue light emitted from electronic devices is contradictory and inconclusive. Studies such as this one https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-28254-8#Abs1 verify that blue light can cause damage at greater intensities, but the findings of such studies tend to get extrapolated by the press or marketing campaigns to implicate all blue light as damaging, including that emitted from electronic devices. However, this study, and others, did not show effects. READ MORE
There are many reasons for watery eyes, such as dry eyes, allergies, eyelid irregularities, abnormal lash orientation, even blocked tear ducts. You should be evaluated by an ophthalmologist to determine the cause and treatment in your situation. READ MORE
Seeing flashes could be a sign of a retinal issue (hole or tear), vitreous issue (vitreous peeling away), an ophthalmic migraine or other issue. I advise you to see your ophthalmologist for a dilated eye examination. READ MORE
The procedure should last your lifetime. READ MORE
I would suggest that you bring your daughter to an eye MD ophthalmologist for a vision check and dilated examination. There are both serious and non-serious conditions for which your child should be evaluated. READ MORE
Yes. You should wear sunglasses anytime you are in bright sun....regardless of having surgery or not. In particular after LASIK you will want to protect your eyes from glare and dust. READ MORE
If your son has stable vision, he would be of suitable age for consideration for Lasik. It would be recommended that he see a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in refractive surgery. READ MORE
Floaters are a normal phenomenon as you age, however, at 24 years old, it could be a sign of ocular disease especially if associated with cloudy vision, discomfort or flashing lights. We recommend that you undergo an ophthalmologic examination to evaluate your eye health. READ MORE
Patients that undergo laser refractive surgery may have dry eye after surgery. Additionally, the refractive correction can shift over time. You should discuss this and the potential risks and complications of surgery with your ophthalmic surgeon. READ MORE
Seeing floaters in normal in older individuals. You are quite young. If the floaters are new, if you are very nearsighted, or the floaters are associated with some eye discomfort, I would recommend that you see an ophthalmologist for a dilated eye examination. READ MORE
You should have an examination ASAP with an ophthalmologist. A torn retina can present with flashes floaters and vision loss. A corneal abrasion, narrow angle glaucoma, iritis, etc., can present with pain. READ MORE
Yes. You should see an ophthalmologist. There are several conditions such as myositis, thyroid eye disease, a fracture, corneal infection, etc., that can lead to discomfort with eye movement. Please contact your doctor and arrange a consultation. READ MORE
This depends on the type of lens you have purchased. In general, we strongly advise that your lenses be removed each night (do not sleep in them), cleaned carefully and replaced in your eyes in the morning. If you are using daily wear lenses, you can discard the old lenses each night and use a fresh lens each morning. READ MORE
The retinal tear is repaired by using an instrument that "tacks" it down. Both laser and cryotherapy perform this task. Please discuss the options with your retinal specialist as there may be specific reasons for your particular recommendation. READ MORE
Yes! You should absolutely see your eye doctor. There are many possible causes, but an examination by an ophthalmologist is required. READ MORE
There are many types of lesions that can occur on the inside of an eyelid, such as chalazia or tumors. I would suggest you see an eye MD ophthalmologist. She will be able to diagnose and treat these growths. READ MORE
There is no easy solution for floaters. If they are increasing, I recommend that you see an eye MD ophthalmologist and undergo a dilated ophthalmologic examination to make sure the is no conditions (treatable) that are leading to the development of the floaters. READ MORE
Yes. An upper respiratory infection can be associated with conjunctivitis. This is usually viral. You may also have a bit of an allergy. If your symptoms persist, please schedule an appointment with an ophthalmologist for a complete evaluation. READ MORE
Yes. Please visit your ophthalmologist to fully evaluate and remove if indicated this growth. Cystic lesions filled with clear fluid may be hidrocystadenomas - cysts of sweat. READ MORE
No. Most children do not see floaters. Perhaps he is describing a photic image when he looks away from a bright light. I would suggest that you have him evaluated by an ophthalmologist to rule out other causes of floaters in young children. READ MORE
It is not a good idea to sleep with contact lenses on. It predisposes you to infections, some of which can be severe. Careful hygiene and good technique is mandatory for long-term safe contact lens wear. READ MORE
Removal of spots on the eye (unless they are malignant) are not recommended. There are risks to surgery. Additionally, the removal may replace the blue mark with a red mark. Please visit your EyeMD ophthalmologist to fully evaluate your particular concern. READ MORE
It sounds like you have an eyelid stye or chalazion. We recommend that you use warm compresses. If the dilated gland on the inside of your eyelid with associated inflammation does not subside, your ophthalmologist will be able to prescribe medication to improve this. READ MORE
Yes. Children can have astigmatism. The incidence can be quite high and is a leading cause of preventable amblyopia ( lazy eye). Please make sure your son sees an EyeMD ophthalmologist for a complete eye exam and refraction to determine if he needs corrective glasses. READ MORE
Your son may well have seasonal or other allergies. Try using a nonsteroidal over-the-counter eye drop to alleviate his symptoms. Take him as well to his ophthalmologist and primary care doctor to confirm the diagnosis and determine if their are other precautions you might take to make him more comfortable. READ MORE
I wonder if you mean your son has increased intraocular pressure such as is found in glaucoma or enlarged optic nerves - that may be a normal variant, mistaken for drusen or myopia or even associated with neural tumors, etc.? Please have your child be evaluated by an EyeMD ophthalmologist and ask these questions for clarity. READ MORE
There are many reasons for eye discoloration...and the diagnosis is dependent, in part, on the structure involved. In this instance, it seems you may be describing a graying of your brown eyes in an area of your cornea. You might be developing arcus senilis or other change in your cornea that dims the view of your brown iris. It is recommended that you visit and an EyeMD ophthalmologist to evaluate your eyes. READ MORE
Your son should have a good nutritious diet. He should be evaluated by an ophthalmologist. She will discuss the reason for the need for glasses (such as nearsightedness or astigmatism) and the ways to improve your sons's vision. In general, outside of a healthy diet and eye protection, there is no "natural organic" process to treat eye concerns. READ MORE
In its most severe form, macular degeneration can lead to loss of central, not peripheral, vision. This of course, can be quite debilitating. There are treatments and preventive measures, however. Continued care with your ophthalmologist is recommended. READ MORE
There are many reasons for eye pain. Dry eyes, infection, narrow angle glaucoma, iritis, etc. My strong suggestion is that you see an EyeMD ophthalmologist to correctly diagnose and treat you. READ MORE
There are many reasons to have swollen lids. The most common reason as you describe is allergy. Check for pollens, feathers (especially in pillows), pollution, products, perfumes, pets and other things to which you may be sensitive. Eliminate these things from your environment, try over-the-counter medications and seek the advice of an ophthalmologist or allergist. READ MORE
Generally, laser surgery is for nearsightedness...though there are procedures for farsightedness. I would strongly suggest that you confer with an EyeMD ophthalmologist specializing in refractive surgery to determine the appropriate procedure and timing for your eyes. READ MORE
Using your eyes does not cause vision loss. You can, however, develop eye strain. Best to routinely rest your eyes or look in the distance to defocus your eyes periodically...and of course undergo early examinations by your ophthalmologist to check your eye health. READ MORE
A retina consultation is an extended examination by a retinal specialist. During this visit, a dilated eye examination often with special testing such as OCT (optical coherence topography) or a FA (fluroscein angiogram) may be undertaken to evaluate underlying retinal disease. READ MORE
Allergies can cause irritation and the release of histamines. These molecules can cause vasodilation and tearing...leading to a pink eye and signs and symptoms very similar to conjunctivitis from an infection. There is generally clear tears without mucoid discharge from an allergy as opposed to a bacterial infection. READ MORE
Contact lenses are safe, but they do require good hygiene and appropriate care. If one does not take appropriate hygiene precautions, an infection could develop. READ MORE
There are special circumstances for which a child may require laser surgery, however, it is much preferred for the child to go through puberty, complete his growth and have stable vision before contemplating a laser procedure. It would be best to consult a refractive surgeon that cares for children to answer this question in detail for your child. READ MORE
You could try using an over-the-counter tear drop or allergy drop. If your eyes are still irritated, I would suggest that you see an ophthalmologist to evaluate the many different causes for irritated, uncomfortable eyes. 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. READ MORE
Generally, a small, delicate eyelid retractor is used to hold your eyelids open during the very short LASIK procedure. 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. 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. READ MORE
Yes...absolutely. A board certified ophthalmologist MD is the only specialist qualified to perform cataract surgery. 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. READ MORE
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. 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. 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. 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 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 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 READ MORE
- Transconjunctival surgery.
- Eight-fold path to happiness for the cosmetic surgery patient.
- Hyaluronic acid gel (Restylane) filler for facial rhytids: lessons learned from American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery member treatment of 286 patients.
- Treatment of trichiasis using an 810-nm diode laser: an efficacy study.
- Receptor expression in orbital inflammatory syndromes and implications for targeted therapy.
- Evidence of intrathyroidal B-lymphocyte depletion after rituximab therapy in a patient with Graves' disease.
- Highly active antiretroviral therapy-associated ptosis in patients with human immunodeficiency virus.
- Evidence of orbital B and T cell depletion after rituximab therapy in Graves' ophthalmopathy.
- Congenital ectopic cilia of the upper eyelid.
- Orbital involvement in Bing-Neel syndrome.
- A merkel cell carcinoma of the lacrimal gland.
- Severe enophthalmos and lagophthalmos secondary to HIV-associated lipoatrophy.
- Re: "Human immunodeficiency virus-associated blepharoptosis".
- Orbital B-lymphocyte depletion in a treatment failure of rituximab for thyroid eye disease.
- Vismodegib for periocular and orbital basal cell carcinoma.
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Faculty Titles & Positions
- Chief, Division of Ophthalmic Plastic, Reconstructive and Orbital Surgery California Pacific Medical Center 2000 - 2018
- Associate Clinical Professor, Ophthalmology University of California, San Francisco 2012 - 2018
- Achievement Award 2014 American Academy of Ophthalmology
- Senior Achievement Award 2016 American Academy of Ophthalmology
- Service Award 2014 American Academy of Ophthalmology
- Teaching Award 2017 California Pacific Medical Center
- Birth Defects
- Graves' Disease
- American Academy of Ophthalmology
- American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
- The American Ophthalmological Society
- Alpha Omega Alpha
- California Academy of Ophthalmology
- San Francisco Medical Society
- Alameda Contra Costa Medical Society
- California Medical Association
- Ucla Med Ctr, Ophthalmology; Ny & Presby Hp-Cornell Campus, Pediatrics; Children'S Hosp Of L A, Pediatrics
- Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
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- California Pacific Medical Center - California Campus ( San Francisco, CA )
- Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus ( Oakland, CA )
- Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus ( Berkeley, CA )
- Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland ( Oakland, CA )
- John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek Campus ( Walnut Creek, CA )
- Washington Hospital ( Fremont, CA )
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