Rand Spencer, MD, is currently on staff at Texas Retina Associates, a private location in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Spencer is a Board certified Ophthalmologist of over 35 years. Dr. Spencer has dedicated much of his career to continued education, completing retina, vitreous disease, diabetic retinopathy research, and ophthalmology fellowships at several prestigious medical facilities. Dr. Spencer also acts as a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the university of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, as well as authoring several book chapters and medical publications. Recognized for his outstanding achievements in his specialized fields of ophthalmology and pediatric retina care, Dr. Spencer was made an Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Education and Training
Tulane University School of Medicine
American Board of Ophthalmology- Ophthalmology
Rand Spencer's Expert Contributions
My mother is highly diabetic and is not able to see very clearly. Could it be the onset of glaucoma?
In diabetics, the most common cause of hazy vision which clears a few hours later is fluctuations in blood sugar. If your mother has had diabetes for 19 years, she needs an evaluation by an ophthalmologist for diabetic retinopathy which could likely be related to her complaints of being unable to read and see clearly. At age 70, she likely also has some cataract development which could be causing some of her visual problems. She needs to see an ophthalmologist for further evaluation of these issues. READ MORE
One of the primary longterm side effects of high blood sugars is damage to the small capillary blood vessels throughout the body: kidneys, nerves, heart, brain, eyes (retina), etc. When the retinal capillaries/blood vessels are affected this leads to diabetic retinopathy which can cause visual loss in one or both eyes. Type 2 Diabetics should have at least annual eye exams by someone familiar with diabetic retinopathy from the time of their diagnosis with diabetes. Earlier diagnosis leads to earlier treatment intervention which leads to better preservation of vision. READ MORE
It is difficult to know for sure without an exam. It could be an allergy to something outside, although light sensitivity is not a common symptom of an allergy. The symptom is more commonly associated with inflammation in the front of the eye (Iritis or Keratitis) or certain types of cataract formation. I think it'd be worthwhile to see an ophthalmologist if the symptom is relatively recent and sudden in onset and as debilitating as you describe. READ MORE
Areas of expertise and specialization
Faculty Titles & Positions
- Local lecturing and public speaking -
- Clinical Professor of Opthalmology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center -
- Ochsner Medical Clinic-Opthalmology
- Tulane University
- Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary; Harvard University
Professional Society Memberships
- American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Retina Specialists, American Ophthalmological Society, Texas Ophthalmological Association
Articles and Publications
- Yes, Book Chapters and Publications
What do you attribute your success to?
- Rand attributes his success to hard work, diligence, luck and willingness to take the opportunities presented before him.
Hobbies / Sports
- fly fishing, biking, aviation pilot
Favorite professional publications
- American Journal of Opthalmology
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