Dr. David Fingerhut, M.D., Ophthalmologist | Retina Specialist
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Dr. David Fingerhut, M.D.

Ophthalmologist | Retina Specialist

5350 Poplar Avenue Suite 950 Memphis TN, 38120


Dr. Fingerhut is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in medical and surgical retinal diseases.  He attended medical school at Indiana School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN. He then did his internship at New York Hospital in Queens, NY and his residency in Ophthalmology at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY. After residency, Dr. Fingerhut completed his two year medical and surgical fellowship in retina at Eye Specialty Group/Vitreoretinal Foundation in Memphis, TN. Dr. Fingerhut is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Retinal Surgeons.


Education and Training

Indiana University B.A. 2002

Indiana University School of Medicine 2010

Board Certification

American Board of Ophthalmology

Provider Details

Male English, Spanish
Dr. David Fingerhut, M.D.
Dr. David Fingerhut, M.D.'s Expert Contributions
  • Can eye floaters go away naturally?

    There are many possible causes for floaters, some of which are benign while others are emergencies. If you are experiencing a new onset of floaters, you should be examined urgently by an eye care professional. For most benign causes of floaters, these typically do not go away. Rather one sees them intermittently. Any increase, however, warrants urgent evaluation. READ MORE

  • Can you get floaters after vitrectomy?

    Although not typical, one can have or develop floaters after vitrectomy surgery. There are too many possible etiologies to list here; however, if one has any increase in floaters, it warrants evaluation by an eye care professional. READ MORE

  • Is it a blood clot or pink eye?

    I recommend evaluation by an eye care professional for appropriate diagnosis. There are multiple etiologies for a red eye, such as bacterial or viral conjunctivitis (pink eye) vs. a subconjunctival hemorrhage (bruising of the external eye tissue). Most of the aforementioned etiologies are not threatening in and of themselves, but can point to other underlying conditions that should be addressed. Yes, "pink eye," or conjunctivitis can be caused by the coronavirus; however there are many other possible etiologies of a red eye. Again, an eye care professional can help with the diagnosis and treatment of these conditions. READ MORE

  • How do you get rid of eye strain?

    Eye strain is typically, although not always from under correction. An example would be someone who needs eyeglasses to read but does not wear correction, their correction is incorrect or inadequate. I recommend evaluation by an eye care professional to appropriately diagnose the problem and prescribe the correct remedy. READ MORE

  • When should I call the doctor after cataract surgery?

    Any decrease in vision, increase in pain/redness, flashes/floaters, or any other worrisome symptom should be communicated immediately to your surgeon/surgical team. Although complications are very rare after cataract surgery, they can occur and should be dealt with immediately. READ MORE

  • What happens if lens moves after cataract surgery?

    It depends on multiple factors and whether or not the patient is symptomatic. If the movement is minor, the patient is asymptomatic and no ocular tissue is being damaged, then one can observe. In some cases, however, the lens needs to be repositioned surgically. In rare cases, the lens needs to be removed, and a secondary lens may or may not be placed. I recommend examination and discussion with an eye surgeon if you are concerned there has been movement of your intraocular lens. READ MORE

  • What are the symptoms of high eye pressure?

    In many instances, one can have high intraocular pressure and be asymptomatic. However, one can experience a red eye, blurred vision, and eye/head pain as well. READ MORE

  • Can you get an infection from wearing contacts?

    Yes, one can have a contact related infection of the eye, more specifically called a corneal ulcer. This is a vision threatening condition that can cause permanent visual loss. If you are being prescribed contact lenses, make sure you discuss proper contact lens hygiene with your eye care professional. READ MORE

  • How do I improve dry eyes?

    There are many available treatments for dry eyes. Typically, the first line of treatment is artificial tears, or lubricating drops without any other medication in them (for example something for redness or allergies). These can be used as needed or on a regular schedule daily. For a majority of patients, this is an adequate treatment for resolution of symptoms. More aggressive therapies include punctal plugs to increase the duration of tears in the eye, prescription eye drops, or bandage contact lenses. In very severe cases where there is a risk of permanent loss of sight, surgical intervention can be warranted. READ MORE

  • What causes floaters and flashes in the eye?

    There are many possible causes for flashes and floaters. In many cases, it is the separation of the vitreous (a gelatinous material that fills the inside of the eye) from the retina, the inner lining of the eye responsible for collecting light information, a normal process that happens to most people. Sometimes these symptoms can be from infections or inflammatory disorders. Additionally, flashes and floaters can be a symptoms of a retinal tear or detachment, both of which are emergencies which require intervention by a trained ophthalmologist. Any new onset or increase in flashes and floaters requires urgent evaluation by an eye care professional. READ MORE

  • What do you do if you get cleaning products in your eyes?

    Immediately rise with copious amounts of water. Most people do not have access to bags of sterile saline or lacteted ringers (IV bags) in their homes, so make due with what you have. Make sure not to have the water pressure on too high so as not to damage the outer tissues of the eye. After at least 5-10 minutes of aggressive rinsing, I recommend going to the emergency room to be further rinsed with sterile solutions, as well as having the pH of your eyes checked. Ideally you should bring the container of the chemical with you so the health care professional can check the ingredients to know what it contained. READ MORE

  • How can you prevent cataracts from getting worse?

    Cataracts are progressive. There are certain disease processes (for example, diabetes mellitus) which predispose one to the formation of certain types of cataracts, as well as medications that can induce cataract formation. For a significant portion of patients, however, cataracts are age-related and there is no current therapy available to stop their progression. READ MORE

  • One pupil bigger other eye drooping help?

    New onset of ptosis (one or both lids drooping) and anisocoria (pupils not being the same size) requires emergent evaluation by an ophthalmologist. Although some causes of this can be benign, others can be emergencies. As such I recommend evaluation as soon as possible. READ MORE

  • How do you treat a viral eye infection?

    For viral conjunctivitis, the treatment is typically supportive, similar to when one has a common cold. Unfortunately, there are no treatments that fight the infection itself; one has to wait for the body to clear said infection. Artificial tears and cool compresses can be used for comfort. Hand hygiene is also paramount as viral conjunctivitis can been very contagious. READ MORE

  • What does optic neuritis feel like?

    The textbook answer for the symptoms of optic neuritis are an acute incidence of unilateral decrease in vision, signs of optic nerve dysfunction such as decreased contrast sensitivity/color vision/peripheral vision, and a possible associated periorbital pain worse with eye movement. However, the presentation of optic neuritis is varied and can be some/all/none of these symptoms. READ MORE

  • How do you test for optic neuritis?

    A detailed examination of the entire eye with special attention to vision and pupils, as well as an examination of the optic nerves. The ophthalmologist will likely, but not always test color vision, contrast sensitivity, and perform a visual field or imaging of the nerve fiber layer of the retina with optical coherence tomography (OCT). A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is typically performed to confirm the diagnosis and to determine a patient's risk for developing multiple sclerosis, as optic neuritis is associated with MS. READ MORE

  • Do your eyes need a rest from contacts?

    They absolutely do. Contact lenses restrict the amount of oxygen your cornea, the outermost clear layer of the eye, receives. Contact lens over wear risks corneal vascularization, or blood vessels growing on/in the clear part of the eye, infection, and other complications. READ MORE

  • What is the most advanced laser eye surgery?

    There are multiple laser technologies used in ophthalmology for various reasons. For example, Femtosecond laser is used in LASIK and cataract surgery, among others. The ND:YAG is photodisruptive and can be used to remove posterior capsular opacities which may occur after cataract surgery. Still others like the argon blue-green laser or frequency doubled ND:YAG are photocoagulative and are used to burn tissue to induce scarring to repair retinal tears. Ophthalmologists employ many of these tools, depending on the pathology and the requirements of the specific case. READ MORE

  • What happens if you blink during laser eye surgery?

    During most laser procedures, a contact lens is used to both stabilize the eye and improve visualization. As such, patients are prevented from blinking during any laser procedure. It is an exceedingly rare occurrence. READ MORE

  • Can I rub my eyes with contacts?

    It is not advised. You can cause a corneal abrasion, or a scratch on the front part of your eye. READ MORE

Areas of expertise and specialization

Diabetic Eye DiseaseAge Related Macular DegenerationUveitisRhegmatogenous and Tractional Retinal DetachmentsProliferative Vitreoretiopathy


  • Cataracts
  • Diabetes
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Glaucoma
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Retinal Tear
  • Macular Hole
  • Uveitis
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Corneal Ulcer

Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Retina Specialists  
  • American Medical Association  
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology  


  • New York Hospital - Queens


  • Vitreoretinal Foundation/Eye Specialty Group

Dr. David Fingerhut, M.D.'s Practice location

5350 Poplar Avenue Suite 950 -
Memphis, TN 38120
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Get to know Ophthalmologist Dr. David Fingerhut, who serves patients in Memphis, Tennessee.

Dr. Fingerhut is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in medical and surgical retinal diseases. He is an associate with Eye Specialty Group with Memphis, Tennessee, which he joined after working for two and a half years at Taylor Retina Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. 

Founded in 1968 on the commitment to eye care excellence, Eye Specialty Group features innovative technology, multiple offices for better convenience, and a team of highly trained and respected doctors. From specialized glaucoma treatment, laser cataract surgery, and retina surgery to LASIK and eye reconstructive surgery, Eye Specialty Group has provided state-of-the-art medical and surgical eye care to Mid-Southerners for over 50 years. 

Obtaining his Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree with honors in Globalization from the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University, Dr. Fingerhut has a post-baccalaureate in Biology, Physics, and Organic Chemistry from City College/City University of New York City in New York.

He attended medical school at the Indiana University School of Medicine, where he graduated in 2010. He then went on to complete his internship at New York Hospital in Queens and his residency in ophthalmology at Einstein/Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. Thereafter, he completed his two-year medical and surgical fellowship in retina at Eye Specialty Group/Vitreoretinal Foundation. 

A member of the American Society of Retina Specialists and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the doctor is board-certified in ophthalmology by the American Board of Ophthalmology, which is an independent, non-profit organization responsible for certifying ophthalmologists in the United States of America. 

Dr. Fingerhut has several publications, including Photodynamic Therapy With or Without Intravitreal Bevacizumab for Polypoidal Choroidal Vasculopathy: Two Years of Follow Up, American Journal of Ophthalmology (2013), Cognitive Impairment in AMD, Ophthalmology (2013), and Vitreomacular Adhesion and Neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Survey of Ophthalmology (2014).

Ophthalmology is a branch of medicine and surgery, which deals with the diagnosis and treatment of eye disorders. Ophthalmologists are experts in the diseases, functions, and anatomy of the eye. They may provide routine care such as vision testing, as well as prescribe and fit eyeglasses or contact lenses. However, ophthalmologists are also surgeons. They repair traumatic injuries to the eye and perform cataract, glaucoma, and corneal surgery. 

In his personal life, Dr. Fingerhut resides in Memphis with his wife and daughter.

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