Dr. Randleman received his BA degree from Columbia University in New York City. He earned his MD degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He completed his residency training at Emory University, serving as Chief Resident in his final year. He then completed a fellowship in Cornea/External disease and refractive surgery at Emory University.
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
For very minor injuries, you may need nothing more
than artificial tears or lubricants for dry eyes.
For more significant injuries, you will need prolonged therapy with
potentially many medications to heal your eye.
Until the surface of the eye heals, it is at a higher risk for an
infection; therefore, topical antibiotics may be
used in the form of eyedrops or ointments.
Topical steroids are used to reduce inflammation and to
facilitate healing early in the recovery period after a chemical injury.
These medications should be used judiciously under the guidance of an
ophthalmologist, because they can cause long-term complications, such as
infections and glaucoma.
Other medications used to support corneal repair include topical citrate
and ascorbate drops, oral antibiotics (for example,
and oral vitamin C.
If your eye pressure is too high, glaucoma
medications may be used temporarily to control the pressure.
Pain medications by mouth may be
necessary, and dilating eyedrops are often also used to control pain and to
If your eye has been seriously damaged, you may need a surgery to control
glaucoma, remove a cataract, or other procedures to restore a healthy ocular
surface and eyelids.