Monday, August 11, 2014

Retina Exam before Cataract Surgery

Dr. Leslie Doctor
“If you have cataracts and we are contemplating cataract surgery we will always want to be especially diligent in performing a thorough and critical retinal exam-and any additional testing-to carefully correlate the degree of vision loss with the density and position of the cataract,” Leslie Doctor, M.D. “When cataract patients report a decrease in vision, it is important for us to correlate the visual symptoms and visual acuity to the degree of cataract present,” she further explained. In some instances, a careful examination and specialized testing of the retina can reveal underlying pathology such as epiretinal membranes, retinal wrinkling or macular pucker with edema. In fact, some studies report a prevalence of epiretinal membranes in 7% of patients older than 60 years and in 20% of patients aged 75 years or more-the prime demographic for cataract surgery. Therefore, before you have cataract surgery at Doctor & Associates you should expect to have a thorough retina exam and testing ordered by your cataract surgeon in order to help you get the best results.

If you or someone you know has questions or concerns about cataracts, cataract surgery, lens implants or retina exams and testing before cataract surgery please call Doctor & Associates-203-227-4113, visit Doctor & Associates in Fairfield County or facebook.com/doctorandassociates to schedule an appointment. 

Doctor & Associates is a leading Fairfield County Connecticut eye care practice with offices at 129 Kings Highway North, Westport, Connecticut 06880, 195 Danbury Road, Wilton, Connecticut 06897 and 148 East Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut 06851.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

25% Off Childrens’ Eyeglasses at Doctor & Associates

As parents are getting their children ready for the “Back to School” season, Doctor & Associates is pleased to offer a 25% discount on kids eyewear and eyeglasses through September 30, 2014. We are featuring eyeglass frames from Nike, Penguin, Lily Pulitzer, RayBan®, Jimmy Choo and Nine West, to name some of the popular kid’s eyeglasses we offer.  To schedule an eye exam or eyeglass selection and fitting, please call Doctor & Associates-203-227-4113, visit Doctor & Associates in Fairfield County or facebook.com/doctorandassociates to schedule an appointment.



Doctor & Associates is a leading Fairfield County Connecticut eye care practice with offices at 129 Kings Highway North, Westport, Connecticut 06880, 195 Danbury Road, Wilton, Connecticut 06897 and 148 East Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut 06851.

Cataracts Don’t Have to Slow You Down

“One of the important responsibilities we have to our Fairfield County seniors is to educate them about the symptoms of cataracts and the benefits of cataract surgery and lens implants have on vision as well as daily living, maintaining mental alertness and frankly the safety and comfort of just moving around without the worry of tripping and falling,” explained Corneal Specialist & Cataract Surgeon Leslie Doctor, M.D.



For many patients cataracts start out slowly and have little effect on vision at first. But, as the cataract becomes denser, so does the impact on vision and the ability and ease of overall functioning. The most common symptoms that bother patients with cataracts can include blurring, clouding or dimming of vision, sensitivity to light and glare, double vision in one eye, poor night vision, fading or yellowing of colors and the need frequent changes in glasses or contact lens prescriptions. These are the visual symptoms of cataracts. “But cataracts can do even more to the person as a whole,” stated Dr. Leslie Doctor.

“What we have come to realize is that the loss of visual function over time in seniors is often associated with premature or accelerated mental decline. Decreased vision-especially in varying lighting conditions and where there are shadows, creates mobility and safety difficulty and can also put patients at increased risk for orthopedic injury-especially hip fracture. Restoring vision with cataract surgery and lens implants plays a real role senior health, well being, mobility, safety and mental state,” said Dr. Leslie Doctor.

When cataracts begin to interfere with daily activities or with patient comfort, mobility and safety, they can be treated surgically. Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most frequently performed surgeries in the United States. There is a full range of lens implants available that allow us to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and even near vision problems after cataract surgery, as well as distance vision, without requiring bifocals or reading glasses for the vast majority of patients.

If you or someone you know has questions about cataract, cataract surgery or lens implants please call Doctor & Associates-203-227-4113, visit Doctor & Associates in Fairfield County or facebook.com/doctorandassociates to schedule an appointment.

Doctor & Associates is a leading Fairfield County Connecticut eye care practice with offices at 129 Kings Highway North, Westport, Connecticut 06880, 195 Danbury Road, Wilton, Connecticut 06897 and 148 East Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut 06851.

Monday, July 28, 2014

School Eye Exams for Fairfield County Kids

Eye exams for kids going back to school are an important part of the school “readiness” that parents should include in their “Back to School Checklist”. Children use their eyes and vision as critical tools in their learning process.  Kids today operate in a very intense and demanding visual environment as they read, write, play sports, use computers and tablets and on and on…and it is easy to see why scheduling a Back to School eye exam is so important.


The most frequent eye problems we find in school age kids are the common vision problems of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Sometimes, not having clear vision in the classroom can lead to the undeserved perception of a behavioral problem or attention problem. What we know is that kids are often unable to verbalize that they have a vision problem as they just don’t recognize it. The earlier a vision problem is detected and treated, the more likely treatment will be successful.

If you or someone you know has needs to schedule an eye exam for their children, or has questions or concerns childrens’vision problems, please call Doctor & Associates-203-227-4113, visit Doctor & Associates in Fairfield County or facebook.com/doctorandassociates to schedule an appointment.

Doctor & Associates is a leading Fairfield County Connecticut eye care practice with offices at 129 Kings Highway North, Westport, Connecticut 06880, 195 Danbury Road, Wilton, Connecticut 06897 and 148 East Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut 06851.

BOTOX® & Type 2 Diabetes: What Do They Have in Common?

There is some interesting research about BOTOX® and Type 2 Diabetes. What do BOTOX® and Type 2 Diabetes have to do with each other you ask?  A new study reports that it appears a better understanding of the proteins affected by injections of the wrinkle relaxer BOTOX® could help scientists develop new ways to treat Type 2 Diabetes.



BOTOX® Cosmetic is best known as an injection for helping patient smooth fine lines and wrinkles in order to look their best. BOTOX® is also used as treatment for a number of medical conditions including migraine, urinary incontinence, profuse sweating and crossed eyes, among others. In each of these cases, BOTOX® works because it has a paralyzing effect: that is, it relaxes specific muscles, which then provides the desired effect. BOTOX® accomplishes this effect by blocking certain proteins called SNARE (Soluble NSF Attachment Protein Receptor) proteins. It turns out that SNARE proteins in the beta cells of the pancreas help the pancreas secrete insulin, thus blocking these proteins in the pancreas could lead to insulin resistance which is the hallmark of Type 2 Diabetes. Understanding this mechanism will hopefully provide researchers with new ways to diagnose and treat Type 2 Diabetes in the future.




If you or someone you know is interesting in learning more about the mechanisms or clinical application of BOTOX® Cosmetic and how it might be related to understanding Type 2 Diabetes  please call Doctor& Associates-203-227-4113, visit Doctor & Associates in Fairfield County or facebook.com/doctorandassociates to schedule an appointment.

Doctor & Associates is a leading Fairfield County Connecticut eye care practice with offices at 129 Kings Highway North, Westport, Connecticut 06880, 195 Danbury Road, Wilton, Connecticut 06897 and 148 East Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut 06851.