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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Ocular or Ophthalmic Eye Migraine Headaches?

When most people think of the word “migraine” they immediately think “headache”-but eye migraine or ocular or ophthalmic migraine may actually cause you to experience something a bit different. Patients who are generally healthy come and see us for routine eye exams and share with us that that about once or twice a month they see these strange pulsing images in both eyes-both with their eyes open and closed! Sometimes they tell us that they start out small, may last 10-20 minutes and even cause their vision to become blurry. These episodes actually describe what we know to be an Ocular Migraine-a migraine without a headache! What patients are experiencing is the aura that many sufferers have before the onset of a classic migraine headache. An ocular or ophthalmic migraine often includes zigzag lines, colored lights or flashes of lights expanding to one side of your vision over perhaps 10 to 30 minutes.

If you experience these symptoms, in order to be sure that this is not a sign of a more serious problem, you should schedule an evaluation and eye exam at Doctor & Associates-203-227-4113, visit Doctor & Associates in Fairfield County or facebook.com/doctorandassociates to schedule your appointment.

Doctor & Associates offices are located at 129 Kings Highway North, Westport, Connecticut 06880, 195 Danbury Road, Wilton, Connecticut 06897 and 148 East Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut 06851.

Monday, May 11, 2015

About Polarized Eyeglass Lenses vs. Tinted Lens By Leslie Doctor, M.D

A polarized is a lens that filters the "visual noise" reflected from horizontal surfaces such a water or streets. You have probably seen annoying glare from your horizontal dashboard reflected in your windshield. All of these glares are reduced with the use of polarized sunglasses.
 How does it work? Think of glare as a water balloon hitting a flat surface. The water splashes in all directions! It is the same with sunrays hitting a flat surface. They create reflected light in all directions: horizontally, vertically, diagonally, and every other way. This chaotic pattern of light rays creates the visual disability associated with glare. Polarized treatment to sunglasses filters this glare so that only light rays approaching the lenses in one particular orientation are allowed to pass through to the eye. Similar to watching a dog try to carry a long bone through a door that is only slightly ajar, polarized lenses block all light rays that do not have just the right orientation for the polarization. Fishermen greatly appreciate polarized sunglasses. The polarization eliminates the glare from the surface of the water and allows the user to see schools of fish underneath.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more of be fit with sunglasses or UV protective eyewear, please call Doctor & Associates-203-227-4113, visit Doctor & Associates in Fairfield County or facebook.com/doctorandassociates to schedule an appointment.


 Doctor & Associates offices are located at 129 Kings Highway North, Westport, Connecticut 06880, 195 Danbury Road, Wilton, Connecticut 06897 and 148 East Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut 06851.


Monday, May 4, 2015

Ultraviolet (UV) Eye Protection Awareness

As May marks Ultraviolet (UV) Eye Protection Awareness Month, we wanted to comment on UV protective eyewear and precautions people should take-especially those who have had LASIK or cataract surgery. It is pretty easy for LASIK and cataract surgery patients to simply forget about eyewear of any type-even UV protective eyewear. The great majority of patients having LASIK or cataract surgery with advanced lens implants no longer have to think about wearing eyeglasses too much after their eye surgery-thus they often neglect taking the proper precautions and using UV protecting eyewear. Some information and facts everyone should know:

Exposure to UV has been linked to many eye problems and in some instances is thought to quicken the onset of eye diseases such as Cataract, Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), certain cancers on the delicate skin around the eye, Pterygia-a growth of white tissue on the surface of the eye-and even Photokeratitis, a type of sunburn of the cornea. The effects of UV exposure are cumulative and often don’t become noticeable to patients for many years.

Tips for UV Eye Protection
  • Always wear sunglasses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays. Sunglasses without UV protection may shade the eyes but actually cause the pupils to dilate, allowing in even more harmful rays.
  • Wear a brimmed hat along with sunglasses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays.
  • Choose wrap-around sunglasses to protect the eyes and the skin around the eyes.
  • Be aware that although some contact lenses may offer UV protection, they cannot protect the entire eye and the skin around it.
  • Choose sunglasses made of unbreakable polycarbonate, especially for children and for those who lead active lifestyles.
  • Be sure to ask your doctor about the photosensitizing side effects of any medications that you might take.
  • Always wear eye protection when using a tanning bed. According the American Academy of Ophthalmology, tanning beds can produce UV levels up to 100 times more than the sun, which can cause serious damage to the external and internal structures of the eye and eyelids.

Patients visiting Doctor & Associates can speak with the Opticians at Eyewear at Willows who will be able to provide the proper counseling and fitting of UV protecting lenses and eyewear. These eye care professionals can offer a wide variety of UV blocking lenses, coatings and color changing lenses to keep you safe.

To learn more of visit, please call Doctor & Associates-203-227-4113, visit Doctor & Associates or facebook.com/doctorandassociates.

Doctor & Associates offices are located at 129 Kings Highway North, Westport, Connecticut 06880, 195 Danbury Road, Wilton, Connecticut 06897 and 148 East Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut 06851.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Do I Have Pink Eye Conjunctivitis?

Pretty much every day, patients call us at Doctor & Associates about their children or themselves and want to know if they have conjunctivitis or “pink eye”. Realistically, it is impossible to tell without coming in for an external eye exam, but there are typical signs and symptoms we do use to diagnose “pink eye” or conjunctivitis when you do come in.

Signs & Symptoms of “Pink Eye” or Conjunctivitis
Bacterial Conjunctivitis
First, if you have a bacterial infection causing pink eye conjunctivitis, you will usually have very red eyes. You may find crusting on your eyelids that can make them stick together as well as a heavy, pus-like discharge from your eyes that may be greenish at times. This infection may spread to both eyes.

Viral Conjunctivitis
If you have a viral conjunctivitis we often will find a very red, swollen eye, crusty eyelids and a more watery discharge. This discharge can also have strands of mucus or white, ropy strands. While many cases of viral pink eye infect only one eye, this infection can also spread to the other eye.

Allergic Conjunctivitis
If you have an allergic conjunctivitis and your allergies are causing your conjunctivitis, it will often look similar to viral conjunctivitis. Your eyes will be red and tearing. However, they will also be itchy. It is likely you may have a stuffy, runny or itchy nose as well.

Treatment of Conjunctivitis
In most instances, our treatment is typically supportive. Antibiotics do not treat viral infections but do work well in treating bacterial conjunctivitis. Regardless of the cause, it is important to minimize exposure of others by washing your hands frequently and throwing away used tissues. Do not share towels or pillow cases. Consider staying home from work or school until you are symptom-free for 24 hours. If you are a contact lens wearer, you should discontinue their use and stick with glasses until your infection clears. Then start with a fresh pair of lenses and a clean lens case.

If you or someone you know has questions or concerns about whether they have “pink eye” conjunctivitis, please call Doctor & Associates-203-227-4113, visit Doctor & Associates or facebook.com/doctorandassociates to schedule an appointment for an eye exam.

Doctor & Associates offices are located at 129 Kings Highway North, Westport, Connecticut 06880, 195 Danbury Road, Wilton, Connecticut 06897 and 148 East Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut 06851.

Help for Watery Itchy Eye Allergies! By Leslie Doctor M.D.

Are you really bothered by itchy, watery, red eyes more and more these days? 

As pollen season really gets underway, this time of year many patients come to see us complaining about red, itchy and watery eyes. These are the typical symptoms of eye allergies. Even with a thorough and careful exam of the ocular surface it can be a challenge to distinguish between ocular allergy and dry eye disease or other ocular surface problems. While we have made good progress in dry eye testing and diagnosis, up until now trying to find the cause of eye allergies and watery itchy eyes often required intradermal testing by an allergist. These intradermal tests use multiple injections to try and find the cause and it isn’t terribly comfortable or convenient for patients. Now, we are able to do in office testing with a  new liquid antigen eye allergy, This is a novel, FDA approved, pain-free way to test if a patient is allergic to up to 60 different ocular allergens with “no needle and no injections.”

About the New Liquid Antigen Eye Allergy Test
The new eye allergy test uses liquid antigens on a plastic applicator that is placed on the patient’s forearm with gentle pressure-and it provides results in less than 15 minutes. If the patient is allergic to a particular allergen there is a small hive that forms on their forearm. By more accurately determining if and to which antigens a patient is allergic to it gives us the ability to identify where the antigens might be present in the patient’s environment and deal with them accordingly, along with the eye symptoms and signs of the allergy. This in office testing is covered by almost all major health insurance companies.

Help for Red Itchy Eye Allergies
Knowing the cause of the allergies helps us to determine the best course of treatment. Sometimes oral antihistamines alone or with antihistamine or steroid eye drops are necessary whereas in other cases we simply need to counsel and advise the patient to remove and avoid the source of the allergen in their home or workplace. If you have allergies that cause you to experience symptoms such as itchy watery eyes you may be one of a great many allergy sufferers who could benefit from the advances in the diagnosis and treatment of allergies.

If you or someone you know suffers from itchy, red, watery eyes or eye allergies please feel free to call Doctor & Associates-203-227-4113, visit Doctor & Associates in Fairfield County or facebook.com/doctorandassociates to schedule an appointment.

Doctor & Associates offices are located at 129 Kings Highway North, Westport, Connecticut 06880, 195 Danbury Road, Wilton, Connecticut 06897 and 148 East Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut 06851.