Thursday, April 12, 2012

Connecticut Doctor on Bulging Eyes

Connecticut Ophthalmologist Leslie Doctor, M. D. commented on bulging eyes. “Bulging eyes is the common or familiar term used to describe the eye conditions known as Exophthalmos or Proptosis,” stated Dr. Leslie Doctor. While it can be a bit odd looking, bulging eye conditions can also cause a number of problems such as not being able to completely close your eyes during sleep or even during normal blinking which can lead to dry eye symptoms, discomfort and ultimately damage the eye’s surface as a result of scarring. Further, eye bulging can restrict or interfere with normal eye movements. “We need to be able to properly diagnose the difference between eyes that are simply “prominent” as compared to eyes that are actually “bulging,” Dr. Doctor further stressed. “In instances of true bulging eyes we need to carefully determine the cause so that we can offer an appropriate treatment as necessary.” Causes of bulging eyes can include Graves Disease that results in hyperthyroidism and too much thyroid hormone, inflammation of the tissue around the eye and inside the bony orbit of the eye called Cellulitis, certain tumors behind, inside or around the eye, hemorrhages behind the eye and injury to the eye.

If you or someone you know suffers from bulging eyes please urge them to schedule an examination at Doctor & Associates-203-227-4113.

Doctor & Associates is a leading Fairfield County Connecticut eye care practice providing eye examinations for adults and children, cataract diagnosis and  cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease including cornea transplants, diagnosis and management of diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma as well as contact lenses, eyeglasses and optical services. For those patients in need of eye surgery, as a founding member of the Wilton Surgery Center, Doctor & Associates eye surgeons are able to provide eye surgery in a convenient, close to home and cost effective ambulatory surgery center.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Connecticut Sports Require Eye Protection

Leslie Doctor, M.D., a Fairfield County Ophthalmologist, commented, “Safe sports play requires wearing the proper eye protection at all times. Patients throughout Connecticut get very active playing sports about now.” 

It’s important to remember to wear proper eye protection for all sports. Protecting your eyes playing sports is an important way to help preserve your eye health and vision that sometimes gets overlooked. Tens of thousands of sports and recreation-related eye injuries occur each year.

The good news is that 90 percent of serious eye injuries are preventable through use of appropriate protective eyewear. The risk of eye injury can vary depending on the activity. Make sure the level of eye protection you or others in your family use, is appropriate for the type of activity. Regular eyeglasses do not offer proper eye protection.

Across all age groups, sports-related eye injuries occur most frequently in baseball, basketball and racquet sports. Further, boxing and full-contact martial arts pose an extremely high risk of serious and even blinding eye injuries and there is really no satisfactory eye protection for boxing, although thumbless gloves may reduce the number of boxing eye injuries. When playing baseball, ice hockey and men’s lacrosse, a helmet with a polycarbonate lightweight shatterproof face mask or wire shield should be worn at all times. In general, hockey face masks be approved by the Hockey Equipment Certification Council or the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). Last protective eyewear with polycarbonate lenses should be worn for sports such as basketball, racquet sports, soccer and field hockey. If you need additional information or help regarding how to select the best eyewear to protect you while playing sports please feel free to phone Doctor & Associates-203-227-4113-Westport-Wilton-Norwalk-CT.