Category Archives: Ophthalmology


Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness among Americans aged 65 years and older, but many Baby Boomers do not even know what it is. Ignorance can be hazardous in light of the fact that the best way to prevent and treat the disorder is to have regular eye… Read More »

  • Posted on: Jun 13 2013
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Not only does cataract surgery (replacing clouded natural lenses with clear artificial ones) enable people to see more clearly, there is also evidence of an added benefit. New research shows that people who undergo cataract surgery have a 16% reduced risk of hip fracture during the year after the procedure. In cases of individuals with… Read More »

  • Posted on: Apr 18 2013
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Some older people have a grey ring at the outer edge of their corneas, called a “corneal arcus,” that usually develops symmetrically but may begin as an incomplete ring. It can be yellow, white, or gray in color and is composed of lipids (fats) that have infiltrated the cornea. While this cloudy ring at the… Read More »

  • Posted on: Aug 6 2012
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Bone Drugs May Hurt Eyes

Woman who are taking drugs to prevent bone-thinning osteoporosis should be aware that they may be at increased risk for developing serious inflammatory eye disease.  Researchers have found that women taking bisphosphonates for the first time had a 45 percent increased risk of developing uveitis and scleritis. (Uveitis is inflammation of the middle layer of… Read More »

  • Posted on: Jul 20 2012
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  Because the eye is the only organ that allows a non-invasive glimpse of its interior, it may seem a simple matter to assess its health. Not all ophthalmic conditions, diseases, and circumstances lend themselves to easy inspection.  Fortunately, the ophthalmic ultrasound has emerged as an important non-invasive tool for visualizing structures of the inner… Read More »

  • Posted on: Jul 11 2012
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While health experts have wondered what might trigger age-related conditions such as insomnia, memory loss, and even depression, few suspected that the eyes would be to blame. New research indicates that the gradual yellowing of the eye lens and narrowing of the pupil , which occur with age, disturb the body’s “circadian rhythm,” or body… Read More »

  • Posted on: Jul 2 2012
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HINTS OF SOMETHING SERIOUS While the presence of isolated pockets of yellowish skin around the upper and lower eyelids (“xanthelasmata”) may be neither painful nor harmful,they may be indicative of a more serious underlying condition. Recent research indicates that people who develop these collections of yellow plaques may be at increased risk for cardiovascular disease.… Read More »

  • Posted on: Jan 27 2012
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Boston Ophthalmologist- Cataracts

CLOUDED THINKING It would seem likely that seniors would be quite knowledgeable about an eye condition that is a leading cause of blindness of people in their age group in the United States. Yet, when older individuals divulge what they think they know about cataracts, misinformation abounds. One of the more unfortunate aspects of the… Read More »

  • Posted on: Jan 23 2012
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Boston Ophthalmologist-WHEN PARENTS SEE RED

WHEN PARENTS SEE RED Because children indiscriminately rub their eyes and are in close contact with other children at school and in day care, they are highly susceptible to contracting conjunctivitis, or “pink eye.” This very common infectious eye disease produces infl ammation of the conjunctiva, the thin transparent membrane that lines the inner surfaces… Read More »

  • Posted on: Jan 16 2012
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Dry Eyes

As we head into fall, the symptoms of dry eyes become more abundant in the cool weather. Many of my patients complain of irritation, chronic redness, foreign body sensation, and even tearing. Tearing ironically is a sign of dry eyes. Remember to lubricate your eyes with artificial tears and even increase your omega 3 fatty… Read More »

  • Posted on: Sep 17 2011
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