Best Doctors help save Clive’s eyesight and control his condition

Clive, Best Doctors Member

Name: Clive

Age: 56 Reason for contacting Best Doctors: Seeking consultation regarding diagnosis and prognosis following peripheral vision loss

Best Doctors expert specialty: Ophthalmology  

“I’m really grateful for everything Best Doctors has done for me because I really believe they have saved my sight.”

Clive was leading a healthy life and enjoying a fulfilling career at a prestigious wealth management company. Like many individuals, Clive was myopic (short sighted) and in 2013 he underwent cataract surgery which was successful and he recovered with no complications. However, in 2015 Clive developed acute posterior vitreous detachment in his right eye which is caused by the vitreous gel in the eye tugging on the retina. Clive’s detachment was complicated by a superior retinal horseshoe tear, also referred to as flap or U-shaped tears, are full thickness breaks in the neurosensory retina. He received retinopexy laser treatment to control his Read more

The Darker Side of Misdiagnosis: depression and hypothyroidism

Doctor performing an ultrasound on the thyroid of her female patient

This month on the Best Doctors Blog, we bring our attention to depression and hypothyroidism.

Although they are two separate diseases, depression can be a symptom of hypothyroidism, which is a deficiency in the levels of hormones created by your thyroid gland. The medications prescribed to increase low thyroid levels can often alleviate the many symptoms of hypothyroidism, including depression. Since the indicators of hypothyroidism and depression are similar, doctors sometimes overlook the possibility that a person who is depressed may have low thyroid levels as well. There are many symptoms linked to hypothyroidism and depression, including fatigue, sluggishness, lack of mental focus and sleeping too much. The huge list of other hypothyroidism signals also includes: Slower Read more