Dr. Richard Hector

Ophthalmology
Bradenton, FL
11 years experience male

Locations

Office

Brademtpm, FL

Address

7230 55th Ave E, Brademtpm, FL
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 8:00pm - 5:00am
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Ellenton, FL

The Eye Associates

Bradenton, FL

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Sun City Center, FL

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Sarasota, FL

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Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Ophthalmology

Languages spoken

German

Doctor Q&A

272 Answers
58 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
No: That is an old "wives" tale.
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
Close follow up: I would recommend close follow up with a retina specialist that has the ability/equipment to image the macula (OCT) Macular pucker can be VERY unpred... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
No: but pink eye is a viral infection and an antibiotic is not needed unless there is a co-existing bacterial infection
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
Muscle tension: in someone your age, I would consider muscle tension, stress, rest and massage therapy should help work on the issues giving you "the stress"
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
Flu/virus: most likely viral/fiu Could be food poisoning With so many severe symptoms you need to seek medical attention soon before you become dehydrated
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
Need medical w/u: this may be related to your previous brain surgery (visit your neurosurgeon/neurologist) or to a new problem which may be vascular in origin (temporal... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
Eyelids: how healthy are you eye lids and tear function? That would answer your question dry eye after Lasik can be severe
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
Rule out infection: I am suspicious there may be an infection and would be evaluated for oral antibiotic therapy.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
Any: Any increase in copper exposure is dangerous to these patients.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
Yes: Dry eye due to hormonal changes, and you should also be checked for gestational diabetes.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
Dry eyes : Hormonal changes can cause dry eye symptoms, not itching, that is related to allergies.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
Severity: It depends on how severe this "playing up it". The more severe the changes the quicker you should have it checked out.
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
Surgery: At your age, it would take a surgical procedure. It would be cosmetic and may produce double vision. Proceed with caution.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
Sinus: I would also look for a sinus infection.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
No: It is a mild steroid.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
Normal: Flashing lights/strobe lights, etc, are very fatiguing to the eyes, may even cause a migraine headache.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
How frequent?: If you use them 2-3 times a day, any lubricating solution is fine. If you use them more than 5-6x a day, look for those without preservatives. Do ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
Milder virus: Could be a milder viral infection, or contact with an irritant, air born or from you hands, make up, dry eye from computer use, etc.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
Seek medical care: There are too many issues to cover here. You need to be evaluated.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
Nerves/virus: Could be a pinched nerve, shingles, sinus infection, a medical evaluation is needed.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
Yes: Unfortunately it is possible but very unhealthy for your eyes.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
Yes: It can create a lot of glare symptoms.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
Very new: This a brand new lens you are a little young to need cataract surgery. By the time you may need it, we will know the answer.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
Yes: If it is only related to dry eye, frequent use of unpreserved artificial tears should allow the "ulcer" to heal. If the "ulcer" is not improved in 12 ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
Yes: There can be a serious problem if you are having blurred vision. You should stop the medication and seek medical evaluation. This is very true if yo... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
Yes : And then tomorrow start spacing the pills out more evenly.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
Medication: Are you using glaucoma drops/medication? That may also cause this to happen.
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
Yes: But the condition that caused the hypokalemia is more likely to cause visual changes.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
Difficult: Even for medical doctors, this is difficult there is a simple new test that can readily identify pink eye.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
Yes: You should have you eye evaluated for an abrasion and/ or severe inflamation.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
Visual migraine: The vision component of a migraine is usually self limited and fades away within 30-45 minutes. Rarely is there a long term consequence to these tran... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
Very common: But all new floaters need to be evaluated.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
Yes: Sounds like you are already familiar with this frustrating eyelid inflammation. Do your warm compresses every day and clean your lashes with the vari... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
Tho things: Two things to check are your blood pressure and medication that can "thin your blood"(asa, vit e, etc).
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
Simple/complex: You may simply be dehydrated or it may be something more serious as increased blood pressure, e t c.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
Yes: A recent study showed that dog owners share a lot of the bacteria from their pets.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
No: If you have chronic "eye strain", you may have uncorrected refractive error, most likely astigmatism. Go for a full eye exam.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
How long?: You should see better right away, the same day. Call your doctor and find out the cause of your blurred vision soon.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
YES!!: You may have allowed the infection to spread and should seek medical attention asap!
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
Moisturize: Use a bland moisturizer such as petroleum jelly twice a day on the skin surfaces, and avoid any other products, make up etc, for at least a week. If... Read More
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A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
Possibly: How is your vision and or pain? What was the brombay being used for? The brombay should have some affect with in 48 hours. I would continue the bro... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
I agree: There are 'bad eyes' that are correctable (near sighted, astigmatism, etc) and then there are really bad eyes that cannot be corrected by glasses, a ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
Easily: Eye doctors can look inside the eyes and see your blood vessels, nerve tissue, etc and the general health of these structures indicates your general ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
Almost: I am concerned you may have a corneal ulcer and you should see an ophthalmologist at your earliest convenience.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
50/50: Its a coin toss unless there is a serious ocular disease that runs in one or both of the families, do not worry about it.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
Painful swelling?: If the swelling is painful and red, you need to seek medical attention, call your doctor and tell them what is happening even if it is not red or pai... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
No: You should be evaluated for possible sinus infection or even glaucoma.
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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
Narrow angle: Only in the less common form called narrow angle glaucoma should you avoid atropine.
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
Kidneys: Have them do a thorough evaluation of your renal status.
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
Traction: Retinal pucker occurs when their is traction/pulling from attached vitreous(jelly fluid) if you are lucky, it can spontaneously resolve if the vitreo... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Hector is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Hector is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I am currently using Muro ointment. What an lifesaver! Also taking Vit. A and E. I live on the coast so it's pretty moist, thank goodness & thank you.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! but the dots and splotches dont move!!what could it be?will my eyes adjust to these glasses or is not normal?
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Thanks Dr. Hector. But the question was not to resolve the issue but to hide it. Would their be any problem with eye A if eye B had a patch, forever

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, IL
Graduated 1974MD

Residency

letterman army medical center

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Bradenton, FL - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Third Place, Bradenton, FL - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, Third Place, Bradenton, FL - Winter
2013

Affiliations

board cerified
American Board of Ophthalmology
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