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Dr. Eric Saunders

Ophthalmology
Ridgewood, NJ
26 years experience male

Locations

Valley Hospital/Valley Medical Group

Ridgewood, NJ

Address

1200, E Ridgewood Ave, NJ, US
Directions

My office hours

Tuesday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
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Fax

2016129446

Insurances accepted

Aetna

Cigna

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Medicare

Oxford Health Plans

UnitedHealthcare

About

Bio

I am a medical school graduate of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. I did my ophthalmology residency at Vanderbilt University. I had a year of special training just in LASIK. I currently practice ophthalmology in Northeast New Jersey. I have a wonderful wife and 3 beautiful children. I also like to sing and spend lots of time playing with my children!

Specialties
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Ophthalmology

LASIK Surgery

Licenses

United States: New Jersey

Doctor Q&A

45 Answers
8 Agrees
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Blepharitis: The best oral antibiotics to help severe blepharitis are doxycycline, or tetracycline. It sounds like you are doing everything you can to treat this ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Chronic cough: Drinking cough syrup long term is not healthy. More concerning is your cough, which is not getting better after 1 month. You should make an appointm... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Red sore throat: These symptoms could be the sign of an infection, allergies, or rarely sometimes more serious problems. Since it's not getting better, you should go ... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Food stuck in throat: If you still have this sensation today you should visit the nearest emergency room.
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Dental abscess : This type of infection can be very serious. If you don't feel better soon you need to go see your doctor ASAP. The upper teeth are very close to you... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Fainting: A loss of consciousness, dizziness, and headache are symptoms that warrant a call to 911 to go directly to the emergency room ASAP. It is very importa... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Infection: A swollen lymph node can be a sign of an infection, even a chronic one. This is something you should see your doctor about right away. You might nee... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
See your eye doctor: Floaters are usually a normal process of aging of the vitreous gel in the eye, however, they can also be a sign of a serious eye issue, like a retinal... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Possible dry eyes: Bloodshot eyes can be from a variety of causes, like infections, dry eyes, and blepharitis, or chronic inflammation of the eyelids. You should visit ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Blepharitis: Your symptoms could be from a variety of causes, but blepharitis is the most common. It is a condition where the glands in your eyelids are dysfuncti... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Sinusitis: it is possible that your symptoms could be from a sinus infection, even without a fever. Your symptoms warrant an evaluation, first by your primary c... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Possibly: These symptoms could possibly be due to sardoidosis, but they could also be due to many other conditions. Dry eyes can usually just be treated with a... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Possible blepharitis: Chronic bloodshot eyes can be from many things, including infections and inflammation. Dry eyes, and blepharitis, a condition causing chronic inflamm... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Swelling: I would need to know if you have any other symptoms but in any case swelling all over warrants a trip to your doctor soon.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Very unlikely: Fibromyalgia is extremely unlikely to cause blindness. Dry eyes is one of the most common symptoms but unless severe and untreated won't lead to bli... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Allergies: There are many causes of itching, as well as symptoms of dryness. It's important to have a thorough evaluation by your eye doctor to determine the ca... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Congenital defects: This rare condition is a congenital optic nerve defect; no particular types of people are affected more than the other. People with this condition are... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Urgent evaluation : Numbness or weakness on one side of the body lasting more than one hour could possibly signs of a stroke. You should go to the nearest emergency room... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Stye: If it's the eyelid that is sore, you might have something called a stye, or chalazeon, or at least the beginning of one. If treated early with lots o... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Possible infection: This could be a possible side effect of chemotherapy, but that would more commonly affect both eyes, with redness, irritation, and possible dryness. ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Eye pain: You should see an ophthalmologist (M.D.). If you have seen one already, get a second opinion from another one. A good one, even if their exam is norm... Read More
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A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Stroke: She could now be having a stroke despite past normal tests. She needs to go back to the emergency room now for a reevaluation.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Infections post op: Your symptoms warrant an urgent call to the surgeon now. If he is not available ask for the covering doctor on call. If no one responds then I recomm... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Appendicitis : Go to the nearest emergency room ASAP! You might have appendicitis! You must be evaluated for this immediately.
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
BAK: This is a typical antiseptic agent found in many products which helps to kill bacteria. Unless you have an allergy to it, it's safe to use.
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A female asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Stye : This could be a sign of an early infection in your lid. Start doing 4X a day warm compresses 10 min. at a time. If it continues to get worse or is no... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Possible infection: Redness of the skin around the eyes is typically from things like blepharitis, a type of inflammation of the eyelids, or from allergies. Rubbing the ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Corneal scarring: Yes, severe untreated blepharitis can long term cause surface corneal scarring, or can lead to styes, which if untreated, can cause eyelid infections,... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Light sensitivity: Call your pediatrician and ask for an immediate referral to a pediatric ophthalmologist, not a general ophthalmologist. Your baby could have some ser... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
See your eye doctor: You can have floaters in the eyes and still be able to see clearly. By a normal eye test, if you mean being able to read letters on an eye chart clea... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Blepharitis: If the correct diagnosis is indeed blepharitis, then yes, doxycycline or tetracycline will likely help quite a bit. Usually blepharitis has to be fai... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Possible infection: Bloodshot eyes can be from many causes, the most common including infection and dry eyes. Dry eyes and dry mouth (sticky thick saliva) can sometimes ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Normal aging: Floaters can sometimes be the sign of a problem like a retinal tear, but more commonly they can be a normal sign of changes in the vitreous gel in the... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Visual phenomena: I would want to know more information about your symptoms but even so, you should have a full eye exam by an ophthalmologist (M.D.) soon.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Nevus, cyst: If the lesion is truly on the iris, inside the eye, it could be a benign cyst, or nevus, or it could be a more serious growth. It is also possible th... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Jaundice: It could be nothing or it could be a sign of liver disease, jaundice. It warrants a visit to your primary care doctor first (not your eye doctor)
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Wheezing: Wheezing sounds on breathing can sometimes be a sign of asthma, which would need to be treated with special inhalers. You should see your primary car... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Cosmetic dangers: Eyelash extensions, done by anyone, for any reason, are very dangerous. I have seen many scratched corneas, severe pink eye, and cellulitis, a danger... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
About one week: For the average person having PRK eye surgery, the cornea will take about a week, give or take 1-2 days, to fully heal. It can sometimes take slightl... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Trouble breathing: This symptom by itself warrants an urgent trip to the nearest emergency room now.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Stye: If it is an allergic reaction to chia seeds, this would almost always cause swelling of both eyes, not just one eyelid. Unilateral eye swelling is mo... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
See your eye doctor: For your symptoms of floaters you should see your eye doctor right away to see if it's the sign of a serious problem. As for your other symptoms, the... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Blepharitis: If you've not already, see your eye doctor. You might have blepharitis or eyelid dermatitis, both of which can have different treatment types. You m... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Leukocoria: We've all seen people with red eyes in photos (a normal light reflex off the retina, the back of the eye), but when one eye is white (leukocoria), whi... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Yes, wait 10 min.: Yes, 2 different eye drops can be used around the same time, but wait at least 10 minutes between one dose and the next. Also, if your eye is no bett... Read More
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Saunders is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Saunders is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you, my doctor has already examined it and says it looks fine:)
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Thank you! Have an appointment next week. Will ask!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, MD
Graduated 1996MD

Residency

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
Completed 2000

Awards

Top Ophthalmologist , Third Place, New Jersey - Summer
2014
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