Dr. Robert L. Block M.D., Ophthalmologist

Dr. Robert L. Block M.D.


12 Curtis Street Meriden Connecticut, 06450



Robert L. Block, MD, maintains a position at Acuity Eye Physicians and Surgeons PC, a medical facility based out of Connecticut. Earlier in his career, Dr. Block studied medicine at the Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv, Israel. Dr. Block then relocated to the US and completed completed various residency programs, including one at the prestigious New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. As Chief Resident at New York Eye and Ear, Dr. Block was formally recognized by the American College of Eye Surgeons for best cataract surgery performed by a resident in 1996. Dr. Block then went on to become an attending surgeon and a member of the Ocular trauma service at New York Eye and Ear; as well as instructing residents in the clinic; in addition to students at the Long Island College Hospital and Downstate Medical Center. From 1997 to 2000 Dr. Block worked closely with Dr. Charles Kelman, the father of modern cataract surgery. Dr. Block has been named to the Best Doctors in Ophthalmology list on numerous occasions and was awarded Most Compassionate Physician in recent years. He continues to teach microincision surgical technique to residents through a course run by The Jorge N. Buxton, MDFoundation at New York Eye and Ear. Dr. Block was an early adopter of advanced technology lens implants starting with the Array IOL in 1998, the Starr toric in 2003 and aspheric lenses in 2004. He was one of the first surgeons in Connecticut to implant a Restor multifocal lens in 2005 and a toric in 2007.

Education and Training

Sackler Faculty of Medicine

Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University,Ramat Aviv, Israel MD

Sackler School of Medicine 1990

Board Certification

American Board of Ophthalmology- Ophthalmology

OphthalmologyAmerican Board of OphthalmologyABO

Provider Details

MaleEnglish 29 years of experience
Dr. Robert L. Block M.D.
Dr. Robert L. Block M.D.'s Expert Contributions
  • How can I avoid glasses?

    At this point in time, the answer to your question is a very small percentage of people do not need glasses until late into their 50’s or 60’s. Most people require reading glasses in their 40’s because of a natural change in the eye called presbyopia. READ MORE

  • Are eye floaters a problem of the eye or a neurological problem?

    A "floater" is not uncommon after the age of 50 and more common in people that are nearsighted. A new "floater" should be evaluated as the process that creates the "floater" can tear the retina and lead to a retinal detachment with permanent vision loss. READ MORE

  • What should I do for the continuous sticky discharge from my eyes?

    Time to see an eye care professional. READ MORE

  • There's an intense pain in my eyes and my vision is blurry. What could this be from?

    Sorry, there is insufficient information to answer this question with any certainty. However, I strongly advise you immediately see an eye care professional. READ MORE

  • Is there a way to treat cataract without surgery?

    The simple answer is no. The surgeon that examined your dad should have performed a refraction to determine whether and new prescription for glasses would improve the vision. Cataracts are a progressive condition and will get worse with time. This should have been discussed at the time cataract surgery was suggested. If the vision is not too bad and there is no diabetic retinopathy then the surgery can be postponed. However, there is no alternative to removing the cataract. READ MORE

  • My eyes are red and itching badly. Why is this happening?

    While it is possible you are suffering from all allergic reaction you may also have an infection. Is there any discharge other than watering? If not, this is either a viral conjunctivitis or an allergic conjunctivitis. Have you had a cold recently? Is there a small possibly tender nodule by the bone in front of your ear? Where your eye crusted shut this morning? If any of these answers are yes then you may have a viral conjunctivitis which is generally h9ighly contagious. There is not really any FDA approved treatment for viral conjunctivitis, however cold compresses may help relieve some of the itching. On the other hand if this is an allergic reaction to something you were exposed to yesterday then cold compresses work well to alleviate both the itching and calm the reaction. It is essential either way not to rub your eyes as this will create a reaction that perpetuates the allergy. It is certainly worthwhile to go to the drug store and get some eye allergy drops, Zaditor or some other product and use as directed. If there has been a little itching and redness that has become progressively worse over a period of days or weeks then you likely have a condition called Blepharitis which is treated with hot compresses and massage. READ MORE

  • What is the difference between optometrist and an ophthalmologist?

    An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor and a surgeon. An optometrist is a Doctor of Optometry and is neither a medical doctor or a surgeon. An ophthalmologist has completed on average 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school and 4 years of Ophthalmology residency while an Optometrist has completed 4 years of college and 4 years of Optometry Schooling. Essentially, the medical doctor has much more extensive training in all fields of eye science except perhaps refraction (the measurement of refractive error in the eye or the need for corrective lenses), contact lens fitting and business essentials. Furthermore, an Ophthalmologist, the medical doctor has spent 3 complete years just examining patients and performing surgery whereas most Optometrists have only one complete year of just examining patients and no surgical training. READ MORE

  • Why does my vision feel hazy in the morning?

    The most likely explanation is dryness. If you are in a winter climate, the heat has been on steadily for the past month and the air in the home has become progressively drier. You eyes do not blink while you sleep to re-wet the surface of your eyes and they may therefore be getting dry while you sleep. Purchase some artificial tears from the drug store and apply the drops upon awakening in the morning this will likely clear your vision much faster than just waiting. If this works you want to get a humidifier for your bedroom to humidify the air and help reduce the overnight dryness. You probably have DTS (dysfunctional tear syndrome) and may want to see an Ophthalmologist for further evaluation and treatment. READ MORE

  • My mother is highly diabetic and is not able to see very clearly. Could it be the onset of glaucoma?

    It is more likely that your mother needs new glasses. Although she also has cataracts, possibly diabetic retinopathy and lastly glaucoma. She definitely needs an eye exam. The ADA (American Diabetic Association) and the AAO (American Academy of Ophthalmolgy) both recommend an annual comprehensive dilated eye exam for all diabetics. READ MORE

  • Can contact lenses be worn by an 8-year-old?

    Yes. If the child has a certain level of maturity and the parent is willing to monitor the child's use of the lenses. However, it is difficult to learn to insert and remove the lenses unless it is performed on a daily basis. Much more importantly, are you aware of CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy)? It is a degenerative brain disease found in approximately 99% of deceased NFL players who have been tested. There are insufficient studies on the disease to determine at what age the disease begins. Therefore, it is possible that this seemingly innocent game your child is playing may be damaging his brain. READ MORE

  • My eye looks different because of my astigmatism. Anything I can do?

    Are you referring to the visual appearance of the eye while wearing glasses? If so, contact lenses are the answer. READ MORE

  • Why are my eyes so sensitive to light?

    Light sensitivity can occur due to several problems. If there is no pain associated with the sensitivity it may be due to dysfunctional year syndrome. If there is pain it may be iritis, an eye disease that requires the attention of an ophthalmologist. Some people are just sensitive to the light and require sunglasses outdoors others may have a retina problem that causes the sensitivity, albinism for example. It is possible but not likely that the tearing is the result of chronic allergy but this would typically be associated with red itchy eyes. READ MORE

Areas of expertise and specialization

Cataract and Anterior Segment

Faculty Titles & Positions

  • Associate Professor, Quinnipicac University -
  • Teaching Residency Programs, Palo Alto VA Stanford Hospital -
  • Clinical Instructor, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, University Hospital Brooklyn, LI College Hospital, 1996-2000 -


  • Best Cataract Surgery as a Resident, American College of Eye Surgeons, 1996


  • Cataracts
  • Diabetes
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Glaucoma
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Astigmatism
  • Presbyopia
  • Blepharitis
  • Chalazion
  • Farsightedness
  • Nearsightedness
  • Conjunctivitis


  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (New York Eye and Ear Infirmary at Mount Sinai) Program
  • New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (Ophthalmology)

Faculty Titles & Positions

  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (New York Eye and Ear Infirmary at Mount Sinai) Program


  • Montefiore Medical Center (Internal Medicine)

Professional Society Memberships

  • American Medical Association, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Connecticut Society of Eye Physicians

What do you attribute your success to?

  • He is compulsive about visual outcomes from surgery, monitoring results and techniques, and always improving.

Hobbies / Sports

  • Avid Skiing, Amateur Art Collector

Favorite professional publications

  • Journal of the American Medical Association

Hospital Affiliations

  • MidState Medical Center
  • Hartford Hospital
  • Hartford Hospital Eye Surgery Center
  • Bloomfield Ambulatory Surgery Ctr

Accepted Insurance

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Dr. Robert L. Block M.D.'s Practice location

12 Curtis Street -
Meriden, Connecticut 06450
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New patients: 203-235-7946, 230-235-7946
Fax: 203-238-1418

Acuity Eye Physicians and Surgeons P.C.

47 Jolley Dr -
Bloomfield, CT 06002
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New patients: 860-286-5448

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    Giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC) is also known as contact lens-induced papillary conjunctivitis (CLPC) because it is the most common symptom with people who wear contact lenses. GPC forms small nodules on the inner side of the eyelids as a result of foreign body irritation. Moreover, people who...

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