Rolando Toyos

Dr. Rolando Toyos is shown at his Toyos Clinic with a copy of his latest book, "The Life and Times of a Sports Ophthalmologist." Released in August, the book shares his experiences working with pro athletes for a general audience and scientific information for vision professionals.

A Mid-South vision specialist with six associated clinics, including locations in Southaven and Hernando, has shared his work with professional sports teams in a new book that reaches a general audience and his professional brethren in the medical world at the same time. 

Dr. Rolando Toyos, Medical Director and Founder of the Toyos Clinic, recently published his latest work, "The Life and Times of a Sports Ophthalmologist."

The book will interest the general public for its stories of Toyos addressing eye issues of professional athletes and sports teams, such as the Memphis Grizzlies, Redbirds, and the Seattle Mariners, just to name a few.

But, medical professionals will also glean information about treatment from one of the top eye surgeons in the country.

"You read the book and it just reads as stories," Toyos said. "But if you're in the eye field, you would learn a lot of science. If you're a kid reading it, you would get into the stories, but you would learn some science and not be thinking it was a science book."

The book fills a void of sharing professional information while simultaneously entertaining a wide audience.

Some of the topics touched on in the book include whether a boxer could get back into the ring after cataract surgery, or if a one-eyed ballplayer can make it in the major leagues.

A demand for a book such as "The Life and Times of a Sports Ophthalmologist" first came when Toyos shared his experiences with other professionals during meetings and it was determined no publications existed for team ophthalmologists to glean expert opinions.

In fact, no organizations existed for eye professionals treating athletes who demand millions of dollars in salary.

"We got a group of ophthalmologists together who were taking care of their teams," Toyos said. "We got these guys together and formed an organization, the Sports Ophthalmology Society of America (SOSA). It was the first time any kind of organized group like that had been done for eyes."

Toyos is the president of that organization.

In sharing his experiences, Toyos made certain not to reveal the identities of the athletes he has worked with.

"What I didn't do in the book is to disclose any personal information," Toyos said. "Some of the players you can probably figure out. I had permission to use them but I didn't want that to overshadow the story in and of itself."

"The Life and Times of a Sports Ophthalmologist" is self-published through Amazon's publishing arm and was released in August. All proceeds from the book are going to the Toyos Foundation.

"It's a foundation we use to help patients who are uninsured, mission trips and also supporting other local and national nonprofits," Toyos said.

Bob Bakken is Staff Writer and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.

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