Southeast Connecticut Eye Care LLC

Medical and Surgical Eye Care

Whether you're just seeing us for glasses, or have advanced eye disease, we take your vision seriously. Your eyes give you your window on the world. You use them every waking minute. Few things in life are as important.

We work to provide the best eye care available anywhere. Our board certified physicians and our highly experienced staff work to give you a quick, comfortable experience, but also the most thorough examinations and advanced treatments possible.

If you are looking for a new eye doctor, or if you've been referred for consultation by your current doctor, please call us today. We look forward to seeing you!

Dr. Kaufold

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William Kaufold, MD

Dr. William Kaufold is a board-certified eye surgeon who has served eastern Connecticut since 2009. He has a wealth of experience in comprehensive ophthalmology, and an interest in the management of retinal diseases, such as diabetic retinopathy and age related macular degeneration. He has specialized skills in intravitreal injections and retinal lasers. He treats patients with cataract, glaucoma, diabetes, and many other eye conditions. He sees adults and children.

Dr. Kaufold graduated with honors from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 2005. He completed an internship at the Loma Linda University Medical Center in 2006, and a residency in ophthalmology at the Mason Eye Institute, University of Missouri - Columbia in 2009, where he was Chief Resident. He is on staff at The William W. Backus Hospital and operates at River Valley surgical center. He has previously worked in Willimantic and Bloomfield, Connecticut.

Dr. Hyder

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Paul Hyder, OD

Dr. Paul Hyder is a board-certified optometrist who practices comprehensive eye care for adults and children. He has over thirty years of experience in treating ocular disease, with clinical interests in retinal disorders and dry eyes. He manages pre-operative and post-operative care for all types of eye surgery, including laser vision correction, cataract, glaucoma, and oculoplastics. Thousands of patients have benefited from his expertise in advanced contact lens fitting and care, including in fitting lenses for patients with corneal disease.

Dr. Hyder received his Doctorate in Optometry from the New England College of Optometry in Boston, with honors. He is a Connecticut native, and has practiced for many years in southeast Connecticut. In 2002, 2003, 2009, 2013, and 2016 the Consumer's Research Council of America selected Dr. Hyder as one of America's Top Optometrists. In 2022 he won The Day's Best of the Best award for individual optometrists. He is board certified by the American Board of Optometry.

Dr. Cranmer

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Kevin Cranmer, MD

A board certified eye surgeon, Dr. Cranmer practices comprehensive ophthalmology. He sees children and adults, and takes care of patients with a wide range of eye diseases, including cataract, glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration, and many others. He has performed thousands and thousands of surgeries of many types. He is on staff at The William W. Backus Hospital and operates at Constitution Surgery Center East.

Dr. Cranmer received his medical training at Harvard Medical School. After an internship at Albert Einstein Medical Center, he completed a residency at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, rated by US News and World Report as one of the top two eye hospitals in the country. He has been the Chairman of Ophthalmology at Backus and Windham Hospitals. He was selected as a Top Doc by Connecticut Magazine in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. In 2022 he won The Day's Best of the Best award for individual ophthalmologists. Dr. Cranmer is a US Army veteran, but won't hold it against you if you are one of those Navy guys.

Tens of thousands
of eyes examined
of eye surgeries performed
of referring clinicians
important patient... you!


Cataract Surgery

Over time, everyone gets cataracts. The lenses we're born with in our eyes get more and more cloudy the older we get. When you start noticing glare, blurry vision, or poor quality of vision, come see us. Our experienced surgeons have performed thousands of cataract surgeries, and know how to make you comfortable while getting you the best vision possible.

Laser Vision Correction (LASIK, PRK)

Sick of glasses and contact lenses? Laser vision correction can reduce or eliminate your need for them. It's nice to be free of glasses and contacts and see the world with just your own eyes. You may save so much money from not buying glasses and contacts that the surgery can pay for itself.

Our experienced, board-certified laser surgeon, Dr. Cranmer, would be happy to see you for a free consultation.

Glaucoma Management

Glaucoma is a serious disease that can damage the nerves in your eyes and permanently rob you of sight. Usually, there are no symptoms until the glaucoma is quite advanced. As we get older, we should all get screened for this insidious disease. Patients with glaucoma need regular monitoring and appropriate treatment to preserve their vision.

If you need to be screened for glaucoma, or you need consultation and care of this disease, we are happy to help. Our eye doctors have decades of experience taking care of glaucoma patients. We offer the latest medical, laser, and surgical treatments.

Macular Degeneration Management

Macular degeneration is a disease of the central retina that can rob patients of their central vision. Our physicians have expertise in the diagnosis and management of this progressive disease. Dr. Kaufold has many years of experience in administering the latest medications directly to the site of the disease, potentially saving vision when macular degeneration has become advanced.

Diabetic Eye Disease Management

All patients who have diabetes should have an eye exam at least once a year. Patients who have eye changes from this disease need close monitoring and treatment to prevent visual loss. If you have diabetes, we look forward to working with you and your other clinicians to preserve your vision.

Eye Plastic Surgery (Oculoplastics)

We take care of patients with a wide variety of soft tissue problems around their eyes, including droopy eyelids, eyelid cancers and benign growths, inturned/outturned eyelid margins, styes, and overhanging eyelid skin.

Glasses and Contact Lenses

One of the most basic ways to see well is to get good glasses and contact lenses. Our highly trained physicians are experts in measuring the optical characteristics of your eyes. We also work to understand your activities, work, and lifestyle to get you the best vision possible.

For patients who wear contact lenses, Dr. Hyder specializes in fitting soft and rigid contact lenses, as well as hard to fit lenses for patients with medical eye disesases such as keratoconus.

Other Services

At Southeast Connecticut Eye Care LLC, we offer comprehensive eyecare, including almost everything you need for your eyes. If there is a specialized service we don't provide, we know where to refer you. Some of the services we offer not listed above include:

Consultations and Co-Management

At Southeast Connecticut Eye Care LLC, we love working with referring clinicians to give patients multi-disciplinary, team-based care. We see many patients referred by optometrists, ophthalmologists, primary care clinicians, endocrinologists, rheumatologists, and many others for medical and surgical problems. We work hard to communicate frequently with referring physicians to ensure close coordination of care. We also enjoy co-managing surgical cases with other eye care practices.

If you are a clinician, who would like to refer a patient, we make the process easy. Just visit our clinician's page above, or click this button:




12 Case Street, Suite 215

Norwich, CT 06360

(main office and mailing address)


1041 Poquonnock Road

Groton, CT 06340


16 Walnut Street

Willimantic, CT 06226


25 Green Hollow Road

Danielson, CT 06239

Appointments: 860-373-4148
Fax: 860-661-0180

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