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Blepharospasm Support Meeting Jan 17, 2015

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On December 4th

file351249270442 300x225 Blepharospasm Support Meeting Jan 17, 2015Do you have trouble blinking too much?

Come to the free Blepharospasm support meeting to learn more about blepharospasm, meige, hemifacial spasm and apraxia of the eyelids from Dr. Allison Bertram Yee and other speakers. Refreshments will be served.

RSVP: Call Chuck Morse at 239-561-1356.

Where: ECOF, 4101 Evans Ave, Fort Myers.

When: Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Free Vision Screenings For Immokalee Pacific Tomato Growers

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On December 4th

873 logo 300x118 Free Vision Screenings For Immokalee Pacific Tomato GrowersOn December 20, 2014, Dr. Brown and his team will provide free vision screenings to members and families of Pacific Tomato Growers in Immokalee, Florida.

Dr. Brown provided free vision screenings to about 350 people at last year’s event. This year, we’re expecting over 500 people to attend. In addition to free vision screenings, we’ll also be providing hearing tests and giving out free T-shirts and bracelets.

Many people who attend this event don’t have access to health insurance and can’t afford eye care. Dr. Brown believes strongly in giving back to the community by making his expertise available to those who need it. We’re proud to be on Dr. Brown’s team!

Pacific Tomato Growers is a fourth generation, family-owned, national grower-packer-shipper of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Salute to Our Veterans 2014 Annual Breakfast

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On October 29th

00332 300x225 Salute to Our Veterans 2014 Annual BreakfastJoin us at a free breakfast to salute our veterans. We’re co-sponsoring this event because we want to recognize the courage and sacrifice of our uniformed men and women.

The breakfast is organized by the SHARE Club of Fort Myers, a Lee Memorial club dedicated to promoting health awareness in Lee County, Florida.

Where:
North Fort Myers Recreation Center, 2000 Recreation Park Way, Fort Myers

When:
Friday, November 7, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

Who:
All veterans and their family members are welcome.

24th Annual Distinguished Citizen Good Scout Award

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On October 29th

Coshocton Fair 2011 043 300 24th Annual Distinguished Citizen Good Scout AwardIn 1999 Dr. David C. Brown was awarded the “Distinguished Citizen Good Scout Award” by the Southwest Council of the Boy Scouts of America for his outstanding and selfless service to the community, state, and nation.

This year marks the 24th annual celebration of this award. In addition to honoring outstanding community leaders since 1991, the celebration raises money for the Boy Scouts of America. The financial support helps over 26,000 children and 3,000 adult volunteers in Southwest Florida.

ECOF will be representing Dr. Brown at this year’s award dinner on November 10, 2014. Dr. Brown believes strongly in giving back to our community and the importance of a quality scouting program for our children.

Learn more about the Southwest Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

2014 Fort Myers Marathon

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On October 29th

IMG 0530 crop 200x300 2014 Fort Myers MarathonThis year ten of our employees will run on the ECOF team in the Fort Myers Marathon. We’re hoping to raise awareness about healthy physical activity, help out local charities like the Golisano Children’s Hospital, and, of course, place first in a race!

This year’s event is expected to attract 2,500 runners. If you’re interested in running, you can sign up online. Use our code, ECOF20, to get 20% off the entry fee!

If you’re not running, you can learn more about volunteering.

We’ll hope to see you there!

Where: Downtown Fort Myers

When: Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 7:00 a.m.

Who: Runners and volunteers

CROW’s Taste of the Islands 2014

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On October 29th

crow logo new CROWs Taste of the Islands 2014Each year more than 4,000 people gather on Sanibel Island for CROW’s Taste of the Islands, a food and music festival to raise awareness for the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW).

CROW is a nonprofit teaching hospital and visitor education center. The people of CROW have been saving wildlife through care, education, and collaboration for 47 years.

We at ECOF are helping to sponsor and are volunteering at this event because we believe in protecting our precious natural resources.

We hope you’ll join us! You can volunteer or learn more on the CROW website.

Where: The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club, 949 Sand Castle Rd, Sanibel

When: Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.

Who: Anyone!

Migraines, Uncontrollable Blinking, and Crow’s Feet

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On October 2nd

file4041249270482 1 300x225 Migraines, Uncontrollable Blinking, and Crows FeetSince 2002 BOTOX® has been popular as an aesthetic treatment for reducing wrinkles, but did you know the FDA first approved it twelve years before that as a treatment for uncontrollable blinking, also known as blepharospasm?

More recently in 2010, the FDA approved BOTOX for people who suffer from chronic migraines. How can BOTOX be used to treat such different conditions?

BOTOX can stop the nerves around the eye from sending spasms to the nearby muscles, reducing uncontrollable blinking. If you suffer from this condition, you can learn more about BOTOX for Blepharospasm.

Adults with chronic migraines, defined as 15 or more 4-hour headache days a month, may be able to use BOTOX’s nerve-blocking power to prevent up to 9 of those headaches. Learn more about BOTOX for Chronic Migraines.

BOTOX was approved by the FDA in 2002 for reducing wrinkles between the eyebrows, and additionally in 2014 to reduce lines known commonly as crow’s feet. Learn more about BOTOX Cosmetic and what it can do.

The doctors at Eye Centers of Florida regularly treat these conditions and more with BOTOX. If you want to see if BOTOX is right for you, make an appointment today.

How $10 Can Prevent Blindness

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On October 2nd

file000719647806 225x300 How $10 Can Prevent BlindnessHow valuable is a lifetime of eyesight? Is it worth $10 and one minute of your time?

Three quarters of Americans don’t think so. Every year in the US, 2.5 million people suffer an eye injury because 77% of them don’t spend one minute to put on a $10 pair of safety glasses. You may imagine most of these people are welding or drilling concrete, but many are injured at home:

  • 35% of annual eye injuries happen to families who are cleaning, cooking, doing yard work, or repairing their home with simple tools.
  • 15% happen to adults and children who play sports without eye protection.
  • 50% happen on the job.

The good news is that 9 in 10 eye injuries are preventable. October is Eye Injury Prevention Month, so we’d like to highlight some risky activities that injure hundreds of thousands of people every year. You and your family should wear eye protection when you:

  • Use chemicals like oven cleaner or bleach.
  • Use a hammer, screwdriver, or power tools.
  • Cook with oil that could spatter.
  • Mow the lawn.
  • Use a power trimmer or edger.
  • Go fishing (the #1 source of sports-related eye injuries).
  • Play baseball, basketball or racquet sports.

Some high-risk activities require special glasses that cost more, but $10 spent at a hardware store should cover the majority of risks in the home. The American Academy of Ophthalmology offers a free guide explaining what to look for when buying eye protection.

Some people avoid eye protection because of inconvenience or a fear of looking ridiculous. You can take a few moments to help these naysayers see it differently: It’s much more inconvenient and ridiculous to suffer preventable blindness.

Getting Older: How Your Eyes Change

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On September 18th

288 iStock 000004109962XSmall 300x245 Getting Older: How Your Eyes ChangeTo raise awareness for Healthy Aging Month, we’d like to talk about some common eyesight symptoms you might experience as you get older. If you know more about these symptoms, you may be able to get relief sooner or stop irreversible damage before it’s too late.

Here are the most common age-related changes:

Reading has become increasingly difficult

As the eye ages its lens becomes less flexible, making it harder to read at close range or do “near work.” This condition is called presbyopia, which comes from the Greek meaning “aging eye.” Nearly all adults experience presbyopia starting around age 40. The most common treatment is simply to use reading glasses.

Eyes suddenly burn or sting and water excessively

While seemingly opposite symptoms, these can be a sign of dry eye. Dry eye is very common as people age, especially in women undergoing hormonal changes that can alter the quality of tears the eye produces. For most people, treatment for dry eye is as simple as using over-the-counter eye drops. If these do not provide relief, an ophthalmologist – a medical doctor specializing in the diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment of eye diseases and conditions – may prescribe medication or suggest surgical options.

Seeing clouds float in front of vision or occasional flashes of light

The clouds are actually tiny clumps of cells floating in the vitreous gel, the clear gel-like fluid inside the eye, and are also called “floaters.” The flashes of light are caused by vitreous gel pulling at the retina, the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye, as it moves. Floaters and flashes become more common as one ages, but a sudden increase could be a sign of a torn retina and an ophthalmologist should be seen immediately as surgery is often a required treatment.

Colors are muted, lights appear to have halos

These can be a sign of cataracts, a clouding of the eye’s lens that nearly everyone develops as they age. Treatment for cataracts is usually surgery, which is one of the most common elective surgeries performed in the United States, and has been shown to significantly improve vision and quality of life.

Central vision seems hazy, making it difficult to recognize faces

This is a common symptom of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Because symptoms usually aren’t noticeable until vision loss has already occurred, routine eye exams are essential to help diagnose AMD early to prevent vision loss. AMD has two forms – wet and dry. Treatment for wet AMD usually includes anti-VEGF injections – a type of drug that blocks the growth of abnormal blood vessels under the retina that cause wet AMD. At this time, dry AMD has no proven treatment but research has shown that certain dietary supplements can help to slow its progression.

Trouble seeing at intersections while driving

Deteriorating peripheral vision may be a sign of glaucoma, a leading cause of irreversible blindness. Vision loss is so gradual that people affected by the condition are often unaware of it until their sight has already been compromised. Fortunately, most vision loss from glaucoma can be prevented with early detection and medical intervention, emphasizing the importance of seeing an ophthalmologist regularly, especially if a person has certain risk factors such as African or Hispanic ancestry and having migraines, diabetes or low blood pressure. The most common treatment for glaucoma is medicated eye drops.

If you notice these or other problems with your vision, schedule an appointment today. Don’t wait for the symptoms to get worse!

 

Cataracts Affect Most Older Adults

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On September 18th

healthy news 300x188 Cataracts Affect Most Older AdultsIn this month’s Lee Memorial Healthy News, Dr. David C. Brown explains the causes of and treatments for cataracts:

Graying hair, slower reaction times and cataracts can all be part of the aging process, but seniors are not the only age group who need their eyes checked.

“Presently we consider aging to be the most likely cause of cataracts,” says ophthalmologist David C. Brown, M.D. “This concept, however, is an oversimplification. Other factors may contribute to the condition.”

Read the full article by picking up a copy of Lee Memorial Healthy News. Healthy News is inserted into the News-Press and available at CVS locations from Port Charlotte to Marco Island. You can also view page 6 online.