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ECOF Races for the Cure

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On February 26th

komen logo southwest florida horizontal jpg1 300x118 ECOF Races for the CureECOF is excited to be participating in this year’s Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure! Our team has 30 members racing on Saturday, March 8 at Coconut Point. We’d be honored if you donated to support our team, participated yourself, or joined us at Coconut Point to show your support.

You can also help raise breast cancer awareness by following Susan G. Komen of SWFL on Facebook.

New TearLab Test Available for Dry Eyes

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On December 9th
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TearLab is quick and comfortable

Are your eyes too dry or too watery? Do they itch, burn, feel sandy, or feel tired? Are your contact lenses uncomfortable? Any of these symptoms could point to dry eye disease, which millions of people suffer from without realizing it.

If you’ve avoided getting your eyes checked until now, you’ll be happy to learn about a new diagnostic tool called TearLab. Now, in just a few seconds, your eye doctor can painlessly collect a tiny sample of your tears and immediately get an osmolarity number, which allows them to determine the proper treatment for your situation.

If you think you suffer from dry eye, ask your eye doctor about the new TearLab Osmolarity Test, now available at Eye Centers of Florida.

Celebrating Ophthalmic Medical Technicians’ Week

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On November 1st

iStock 000017387559XSmall 300x199 Celebrating Ophthalmic Medical Technicians WeekQuality eye care is a team effort. At ECOF, we like to recognize the contributions of all our team members, from the doctors to the technicians to the smiling faces that greet our customers at the front door.

That’s why we’re celebrating Ophthalmic Medical Technicians’ Week during November 3-9, 2013. What is an Ophthalmic Medical Technician, you ask? Good question!

An Ophthalmic Medical Technician is a person who works with an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) to provide patient care. They perform clinical tasks like taking medical histories, performing vision and diagnostic tests, assisting with procedures, and coordinating medications and schedules with patients.

It’s the third-fastest-growing occupation in the US, with over 3,500 additional positions currently needed in the US and Canada. With the population of Americans over 65 expected to double by 2030, the demand will likely increase further. (If you’re interested in a career at ECOF, be sure to check our current openings.)

So the next time you visit the eye doctor, say hello to your Ophthalmic Medical Technician. It’s because of these dedicated and talented people that we here at ECOF can deliver the excellent patient care you deserve.

How Often Should I Get an Eye Exam?

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On September 19th

Many of our patients ask us, “How often should I get an eye exam?” Good question! Here’s a summary from the American Optometric Association:

Age Risk Free At Risk
0-23 months at 6 months at 6 months
or as recommended
2-5 years at 3 years at 3 years
or as recommended
6-17 years before first grade,
then every 2 years
annually
or as recommended
18-60 years every 2 years every 1-2 years
or as recommended
61+ years annually annually
or as recommended

What does “at risk” mean? You should ask your physician for the specifics, but generally it includes people who have diabetes, glaucoma, or macular degeneration and people who’ve had eye surgery.

When was your last eye exam? Has it been too long? You should let us know!

Can Vitamins Prevent Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On September 11th

file0001416959095 300x200 Can Vitamins Prevent Age Related Macular Degeneration?You may have read about age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and been disappointed to learn that there is no way to prevent it.

Because there is currently no cure, scientists have been eager to find new ways to help people who are genetically predisposed to develop AMD. The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) in 2001 and a follow-up study, AREDS2 in 2006, have helped researchers discover that certain vitamins may reduce the risk of AMD by up to 25%.

The original study showed that a mixture of vitamins, including vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, and zinc, reduced the risk of advanced AMD by about 25% over a five-year period.

Because of the increased risk of lung cancer in smokers who take beta carotene supplements, investigators conducted a follow-up study, AREDS2, to test the effectiveness of lutein and zeaxanthin, which are similar antioxidants to beta carotene.

The result is that we now have a scientifically-tested vitamin combination that is safer for former smokers to use, and that still reduces the risk of advanced AMD by up to 25%.

If you want to learn about the AREDS studies in more detail, you can read the National Eye Institute’s information about AREDS2.

If you’re at risk for AMD, it’s important to seek a professional medical opinion about whether vitamin supplementation is right for you. Vitamins can have side effects, can be rendered ineffective by DNA, diet, or lifestyle, and can even (as with former smokers in the AREDS study) raise the risk of certain cancers.

The newest development is that there’s now a way for eye doctors to use DNA testing to tailor vitamin formulations to each patient’s genetic situation! Read more about the VitaRisk™ DNA test.

Dr. David Brown Explains His Passion for Improving Vision

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On August 29th

In this video, our own Dr. David Brown talks about his passion for helping improve people’s lives though better vision. He’s joined on the golf course by ESPN commentator Mitch Lawrence and PGA Master Professional Steve Anderson to discuss ways vision can affect a golf swing, and how the range of treatments available at ECOF can improve your life–even if you’re not a golfer!

Dr. Brown founded Eye Centers of Florida in 1971. ECOF now serves all of Southwest Florida with a network of 12 locations.

Common Misconceptions about Cataracts

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On June 3rd
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Blurred vision due to cataracts

Every day at Eye Centers of Florida, we talk to people who have cataracts. Most people have questions, and we’re happy to help answer them! Sometimes we find they’ve also picked up information that isn’t true. So, to help people who are trying to learn the truth about cataracts, we put together this list of common misconceptions:

Cataracts are a film over the eye.
Not true. Cataracts are a clouding of the lens within the eye.

Cataracts spread from one eye to the other.
Not so. Each eye develops cataracts (or not) independently.

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Let Florida Optometrists Apply Their Training

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On April 5th
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  Emilio J. Martinez-Lezama, O.D.

Emilio J. Martinez-Lezama O.D., is an Optometric Physician at Eye Centers of Florida. He recently wrote this opinion for the News-Press in response to the article Not seeing eye to eye: Optometrists, ophthalmologists differ on bills.

I appreciated your article “Not seeing eye to eye,” March 7, and your attempt to present an unbiased article about the conflict between optometrists and ophthalmologists regarding state Rep. Matt Caldwell’s House bill to expand prescribing authority to optometrists.

Although I think it’s a good article, it gives the impression that this legislative fight in Florida is a novel idea. The article fails to mention that optometrists can prescribe oral medications in 47 other states, an overwhelming majority.

The caption under the photo on Page A3 states, “Dr. Terry Tucker argues he should be able to prescribe drugs.” In reality, that is not at all what is in question. Optometrists are able to prescribe topical “drugs” in the state of Florida and 49 other states.

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9 Important Questions You Should Ask About Cataract Surgery

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On July 6th

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Over the past few months, we have covered nine important questions you should ask about cataract surgery BEFORE electing to go through with the procedure. After all, we’re talking about your sight here, so it goes without saying that this decision shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Whether you choose the physicians at Eye Centers of Florida to diagnose and treat your cataracts or another ophthalmologist, we believe it’s of the utmost importance that you educate yourself so that you’re familiar with the symptoms, causes, options for treatment, and proper terminology. You may download this free eBook by clicking the icon above or visiting www.ECOF.com/ebooks.

Let’s recap the tips we covered:

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9. Are There Risks To Cataract Surgery?

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On June 27th

 

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This is the ninth installment of 9 Important Questions You Should Ask About Cataract Surgery which can be downloaded from ECOF’s  free eBook library.

Those who undergo cataract surgery today no longer need to face the fear, inconvenience and discomfort that accompanied the procedure years ago.

Of course, all surgical procedures involve some risk. However, the skilled use of effective microsurgical technology, local anesthetics and modern implants provide the safest and most convenient surgery possible. 9 Important Questions You Should Ask About Cataract Surgery 232x300 9. Are There Risks To Cataract Surgery?

Rare complications usually are treatable. When you schedule your surgery, we will provide an informed consent form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

ECOF is the most experienced Ophthalmology practice in Southwest Florida for over 35 years!

If you have any questions or would like to schedule and appointment, please feel free call us at 1.888.393.2455 or contact us online.

See you soon,

Karyl