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Let’s Talk about Aging Eyes

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On August 12th
Dr. Diaz

Dr. Diaz

Eye Centers of Florida doctors Diaz and Mangal will be hosting free aging eye and macular degeneration talks. Everyone is welcome to join!

Our eyesight changes as we grow older. It’s good to know which changes are normal and which should cause concern. Many age-related vision problems can be corrected if they’re diagnosed early.

We hope you’ll join us to learn more about preserving your vision.


Dr. Diaz on Aging Eyes, Wed Aug 26 at 1:00 pm:

Dr. Mangal

Dr. Mangal

Brookdale Senior Living Cypress Lake
7460 Cypress Lake Dr
Fort Myers, FL 33907
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Dr. Mangal on Macular Degeneration, Thu Aug 27 at 1:00 pm:

Brookdale North Naples
1710 SW Health Pkwy
Naples, FL 34109
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Please call 239-335-1722.

Free Back-to-School Vision Screenings for Kids

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On August 11th
Dr. Pogrebniak

Dr. Pogrebniak

On August 15, over 1,200 children and families are expected to attend an annual Family Health Centers Back-to-School event to receive free physical examinations, vision screenings, haircuts, and more. The event, sponsored by Family Health Centers, provides children with free services as they prepare for the new school year.

Dr. Pogrebniak of Eye Centers of Florida will be providing free vision screenings. We’re proud to participate in this event, and we’re thankful to Family Health Centers for hosting.

Do you have school-aged children in need of a checkup? Join us at this free event!

Where: 197001 S Tamiami Tr, Fort Myers 33908
When: August 159:00 am – 1:00 pm

Drooping Eyelid and Dry Eye Syndrome Discussion

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On July 9th

Dr. AllisonDo your eyelids droop? Are your eyes watery or scratchy?

Join us for a SHARE Club discussion on drooping eyelids and dry eye syndrome. Dr. Yee will discuss causes, symptoms, treatment options, and more.

Not a member of SHARE Club? Learn more about SHARE Club, including how to join.

Where: 4101 Evans Ave, Fort Myers, FL
When: Fri Aug 14, 2015 from 10:00 a.m.
RSVP: Please call 239-424-3765 or contact us.

2015 Back to School Specials

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On July 9th

Back to School

Save money this year with Eye Centers of Florida back-to-school specials!

$79 for Regular Eye Exams

Get a regular eye exam from an expert Eye Centers of Florida optometrist at any of our convenient locations.

May not be combined with other discounts or offers. Expires Sep 1, 2015.

To claim this offer, print this page or show it on a mobile device.

$49 for a Complete Pair of Eyeglasses

Get polycarbonate lenses with a scratch-resistant coating, then choose from a special selection of frames.

May not be combined with other discounts or offers. Expires Sep 1, 2015.

To claim this offer, print this page or show it on a mobile device.

Photo by Flickr user woodleywonderworks.

Two Summer Aesthetics Parties

Posted by admin On June 17th

We’re throwing two parties in July at the Aesthetic Center and you’re invited.

Our March party was such a success that we’ve decided to host two more! Enjoy wine and cheese refreshments while Dr. Allison Yee and other experts will explain the latest news in plastics, injections, and other aesthetic treatments.

DysportWe’ll be offering on-the-spot discounts of 25% off Dysport® and $75 off Restylane® exclusive to this party. Plus we’ll raffle a free HydraFacial® and give out other exciting prizes!

What’s Dysport? Dysport® injections can temporarily improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows in adults less than 65 years of age. It’s a great alternative to BOTOX®, which costs nearly four times as much.

RestylaneWhat’s Restylane? Plump up your lips with Restylane®, or use it to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth.

HydrafacialWhat’s a HydraFacial? The HydraFacial® is a non-invasive, non-surgical resurfacing procedure that delivers instant results with no discomfort or downtime. The procedure is immediately effective.

Many of the treatments the Aesthetic Center can provide to you at a discount during the party! You can also schedule a free consultation for later.

Join us, and bring a friend!

Where: 4101 Evans Ave, Fort Myers, side entrance
Party 1: Wed Jul 1, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Party 2: Wed Jul 29, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
RSVP: Please call 239-335-1900 or contact us.

Learn more about Dr. Yee, the Aesthetic Center, and Eye Centers of Florida.

Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology joins Eye Centers of Florida

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On May 13th

Dr. PogrebniakFORT MYERS, Fla. – Eye Centers of Florida welcomes Board Certified Ophthalmologist Alexander E. Pogrebniak, M.D., as Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus. Dr. Pogrebniak, former Chief of Ophthalmology at the Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, will be available to see patients on July 13, 2015.

Dr. Pogrebniak holds a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Michigan. His experience includes serving at the Mayo Clinic and University of Florida Jacksonville Medical Center, and consulting for the Children’s Medical Services for the State of Florida, Department of Children and Families.

“Dr. Pogrebniak is a much needed, valuable asset that will bring our goal to completion providing a total eye care experience for all age groups in all stages of life,” said Dr. David C. Brown, founder of Eye Centers of Florida. “He’ll be a great help to families of children with strabismus, tear duct disorders, eyelid disorders, pediatric cataracts, infantile glaucoma, and eye trauma. In addition to patients from birth to 21, Dr. Pogrebniak will see adults with strabismus.”

Dr. Pogrebniak’s professional memberships include the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, the Florida Pediatric Society, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the Lee County Medical Society. He will soon be affiliated with the Lee Memorial Health System.

About Eye Centers of Florida

Founded in 1971 by Dr. David C. Brown, Eye Centers of Florida is an eye care provider with 20 doctors. Eye Centers of Florida accepts Medicare and all forms of insurance and has helpful staff available to assist patients in processing medical claims. Eye Centers of Florida also offers Care Credit, an interest-free financing program.

For more information or to set an appointment, visit www.ecof.com, call (239) 939-3456 or stop by any of Eye Centers of Florida’s 12 south Florida locations in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Clewiston, Immokalee, LaBelle, Lehigh Acres, Naples, and Port Charlotte.

Save Your Vision

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On May 12th

Dr. DiazAs the saying goes “prevention is the best medicine,” but when it comes to your eyes there are a lot of diseases that can only be detected with a thorough eye exam. Taking an active role in seeing an eye doctor annually is the first step in prevention and detection. Below are some signs and symptoms of common eye problems.

Most people who need glasses or contacts are accustomed to seeing an eye doctor every year, but there are those people who seemed to always have good vision until one day they have trouble reading. This is something called presbyopia (aging eyes) and happens around age 40. The lens in the eye stops adjusting naturally so almost everyone at some point will need reading glasses.

One of the biggest misconceptions about cataracts is that it is a disease and something that doesn’t occur until people are in their 80s or later. A cataract is the lens inside the eye becoming cloudy and it starts to occur in individuals in their 40s. As the lens ages it continues to get cloudy and eventually reaches a point that vision is affected and cataract surgery is necessary, but when this occurs varies for everyone.

Glaucoma is a disease where the pressure inside the eye is high enough that the nerve in the back of the eye becomes damaged. The optic nerve is the cable that takes the signal from the eye to the brain. People who have glaucoma lose peripheral vision very gradually. Because there are no symptoms until very late in the disease it can only be detected by an eye exam.
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Why Get Eyeglasses from ECOF?

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On April 10th

EyeglassesPatients tell us that they trust their ECOF eye doctor. But sometimes they also tell us they buy their eyeglasses elsewhere because they think the prices at ECOF might be higher.

Are ECOF’s eyeglasses and frames really more expensive?

Good question. First, you should know what makes shopping for glasses at ECOF better:

  • Our technology is state of the art. Discount shops often use 20-year-old technology.
  • We have a large selection of designer frames, even larger than speciality frame shops!
  • We have twelve convenient locations around Southwest Florida.
  • We have a wide range of eye care services, not just eyeglasses.

You might imagine paying a premium for this level of quality.

But the reality is, our eyeglasses are competitively priced!

Surprised? Visit ECOF and see what we have to offer.

Photo courtesy of Flickr user laffy4k.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Common & Treatable

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On April 10th

Dr. Ferreira

Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is a leading cause of irreversible vision loss in older adults. In fact, there are more than 5 million new cases of ARMD diagnosed each year in Europe and North America alone; and it is estimated that 30 percent of Americans 55 years of age and older have ARMD. There are two types of ARMD—dry and wet.

“Dry ARMD accounts for 85 percent of cases,” explains Claudio Ferreira, M.D., ophthalmologist and retinal surgery specialist. “An accumulation of yellow deposits on the macula—which is the most sensitive part of the retina and the part responsible for central vision—dry ARMD causes a slow but progressive loss of central vision. The other 15 percent of cases are wet ARMD, which is the main cause of rapid central vision loss. The dry form can turn into the wet form, which results in leakage, bleeding, and lipid and pigment accumulation.”

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Why Buy Contact Lenses at ECOF?

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On April 10th

Contact lensSometimes our patients assume we can’t compete with national mail-order contact lens stores because we’re local. Not so!

If you’re shopping for contacts at ECOF, you may be surprised to know:

  • Our prices are lower than 1-800-CONTACTS
  • We offer the convenience of online ordering
  • We have competitive prices while maintaining top quality and local service at twelve locations

In fact, if you order a year’s supply of contacts, you can get 40% off non-prescription sunglasses with our new coupon. See the 40% off coupon on the bottom of our Contacts page.

Find out more about ECOF contact lenses.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia user Bpw.