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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.

Have You Noticed a Change in Your Vision?

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On September 18th

page74 300x234 Have You Noticed a Change in Your Vision?Have you experienced blurred or cloudy vision, frequent changes in eye prescriptions, night glare and hazy vision or colors that seem to fade?

In the Fall/Winter 2014 issue of the Seniors Blue Book, David C. Brown, M.D. talks about cataracts, which affect over half of Americans age 65 and older. For more information, look for the Seniors Blue Book at Walgreens, other Southwest Florida locations, or view page 74 online.

For your cataract evaluation, Dr. David C. Brown and his associates at Eye Centers of Florida welcome your questions about cataract surgery and your overall eye health.


Shamir Duo No-Line Bifocals

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On July 30th

If you prefer bifocals over progressives but dislike the ugly line, you’ll be happy to learn about a new third option: no-line bifocals!

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Shamir Duo™ no-line bifocal lenses have plenty of upsides:

  • Improved performance: No line interrupting your vision
  • Improved appearance: Other people can’t see a line
  • Works with sunglasses: tinted, photochromic, and polarized
  • Works with high-index materials for thin lenses
  • Works with premium anti-reflective coatings

They avoid the downsides of traditional bifocals and progressive lenses, including the unsightly line and the restriction on coatings, materials, and options for sunglasses.

They’re ideal if you don’t like how progressive lenses perform, but you do like the absence of a bifocal line.

Interested? Visit an Eye Centers of Florida optical shop today!


August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On July 29th

Since it’s almost time for school, let’s talk about children’s eye health and safety!

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Children’s Eye Health

If your child has an eye condition, it may affect their learning. They may struggle in school, or be thought of as less intelligent than they really are. Getting your child’s eyes checked is one way to ensure they’re getting the best opportunities to learn and grow.

Vision testing should start around age 3 or 4. Children are often checked for:

  • Color blindness
  • Wandering, lazy, or crossed eyes
  • Disinterest in reading
  • Difficulty paying attention to distant objects
  • Squinting

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July is Dry Eye Disease Awareness Month

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On June 27th

tearlab July is Dry Eye Disease Awareness Month

TearLab®: Quick and Painless Dry Eye Test

About 40 million people in the US have dry eye disease, but 95% have not been diagnosed and treated. Could you be among them?

The symptoms of dry eye disease include stinging, burning, a scratchy sensation, sensitivity to light, tearing, tired eyes, difficulty wearing contact lenses, and blurred vision, often worsening at the end of the day or after focusing for a prolonged period on a nearby task.

It used to be more difficult and time-consuming to diagnose dry eye disease. Now, with a new test from TearLab®, it can be done painlessly in one visit.

If your eyes are dry, you may suffer more than just discomfort. Reduced tear production over a long period of time increases the risk of permanent damage and scarring to the front of the eye.

If your dry eyes are bothering you, make an appointment today.

Change Your Look with New Color Contacts!

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On June 25th

9contacts square 225 Change Your Look with New Color Contacts!Have you ever wanted to change your eye color, but didn’t have an easy way to try before you buy?

Or perhaps you never considered it an option because you don’t need to wear contacts to correct your vision.

Either way, now’s your chance to try a new look!

We’re partnering with AIR OPTIX® to offer free in-office trials of the new AIR OPTIX® COLORS breathable contact lenses. They come in 9 beautiful colors–some subtle, some brilliant.

If you visit the AIR OPTIX® Color Studio online, you can take a photo of yourself and instantly see what the new colors will look like on you.

If you like your new look, sign up for the free trial and get other money saving offers.

Then, make an appointment at Eye Centers of Florida to talk to an eyecare professional.

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.