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Macular Degeneration with Fewer Injections?

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On February 2nd

Dr. Walid Mangal

By now you’ve probably heard of the eye condition called macular degeneration. There are two types—the dry type, which is managed with vitamins, and the wet type, which is treated with injections into the eye.

For those of you with the wet type, did you ever wonder why your retina specialist keeps asking you to come back in a month for your next injection? It’s because the medication that is being injected (Avastin, Lucentis or Eylea) only lasts for about a month in the eye. Also, most of the major research studies on macular degeneration committed patients to monthly injection regimens. Hence, many retina specialists in practice try to follow the same regimen.

But don’t you wish there was another option instead of getting a needle into the eye every month or so? Something that didn’t involve an injection, that could improve your vision and that didn’t hurt or cause red eyes? Turns out that something actually exists. It’s a laser procedure called “feeder vessel treatment” for wet macular degeneration. It was pioneered in the 1990’s by retina specialists in Baltimore, Maryland and Milan, Italy. The procedure often takes less than 10 minutes to perform and is done in the clinic. It’s not a replacement for your injections but can be used in combination with your injections, sometimes helping to reduce the total number of injections. Fewer injections, no pain and stable vision is always a good thing.

Here’s the other piece of good news. You don’t have to travel to Milan or Baltimore to be evaluated for this laser procedure. It’s available right here in Fort Myers at the Eye Centers of Florida. There are only a handful of retina centers in the world that offer this procedure. Ours at the Eye Centers of Florida is one of them. Our goal for every patient is to minimize the number of injections you receive and to help maintain good vision for the rest of your life. Contact us today for an appointment, a second opinion or to see if you’re a candidate for laser feeder vessel treatment.

–Dr. Walid Mangal

Fighting Blindness with Smartphones

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On February 2nd

Peek RetinaAbout 39 million people in world are blind. With a simple eye exam, at least 80% of this blindness could be prevented.

The problem is that eye exam equipment is heavy, expensive, and fragile. It’s not built to travel to places where pavement and electricity are hard to come by. But these are the places where people need eye exams the most.

So Dr. Brown and ECOF have become supporting founders of a new technology to address this problem. It’s called Peek, short for Portable Eye Examination Kit. Peek Silver Supporter - Portable Eye Examination Kithelps doctors around the world use common smartphones to provide high-quality eye exams to people who need them. Peek can help prevent blindness.

To learn more about Peek, watch this video:

Anyone can be a Peek supporter. Join us in helping prevent blindness!

Bausch + Lomb Ultra Contact Lenses

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On January 6th

We’re happy Bausch + Lomb is making contact lenses more comfortable! Ask your doctor at Eye Centers of Florida if these new contact lenses are right for you:

Free Vision Screenings For Immokalee Pacific Tomato Growers

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On December 4th

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

Pancake 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.

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

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

All veterans and their family members are welcome.

24th Annual Distinguished Citizen Good Scout Award

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On October 29th

BSAIn 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

RunningThis 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 LogoEach 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

BOTOX for Chronic MigraineSince 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

Safety GogglesHow 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.