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Two Things You Can Do to Help Sea Turtles

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On March 4th

Endangered sea turtles nest between May 1 – October 31 in Southwest Florida. When the baby turtles hatch, they’ll find at least two obstacles between them and survival. What can you do? We’re glad you asked! Watch these 30-second videos about two simple things you can do on the beach:

Our own Dr. Brown helps these magnificent animals by donating resources to Turtle Time, a Fort Myers Beach not-for-profit dedicated to the continued survival of loggerhead sea turtles. Learn more about Turtle Time.

Cloudy or Blurred Vision?

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On March 4th

Dr. Brown

If you have noticed a change in your eye sight or you’re just not able to do some of the things you used to, maybe it’s time to find out why.


Cataracts are a very common vision problem for people of any age. The cataract is a clouding of the natural lens in our eyes. The loss in vision is a major cause of serious injuries that can occur from falls or accidents.

Vision loss may occur slowly, so that the impairment in sight may not be noticed to the person at first.

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Meet Allison Bertram Yee, M.D.

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On March 4th

Give yourself clear vision and a youthful glow with eyelid rejuvenation from Dr. Allison Yee at Eye Centers of Florida. With a simple outpatient procedure, Dr. Yee can transform tired, dragging eyelids to a more beautiful you. In many cases insurance or Medicare will cover much of the costs. You can count on the expertise of Dr. David C. Brown and the experts at Eye Centers of Florida.

Spring into a New Look: Aesthetic Party

Posted by Eye Centers of Florida On March 4th

We’re throwing a party at the Aesthetic Center and you’re invited!

While you’re enjoying refreshments like orange juice, mimosas, muffins, and strawberries & chocolate, 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 $100 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
When: Sat Mar 21, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
RSVP: Please call 239-335-1900 or email ecofmarketing@gmail.com.

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

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.