Jon K. Batzer, O.D. Celebrates 30 Years With Community Eye Center

PORT CHARLOTTE, FL— JUNE 20, 2017

Community Eye Center is proud to announce that Jon K. Batzer, Chief of Optometry and Optometric Physician is celebrating 30 years with CEC on July 20, 2017.

“Throughout my years of practice I have tried to treat all my patients as though they were my own family, providing them with an open and honest assessment of what is best for their eyes, vision and eye health.  I am fortunate to work with an outstanding group of physicians who share this philosophy of practice, and can provide a wide range of routine, medical, and surgical eye care.”  stated Dr. Batzer.

Dr. Eric Schaible, Partner and Research Director of Community Eye Center and St. Lucy’s Eye Surgery Center describes Dr. Batzer as “dedicated, intense, sincere, mature….a great asset and colleague to our practice.”

Dr. Batzer attended Ferris State College, in Big Rapids, MI for graduate study, and was accepted into the College of Optometry there on an accelerated entry, prior to completion of his undergraduate degree in Biology.

He completed his Optometric studies there, obtaining his OD degree with Highest Distinction, in 1984.  Dr. Batzer complete his Residency at the VA Medical Center in Albuquerque, NM.

Dr. Batzer was an Assistant Professor of Optometry at the Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, IL, and an Adjunct Professor and Clinical Instructor in the Cornea/Contact Lens Service of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Dr. Batzer has published articles on topics such as Dry Eye Syndrome and Vitreoretinal Disorders.  He is a member of the American Optometric Association and Florida Optometric Association.

Dr. Joseph Spadafora, Partner and Medical Director of Community Eye Center and St. Lucy’s Eye Surgery Center said, “Since joining Community Eye Center in 1987 Dr. Batzer has proven himself a true team player and the consummate professional, earning the trust of all of his patients.”

“Dr. Batzer has a strong commitment to the quality of our patient care, as well as personal relationships he has built with our patients over the years” stated Dave Jordan Practice Administrator.

For over 37 years Community Eye Center has served Southwest Florida providing excellence in eye care from multiple locations including their eye only surgery center, St. Lucy’s Eye Surgery Center and their optical centers.  Their care ranges from routine eye exams to complex eye surgery and laser eye surgery.  CEC now has 3 locations…Port Charlotte, Venice and North Port….to better serve Southwest Florida.

Eric A. Liss, M.D. Joins Communtiy Eye Center / St. Lucy’s Eye Surgery Center

Eric A. Liss, M.D. Joins Communtiy Eye Center / St. Lucy's Eye Surgery Center

PORT CHARLOTTE, FL— OCTOBER 8, 2017

 

Community Eye Center and St. Lucy’s Eye Surgery Center are proud to announce the addition of Dr. Eric A. Liss to their Ophthalmology/Surgical staff.

 

Dr. Eric Schaible, Partner and Research Director of Community Eye Center and St. Lucy’s Eye Surgery Center stated “we welcome Dr. Liss as a surgeon to join our practice to facilitate the care we provide to our growing community.  He has excellent credentials and a similar dedication to patient care thus we are certain that he will mesh well with our comprehensive care philosophy.”

 

Dr. Eric A. Liss is a native Floridian who was born and raised in Sarasota.  He completed his undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee followed by graduate studies in Public Health and Epidemiology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.  Dr. Liss then returned to Florida for his medical education where he received his Medical Degree, Summa Cum Laude, from the Florida International University College of Medicine in Miami.

 

Dr. Liss completed his Ophthalmology Residency at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where he served as a Chief Resident.  He has published research in the areas of Retinal Disease, Refractive Surgery, Glaucoma, and Disorders of the Ocular Immune System and has presented his findings at multiple national ophthalmology conferences.

Dr. Liss is a Member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Florida Medical Association, Florida Society of Ophthalmology, and the Charlotte County Medical Association.

 

Dr. Liss is a comprehensive ophthalmologist with an interest in Advanced Cataract Surgery, Macular Degeneration, and Inflammatory Disorders of the Eye.

 

Dr. Joseph Spadafora, Partner and Medical Director of Community Eye Center and St. Lucy’s Eye Surgery Center said, “It has been a long stretch interviewing doctors from many university backgrounds and many countries.  We have found the perfect balance of expertise and surgical excellence but most importantly a true desire to compassionately treat our family of patients.  Dr. Eric Liss has joined our team and we are excited about our Southwest Florida’s future….growing together.  Good times are ahead.”

 

For over 30 years Community Eye Center has served Southwest Florida providing excellence in eye care from multiple locations including their eye only surgery center, St. Lucy’s Eye Surgery Center and their optical centers.  Their care ranges from routine eye exams to complex eye surgery and laser eye surgery.  CEC now has 3 locations…Port Charlotte, Venice and North Port….to better serve Southwest Florida.

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Dr. Spadafora Observes At Centro Clinico G.B. Morgagni

VENICE/PORT CHARLOTTE, FL— JULY 7, 2016

Dr. Joseph Spadafora, Partner and Medical Director of Community Eye Center and St. Lucy’s Eye Surgery Center recently traveled to Italy and Sicily.  While there he observed/performed cataract surgery and a unique and complex glaucoma surgery with a novel lens fixation for a dislocated lens with tissue glue.

Dr. Spadafora was in Florence Italy to see his son receive a Master’s Degree in Italian and Art and then on to Sicily where he visited his cousin, Dr. Pietro Biondi, as well as Dr. Antonio Rapisardo both Ophthalmic surgeons of great distinction in their surgical abilities and Dr. Rita Ghirlanda, all at Centro Clinico G. B. Morgagni in Cantania.  Dr. Rapisardo is head of Ophthalmology at the clinic and at one time was SOI/Society Ophthalmology Italia.

The Morgagni Clinic, a clinic in general medicine, is named after the great G. B. Morgagni (1682-1771).  Morgagni was an Italian anatomist and pathologist who revolutionized medicine.  Thanks to his objectivity, Morgagni persuaded the world of what we now take for granted: the signs and symptoms of diseases depend on where the anatomy is abnormal.  In addition, Morgagni was the father of cataract research.  The Morgagnian cataract is one of four described cataracts….the Morgagnian, the Nuclear, the Overripe and the Polar cataract.  The Morgagnian cataract is a mature cataract in which the cortex has liquefied and the nucleus moves freely within the lens.

Dr. Spadafora was asked what he experienced as a difference between the practices there and here in the United States.  He stated “In Italy/Sicily the ophthalmology equivalent of the FDA is comprised of working clinical ophthalmologists and a government administrator; in cardiology, the equivalent of the FDA is a working clinical cardiologist and a government administrator.  Each specialty has its own “FDA,” resulting in faster approval of new technologies and treatments.”

He also stated “this was an opportunity to evaluate medicine internationally.  Having family across the globe… we were able to honestly share technology and limitations based on facts and experiences…not political or insurance based decisions.  Many times it is frustrating for our patients and physicians alike when politics and insurance hinders our ability to protect our patients.  Many times it comes down to “paper care” being more important than “patient care.”

 

JOSEPH W. SPADAFORA, D.O. (EYE SURGEON, MEDICAL DIRECTOR)

Dr. Joseph Spadafora did his undergraduate studies at Boston University, followed by graduate work at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH.  He received his medical degree from the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Kansas City, MO.

He completed his internship at Metropolitan General Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL and his Ophthalmology Residency at Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital in Tulsa, OK.  He was Fellowship Trained in Anterior Segment Surgery in Long Beach, CA.

Dr. Spadafora is Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of South Florida, Tampa.  He is Board Certified and a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Charlotte County Medical Society and Florida Medical Society.  He is affiliated with all area hospitals and served on the Board of Governors of Prevent Blindness Florida

Dr. Spadafora has performed National Research in ocular anti-inflammatory agents, glaucoma medications, ocular antibiotic agents, and laser cataract extraction at St. Lucy’s Eye Surgery Center.

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Dr. Eric Schaible And Dr. Joseph Spadafora Honored As “Heroes” To Charlotte Cares

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VENICE/PORT CHARLOTTE, FL— March 30, 2017 Community Eye Center and St. Lucy’s Eye Surgery Center’s Partners, Dr. Joseph Spadafora and Dr. Eric Schaible were honored as “Heroes” level Donor to the Charlotte Cares Campaign.  In addition to the Charlotte Cares Campaign, Community Eye Center was also recognized as a new Donor to CCF. The award is a part of the first annual Charlotte Cares Campaign for the Charlotte Community Foundation.  The Charlotte Cares Campaign was developed as an exciting new initiative led by the CCF.  The goal is to increase the amount of grant  funds available to qualifying nonprofit agencies in the Charlotte County community. “Without the help of our donors we would not be able to accomplish our goals.  We are grateful to Community Eye Center’s new partnership and look forward to what we can do and the changes that will be made by working together.”  Tami Sender. “By working together with one focus in mind – a better tomorrow for all – this is little we cannot accomplish,” states Ron Olson of Strang, Olson and Lynch, CCF Board Member, and Charlotte Cares Heroes Donor. “It is important for all of us at Community Eye Center and St. Lucy’s Eye Surgery Center to be a strong, giving and compassionate member of our community.  Charlotte Cares services people from all areas, all walks of life in all different circumstances but we are all a community working together for our greater good” stated Dr. Joseph Spadafora, Partner and Medical Director. Dr. Eric Schaible, Partner and Research Director said “It is exceptional to have a professional organization that can directly support and impact our local community from helping a single mother make ends meet to providing educational scholarships to our Charlotte County students.  We are pleased and honored to be part of this unique organization.” For over 37 years Community Eye Center has served Southwest Florida providing excellence in eye care from multiple locations including their eye only surgery center, St. Lucy’s Eye Surgery Center and their optical centers.  Their care ranges from routine eye exams to complex eye surgery and laser eye surgery. JOSEPH W. SPADAFORA, D.O. (EYE SURGEON, MEDICAL DIRECTOR) Dr. Joseph Spadafora did his undergraduate studies at Boston University, followed by graduate work at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH.  He received his medical degree from the University  of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Kansas City, MO. He completed his internship at Metropolitan General Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL and his Ophthalmology Residency at Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital in Tulsa, OK.  He was Fellowship Trained in Anterior Segment Surgery in Long Beach, CA. Dr. Spadafora is Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of South Florida, Tampa.  He is Board Certified and a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Charlotte County Medical Society and Florida Medical Society.  He is affiliated with all area hospitals and served on the Board of Governors of Prevent Blindness Florida Dr. Spadafora has performed National Research in ocular anti-inflammatory agents, glaucoma medications, ocular antibiotic agents, and laser cataract extraction at St. Lucy’s Eye Surgery Center. ERIC R. SCHAIBLE, M.D., F.A.C.S (EYE SURGEON, RESEARCH DIRECTOR) Dr. Eric R. Schaible received his Medical Degree, Magna Cum Laude, from Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA. He completed his Residency in Ophthalmology at South Carolina, Charleston where he was Chief Resident. Dr. Schaible has published research in Cataract Surgery, Neurosurgery, Corneal Surgery and Neuron-ophthalmology.  He is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is affiliated with all area hospitals. Dr. Schaible is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, Charlotte Country Medical Society and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Dr. Schaible is a Cataract and Anterior Segment Specialist with interest in advance cataract surgery techniques.

Community Eye Center Opens Venice Location

VENICE/PORT CHARLOTTE, FL— May 17, 2017

Community Eye Center and St. Lucy’s Eye Surgery Center announce their newest location at 1988 Tamiami Trail S, Venice, Florida.  The Grand Opening and ribbon cutting were held on Friday, May 6th.  The Venice location joins the Port Charlotte and North Port locations.

“Since 1981 Community Eye Center has been in Charlotte County, we have developed many ties with our patients and families from the Venice area.  This completes the path by us bringing our services to them!” stated

Dr. Joseph Spadafora, Partner and Medical Director.

Dr. Eric Schaible, Partner and Research Director said, “We are very proud of our New Venice Office.  With our regional care in SW Florida we hope patients find this convenience helpful as we care for a large number of patients in Englewood and Venice.  The office will provide comprehensive eye care, including cataract, macula and glaucoma as well as routine services related to eye health, glasses and contact lenses.”

The Venice location will be staffed by Dr. Joseph Spadafora, D.O., Dr. Jon Batzer and Dr. Tyler Roberts, sharing Ophthalmic duties.  Dr. Batzer has been Chief of Optometry for Community Eye Center for 29 years.  Dr. Prabin Mishra will be available as well for cosmetic and oculoplastic surgeries.  Dr. Mishra offers a comprehensive array of treatments, including cosmetic and functional eye lid surgery, BOTOX, cosmetic and other options.

“We are excited to have our Venice office up and running!  I have lived in Venice for many years and am looking forward to practicing in the Venice community.  Throughout my years of practice I have tried to treat all my patients as though they were my own family, providing them with an open and honest assessment of what is best for their eyes, vision and eye health.  I am fortunate to work with an outstanding group of physicians who share this philosophy of practice, and can provide a wide range of routine, medical, and surgical eyecare.  We have always appreciated the loyalty of our Venice patients, and are looking forward to providing top-quality eyecare to them in a convenient location” stated Dr. Batzer.

Dr. Roberts, who has completed an ocular disease residency at a VA hospital with a focus on low vision, stated “I and all of the physicians and staff of Community Eye Center are very excited about the recent opening of our newest office, located in Venice.  We are proud to bring our services to Venice and the surrounding communities.  Our mission is to provide total eye care for you and your family with compassion that is focused on excellent service and patient experience.”

For over 37 years Community Eye Center has served Southwest Florida providing excellence in eye care from multiple locations including their eye only surgery center, St. Lucy’s Eye Surgery Center and their optical centers.  Their care ranges from routine eye exams to complex eye surgery and laser eye surgery.

The Venice location, as all of CEC’s offices, is equipped for detecting, monitoring and treating glaucoma, macular degeneration, complications from diabetes, high blood pressure, and other systemic conditions and medications that affect the eyes.

David Jordan, Practice Administrator, said the desire to open up a Venice site was a direct response to their patients already in place, and the needs of the Venice community as a whole.  “Our practice has a strong commitment to the quality of patient care, as well as personal relationships we build with our patients” he said.” “Our philosophy also includes a commitment to the latest technology.  Our growth will be based on our patients’ needs.”

In celebration of the Grand Opening that was held on May 6th and through July8th everyone is invited to stop by the Venice location at 1988 Tamiami Trail South to register for their chance to win two round trip airline tickets for anywhere within the continental US. Rules and regulations are available.

JOSEPH W. SPADAFORA, D.O. (EYE SURGEON, MEDICAL DIRECTOR)

Dr. Joseph Spadafora did his undergraduate studies at Boston University, followed by graduate work at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH.  He received his medical degree from the University  of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Kansas City, MO.

He completed his internship at Metropolitan General Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL and his Ophthalmology Residency at Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital in Tulsa, OK.  He was Fellowship Trained in Anterior Segment Surgery in Long Beach, CA.

Dr. Spadafora is Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of South Florida, Tampa.  He is Board Certified and a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Charlotte County Medical Society and Florida Medical Society.  He is affiliated with all area hospitals and served on the Board of Governors of Prevent Blindness Florida

Dr. Spadafora has performed National Research in ocular anti-inflammatory agents, glaucoma medications, ocular antibiotic agents, and laser cataract extraction at St. Lucy’s Eye Surgery Center.

ERIC R. SCHAIBLE, M.D., F.A.C.S (EYE SURGEON, RESEARCH DIRECTOR)

Dr. Eric R. Schaible received his Medical Degree, Magna Cum Laude, from Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA. He completed his Residency in Ophthalmology at South Carolina, Charleston where he was Chief Resident.

Dr. Schaible has published research in Cataract Surgery, Neurosurgery, Corneal Surgery and Neuron-ophthalmology.  He is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is affiliated with all area hospitals.

Dr. Schaible is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, Charlotte Country Medical Society and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

Dr. Schaible is a Cataract and Anterior Segment Specialist with interest in advance cataract surgery techniques. 

JON K. BATZER, O.D. (CHIEF OF OPTOMETRY)

Dr. Jon Batzer attended Ferris State College in Big Rapids, MI for undergraduate study and was accepted into the College of Optometry there on an accelerated entry, prior to completion of his undergraduate degree in Biology.  He completed his Optometric studies there, obtaining his OD degree with Highest Distinction in 1984.  Dr. Batzer completed his Residency at the VA Medical Center in Albuquerque, NM.

Dr. Batzer was an Assistant Professor of Optometry at the Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, IL and an Adjunct Professor and Clinical Instructor in the Cornea/Contact Lens Service of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Dr. Batzer has published articles on topics such as Dry Eye Syndrome and Vitreoretinal Disorders.  He is a member of the American Optometric Association and Florida Optometric Association.

TYLER S. ROBERTS, O.D.

Dr. Tyler Roberts is a Florida board certified optometric physician with Community Eye Center.  He obtained his Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from the University of South Carolina and received his Doctorate of Optometry from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN with Honors in Clinical Care.  While earning his doctorate, he participated in Remote Area Medical missions, performed local school and nursing home screenings, and volunteered at the Special Olympics.

Dr. Roberts completed his residency in Ocular Disease and Low Vision at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.  During his training, he focused on treatment and management of glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, corneal disease, and the fitting of specialty contact lenses.  He also lectured on various topics including pseudoexfoliation glaucoma, ocular surface neoplasms, and central serious chorioretinopathy.

He is an active member of the American Optometric Association, the Florida Optometric Association, and the Manasota Optometric Society.

PRABIN MISHRA, M.D., Ph.D. (COSMETIC AND OCULOPLASTIC SURGEON)

Dr. Prabin Mishra received his medical degree from Michigan State University School of Medicine, Lansing, Michigan.  He completed his Residency in 0phthalmology at Indiana University, School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Dr. Mishra has published in the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery, the Journal of International Healthy, The American Journal of Emergency Medicine and The Journal of Anatomy.  He is fellowship trained in cosmetic surgery and board certified in Anti-Aging Medicine.

Dr. Mishra is a Fellow of the American Medical Association, American College of Cosmetic Medicine, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, American College of Surgeons and American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgeons.

Dr. Mishra offers a comprehensive array of treatments, including cosmetic and functional eye lid surgery, BOTOX, cosmetic and other options.

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