Scary Facts About Halloween Contacts (With Photos)

It’s that time of year again. Halloween offers us a time to talk about special effect contacts.

Special effect contact lenses are a favorite way for people to distinguish a look or costume. These contacts are extremely popular around Halloween as a way to add a creative edge and help costumes stand out from the other ghouls and goblins. But, scarier than any character that goes bump in the night this time of year, wearing contacts that without a proper fitting or prescription can cause eye damage and even blindness. This article outlines some of the safety tips to ensure the proper use of special effect contact lenses.

Many may not consider the dangers of wearing contact lenses. However, Community Eye Center would like to inform about the risks of improper use of contacts that are not fitted by an eye doctor. These dangers include:

  • Blurred or hazy vision
  • Red, irritated eyes
  • Eye Pain
  • Bacterial infections (including microbial keratitis)
  • Allergic responses
  • Irreversible vision loss/blindness

Even if vision correction is not needed, for safety,  people should never purchase contact lenses without obtaining a contact lens fitting and prescription from an eye doctor. Contact lenses purchased from costume shops, convenience stores or anywhere that do not require a prescription from an ophthalmologist or optometrist can be extremely harmful to vision and health.

Whatsmore, eye health professionals will offer information about how to store, wear and clean contact lenses including tips for safe handling.  Adhering to the advice from your eye doctor can make a big difference in preventing eye conditions caused by wearing contact lenses.

Below are some epic costume looks that can be safely achieved with proper use of special effect contacts.

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Directed by the desire to care for patients’ individual needs, Community Eye Center offers an array of eye health services from complex surgery cases as well as routine eye exams and contact lens fittings. Call 941-625-1325 or schedule your eye exam online today.

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Celebrate The Season Optical Trunk Show

Visit Community Eye Center’s Port Charlotte location on November 9, during the Celebrate the Season Optical Trunk Show. 


From 9 am – 2 pm receive huge discounts on high-quality eyeglasses and frames.

A licensed optician will be on-site to provide a one on one consultation. Along with this friendly and professional treatment, patients can get big discounts on eyewear.

Special discounts offered to attendees of the Celebrate the Season Trunk Show include:

50% OFF Select Frames With Purchase Of Lenses

25% OFF Non-RX Sunglasses (Excluding Costa Del Mar)

25% OFF Frames With Purchase Of Lenses

*All discounts exclude the use of vision plans, please see an associate at the event for full details. 


Win prescription lenses from CEC’s partner lab! Ask an associate at the event how to enter.

Community Eye Center’s optical department offers an excellent line of premium eyewear, high contrast lenses for crisper detail, thinner lens materials for higher prescriptions, progressive lenses, computer and piano glasses, reading glasses, bifocals and no line bifocals, anti-reflective lens coatings, sunglasses for vision protection and more.

 


 

For the past three decades, Community Eye Center has provided excellence in vision and eye care from multiple Florida locations including Port Charlotte, North Port and Venice. With ophthalmologists specializing in cataracts, retina, oculoplastics as well as glaucoma treatment, CEC’s ophthalmologists, optometrists and opticians offer services such as comprehensive eye exams, full-service optical with premium eyewear selection at all locations, diagnosis and treatment for cataracts, macular degeneration, dry eye disease, cornea conditions, diabetic retinopathy, flashes and floaters, glaucoma, and more.

Bringing patients a nearby and accredited source for eye surgery, CEC’s St. Lucy’s Eye Surgery Center is the only eye surgery center in Charlotte county certified by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (a highly recognized organization which certifies ambulatory health care organizations, including ambulatory surgery centers), St. Lucy’s Eye Surgery Center offers state-of-the-art care with laser eye surgery using ORA System™Technology.

Call to schedule an appointment +19416251325 or book online now.

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5 Facts- Functional Blepharoplasty

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5 Facts- Functional Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty is the formal name that describes eyelid surgery (sometimes also called eye-lift surgery). Eyelid surgery may be performed to remove excess skin from the upper eyelids and to reduce bagginess from lower eyelids. Often thought of as a cosmetic procedure to enhance a person’s appearance, a person may elect to have eyelid surgery to improve heavy and droopy eyelids for other functional reasons. Below, you will find 5 facts about this type of eyelid procedure.

1. Functional eyelid surgery can be required to preserve vision and wellbeing.

Functional eyelid surgery is done to remove loose or drooping skin if it impairs vision or presents a problem such as wearing glasses or contact lenses. This procedure is also done if irritation occurs from excess folds of eyelid skin rubbing or discomfort occurs from overuse of forehead muscles straining to lift sagging skin.

2. An oculoplastic surgeon is desirable for functional eyelid surgery.

Most often performed by ophthalmologists or oculoplastic surgeons like Dr. Mishra with Community Eye Center, surgeons performing eyelid surgery must be knowledgeable about the ocular structure as well as the effects of the operation. Additionally, the provider of this procedure should be highly-skilled in fine suturing, as a delicate and precise touch can translate into exceptional results.

3. Blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure.

Eyelid surgery is a relatively short, outpatient procedure. It is among the most common cosmetic surgical procedures performed in the US and is the most common to improve the effects of aging of the eyes and face.

4. Most insurance plans often cover functional blepharoplasty.

Many private health insurance plans will cover the cost of functional eyelid surgery; this procedure may also be covered under Medicare.

Some may choose to have other procedures at the same time

Blepharoplasty may happen along with other procedures such as laser resurfacing, filler injections or forehead lifts.

5. Age is not the only reason for functional blepharoplasty.

Many who consider this surgery are over the age of 35; however, in cases when baggy and/or droopy eyelids are hereditary, younger candidates also consider this surgery.

If you think that you have a need for functional blepharoplasty, Dr. Mishra at Community Eye Center can perform an examination and testing to determine if you qualify. Call +1-941-625-1325 or book an appointment online today.

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Which Eye Care Professional To Choose: Ophthalmologist, Optometrist or Optician?

Which Eye Care Professional To Choose: Ophthalmologist, Optometrist or Optician?

There is a question about eye care professionals that our staff receives frequently. It is a question that is hugely significant when scheduling an eye appointment at Community Eye Center.

“What’re the differences between ophthalmologists, optometrists and opticians?”

We are always happy to address this concern for patients because it streamlines their visit by providing them with eye care that suits their individual eye needs. Whether a patient requires a comprehensive eye exam, eyeglasses, or is seeking treatment for a more complex eye condition, Community Eye Center’s goal is to offer expedient care and direct patients to the best eye care provider for their needs.

While there is some overlap in the services provided, the levels of training and expertise are unique to each type of provider. To alleviate confusion, here is a glimpse at the different care that each of these providers offers:

Ophthalmologist

Often, the term “eye doctor” is used as a universal term to describe ophthalmologists and optometrists. The use of this name is accurate because they are both doctors who concentrated in eye care. However, there are differences in the level of training and what ophthalmologists or optometrists can diagnose and treat.

The critical distinction between an ophthalmologist and an optometrist is that an ophthalmologist is a medical or osteopathic doctor (MD or DO) who specializes in eye and vision care.

As a doctor of medicine, who has completed school and a minimum of eight years of medical training, ophthalmologists can diagnose and treat any eye condition or disease, perform eye surgery and prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses for vision correction. Ophthalmologists are qualified to care for all eye conditions and diseases.

Ophthalmologists are often also involved in scientific research about the causes and cures for eye diseases and vision disorders. Some ophthalmologists may also choose to specialize in a specific area of their medical training or surgical eye care. These subspecialties require additional fellowship training. Subspecialties of ophthalmology may include glaucoma, retina, cornea, pediatrics, and plastic surgery. This extensive training is to prepare ophthalmologists to care for more complex cases in specific areas of the eye.

Optometrist

Optometrists are licensed to practice optometry, but are not medical doctors and do not perform eye surgery. Optometrists hold a doctor of optometry (OD) degree after completing four years of optometry school, preceded by three years or more years of college.

Optometrists are doctors who provide care ranging from comprehensive eye examinations and vision correction with the fitting of glasses and contact lenses to diagnosis and management of ocular diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, pre and post-operative care for surgical patients, and dry eye evaluations.

Optician

Opticians are technicians who receive training to design and fit eyeglass lenses, frames and contacts as well as other vision correcting devices. They may use prescriptions which are provided by ophthalmologists or optometrists but cannot test vision or write prescriptions for vision correction. Opticians cannot diagnose or treat eye conditions or diseases.

If you would like more information about the eye care providers at Community Eye Center, Schedule an appointment with one of Community Eye Center. You may also call Community Eye Center at +1-941-625-1325 for information or to schedule an appointment.


For over 30 years, Community Eye Center (CEC) and its eye doctors have provided excellence in eye care from multiple south-west Florida locations, eye only surgery center, and optical services. CEC offers total eye care including cataract surgery, dry eye treatment, treatment of macular degeneration and all other retinal diseases, glaucoma treatment, diabetic eye exams, eyelid & cosmetic surgery, comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses & glasses, and 24/7 emergency eye care. Selecting only the most qualified and dedicated eye health professionals (board-certified ophthalmologists, optometrists, opticians, eye surgeons, oculoplastic specialists, cataract specialists, and more), CEC offers comprehensive and expedient care.

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