LipiView®, LipiFlow® and MGD

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LipiView®, LipiFlow® and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

You need not think about your eyes all of the time. Community Eye Center offers treatment options for Dry Eye which can reduce or eliminate the need for drops, compresses and other burdensome, time-consuming attempts to relieve symptoms.

 

Nearly 90% of patients with dry eye have Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), also called Evaporated Dry Eye. This is a condition in which there is a blockage or some other abnormality of the meibomian glands; when this happens, these glands do not secrete enough lipid (oil) into the tears. Meibomian Gland Dysfunction is a treatable condition which can be diagnosed and treated using LipiView® and LipiFlow®. 

To diagnose MGD, our doctors will evaluate the patient to determine if he or she is suffering from dry eye disease. During the patient’s evaluation, he or she will receive a comprehensive exam from our doctors and will answer a brief questionnaire. This questionnaire will help our doctors understand how the patient’s eyes feel from day-to-day. 

If the doctor’s assessment shows that the patient is suffering from dry eye symptoms that are beyond mild and/or the eyes show signs symptoms of deterioration, our doctors will use LipiView® to evaluate the lipid (oil) layer on the patient’s eyes. LipiView® is a revolutionary technological imaging process that takes detailed images of the eye‘s tear film to determine whether or not the patient is suffering from Evaporative Dry Eye caused by Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD).

Once a diagnosis of MGD is confirmed, our doctors may prescribe the use of LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System for opening and clearing blocked glands. This allows the body to resume the natural production of lipids (oils) needed for the tear film.

LipiView®, LipiFlow® and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction FAQ

Q: Will chronic or severe dry eye continue to worsen with time?

A: Yes, chronic or severe dry eyes will only worsen with time. Some symptoms of deterioration can include: 

  • Increased evaporation of tears
  • Unstable tear film
  • Damage to the surface of the eye
  • Discomfort
  • Inflammation and cell damage
  • Fluctuation and decrease in vision

Q: How long does the LipiView® process take?

A: This non-invasive process takes less and 5 minutes and is much like a comprehensive eye exam.

Q: How does LipiFlow® work?

A: The LipiFlow® Activator (a disposable eyepiece) which is placed on the eye. Once it is on the eye, you will recline in the treatment chair and experience the 12-minute procedure. A combination of directed heat and pulsatile pressure will help relieve the blockage for the Meibomian glands. Opening these blocked glands will aid your body in resuming natural production of tear film oil. 

Q: What makes LipiFlow® more effective than other treatment options?

A: For those suffering from moderate or severe dry eye, life can seem like a constant struggle to alleviate symptoms. Eye drops and warm compresses are a regular ritual. LipiFlow® has revolutionized dry eye management for these afflicted individuals.

  • The LipiFlow® system is the first and only treatment for dry eyes that addresses the cause of Evaporated Dry Eye. Other treatments – warm compresses and drops – merely provide temporary symptomatic relief.
  • It can provide ongoing relief by improving the gland function, allowing them to produce the oils needed for a healthy tear film. Other treatments options may require daily, and sometimes even hourly attention to keep symptoms of dry eye under control. 
  • It provides a practical way to manage dry eye disease or dry eye syndrome by providing relief and helping to stop dry eye deterioration and worsening symptoms.

Q: Will the treatment hurt?

A: On average, patients report little to no pain during the LipiFlow® treatment. 

Read More About Dry Eye Disease

There is a lot of information on the internet about eye health. The best information will come directly from a board-certified eye doctor. Call (941) 625-1325 to book a consult with one of Community Eye Center’s ophthalmologists, optometrists or opticians today.

Dry Eye And Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

You need not think about your eyes all of the time. Community Eye Center offers treatment options for Dry Eye which can reduce or eliminate the need for drops, compresses and other burdensome, time-consuming attempts to relieve symptoms.

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Dry Eye Treatment

Tears are important because they keep the eye’s surface clear and smooth, allowing for good vision. Each time a person blinks, a film of tears spreads over their eyes. Normal eyes constantly create tears to keep the eyes moist. When this does not happen, dry eyes occur.

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Dry Eye Types

Dry Eye Disease is one of the most common eye problems, affecting people of all ages in all areas of the world. It affects millions of people in the U. S. alone and is particularly common in those over the age of 50, especially women. Dry Eye Disease has the potential to cause significant pain, discomfort, blurred vision, and permanent damage to the eye. It is a chronic and progressive disorder requiring proper evaluation and treatment.

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Eyeglasses, Contacts, Sunglasses & Contacts

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Eyeglasses, Contacts, Sunglasses & Contacts

If you are seeking an eyewear in the Venice, Port Charlotte or North Port, Florida areas, Community Eye Center’s Optical Departments have licensed opticians on staff in each of the SWFL locations. 

All of the sunglasses, eyeglasses and frames are inspected for quality and prescription accuracy before they are dispensed.

CEC Optical offers premium eyewear such as sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection, contact lens fittings, eye exams, financing and much more. Community Eye Center Optical partners with Hoya Vision to provide top-of-the-line lens technology for progressive lenses and lens treatments.

Optical Brands At Community Eye Center

Community Eye Center’s Optical selection includes eyewear from brands such as Costa, Nine West, Calvin Klein, Coach New York, Michael Kors, Ray-Ban, Silhouette, Lulu Guiness, Ted Baker London, Tory Burch, Lamb and GX by Gwen Stefani and bebe.

Get Directions To Community Eye Center

There is a lot of information on the internet about eye health. The best information will come directly from a board-certified eye doctor. Call (941) 625-1325 to book a consult with one of Community Eye Center’s ophthalmologists, optometrists or opticians today.

Dr. Eric Liss, Cataract Surgeon And Board-Certified Ophthalmologist In Venice, Florida

Dr. Eric Liss, Cataract Surgeon And Board-Certified Ophthalmologist

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A Board-Certified Ophthalmologist, Dr. Liss provides comprehensive ophthalmic care with an interest in advanced cataract surgery, macular degeneration and inflammatory disorders of the eye.

Publishing research in the areas of retinal disease, refractive surgery, glaucoma and disorders of the ocular immune system, Dr. Liss is a recognized speaker, presenting his findings at multiple national ophthalmology conferences.

Providing a full range of superior ophthalmic care to patients, Dr. Liss considers treating patients to be his privilege; he is motivated by improving the lives of his patients. He recalls the greatest honor of his career as surgically restoring sight for a patient who became completely reliant upon the care of family members due to advanced cataracts.

Born and raised in Sarasota, FL, he is proud to call himself a native Floridian. Spending the majority of his life in Southwest Florida, he values the community and cherishes any opportunity to participate in the many local charities and causes that Community Eye Center supports.

Dr. Liss spends his free time enjoying the beautiful weather in Southwest Florida with his dog, gardening and cultivating tropical fruit.

Dr. Joseph Spadafora Cataract Surgeon In Port Charlotte

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An established and highly skilled Board Certified Ophthalmologist with over 30 years of experience, Dr. Spadafora serves as Medical Director at Community Eye Center (CEC).

Dr. Spadafora upholds CEC’s commitment to continuous improvement in quality through adaptation of technological advances with his national medical research. During the past three decades, Dr. Spadafora performed research in ocular anti-inflammatory agents, glaucoma, medicines, ocular antibiotic agents and laser-guided cataract extraction at St. Lucy’s Outpatient Surgery Center.

Sharing his knowledge and expertise, Dr. Spadafora acted as Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of South Florida, Tampa. An altruistic role, he considers the cultivation of future ophthalmologists the lifeblood of his discipline and field.

In addition to his national research and benevolent teaching endeavors, Dr. Spadafora is ingrained in the community. A part of countless efforts to give back to the local community, he also served on the Board of Governor of Prevent Blindness. Florida.

A true nature lover, Dr. Spadafora spends time outside of the office at his experimental farm in Arcadia.

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Laser-Guided Cataract Surgery

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Types of Lens Choices With Cataract Surgery

There is a lot of information about cataract surgery lens choices on the internet. The best and most up-to-date information will come directly from a board-certified eye doctor.

Community Eye Center (CEC) is ophthalmology, optometry, optical in multiple Southwest Florida locations with its own AAAHC accredited eye-only surgery center. To book a consult with one of CEC’s eye doctors or opticians, please choose from one of the following options.

Accommodative Lenses​

One cataract lens replacement option is the Accommodative Lens. This IOL is designed to move or change shape like the eye’s natural lens, allowing you to focus at different distances. 

Accommodative Toric Lenses

This IOL is designed to move or change shape like the eye’s natural lens allowing you to focus at different distances. With an accommodative IOL, most people find that they do not need glasses or contacts after surgery. However, some people may still prefer to wear glasses for long periods of reading or close work.

Multifocal Lenses With Cataracts Surgery​

This lens has focus zones, or rings that allow you to see clearly both at near or far distances. This means you can be less dependent on reading glasses.

Monofocal Lenses With Cataract Surgery​

This type of lens is designed to provide clear vision at one distance. Most people opt to have their monofocal lens set for clear distance vision.

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There is a lot of information on the internet about eye health. The best information will come directly from a board-certified eye doctor. Call (941) 625-1325 to book a consult with one of Community Eye Center’s ophthalmologists, optometrists or opticians today.

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Types of Lens Choices With Cataract Surgery

There is a lot of information about cataract surgery lens choices on the internet. The best and most up-to-date information will come directly from a board-certified eye doctor.

Community Eye Center (CEC) is ophthalmology, optometry, optical in multiple Southwest Florida locations with its own AAAHC accredited eye-only surgery center.

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Cataract surgeries are typically quick and uneventful. An estimated 3.5 million cataract removals are performed each year in the United States. It is one of the most common surgical procedures. Numbers also show that the chance of a good outcome and improved vision after surgery are excellent.

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Financial Assistance For Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is generally covered under insurance and Medicare plans. But, in the case that a procedure is not covered, or if you choose to upgrade your surgery to one of our elective procedures, such as a premium lens choice, Community Eye Center (CEC) partners with organizations that offer financial assistance for cataract surgery.

Read More »

Laser-Guided Cataract Surgery

Community Eye Center performs Laser-Guided Cataract Surgery. Dr. Schaible and Dr. Spadafora conducted research with a form of YAG laser in human cataract surgery more than a decade ago for the FDA.

Read More »

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Directions To Community Eye Center From Englewood

Directions To Community Eye Center From Englewood

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Community Eye Center has multiple conveniently located South West Florida locations near Englewood to choose from for your ophthalmology, optometry, optical and eye surgery needs. With board-certified eye doctors, an eye-only surgery center and full-service optical Community Eye Center offers comprehensive eye care.

Directions From Englewood To Community Eye Center Port Charlotte

21275 Olean Blvd
Port Charlotte, FL 33952
(941) 625-1325

Directions From Englewood To Community Eye Center North Port

1331 S Sumter Blvd 

North Port, FL 34287
(941) 423-8137

Directions From Englewood To Community Eye Center Venice

1988 S Tamiami Trail
Venice, FL 34293
(941) 408-0145

More Directions To Community Eye Center Locations In Florida

Are you searching for a board-certified doctor of optometry, ophthalmology or licensed optician near Babcock Ranch? Community Eye Cente (CEC) provides vision care from routine eye exams, to complex eye problems.

All of CEC’s locations feature a full-service optical department with a large selection of eye glasses, contact lenses and sunglasses. Licensed opticians are on-staff at all of Community Eye Center’s Florida locations.

Eye conditions treated by the optometrists and ophthalmologists at Community Eye Center include of various types of eye conditions such as age-related cataracts, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration as well as many other retina, cornea, refractive eye health concerns.

For those in need of cosmetic or reconstructive eye procedures, Community Eye Center offers oculoplastic and cosmetics including  treatment of clogged tear ducts, common eyelid malposition, as well as entropion and ectropion repair, functional eyelift surgery (blepharoplasty) for upper and lower eyelids, cosmetic eyelift surgery (blepharoplasty) for upper and lower eyelids, earlobe rejuvenation, direct brow lift surgery, permanent eyelashes and more. Also providing extensive options for non-surgical treatment approaches with Botox, lasers, peels and fillers for the treatment of eyelid bags, dark circles, facial scars, aging as well many others.

For patients requiring eye surgery, Community Eye Center’s AAAHC accredited eye-only surgery center is conveniently located within steps of CEC Port Charlotte.

Directions To Community Eye Center From Babcock Ranch

Directions To Community Eye Center From Babcock Ranch

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Community Eye Center has multiple conveniently located South West Florida locations near Babcock Ranch to choose from for your ophthalmology, optometry, optical and eye surgery needs. With board-certified eye doctors, an eye-only surgery center and full-service optical Community Eye Center offers comprehensive eye care.

Directions From Babcock Ranch To Community Eye Center Port Charlotte

21275 Olean Blvd
Port Charlotte, FL 33952
(941) 625-1325

Directions From Babcock Ranch To Community Eye Center North Port

1331 S Sumter Blvd 

North Port, FL 34287
(941) 423-8137

Directions From Boca Grande To Community Eye Center Venice

1988 S Tamiami Trail
Venice, FL 34293
(941) 408-0145

More Directions To Community Eye Center Locations In Florida

Are you searching for a board-certified doctor of optometry, ophthalmology or licensed optician near Babcock Ranch? Community Eye Cente (CEC)r provides vision care from routine eye exams, to complex eye problems.

All of CEC’s locations feature a full-service optical department with a large selection of eye glasses, contact lenses and sunglasses. Licensed opticians are on-staff at all of Community Eye Center’s Florida locations.

Eye conditions treated by the optometrists and ophthalmologists at Community Eye Center include of various types of eye conditions such as age-related cataracts, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration as well as many other retina, cornea, refractive eye health concerns.

For those in need of cosmetic or reconstructive eye procedures, Community Eye Center offers oculoplastic and cosmetics including  treatment of clogged tear ducts, common eyelid malposition, as well as entropion and ectropion repair, functional eyelift surgery (blepharoplasty) for upper and lower eyelids, cosmetic eyelift surgery (blepharoplasty) for upper and lower eyelids, earlobe rejuvenation, direct brow lift surgery, permanent eyelashes and more. Also providing extensive options for non-surgical treatment approaches with Botox, lasers, peels and fillers for the treatment of eyelid bags, dark circles, facial scars, aging as well many others.

For patients requiring eye surgery, Community Eye Center’s AAAHC accredited eye-only surgery center is conveniently located within steps of CEC Port Charlotte.

Directions To Community Eye Center From Arcadia

Directions To Community Eye Center From Arcadia

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Community Eye Center has multiple conveniently located South West Florida locations near Arcadia to choose from for your ophthalmology, optometry, optical and eye surgery needs. With board-certified eye doctors, an eye-only surgery center and full-service optical Community Eye Center offers comprehensive eye care.

Directions From Arcadia To Community Eye Center Port Charlotte

21275 Olean Blvd
Port Charlotte, FL 33952
(941) 625-1325

Directions From Arcadia To Community Eye Center North Port

1331 S Sumter Blvd 

North Port, FL 34287
(941) 423-8137

Directions From Arcadia To Community Eye Center Venice

1988 S Tamiami Trail
Venice, FL 34293
(941) 408-0145

More Directions to community eye center

There is a lot of information on the internet about eye health. The best information will come directly from a board-certified eye doctor. Call (941) 625-1325 to book a consult with one of Community Eye Center’s ophthalmologists, optometrists or opticians today.

Directions To Community Eye Center From Fort Myers

Directions To Community Eye Center From Fort Myers

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Community Eye Center has multiple conveniently located South West Florida locations near Fort Myers to choose from for your ophthalmology, optometry, optical and eye surgery needs. With board-certified eye doctors, an eye-only surgery center and full-service optical Community Eye Center offers comprehensive eye care.

Directions From Fort Myers To Community Eye Center Port Charlotte

21275 Olean Blvd
Port Charlotte, FL 33952
(941) 625-1325

Directions From Fort Myers To Community Eye Center North Port

1331 S Sumter Blvd 

North Port, FL 34287
(941) 423-8137

Directions From Fort Myers To Community Eye Center Venice

1988 S Tamiami Trail
Venice, FL 34293
(941) 408-0145

More Directions To Community Eye Center Locations In Florida

Are you searching for a board-certified doctor of optometry, ophthalmology or licensed optician near Fort Myers? Community Eye Cente (CEC) provides vision care from routine eye exams, to complex eye problems.

All of CEC’s locations feature a full-service optical department with a large selection of eye glasses, contact lenses and sunglasses. Licensed opticians are on-staff at all of Community Eye Center’s Florida locations.

Eye conditions treated by the optometrists and ophthalmologists at Community Eye Center include of various types of eye conditions such as age-related cataracts, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration as well as many other retina, cornea, refractive eye health concerns.

For those in need of cosmetic or reconstructive eye procedures, Community Eye Center offers oculoplastic and cosmetics including  treatment of clogged tear ducts, common eyelid malposition, as well as entropion and ectropion repair, functional eyelift surgery (blepharoplasty) for upper and lower eyelids, cosmetic eyelift surgery (blepharoplasty) for upper and lower eyelids, earlobe rejuvenation, direct brow lift surgery, permanent eyelashes and more. Also providing extensive options for non-surgical treatment approaches with Botox, lasers, peels and fillers for the treatment of eyelid bags, dark circles, facial scars, aging as well many others.

For patients requiring eye surgery, Community Eye Center’s AAAHC accredited eye-only surgery center is conveniently located within steps of CEC Port Charlotte.

Directions To Community Eye Center From Punta Gorda

Directions To Community Eye Center From Punta Gorda

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Community Eye Center has multiple conveniently located South West Florida locations near Punta Gorda to choose from for your ophthalmology, optometry, optical and eye surgery needs. With board-certified eye doctors, an eye-only surgery center and full-service optical Community Eye Center offers comprehensive eye care.

Directions From Punta Gorda To Community Eye Center Port Charlotte

21275 Olean Blvd
Port Charlotte, FL 33952
(941) 625-1325

Directions From Punta Gorda To Community Eye Center North Port

1331 S Sumter Blvd 

North Port, FL 34287
(941) 423-8137

Directions From Punta Gorda To Community Eye Center Venice

1988 S Tamiami Trail
Venice, FL 34293
(941) 408-0145

More Directions To Community Eye Center Locations In Florida

Are you searching for a board-certified doctor of optometry, ophthalmology or licensed optician near Babcock Ranch? Community Eye Cente (CEC)r provides vision care from routine eye exams, to complex eye problems.

All of CEC’s locations feature a full-service optical department with a large selection of eye glasses, contact lenses and sunglasses. Licensed opticians are on-staff at all of Community Eye Center’s Florida locations.

Eye conditions treated by the optometrists and ophthalmologists at Community Eye Center include of various types of eye conditions such as age-related cataracts, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration as well as many other retina, cornea, refractive eye health concerns.

For those in need of cosmetic or reconstructive eye procedures, Community Eye Center offers oculoplastic and cosmetics including  treatment of clogged tear ducts, common eyelid malposition, as well as entropion and ectropion repair, functional eyelift surgery (blepharoplasty) for upper and lower eyelids, cosmetic eyelift surgery (blepharoplasty) for upper and lower eyelids, earlobe rejuvenation, direct brow lift surgery, permanent eyelashes and more. Also providing extensive options for non-surgical treatment approaches with Botox, lasers, peels and fillers for the treatment of eyelid bags, dark circles, facial scars, aging as well many others.

For patients requiring eye surgery, Community Eye Center’s AAAHC accredited eye-only surgery center is conveniently located within steps of CEC Port Charlotte.

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