Dr. Karen Memoli, O.D.

Dr. Karen Memoli, O.D.

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Board-Certified Optometrist

A dedicated and professional Board Certified Optometrist at Community Eye Center, Dr. Memoli’s specialty is direct patient care with emphasis in primary eye care, ocular disease and contact lenses. She has managed an optical dispensary and has comanaged surgical care. Dr. Memoli strives to provide the highest quality eye-care to her patients; whether it’s managing conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and dry eye disease, or prescribing eye-glasses and contact lenses. She believes the doctor-patient relationship is paramount for the successful management of a person’s care and is dedicated to treating patients like she would any member of her family.

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Education

Residency: (Primary Eye Care) Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Graduate: Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Externiship: West Palm Beach VA Hospital, West Palm Beach, Florida

Undergraduate: Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

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Dr. Jon K. Batzer, Optometrist In North Port

Dr. Jon K. Batzer, O.D.

Dr. Batzer
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Board Certified Optometrist & Director Of Primary Care

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A skillful and insightful Board Certified Optometrist with over 30 years of experience, Dr. Jon K. Batzer serves as the Director, Primary Care Services for Community Eye Center (CEC).

Offering the community of Southwest Florida quality eye care since 1987, Dr. Batzer has been integral to the growth of CEC. Beginning with one physician, Dr. Batzer has seen the practice to include nine physicians at multiple Southwest Florida locations, an eye only surgery center and optical services.

Constantly expanding his skills through learning and seeking knowledge, Dr. Batzer researches and evaluates information to stay on top the latest developments in optometry. Additionally, he is a published author on topics such as dry eye syndrome and vitreoretinal disorders.

Dr. Batzer brought his fervor for learning to Florida with him. Previous to his time with Community Eye Center he was Assistant Professor of Optometry and Module Chief in Primary Care at the Illinois College of Optometry. In this role, he was directly in charge of patient care, as well as clinical instruction of optometric student clinicians. In addition, he was a continuing education lecturer and practicing optometrist. He was also adjunct faculty of the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary in Chicago where he was responsible for teaching ophthalmology residents in the contact lens clinic. 

Board Certification

Florida State Board Certified Optometrist

  • Florida Optometric Association

  • American Optometric Association

  • Ocular Surface Society of Optometry

  • Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society

Education

Residency: Veterans Administration Medical Center, Albuquerque, NM

Optometry: Michigan College of Optometry, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI (Beta Sigma Kappa Silver Medal recipient graduating with highest distinction)

Undergraduate: Ferris State College, Big Rapids, MI

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Closed Angle Glaucoma

Closed Angle Glaucoma

If the drainage angle is too narrow for fluid to flow out of the eye properly, pressure increases. Eventually the pathway for fluid to flow out of they eye may become completely blocked.

Read More About Glaucoma & Glaucoma Treatment Options

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.

Glaucoma Informational Video

In the healthy eye, fluid called aqueous humour is made in the front of the eye and flows out through a tiny drain called the trabecular meshwork. The trabecular meshwork is located in an area called the drainage angle. If fluid does not flow out of the drainage angle properly, eye pressure increases and damages the optic nerve.

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A photo showing how if the drainage angle is too narrow for fluid to flow out of the eye properly, pressure increases. Eventually the pathway for fluid to flow out of they eye may become completely blocked.

Closed Angle Glaucoma

If the drainage angle is too narrow for fluid to flow out of the eye properly, pressure increases. Eventually the pathway for fluid to flow out of they eye may become completely blocked.

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Types Of Glaucoma

Open-angle glaucoma, the most common form of the disease, occurs when the eye’s drainage canals become clogged over time, resulting in increased eye pressure that causes damage to the eye’s optic nerve.

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Glaucoma Treatment Options

Treatment options for glaucoma include eye drops, pills, laser surgery, traditional surgery or a combination of these methods. When treating glaucoma, the goal is to prevent vision loss, as the disease is progressive and vision loss from glaucoma is irreversible. When glaucoma is detected early, it is drastically more manageable; and with proper medical treatment, most people will not lose their sight.

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Torn Retina & Cryopexy

Torn Retina & Cryopexy

To repair a retinal tear with Cryopexy, your eye surgeon uses a special probe that applies intense cold energy to freeze the retina around the tear. This creates swelling that eventually becomes scar tissue. It is this scar tissue that seals the retina to the wall of the eye- helping to prevent the retina from detaching completely.

Read More About Retina

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.

Torn Retina Informational Video

The inner eye is filled with a clear jelly-like substance called vitreous. As we age, the vitreous becomes less like jelly and more like liquid. Usually, the vitreous is only loosely attached to the retina so as the eye moves the vitreous moves away from the retina without causing problems. Sometimes though, the vitreous pulls hard enough to tear the retina. Flashes of light or floaters can appear in the field of vision.

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Torn Retina & Cryopexy

To repair a retinal tear with Cryopexy, your eye surgeon uses a special probe that applies intense cold energy to freeze the retina around the tear. This creates swelling that eventually becomes scar tissue. It is this scar tissue that seals the retina to the wall of the eye- helping to prevent the retina from detaching completely.

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Retinal Detachment and Tears

The retina is the light-sensitive area lining the back of the eye that sends signals through the optic nerve to the brain where these signals become the images that we see. The inner eye is filled with a clear jelly-like substance called vitreous. As we age, the vitreous becomes less like jelly and more like liquid. Usually the vitreous is only loosely attached to the retina. So as the eye moves, the vitreous moves away from the retina without causing problems.

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Macular Holes

The inner eye is filled with a clear jelly-like substance called the vitreous. As we age the vitreous becomes less like jelly and more like liquid. Usually the vitreous is only loosely attached to the retina so as the eye moves, the vitreous moves away from the macula without causing problems. In some cases, however, the vitreous sticks to the macula and is unable to pull away. As a result, the macula tissue stretches and a hole may form.

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Flashes and Floaters

Vision changes can indicate a serious problem with the tissue that lines the back of the eyeball (retina) optic nerve or blood vessels in the eye. Evaluation by an eye doctors is needed for sudden vision changes, such as:

Flashes of light (photopsia). Photopsia is brief but recurrent streaks, sparks, or flickers of light, particularly when you move your eyes or head. The flashes of light may be easier to see when you look at a dark background. The brief flashes may occur with retinal detachment.

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Diabetic Retinopathy

More than 24 million people – eight percent of the population – have diabetes. Diabetes is a form of vascular disease. Elevated levels of blood sugar over a long period of time can result in damage to the eyes blood vessels and retina, impairing vision. If left untreated, the eye’s macula can be damaged.

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Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Age-Related Macular Degeneration is a condition which affects the retina.

Light rays enter the eye through the cornea, pupil and lens. These light rays are focused on the retina, the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye. The retina sends signals through the optic nerve to the brain where these signals become the images we see.

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Cataract Formation

Cataract Formation

Normally, the eye’s lens is clear, allowing light rays to pass through and focus as they should on the retina. As a cataract forms, the lens gradually becomes cloudy. As light passes through this cloudy lens, the light cannot focus on the retina and objects become hazy or blurred.

Cataract Surgeons

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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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Providing Excellence In Care For Patients At Community Eye Center's Eye-Only Surgery Center, Dr. Michael A. Baskind, CRNA, PhD Stands Next To A Patient In A Post Cataract Surgery Recovery Room

Recovery After Cataract Surgery

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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Voted The Best Cataract Surgeon In The Area, Dr. Spadafora Performs A Cataract Surgery On A Patient At Community Eye Center's Eye-Only Surgery Center

About Cataract Surgery

Ophthalmologists, optometrists and eye health professionals work as a team to provide comprehensive eye care at Community Eye Center (CEC). Eye specialists including, cataract, glaucoma, retina and oculoplastics as well as an accredited eye only surgery center, CEC offers the best cataract surgery options possible for positive patient outcomes. Eye doctors may be seen at any of CEC’s multiple Florida locations in Port Charlotte, North Port, and Venice.

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An Eye-Only Surgery Center, Eye Clinic and Optical Shop, Community Eye Center Offers Patients, Like The One Smiling At The Camera, With Comprehensive Eye Care Including Treatment For Macular Degeneration, Cataracts, Glaucoma And More

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.

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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.

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Premium Lens Choices With Cataract Surgery

In the past, cataract surgery used to be about preventing blindness; however, with the sophisticated advances in cataract removal, premium lens choices and ORA laser-guided cataract surgery, surgeons can return a patient’s vision to the way it was years ago.

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About Cataracts

About Cataracts Did you know that age-related cataracts are extremely common? A normal part of life, almost every person will develop cataracts at some stage.

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Community Eye Center At Art In The Dark

Community Eye Center At Art In The Dark

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On Saturday, April 13, Community Eye Center helped Lighthouse of Manasota present its annual fundraising gala, Art in the Dark. Supporters enjoyed an evening of French-inspired gourmet dining, dancing, and silent and live auctions of fabulous items. The event took place at 6 p.m. at Michael’s On East (1212 E. Avenue S., Sarasota).

Dr. Spadafora, Dr. Spalding , Dr. Roberts and other eye health professionals from Community Eye Center attended the event where with the guidance of The Ringling’s Education Department, guests experienced art as those with vision loss do: by using their other senses.

The event’s signature piece of artwork was Louise Élisabeth, Madame la Princesse de Conti, as Venus, Noël Nicolas Coypel, 1731, oil on canvas. Guests decided what type of music best fit the painting; they also closed their eyes and felt tactile objects related to the painting. The Asolo Rep’s head costume designer recreated the dress from the painting – an actor walked around during cocktail hour and provide a photo opportunity for guests to enjoy. Additionally, Lighthouse of Manasota clients and instructors were in attendance to showcase how vision rehabilitation helps those affected by vision loss to lead healthy, happy and independent lives.

“This event not only raises much-needed funds so that we may continue to offer vision rehabilitation at no cost, it’s also a truly memorable evening,” said Lighthouse of Manasota CEO Lisa Howard. “It leaves our guests with an understanding of what it’s like to experience art the way our vision impaired community does: with our other senses.”

All proceeds benefit Lighthouse of Manasota, which helps to educate and empower those with vision loss so they may enjoy happy, healthy and independent lives.

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Directions To Community Eye Center From Cape Coral

Directions To Community Eye Center From Naples

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Community Eye Center has multiple conveniently located South West Florida locations near Cape Coral, Florida 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 Cape Coral To Community Eye Center Port Charlotte

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

Directions From Cape Coral To Community Eye Center North Port

1331 S Sumter Blvd 

North Port, FL 34287
(941) 423-8137

Directions From Cape Coral To Community Eye Center Venice

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

Get Other 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 Naples

Directions To Community Eye Center From Naples

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Community Eye Center has multiple conveniently located South West Florida locations near Naples, Florida 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 Naples To Community Eye Center Port Charlotte

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

Directions From Naples To Community Eye Center North Port

1331 S Sumter Blvd 

North Port, FL 34287
(941) 423-8137

Directions From Naples To Community Eye Center Venice

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

Get Other 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.

Licensed Opticians Port Charlotte

Licensed Opticians Port Charlotte

Read More About Community Eye Center Optical

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.

Glaucoma Informational Video

In the healthy eye, fluid called aqueous humour is made in the front of the eye and flows out through a tiny drain called the trabecular meshwork. The trabecular meshwork is located in an area called the drainage angle. If fluid does not flow out of the drainage angle properly, eye pressure increases and damages the optic nerve.

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Dr. Batzer Assisting A Woman With An Eye Exam

Eye Exams At Community Eye Optical

Often happening gradually in adults, vision changes can go unnoticed. An annual exam is the best way to ensure that your vision stays sharp. Additionally, during a comprehensive eye exam, your eye doctor will check your eyes for signs of serious health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure, at times detecting these conditions long before other symptoms occur.

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An image of a wall of eyeglasses with various frames and lens types

Financing For Optical

Whether you need assistance with the cost of a comprehensive eye exam or purchasing eyeglasses or contacts, Community Eye Center (CEC) partners with organizations that offer financial assistance for optical services, eye exams, frames, lenses, contacts, and sunglasses.

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A Woman With Green Eyes With A Contact Lens On Her Fingertip

Contact Lenses And Contact Lens Fittings

Are you tired of glasses but are not yet ready to consider surgical options? Contact lenses may be a great alternative for you to improve your day-to-day vision.

A contact lens is a thin plastic lens placed directly on the surface of the eye. Contact lenses are considered medical devices that can be worn for many different reasons such as to correct vision, for cosmetic reasons (to change eye color), or for therapeutic reasons (bandage lens to help protect and heal the corneal surface).

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Get Other 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.

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