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

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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.

Financing For Cosmetic, Oculoplastics and Eyelid Surgery

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Functional cosmetic procedures are 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, Community Eye Center (CEC) partners with organizations that offer financial assistance for oculoplastics, cosmetics and eyelid surgery.

For procedures not covered by insurance including elective procedures and premium IOLs, Community Eye Center offers options such as:

  • 0% interest financing options for up to 24 months through CareCredit® and Wells Fargo
  • Low-interest financing options for up to 60 months
  • Financing options with low monthly payments

****** Subject to credit approval. Minimum monthly payments required. Financing available with a minimum purchase of $200. 0% interest rates are contingent on promotional offers.

Click one of the links below to apply for financial assistance (you will be redirected to another site)

CareCredit Financing

Community Eye Center partners with CareCredit to offer patients financing for cataract surgery. For your convenience, you may apply in advance online.

Wells Fargo Financing

Community Eye Center partners with Wells Fargo to offer patients financing for cataract surgery. For your convenience, you may apply in advance online.

Community Eye Center Oculoplastic Surgeon, Dr. Mishra

A talented and sought-after licensed Cosmetic and Oculoplastic Surgeon with board certification in Anti-aging Medicine. Dr. Mishra offers a comprehensive array of treatments, including cosmetic and functional eyelid surgery, BOTOX, cosmetic and other options at Community Eye Center.

Read More About Oculoplastics & Cosmetics Procedures at 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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Financing For Cosmetic, Oculoplastics and Eyelid Surgery

Many private health insurance plans will cover the cost of functional eyelid surgery; this procedure may also be covered under Medicare. But, in the case that a procedure is not covered, or if you choose an elective procedure, Community Eye Center (CEC) partners with organizations that offer financial assistance.

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Entropion & Ectropion Repair

Community Eye Center offers Southwest Florida with the best oculoplastic, cosmetic and plastic surgery, including treatment of common eyelid malposition, entropion and ectropion repair.

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Cosmetic Treatments, Oculofacial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Community Eye Center offers oculofacial plastic and reconstructive surgery options for patients with cosmetic, functional or reconstructive surgery needs. Our board-certified cosmetic and oculoplastic surgeon, Dr. Mishra, has extensive training and years of experience focused on plastic and reconstructive eye surgery. Dr. Mishra will customize and tailor your treatment plan. With attentive care, he strives to meet your goals with results that look not only beautiful but also natural.

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Eyelid Lift Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Eyelift surgery, also known as eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure that is performed to remove excess skin from the upper eyelids and/or reduce bagginess from lower eyelids.

This procedure is done for both cosmetic and functional reasons. While it can improve appearances, it is also done to improve sight for those whose eyelids sag and get in the way of their vision.

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Intraocular Lens Choices During Cataract Removal

Intraocular Lens Choices With Cataract Removal Surgery

Intraocular lenses (IOLs) are used to replace clouded lenses during cataract surgery. These lenses are implanted inside the eye when the original lens is removed. This is called refractive lens exchange. There are three types of lens exchanges available:

Monofocal IOL

The Standard/Basic cataract lens removal package include standard, preoperative measurements, and placement of a single focal lens implant. Every effort is made to provide for accurate lens measurements and a new eyeglass prescription is provided post-operatively. This package is the most cost-effective.

  • After surgery, patients may need glasses 100% of the time for reading and driving (distance and near).
  • The standard treatment and lens are typically covered by insurance companies including Medicare.
  • Patients who choose the standard monofocal lens often do so with the goal of removing the cataract with no additional fees.
  • The standard monofocal lens has only one focusing point and will correct vision that was impeded by the natural cloudy lens.
  • This lens does not correct astigmatism.
  • With the use of this lens, it is common to still depend on glasses after the surgery. Glasses would be required for distance, intermediate and near focus and to correct astigmatism. Patients may also need bifocal, trifocal or reading glasses.
  • If a patient chooses this option and later desires to be less dependent on glasses, an enhancement may be purchased at a later date. 

Premium Lens With Astigmatism Treatment

A custom cataract lens removal package choice includes a multifocal lens choice. With this package, a patients need for eyeglasses after surgery may be reduced or eliminated.

  • After surgery, the goal is to achieve better distance or near vision but patients may need glasses 100% of the time for reading (near).
  • Patients who choose the enhanced vision treatment do so with the goal of removing the cataract and replacing the lens with an aspheric monofocal lens with astigmatic management, for an additional fee.
  • This custom category is recommended for all post-Lasik and PRK patients.
  • The Enhanced package includes all necessary additional testing for astigmatism management for clearer distance vision.
  • With this option, there are several ways to manage astigmatism including a toric lens implant, corneal relaxing incisions and/or WaveTec laser vision customization.
  • This is your best choice if you do not mind wearing glasses for reading but want better, clearer distance vision while driving.

Premium Lens With Astigmatism And Presbyopia Treatment

A custom cataract lens removal package choice includes a multifocal lens choice. With this package, a patients need for eyeglasses after surgery may be reduced or eliminated.

  • The goal is to reduce dependency on glasses for distance and near vision.
  • Most patients should expect not to wear glasses the majority of the time for distance and near vision. It may still be necessary to wear glasses to maximize nighttime driving due to low light and for fine print at near or intermediate and may still require appropriate lighting.
  • Premium Enhanced Cataract Surgery expands the enhanced approach with the use of a multifocal premium lens implant (ReSTOR or Crystalens). The lens chosen is based on the visual goals of the patient.
  • After surgery, the goal is to reduce dependency on glasses for distance and near vision. 
  • An additional fee includes removing the cataract and replacing the lens with custom presbyopic correcting lens technology as well as astigmatism correction and/or the use of WaveTec laser vision customization if needed. 
  • The Premium package includes the custom presbyopic correcting lens technology with all necessary additional testing for astigmatism management for clearer distance and near vision.
  • This is your best choice if you want to achieve better, clearer distance vision while driving and the ability to read with minimal dependency on glasses.

Community Eye Center Cataract Surgeons

Read More About Cataracts & Cataract Surgery

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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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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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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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.

Tips To Prevent Computer Eye Strain

Tips To Prevent Computer Eye Strain

VENICE/NORTH PORT/PORT CHARLOTTE, FL— SEP 27, 2018 With a constant increase in the use of technology, many have found careers that require them to stare at computer screens for several hours at a time. This can cause the eyes to strain. Problems with the eyes can occur and are categorized as computer vision syndrome or CVS. This syndrome doesn’t describe a single issue; however, it is a category of problems that include eye strain and pain. Those working in computer jobs are not the only to be affected by CVS. Children may also be affected since they use tablets and computers during school and leisure. Moreover, this can be especially harmful if lighting and posture are not ideal. Some measures can help to prevent computer vision syndrome. Here are five tips to help keep your eyes healthy and to avoid eye damage:

1)  Get routine comprehensive eye exams

It is recommended that those who work on their computers have comprehensive eye exams once per year. Routine eye exams are essential to maintaining eye health. It may very well be the most crucial step to prevent computer vision problems. During your comprehensive eye exam, share your computer usage (including how far you sit from the screen) with your eye doctor. This will help the eye doctor monitor the effects of your computer usage on your eyes. Your eye doctor can even test your eyes at working distances.

2) Check your lighting and computer settings

If the room is too dark or too bright, this may contribute to eye strain while working on the computer. Some monitors come with features that help to minimize eye strain. If your computer offers a setting which automatically adjusts the screen brightness according to the room’s lighting, this may help to manage eye stress. You may also need to adjust other monitor settings such as text size and the screen’s color temperature (lower color temperatures give off less blue light which is connected to eye strain).

3)  Take breaks

Taking short and frequent breaks from the computer throughout the day can significantly reduce eye strain. An excellent practice is the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes look away from the computer screen at an object that is at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

4) Blink

While working on the computer, people often forget to blink. Blinking is vital because it moistens your eyes to prevent dryness and irritation. To moisten eyes during computer sessions, you can try blinking slowly 10 times every 20 minutes. This may help to rewet your eyes. If you find that your eyes are still dry, you may suffer from a widespread and treatable condition called dry eye disease. Your eye doctor can address this concern during your comprehensive eye exam and may offer testing and treatment options.

5) Invest in computer eyewear

The best comfort may be found with eyeglasses that are designed specifically for computer use. Eyeglasses can be professionally modified to accommodate prolonged computer use better. Your optician can help to select features based on your daily screen time and eye concerns. If you would like more information about how to reduce computer eye strain, computer eyewear, dry eye disease or to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam, please call Community Eye Center at +1-941-625-1325 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.

Dr. Eric Liss On Red Tide And Eyes

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Red Tide And Eyes

Eye Symptoms That Should Never Go Unchecked


With the summer season of beaches and fun in the sun comes another, less welcoming aspect of life in Southwest Florida, red tide. While the focus is usually on the respiratory and ecological impacts of these blooms of harmful algae, it is important to keep in mind that red tide can also significantly impact the eye health of you and your loved ones.

For the past couple months, Southwest Florida has been impacted by Red Tide. These algal blooms, caused by a species of dinoflagellate, known as Alexandrium fundyense, can cause people to have throat irritation, congestion, sneezing, itching, coughing, wheezing and even chest tightness. But, Red Tide may also cause people eye irritation including itchy and burning eyes, symptoms that can indicate serious eye conditions.

“Many patients may be familiar with the typical seasonal allergy symptoms such as redness and itchy eyes but it is important to consider the possibility that red tide can also be a significant factor for some individuals,” said Dr. Eric Liss, ophthalmologist at Community Eye Center. “For some, these symptoms may be minor and not overly bothersome, however other people may have significant difficulties with eye comfort, appearance, and even vision.”  

People experiencing eye irritation from Red Tide may benefit from a comprehensive eye exam. Different from a typical optical visit, during a comprehensive eye exam, eye doctors check the eyes for signs of chronic and progressive eye conditions that can significantly impair a person’s vision, comfort and ability to function normally.

“Just as it is important to get a regular physical exam even if you don’t have active symptoms, it is similarly important to regularly assess eye health for potentially silent but visually damaging conditions such as glaucoma or macular degeneration,” said Liss. “An otherwise healthy adult should receive a comprehensive eye exam on an annual basis, with more frequent visits depending on the presence and severity of ocular disease.”

Comprehensive medical eye exams become even more critical as people age because conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration become more common. Early diagnosis and intervention of these diseases can often prevent vision loss or blindness.

“There is a widespread misperception that just because you don’t have any complaints about your vision that means that your eyes are healthy.  I see patients on a daily basis who have normal vision but who nonetheless are affected by potentially blinding conditions,” said Liss. “A clinic visit to address a quality of life complaint such as eye irritation is the perfect opportunity to make sure your overall eye health and vision are as good as they can be.”  

 

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