Port Charlotte Eye Doctor Website Improved Accessibility


Community Eye Center Improves Web Accessibility

Dedicated to providing patients with excellence in care, the eye health professionals at Community Eye Center (CEC) are also on a mission of constant improvement through the adaptation of technology and continuing education. Recently, this mission led CEC to optimize its digital communication efforts and to launch new internet website features to provide support for users with low vision.

CEC sought the first-hand knowledge of Holly Tuke, publisher of LifeAsABlindGirl.com. Writing about her life as a young person with a disability, Tuke has also published on the topic of internet and social media usability using low vision aids. Through her inspirational and informative posts, Tuke’s was named among the 100 most influential disabled people in the UK in 2018, Tuke has also earned such ranks as All Access Magazine’s Top 10 Disability Blogs and Health Blogger of the Year.

Community Eye Center turned to Tuke’s recommendations about ways to make social media posts accessible for people with visual impairment. Efforts to improve social media communication for people with low vision include improving photo descriptions, transcribing memes and gifs, optimizing hashtags and more.

Visitors at CommunityEyeCenter.com will also now find features that are designed to improve web accessibility for various people including the visually impaired, the elderly, the mobility impaired and the blind.

New Features

  • Improved Support for Keyboard-Only Navigation
  • Independent Increase of Contrast
  • Ability to Increase Font Size and Switch Font Faces for Better Readability
  • Enable Use of a Larger Cursor
  • Link Highlighting
  • Desaturating Content & More

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Who Invented Cataract Surgery?


Who Invented Cataract Surgery?

While most of the time research centers on the latest technology, it is interesting to look back on through history to learn about the development of cataract extraction surgery.

The term cataracts has a long history. Deriving from the word cascade, which infers both a haziness of the point of convergence as well as a storm of waters, the root term derives from the Greek word υπόχυσις (kataráktēs) which suggests a fall of water. The Latins called it suffusio, extravasation and coagulation of humors behind the iris; and the Arabas, white water. Linguists have contemplated the possible source of the term cataracts even dating back to Egyptian times. Fortunately, we do not have to look this far to find the history of cataract surgery.

Prior to the cataract extraction surgery, a procedure called couching was commonly performed. During this procedure, a sharp or blunt instrument would dislocate the cataract lens, pushing it back into the posterior chamber of the eye. The earliest documentation of this procedure dates back to the 6th century B.C. However, with with a much higher incidence of complications and greater risk of subsequent blindness this procedure is now antiquated since the discovery of cataract extraction surgery.

History tells us that the first modern European physician who successfully extracted cataracts from the eye was Jacques Daviel, the French ophthalmologist. On April 8, 1747, Daviel performed the first extracapsular cataract extraction. This procedure is regarded as the first significant advance in cataract surgery since couching.

Now, Cataract removal is one of the most common surgical procedures in the United States and it is estimated that over 3.5 million operations are performed each year.

During cataract removal surgery, the ophthalmologist uses anesthetic eye drops to numb the eyes, as well as I.V. medication to relax the patient. During a safe and proven process called phacoemulsification, the surgeon breaks up the cataract and “vacuums” it from the eye pouch. The intraocular lens (IOL)  implant is then inserted. In most cases, a suture is not needed. The entire process takes 15 minutes.

With the new lens in place, patients often remark about how bright, crisp and clear their vision is. Advances in lenses have allowed for patients to select from premium lenses, often furthering vision enhancement. Some patients who select such lenses may even find that they no longer need glasses after cataract surgery.

There is a lot of information available on the internet. The best facts about cataracts come from ophthalmologists with education, training, and experience in cataract surgery. Community Eye Center’s cataract surgeons have collectively performed thousands of successful cataract removal surgeries. To learn more, please visit the link below.


Community Eye Center Providers

Dr Joseph W Spadafora DO
Ophthalmologist & Medical Director
Dr Eric R Schaible MD, FACS
Ophthalmologist & Eye Research Specialist
Dr Eric A Liss, MD
Dr Jon K Batzer, OD
Optometrist & Director, Primary Care
Dr Cheryl L Simoneau, OD
Dr Chelsea P Spalding, OD
Dr Tyler S Roberts, OD
Dr Prabin Mishra, MD, PhD
Cosmetic & Oculoplastics
Dr Sunil M Malkani, MD
Vitreoretinal Specialist
Michael A Baskind, CRNA, PhD
Nurse Anesthetist
Gonzalo Palacio
Licensed Optician & Optical Manager
David Jones
Licensed Optician
Darrin Bartley
Licensed Optician
Cerelle Valerio
Optical Associate
Tammy Kelley
Optical Associate
Kemoya Calvert
Optical Associate
Tiffany Lovett
Optical Associate

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The History Of Age Related Macular Degeneration


As February is nearing, so is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Month. With so much to do in Southwest Florida this time of year, the everyone at Community Eye Center (CEC) realizes that it is easy to get busy and forget about the importance of routine eye health care. Because the eye health professionals at CEC consider it their duty to inform about the prevention and treatment of eye conditions, this article aims to share information about ARMD.

First described in 1885 by, Swiss ophthalmologist, Haab, Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) has been researched, defined and classified in numerous schemes. Now, this eye disease has been placed in two primary forms: nonexudative (dry AMD) and exudative (wet AMD).

Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration occurs when the light-sensitive cells in the macula gradually break down, resulting in distortion of sharp, central vision. Whereas, Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration occurs when the dry form advances. When this happens, blood vessels in the eye begin to leak blood and fluid. Loss of vision can happen very quickly.

When diagnosed and treated in early and intermediate stages, vision loss is often slowed, and progression to the wet form reduced. Numerous treatments and medications exist for the ARMD. At Community Eye Center, the eye health professionals agree that the best treatment options for Age-Related Macular Degeneration are designed with the individual patient in mind.

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In some people, AMD advances so slowly that vision loss does not occur for a long time. In others, the disease progresses faster and may lead to a loss of vision in one or both eyes. As AMD progresses, a blurred area near the center of vision is a common symptom.



Ophthalmology Around The World


Ophthalmology And Treating Cataracts Around The World

Some may think of their work as an obligation and travel as a luxury. However, the eye health professionals at Community Eye Center (CEC) understand the impact that combining the two can have on people.

Many know that CEC’s eye surgeons perform advanced eye research as well as thousands of vision-restoring procedures in Florida, annually. However, did you know that some of the doctors have also taken the practice around the world? Dr. Spadafora and Dr. Schaible packed up their bags with their passion for ophthalmology when they collectively traveled nearly 10,000 miles in their mission of bettering the lives and vision of others.

If you ask any of the ophthalmologists, optometrists, opticians or staff at Community Eye Center about “I Care. Eye Care.,” you will learn that it reaches beyond the broadcast airing in Southwest Florida. This philosophy of care is the cornerstone upon which the entire practice is built. This patient-centric approach to care incorporates the mission of CEC and involves attending to each patient’s individualized needs as well as providing a superior level of eye care to deliver the best outcomes possible.

Because this philosophy of care is found inside the character of the providers at CEC, “I Care. Eye Care.” is not confined within the walls of the facility.

Community Eye Center eye surgeons take their practice to new places, helping people around the world.

For example, Dr. Spadafora took this purpose-driven method with him when he traveled to Florence, Italy. While there, he toured The Morgagni Clinic (Morgagni is known as “The Father of Cataract Research,” with his name as a legacy to his foundational work) and shared research experience with some of the areas top medical providers. During the trip, Dr. Spadafora expanded his skills and knowledge when he observed/performed cataract surgery as well as complex glaucoma surgery.

Dr. Schaible also carried “I Care. Eye Care.,”  with him on his journey to the Panamanian Jungle. On this excursion, he and a team flew to an area in the Panamanian Rain Forest where they performed cataract surgery on 42 villagers.

While in the Panamanian Jungle, he did not have access to the same technology and resources. At St. Lucy’s Eye Surgery Center, Dr. Schaible and all of the eye health professionals are well-equipped with advanced resources. The technological capabilities and resources provided by St. Lucy’s Eye Surgery Center contribute to a high outcome of success in Dr. Schaible’s vision-restoration procedures and surgeries. Even without all of the technology, all of the eye surgeries and procedures he performed during his expedition were without incident.

Providing excellence in care requires intense dedication. While traveling for leisure can be extremely fun and beneficial, Dr. Spadafora and Dr. Schaible found it just as satisfying to see the world with a purpose.

In the past 38 years, the doctors and staff at Community Eye Center have established and strengthened the meaning behind “I Care. Eye Care.,” in Florida. Dr. Spadafora and Dr. Schaible lived “I Care. Eye Care.,”  thousands of miles away from their practice. Every day, the physicians and staff members at CEC bring”I Care. Eye Care.,” to life by providing excellence in eye care with a personalized approach to patients.

Is Your Family At Risk For Glaucoma?

If you have a family history of glaucoma, you probably already know about it. Speaking to your aunts and uncles and other family members is an excellent way to find out what health problems your family is prone. But, to begin a conversation about glaucoma, you must know what it is.

A group of diseases having a few types, Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma makes up about 90% of all cases of Glaucoma and is part hereditary.

Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma can damage the eye’s optic nerve. This damage can result in vision loss and even blindness. Certain people are at higher risk for glaucoma, including African Americans over the age of 40; everyone over the age of 60; and, those with a family history of glaucoma.

Referred to as “The Silent Thief of Sight,” Glaucoma often goes unnoticed without any symptoms until the disease has progressed to the point of vision loss. Vision loss due to Glaucoma cannot be restored.

Those with a family history of Glaucoma should make their eye doctor aware of this and continue with regular eye exams as frequent as the doctor recommends (typically once a year).

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Eric A. Liss, M.D. Receives Board Certification From American Board Of Ophthalmology

Community Eye Center and St. Lucy’s Eye Surgery Center are pleased to announce that Dr. Eric A. Liss is now a board certified OPHTHALMOLOGYEric A. Liss, MDComprehensive Eye Care, Cataract SurgeryMEDICAL SCHOOL: Florida International UniversityCollege of Medicine, MiamiNorth Port Location: 941-423-813721275 Olean Boulevard, Port Charlotte, FL 33952941-625-13251988 Tamiami Trail South, Venice, FL 34293941-408-0145COMMUNITYEYE CENTERwww.communityeyecenter.comophthalmologist. The certification is sponsored by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Board Certification requires passing a series of two exams after graduating from medical school as an MD and after a four year ophthalmology residency.

Certification is granted to ophthalmologists who meet a series of accredited medical training requirements, sign a practice pledge indicating their intent to practice with compassion, integrity, and respect for human dignity, and complete an intensive evaluation process which includes the Written Qualifying Examination (WQE) and an Oral Examination.

Physicians who meet all of the requirements for initial certification become diplomates of the Board and earn a certification valid for a period of 10 years. Since the early 1990’s, the Diplomates have been required to actively maintain their certification through a lifelong learning and practice improvement process currently known as Maintenance of Certification in order to extend the validity of that certificate.

Since 1916 more the 30,000 ophthalmologists have challenged themselves to meet the rigorous certification standards established by the American Board of Ophthalmology. The first medical specialty board founded in the United States, the American Board of Ophthalmology awards the only medical specialty certification in ophthalmology recognized by both the American Board of Medical Specialists (ABMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA).

Dr. Eric A. Liss is a native Floridian who was born and raised in Sarasota. He completed his under graduate 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.

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Holiday Food For Thought

A time for family and good cheer, the holiday season is nearly upon us. With this time of year in full swing, we know that many indulging meals and treats will be served and consumed.  Before your cooking and feasting commence for the holidays, take a look at these ingredients that contain eye-nourishing nutrients and consider incorporating more of them in your spread.

This article provides nine excellent foods that contain nutrients which may benefit the eyes.


A leafy green vegetable that is a rich source for nutrients including vitamins A, B, C and K, spinach can also benefit the eyes. This low-calorie food contains an abundant supply of carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which are antioxidants that cumulate in the eyes, nutrients that may help to prevent cataracts or macular degeneration.

Spinach Dip Recipe

Dip Ingredients

  • 1 8 oz package of cream cheese
  • ⅓ cup of Mayonnaise
  • 1 9 oz box of frozen spinach (thawed and drained)
  • 1 6 oz jar of artichoke hearts
  • 2 cloves of finely chopped garlic
  • ½ t Italian seasoning
  • 1 c shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ c shredded parmesan cheese

Biscuit Crust

  • 1 16.3 oz can of biscuits
  • 4 oz block of mozzarella (cubed)
  • 2 T butter
  • 1 t Italian seasoning
  • 2 T shredded parmesan cheese


  1. Heat oven to 350. Spray 12 inch ovenproof skillet with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl blend dip ingredients until well mixed. Set aside
  3. Separate biscuits into halves (16 total). Place one cube of cheese in the center of each piece. Fold edges of the dough over the cheese and press firmly to seal. Place around the edge of the skillet with the pinched edges facing down.
  4. In a small bowl mix the melted butter and 1 t of Italian seasoning. Brush the biscuits with the mixture.
  5. Bake 25 minutes. Sprinkle 2 T of parmesan cheese over the biscuits. Bake 3-5 minutes longer. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.


Pumpkins and pumpkin spice everything indicates the holiday season. Aside from bringing basic joy this time of year, a single serving of pumpkin provides a significant percentage of daily nutrients. Nutrients in pumpkins include zinc, vitamin C, vitamin A, lutein, and zeaxanthin- all of which connect with vision and overall health.

Pumpkin Pie Lush Recipe


  • 1 pouch (17.5 oz) oatmeal cookie mix (mixed according to directions)
  • ⅓ c butter, melted
  • 1 8 oz package cream cheese
  • ¾ c canned pumpkin
  • 1 c powdered sugar
  • 2 t pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 12 oz container of frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 2 4 oz boxes vanilla pudding mix
  • 3 c cold milk
  • 2 ¼ c caramel sauce


  1. Heat oven to 375. Make and bake cookies as directed. Cool completely.
  2. Use a food processor or blender to process cookies into coarse crumbs. Stir in melted butter until well blended. In ungreased 9×13 pan, press cookie crumb mixture firmly in bottom. Set aside.
  3. In large bowl, beat cream cheese, pumpkin, powdered sugar and pumpkin pie spice with electric mixer until smooth. Beat in 2 c of whipped topping. Spread over cookie crust.
  4. In medium bowl, beat dry pudding mix and milk. Beat in carmel sauce. Spread over cream cheese mixture. Drop remaining whipped topping by spoonfuls over the pudding layer and spread evenly. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours.
  5. When ready to serve. Drizzle with caramel sauce. Cover and refrigerate leftovers.

Green Beans

Providing concentrated amounts of mounts of fiber, folate, and many minerals green beans are an excellent source of vitamin C. Constantly forming in the body, free radicals can contribute to eye disease. Noted for its help in protecting the eyes from damaging,  vitamin C can help combat free radicals. Thereby, it may lower the risk of developing significant eye conditions.

Protein-rich foods provide the best source of dietary zinc. Eating plenty of dietary zinc may help with night vision. Meats, including turkey, are high in zinc. If following a vegetarian diet, a person may opt to replace the turkey with tofu, food that also offers a useful amount of zinc.

Green Bean Casserole Recipe


  • 1 10 1/2 ounces oz can  of cream of mushroom soup
  • ½ c milk
  • 1 t soy sauce
  • 1 dash black pepper
  • 4 cups cooked cut green beans
  • 1 ⅓ French fried onions


  1. Stir the soup, milk, soy sauce, black pepper, beans and 2/3 cuponions in a 1 1/2-quart casserole.
  2. Bake at 350°F. for 25 minutes or until the bean mixture is hot and bubbling.  Stir the bean mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining onions.
  3. Bake for 5 minutes or until the onions are golden brown.


Looking to try something new this holiday season? Many people opt for salmon as a turkey alternative. Aside from providing versatility to holiday menus, salmon also serves as a source of astaxanthin which is a nutrient with wide-reaching benefits. Of these benefits, is its power to reduce damaging oxidation in the body which slows degeneration. Salmon is also high in omega-3 fatty acids which may also protect vision.

Glazed Lemon-Pepper Salmon Recipe


  • 2 lbs salmon
  • 2 T olive oil
  • ¼ c brown sugar
  • ¼ c  soy sauce
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 t sea salt
  • ½ t pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line a cookie sheet with foil. Place salmon atop of foil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Fold sides of the aluminum foil around the salmon.
  2. Whisk the olive oil, brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper together. Pour over the salmon. Seal up the salmon in the aluminum foil.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until salmon is fully cooked. Remove the foil and baste the fish with the juices in the foil. Broil 3-5 minutes. Garnish with lemon slices and chopped parsley.


Carrots have a planted reputation for being the root vegetable for the eyes. For a good reason, this vegetable is a source of Vitamin A (also known as retinoic acid). Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin with powerful antioxidant properties and can help maintain healthy eyesight and protect against cataracts.

Tender and Sugar Glazed Carrot Recipe


  • 1 lb peeled carrots
  • 1/2 c chicken broth
  • 3 T sugar
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 T butter


  1. Slice carrots into 1/4-inch slices. In skillet, combine carrots, chicken broth, 1 T of sugar and the salt. Cover skillet and allow to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer until carrots are nearly tender, about 5 minutes.
  2. Uncover the skillet and let the carrots cook until majority of liquid has evaporated, about 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in butter and the 2 T of sugar. Continue to simmer and stir until carrots are completely cooked and tender, about 2 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper.

Whole Grains

Vitamin B2, also known as riboflavin is a water-soluble vitamin found in whole grains. Riboflavin bears particular importance for vision because of its benefits to the retina. A way to keep a turkey juicy and flavorful while baking, many holiday dressings also contain whole-grains.

Whole Grain Stuffing Recipe


  • Loaf of whole-grain bread, sliced into 1-in cubes
  • 3/4 c pecans
  • 4 T butter
  • 1 medium diced onion
  • 1 celery rib, diced
  • 1 lb sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 t sage
  • 1 t thyme
  • 1 green apple, diced
  • 2 1/2 c chicken broth
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 375. Butter a 9×13 pan. On a large cookie sheet, toast bread cubes for around 15 min, stirring halfway through. Pour the bread crumbs into a mixing bowl. Spread the pecans in a pie plate and toast for 8 min. Let cool then chop the pecans into course pieces.
  2. In good-sized skillet, melt butter. Add onion, celery and meat; cook over moderate heat, about 10 minutes. Add the seasoning and cook about 1 minute. Scrape the sausage into the bowl with the bread.
  3. Mix in the chopped pecans and apple into the bowl with the bread. In a seperate mixing bowl, whisk the chicken broth and egg. Pour over this over the bread mixture and add 2 t salt and 1/2 t of pepper. Toss. Scrape into the baking dish and cover with foil. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour (preferably overnight).
  4. Preheat oven to 375°. Bake the stuffing for around 30 min. Remove foil and bake for about 30 more min. Serve.


With numerous health benefits, blueberries also contain carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin as well as anthocyanins (eye-nourishing phytonutrients). The antioxidants found in these tiny fruits may improve night vision and help to maintain general eye health. Blueberries have also been found to reduce inflammation in the eye.

Creamy Blueberry Pie


  • 3 c fresh blueberries
  • 1 9 in pie crust

Custard Ingredients

  • 1 c white sugar
  • ⅓ c all-purpose flour
  • ⅛ t salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ c sour cream

Streusel Ingredients

  • ½ c sugar
  • ½ c all-purpose flour
  • ¼ c butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Place the blueberries in the pie shell and set aside.
  2. Combine 1 c sugar, ⅓ c flour and salt. Add eggs and sour cream, stirring until blended. Pour the sour cream custard over blueberries.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine ½ c sugar and ½ c flour. Cut in butter with pastry blender until a mixture appears to be a coarse meal. Sprinkle over the pie.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for about an hour or until lightly browned. Cool and eat with whipped topping.

Sweet Potatoes

A staple for many holiday feasts, sweet potatoes are also a source of vitamin C, manganese, potassium, and fiber. Additionally, sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene. The body converts beta-carotene to vitamin A, a nutrient that may help prevent dry eyes and night blindness.

Maple-Bacon Sweet Potato Recipe


  • 4 medium sweet potatoes
  • 2 T butter
  • ¼ t salt
  • 2 T maple syrup
  • ⅓ c crumbled bacon
  • 1 t thyme


  1. Heat oven to 400. Coat 9×13 pan with cooking spray.
  2. Poke sweet potatoes several times and place on microwave-safe plate. Microwave on high for about 5 minutes.
  3. Cut sweet potatoes into ⅛ in slices (leaving the bottoms). Place on the prepared baking dish and brush with butter. Sprinkle with salt.
  4. Bake about an hour or until tender. Brush with remaining butter. Brush with syrup and top with bacon and thyme.  

It is possible to enjoy the holidays without overindulging. With a wealth of food options often available, the best way to stay healthy this holiday season is to fill up on healthy foods such as lean proteins, fresh vegetables and fruit (as recommended by your doctor).  All in all, consult with your doctor about your diet, make good choices and enjoy your holiday meals.


Protect The Eyes From UV Sun Exposure

Our eyes are only 2% of our entire body but are the only organs that permit light to enter the body allowing us to see. It is essential to protect our eyes from adverse risks to our vision such as UV exposure.

The sun sustains life on earth; however, its rays also pose threats to us. The biggest danger from the sun is the type of radiation it emits- UV radiation. Many know that UV radiation is harmful to the skin; however, many may not fully understand how UV radiation can damage the eyes too.

With three varieties, UV radiation is either UV-A,B or C. The Ozone layer absorbs UV-C rays from the sun, so it is the least harmful of the three. UV-A and UV-B are the types of radiation that may have the most significant consequences on the eyes and eyesight of those exposed to it. With UV-A rays counted as contributing to central vision damage and UV-B damaging the lens and cornea.

Exposure to UV radiation over a short period can cause photokeratitis, comparable to a “sunburn on the eye.” Like a sunburn, photokeratitis is painful. With this condition, eyes can become red, watery, irritated, and sensitive to light. These symptoms are usually temporary and do not often cause permanent eye damage.

Prolonged exposure to solar radiation can lead to a higher chance of severe conditions that can lead to blindness. These eye conditions include:

A condition that occurs when a part of the retina called the macula is damaged.
A clouding of the eye’s natural lens, the part of the eye that focuses the light we see.
A growth on the white of the eye and may involve the cornea. In time, the growth may block vision. This condition is common for people who work outdoors, exposed to the sun and wind.

There is no specific measure of how much exposure will cause this type of damage, so the best way to monitor the eyes for signs of sun damage is through routine eye exams.  Those who spend time outdoors can help protect their eyes by wearing sunglasses that provide UV protection. There are also some contact lenses which can offer additional UV protection.

Community Eye Center offers comprehensive eye exams as well as an extensive selection of sunglasses and eyewear with UV protection.

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Facts About Diabetic Retinopathy

It is estimated that 420 million people have diabetes. This number has increased from 108 million since 1980. With increased prevalence, health professionals are calling it an epidemic. Although much attention is given to the disease, there is less talk about serious eye complications associated with it. This article is to provide information about the causes of diabetic eye disease as well as treatments and ways to protect vision.

Health officials estimate that by 2030, nearly 200 million people live with diabetic retinopathy. This condition is the most common type of eye disease caused by diabetes. Of these people, almost 60 million will be at risk of vision loss. Using current figures, about 1 percent of these people will lose their sight.

Diabetic retinopathy happens when the small blood vessels in the retina are damaged due to blood glucose levels. In early stages, the walls of the retina weaken which allows blood and fluids to leak. Often, this can cause blurred vision in both eyes.

In the next phase, new blood vessels grow within the retina and can rupture and bleed. Scar tissue that forms can cause retinal detachment, a severe condition that requires urgent surgery.

Diabetic retinopathy can lead to another serious condition called diabetic macular edema (DME). With this condition, fluid leaks around the macula causing swelling and vision loss.

In addition to the above, those with diabetes are more likely to develop glaucoma and cataracts.

Diabetic eye disease can have few or no symptoms in its early stages. This is why it is important to monitor one’s vision with regular comprehensive eye exams. However, when the disease progresses symptoms can include:

  • Distorted or blurry vision
  • Loss of sharp vision
  • Sensitivity to light/glare
  • Balance issues
  • Seeing flashes or floaters
  • Poor night vision
  • Dark spots in vision
  • Vision loss
  • Seeing double

Early intervention can protect the eyes and potentially save one's sight. It is recommended that those with diabetes receive a comprehensive dilated eye examination at least once per year- more often if with the presence of other eye conditions. Additionally, to help prevent diabetic eye disease, it is essential to control blood sugar levels, high blood pressure, and cholesterol. Additionally, exercise, diet and stress reduction can help maintain eye health.

Untreated diabetic eye disease can lead to permanent vision loss. Acting early is critical. Community Eye Center has ophthalmologists and optometrists who provide comprehensive diabetic eye exams as well as retina specialists.

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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.

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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