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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Celebrate The Season Optical Trunk Show

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

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

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

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

50% OFF Select Frames With Purchase Of Lenses

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

25% OFF Frames With Purchase Of Lenses

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

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

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



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

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

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5 Facts- Functional Blepharoplasty

Facts About Functional Eyelid Surgery Performed by Dr. Mishra at Community Eye Center in Port Charlotte, North Port and Venice Florida


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

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

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

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

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

3. Blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure.

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

4. Most insurance plans often cover functional blepharoplasty.

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

Some may choose to have other procedures at the same time

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

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

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

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

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Ophthalmologists Optometrists And Opticians

Optometry, Ophthalmology & Optical- Eye Care, Ocular Disease, Surgical Care, ContactsBOARD CERTIFICATION: Florida Board of OptometryOPTOMETRY SCHOOL: Southern College of Optometryin Memphis, TNNorth Port Location: 941-423-813721275 Olean Boulevard, Port Charlotte, FL 33952941-625-13251988 Tamiami Trail South, Venice, FL 34293941-408-0145COMMUNITYEYE

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:


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.


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.


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

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

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

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Tips To Prevent Computer Eye Strain


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.

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