Dr. Joseph Spadafora, Partner and Medical Director of Community Eye Center and St. Lucy’s Eye Surgery Center recently traveled to Italy and Sicily.  While there he observed/performed cataract surgery and a unique and complex glaucoma surgery with a novel lens fixation for a dislocated lens with tissue glue.

Dr. Spadafora was in Florence Italy to see his son receive a Master’s Degree in Italian and Art and then on to Sicily where he visited his cousin, Dr. Pietro Biondi, as well as Dr. Antonio Rapisardo both Ophthalmic surgeons of great distinction in their surgical abilities and Dr. Rita Ghirlanda, all at Centro Clinico G. B. Morgagni in Cantania.  Dr. Rapisardo is head of Ophthalmology at the clinic and at one time was SOI/Society Ophthalmology Italia.

The Morgagni Clinic, a clinic in general medicine, is named after the great G. B. Morgagni (1682-1771).  Morgagni was an Italian anatomist and pathologist who revolutionized medicine.  Thanks to his objectivity, Morgagni persuaded the world of what we now take for granted: the signs and symptoms of diseases depend on where the anatomy is abnormal.  In addition, Morgagni was the father of cataract research.  The Morgagnian cataract is one of four described cataracts….the Morgagnian, the Nuclear, the Overripe and the Polar cataract.  The Morgagnian cataract is a mature cataract in which the cortex has liquefied and the nucleus moves freely within the lens.

Dr. Spadafora was asked what he experienced as a difference between the practices there and here in the United States.  He stated “In Italy/Sicily the ophthalmology equivalent of the FDA is comprised of working clinical ophthalmologists and a government administrator; in cardiology, the equivalent of the FDA is a working clinical cardiologist and a government administrator.  Each specialty has its own “FDA,” resulting in faster approval of new technologies and treatments.”

He also stated “this was an opportunity to evaluate medicine internationally.  Having family across the globe… we were able to honestly share technology and limitations based on facts and experiences…not political or insurance based decisions.  Many times it is frustrating for our patients and physicians alike when politics and insurance hinders our ability to protect our patients.  Many times it comes down to “paper care” being more important than “patient care.”



Dr. Joseph Spadafora did his undergraduate studies at Boston University, followed by graduate work at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH.  He received his medical degree from the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Kansas City, MO.

He completed his internship at Metropolitan General Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL and his Ophthalmology Residency at Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital in Tulsa, OK.  He was Fellowship Trained in Anterior Segment Surgery in Long Beach, CA.

Dr. Spadafora is Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of South Florida, Tampa.  He is Board Certified and a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Charlotte County Medical Society and Florida Medical Society.  He is affiliated with all area hospitals and served on the Board of Governors of Prevent Blindness Florida

Dr. Spadafora has performed National Research in ocular anti-inflammatory agents, glaucoma medications, ocular antibiotic agents, and laser cataract extraction at St. Lucy’s Eye Surgery Center.

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A Flyer With Details About The Upcoming Blood Drive At Community Eye Center

Community Eye Center Blood Drive June 2019

Visit Community Eye Center on Jun 28th for another blood drive from 11am-4pm. All donors will receive a FREE movie ticket, a Chick-fil-A coupon card for a FREE chicken sandwich or 8 count nuggets, a Bealls discount coupon, and a wellness checkup including blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse and cholesterol screening!

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Torn Retina Informational Video

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

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Glaucoma Informational Video

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

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

Closed Angle Glaucoma

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

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Torn Retina & Cryopexy

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

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Cataract Formation

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

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Community Eye Center At Art In The Dark

Dr. Spadafora, Dr. Spalding and Dr. Roberts attend gala at which Community Eye Center was a presenting sponsor.

During the event, guests experienced art as those with low vision do: by using other senses.

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

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