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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Red Tide And Eyes

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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For more information about the effects of Red Tide on eye health, please contact Community Eye Center at +1-941-625-1325.

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