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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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 CENTERwww.communityeyecenter.com

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.

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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.

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West Nile And The Eyes

VENICE/NORTH PORT/PORT CHARLOTTE, FL— SEP 14, 2018

Did you know that West Nile Virus can result in lesions to the part of the eye which gives us our sharp, central vision? With the recently issued mosquito-borne illness advisory, Community Eye Center (CEC) seeks to inform about eye manifestations of the West Nile Virus.

Late last week, health the Florida Department of Health Charlotte County issued a mosquito-borne illness advisory. The advisory arose after a recently confirmed human case of West Nile Virus.

Often, patients will present no symptoms of the West Nile Virus. But, in about 20% of cases, those infected may develop a fever and other symptoms including headaches, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. In rare cases, West Nile can develop into a potentially life-threatening disease that affects the central nervous system.

Those infected with West Nile Virus may also experience eye manifestations including anterior uveitis, retinal vasculitis, optic neuritis, subconjunctival hemorrhage, sixth nerve palsy, nystagmus, and congenital chorioretinal scarring. The most common eye manifestation related to the illness is asymptomatic multifocal chorioretinitis (lesions to the macula).

Multifocal chorioretinitis consists of small, multifocal, retinal lesions together with intraocular inflammatory. Symptoms include blind spots, floaters, eye discomfort and perceived flashes of light. Commonly treated with steroids, chorioretinitis can also happen to those who have never had the West Nile Virus. Chorioretinitis is considered a chronic eye condition. Symptoms can return or worsen even after successful treatment.

With asymptomatic multifocal chorioretinitis resulting from West Nile Virus,  patients may experience vision loss. Vision typically returns after the West Nile infection subsides. Still, in severe cases of chorioretinitis associated with West Nile, permanent vision loss has been reported.

Often happening gradually in adults, vision changes can go unnoticed. A routine comprehensive exam is the best way to ensure that vision stays sharp. Comprehensive medical eye exams become even more critical as a person ages because conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma and retinal conditions become more common. Early diagnosis and intervention of these diseases can often prevent vision loss or blindness.

Whether in need of a routine exam or facing something more complex, Community Eye Center’s eye care providers are prepared to help. For over 30 years, CEC has provided excellence in eye care from multiple south-west Florida locations, eye only surgery center, and optical services.

Community Eye Center 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, oculoplastic specialists, cataract specialists, and more), CEC offers comprehensive and expedient care.

For over 30 years, Community Eye Center has provided excellence in eye care from multiple south-west Florida locations, eye only surgery center, and optical services.

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

Community Eye Center (CEC) was first founded in 1980 by Dr. Anthony Limoncelli to serve the area residents by providing a central resource for the eye health needs of the community. Over three decades, CEC has grown to include nine physicians at multiple Southwest Florida locations, an eye only surgery center and optical services. A part of CEC, St Lucy’s Eye Surgery Center is the only facility in Charlotte County dedicated exclusively to eye surgery.

 

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