Eye Centers of Florida https://www.ecof.com Sat, 18 Jan 2020 03:08:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Reading Glasses: What Are They and Will I Need Them? https://www.ecof.com/importance-reading-glasses/ https://www.ecof.com/importance-reading-glasses/#respond Sat, 18 Jan 2020 00:39:22 +0000 https://www.ecof.com/?p=16416 At Eye Centers of Florida, we’ve made a commitment to providing the best visual outcomes for our patients. We’re dedicated to making your cataract surgery experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible, from...

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Reading Glasses: What Are They and Will I Need Them?

When you reach your 40s, the natural lenses in your eyes become less flexible, meaning that they can’t focus as easily when transitioning between near and far vision. This causes your near vision to get worse, called presbyopia, or age-related farsightedness.

Almost everyone will experience presbyopia to some degree, but some will notice it more than others, depending on the severity of the condition. It’s estimated that about two billion people worldwide have presbyopia — Almostst a fourth of the world’s population. It’s a normal change in your eyes as you age, even if you’ve never had to wear glasses or contacts before in your life.

However, all is not lost — from bifocals to progressive lenses and even specialized reading sunglasses, there are plenty of options out there for you, and the experienced staff at Eye Centers of Florida’s optical shops can help you find your perfect fit.

What are Bifocal Lenses?

If you’re already nearsighted and experiencing presbyopia, the thought of having to remember a second pair of glasses to help you read small print might sound like a nightmare. While many people do elect to purchase multiple pairs of frames to complement their personal style, carrying any more than a single pair with you at all times may not be very convenient.

The good news is that you have other options than having to carry a second pair of “readers” around! Bifocal lenses have two different viewing areas — a large area of the lens for distance, and a small area near the bottom of the lens for viewing things that are close, including words on a page.

This way, when you look up you can see things in the distance, and when you look down, you can read small print. It may take some adjustment in switching between the two areas of your new lenses, but if you wear them often enough, your eyes will get used to the transition.

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What are Progressive Lenses?

If you’ve ever worn bifocals before, you might notice that the transition between distance and near is sometimes blurry. Trifocals add a third section to the lens, in between the top and bottom that helps bridge the gap. Multifocal, progressive lenses use technology to make a much smoother transition between the different lens areas, allowing for a more “seamless” vision field.

For people who don’t like the look of bifocals, you’re in luck — progressive lenses and “no line” bifocals are specially curved so that the gap between the near and distance lenses is almost invisible, enabling you to see with the most complete range of vision possible.

What are Reading Sunglasses?

It’s important to protect your eyes from harsh UV rays, especially here in Florida. Many people with presbyopia find that when they’re working outdoors or relaxing with a good book, they have to choose between their near vision and adequate sun protection.

Reading sunglasses feature progressive lenses with a tint that protects against harmful sunlight, so you don’t have to switch between multiple pairs of glasses in order to see fine details when you’re outdoors.

Find Your Perfect Fit Today

Most of us will eventually have to wear some sort of corrective eyewear, but don’t just settle for drugstore reading glasses. Eye Centers of Florida can help you find a pair of bifocals, progressives, or reading sunglasses that will fit you — and your lifestyle — perfectly.

To speak to one of our experienced optical staff, visit your nearest Eye Centers of Florida optical shop to learn more about your options or call (888) 393-2455 today.

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CRNAs at Eye Centers of Florida: What Are They and Why Are They So Important? https://www.ecof.com/importance-crna-ecof/ https://www.ecof.com/importance-crna-ecof/#respond Wed, 15 Jan 2020 23:39:39 +0000 https://www.ecof.com/?p=16233 At Eye Centers of Florida, we’ve made a commitment to providing the best visual outcomes for our patients. We’re dedicated to making your cataract surgery experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible, from...

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CRNAs at Eye Centers of Florida: What Are They and Why Are They So Important?

When it comes to your surgery, you want to have the very best medical team on your side, and this goes beyond just your surgeon.

CRNAs are a crucial part of many different surgical procedures — they’re highly trained nurses who are essential for ensuring that your surgery is both comfortable and safe.

Many surgery centers bring in outside CRNAs for surgery — as we’re going to explain, this isn’t the safest and most effective solution. At Eye Centers of Florida, we’re one of the only practices in the area who have full-time CRNAs on staff at our Accredited SurgiCare Center in Fort Myers.

What Is a CRNA?

CRNA stands for “Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.” These nurses are responsible for ensuring that anesthesia is properly administered during your surgical procedure as well as portions of your pre- and post-operative care.

In order to become a CRNA, a nurse has to start their career in critical care and get experience in that area for at least one year. After a rigorous selection process, if a nurse is accepted into an approved graduate program, they will spend two to three-and-a-half years training and gaining clinical experience.

In order to receive CRNA credentials, candidates must then pass an exam administered by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists.

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A CRNA’s Role at Eye Centers of Florida

Our nurse anesthetists are essential members of our surgical team and have more than half a century of combined experience in their field. In order to grasp the true importance of our full-time CRNAs, it’s important to first understand their role at Eye Centers of Florida.

Before Surgery

Ensuring that you have a successful surgery begins far before you step into our Accredited SurgiCare Center on the day of your procedure. Before your surgery, our full-time CRNAs make themselves familiar with your needs, determine which medications are appropriate for your case, and make sure you’re fit for surgery.

During Surgery

Just before your operation, one of our nurse anesthetists will prepare you for the procedure. They will then monitor your vital signs to ensure that you remain stable and are responding well to the anesthesia.

After Surgery

Once your procedure is complete, the CRNA who prepared you for surgery will help prepare you for discharge, all the while making sure you’re relaxed and comfortable as you transition into recovery.

The Importance of Having a Full-Time CRNA:

Safety is Our Priority

With any surgical procedure, you want to make sure that you have the very best team on your side. Take cataract surgery, for example:

During eye surgery, your surgical team will be focused on all aspects of your wellbeing. When it comes time for your surgeon to focus on removing your cataracts, a dedicated CRNA will be on-hand to closely monitor your vital signs. The surgeon and CRNA will communicate with one another throughout the procedure, each ensuring that you are responding well to surgery. Overall, you want to have a surgical team that works effortlessly together to provide you with safe, effective results.

Unlike outside CRNAs who are brought in for surgery, ours are full-time members of the team. This means that our staff has had the time to build healthy working relationships and the understanding necessary to ensure that your procedure is safe.

Comfortable, Familiarized Care

The full-time status of our nurse anesthetists allows them to work with every department that our patients come into contact with. This continuity of care allows you to have an advocate in your care and a friendly face in the operating room.

We understand that surgery can induce anxiety. Our anesthetists are compassionate, professional resources who ensure that our procedures are carried out with the highest standard of quality and patient care.

If you would like to learn more about our surgical staff or think that you may benefit from eye surgery from some of the industry’s best, request an appointment or call us at (888) 393-2455.

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The Pre- and Post-Cataract Surgery Eye Drop That Proves Less Is More

Pre and post cataract surgery checkup

At Eye Centers of Florida, we’ve made a commitment to providing the best visual outcomes for our patients. We’re dedicated to making your cataract surgery experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible, from your very first appointment, to your surgery, and through your recovery.

Therefore, we’re proud to offer Iprismis Rx LessDrops® for patients who choose to have their cataract surgery with the team of experts at our Accredited SurgiCare Center in Fort Myers. While we still offer alternative cataract surgery eye drops, LessDrops® allows us to provide our patients with a convenient option for their pre- and post-cataract surgery care regimen.

A Cataract Surgery Drop that Saves Time and Money

Just before and for a few weeks after cataract surgery, your eye surgeon will recommend you use special, prescription eye drops. These drops are designed to fight infection and reduce inflammation, helping ensure that your eyes are both prepared for surgery and stay healthy after your procedure.

Currently, the industry standard is to recommend a combination of three separate eye drops. At Eye Centers of Florida, you have a choice between the three-drop regimen and LessDrops®, two solutions that differ in cost and application but are equally powerful.

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Using LessDrops® Means Using Fewer Eye Drops

The standard recommendation for cataract surgery eye drops requires a patient to use three separate products. LessDrops® is equivalent to three products in one. It’s recommended that you apply LessDrops® only three times in one day, which for many patients is preferable to using three separate products four times per day, each.

LessDrops® Costs Less Than Alternatives

The average total cost for the three separate eye drops is $497. A single bottle of LessDrops®, on the other hand, costs only $120. With this being said, it’s important to note that LessDrops® are just as powerful as the more expensive solution.

Convenient, Quality Cataract Surgery Eye Drops

At Eye Centers of Florida, we’re always striving to give our patients the best eye care services possible. We appreciate how important it is to provide our patients with multiple options for their care – and we certainly recognize the value in prescribing LessDrops®.

We carry LessDrops® in our Eye Centers of Florida offices, meaning that, if this is the eye drop for you, there’s no need to worry about making a special trip to the pharmacy.

If you’re interested in learning more about LessDrops®, ask any member of our staff, call us at (888) 393-2455, or request an appointment online.

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January is Glaucoma Awareness Month https://www.ecof.com/january-is-glaucoma-awareness-month/ https://www.ecof.com/january-is-glaucoma-awareness-month/#respond Mon, 13 Jan 2020 17:31:32 +0000 https://www.ecof.com/?p=853 Glaucoma is known as the “silent thief of sight” — and for good reason. There are no discernible symptoms in the early stages of the disease, meaning that you can potentially start to lose your vision before even realizing the issue. And, it’s not just a worrying disease: it’s also worryingly common.

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January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Living with Glaucoma:
Management and Treatment for Healthier Eyes

Glaucoma is known as the “silent thief of sight” — and for good reason. There are no discernible symptoms in the early stages of the disease, meaning that you can potentially start to lose your vision before even realizing the issue. And, it’s not just a worrying disease: it’s also worryingly common.

More than 2.7 million Americans live with glaucoma, and while vision lost to glaucoma cannot be restored, there are actions you can take to treat and manage the condition in order to maintain both your quality of life and your long-term vision. At Eye Centers of Florida, we want to help increase glaucoma awareness in order to help our patients and their loved ones get the most out of their eyesight.

Symptoms of Glaucoma

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions marked by increased pressure within the eye. This pressure can push on and damage the optic nerve, which is responsible for carrying messages between the eyes and the brain.

When untreated, glaucoma can cause blindness in portions, or all, of your peripheral vision. The three most common types of this condition, which differ in severity, symptoms, and treatments, are:

  • Primary open-angle glaucoma, the slowest developing glaucoma
  • Angle-closure glaucoma, a less common, fast-acting glaucoma that causes rapid vision loss
  • Normal-tension glaucoma, also known as “low-tension glaucoma,” causes gradual damage to the optic nerve despite lower eye pressure

Glaucoma Awareness:
Protect Your Eyes and Your Vision

Because glaucoma is so common, odds are that you’ll become familiar with glaucoma at some point in your life, whether you’re impacted directly or if it affects someone you know.

At Eye Centers of Florida, we’re here to be your resource for all things related to glaucoma. Read on to learn more about our advanced treatment options.

What if I End Up Developing Glaucoma? What’s Next?

Millions of people live perfectly normal lives with glaucoma — after finding the care that best fits their situation. We’ll create your perfect management plan using our advanced treatments. While medicated eye drops or glaucoma supplements can be prescribed to treat mild cases of glaucoma, our doctors are experts in effective surgical treatments for more serious cases.

How to treat Glaucoma

Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty

During Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT), our surgeons will use a laser to stimulate the release of fluid from the eye. This procedure lowers eye pressure by 20-30%, and has similar outcomes to the most effective glaucoma eye drops. The effects of this treatment can last 3 to 5 years, making it more cost-effective than using daily eye drops.

Trabeculectomy

A trabeculectomy reduces eye pressure by draining fluid from the eye. To achieve this, our surgeons carefully create a new  pathway for fluid to drain into a small collecting bag near the upper eyelid. Multiple studies of trabeculectomy’s long-term success suggest that most patients achieve low eye pressure without additional glaucoma medication.

iStent Glaucoma Treatment

Trabecular Micro-Bypass with iStent®

At Eye Centers of Florida, we offer iStent®, an innovative, FDA-approved glaucoma treatment. The iStent® micro implant creates two bypass pathways for fluid to drain from the eye, reducing the eye pressure associated with glaucoma.

While some prefer using eye drops to treat their condition, others may be unhappy with the side effects, expense, and overall hassle of using eye drops daily. Trabecular micro-bypass surgery with iStent® can reduce or even completely eliminate the need to treat glaucoma with eye drops. This minimally invasive procedure has helped improve the intraocular pressure in hundreds of thousands of eyes and can even be inserted during cataract surgery.

Aqueous Shunts

Aqueous shunts are small drainage implants placed into the eye that help reduce pressure on the optic nerve by reducing excessive eye fluid. Additional glaucoma medication can be used in conjunction with these shunts to achieve even lower intraocular pressure.

Laser Cycloablation

Laser cycloablation procedures are generally used when other glaucoma treatments cannot be performed. This is often the case when the eye’s anatomy isn’t conducive to surgery or the progression of the glaucoma is too severe. In this treatment, pressure in the eye is reduced by freezing the cells that produce fluid.

You Don’t Have to Face Glaucoma Alone.
Eye Centers of Florida is Here to Help.

Getting diagnosed with glaucoma, or even just discovering that you may be at risk for the condition, can be scary. We’re here to tell you that you don’t have to face glaucoma alone.

At Eye Centers of Florida, we’re dedicated to providing the very best care so you can live life with the clearest vision possible. When it comes to glaucoma, our ophthalmologists are experts, determined to provide you with treatment designed around your specific needs.

To learn more about glaucoma or schedule a screening, request an appointment or call us at (888) 393-2455 today.

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January Community Education: Learn About Lenses https://www.ecof.com/january-community-education-iols/ https://www.ecof.com/january-community-education-iols/#respond Fri, 10 Jan 2020 08:00:02 +0000 https://www.ecof.com/?p=4386 Cataracts are extremely common in the United States, affecting over 24.4 million adults past the age of 40, according to Prevent Blindness America. In the US, cataracts were once considered the leading cause..

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CONSIDERING CATARACT SURGERY? COME “LEARN ABOUT LENSES” ON JANUARY 28TH!

Community Education About IOLs

Cataracts are extremely common in the United States, affecting over 24.4 million adults past the age of 40, according to Prevent Blindness America. In the US, cataracts were once considered the leading cause of vision loss, but with modern medical technology, treatment options are broader than ever.

Still, many people don’t have a full understanding of cataracts, especially concerning what cataract surgery actually entails. It may come time to deal with cataracts for yourself or for a loved one, and Eye Centers of Florida wants to ensure that you have everything you need to make an informed decision about the future of your eyes and your vision.

Everything You Need to Know

Having one or more cataracts — clouding of the ocular lens — is extremely common, especially as you age. By the age of 65, around 90% of people will have at least one cataract. That doesn’t necessarily mean that a cataract will cause vision loss, but this is a possibility, and the only way to restore vision in these cases is through a surgical replacement of the lens.

Your cloudy, damaged lens is replaced with a new one, called an intraocular lens (IOL). The procedure itself is simple, but the amount of cutting-edge IOLs on the market have made the choice more and more difficult.

Intraocular Lens Options

These devices are used to replace lenses clouded by cataracts and restore vision to millions of Americans every year, and if you’ve done any research on them, you’ve likely heard these words: Accommodative vs. Conventional, Multifocal vs. Monofocal, and Standard vs. Premium.

The question is, what do these terms mean, and how can you identify which one is right for you?

Join Us on Tuesday, January 28 for a FREE Seminar to Learn About Lenses

Eye Centers of Florida’s cataract surgeon, Juan P. Fernandez de Castro, M.D., will be talking about all the different types of premium IOL options we have at our disposal. This is a free seminar about cataract surgery and the choice you have for your vision after the procedure. We hope it will help you make the decision that’s right for you when you schedule cataract surgery at Eye Centers of Florida.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 4:00 pm

Southside lobby, Eye Centers of Florida

4101 Evans Ave., Fort Myers, FL 33901

Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited. Please RSVP to (239) 335-1722 or RSVP@ecof.com.

Cataract Surgeon in Southwest Florida

About Dr. Fernandez

Juan P. Fernandez de Castro, M.D., is a Board Certified and award-winning ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon, specializing in the fields of general ophthalmology, vision research, and cataract care. Dr. Fernandez has decades of experience helping patients find the IOL that fits their unique needs when they have cataract surgery at our Accredited SurgiCare Center in Fort Myers.

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iStent Reduces or Eliminates the Need for Glaucoma Eye Drops https://www.ecof.com/istent-reduces-or-eliminates-glaucoma-eye-drops/ https://www.ecof.com/istent-reduces-or-eliminates-glaucoma-eye-drops/#respond Fri, 03 Jan 2020 01:44:32 +0000 https://www.ecof.com/?p=902 At Eye Centers of Florida, our mission is to provide the latest technology to our patients to treat a wide variety of eye diseases. We believe that offering advanced treatments for common...

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iStent® Glaucoma Surgery Reduces or Eliminates the Need for Glaucoma Eye Drops

At Eye Centers of Florida, our mission is to provide the latest technology to our patients to treat a wide variety of eye diseases. We believe that offering advanced treatments for common eye problems is one of the keys to effective eye care.

With those priorities in mind, we’re proud to offer the iStent® inject® Trabecular Micro-Bypass glaucoma surgery. If you suffer from glaucoma, this simple procedure can virtually eliminate your dependence on other glaucoma treatments, including glaucoma eye drops.

What Is Glaucoma, And Why Does It Need Treatment?

Glaucoma is a group of conditions that cause pressure to build inside your eyes. Often this pressure is caused by your eyes overproducing naturally occurring fluid, or because your eye isn’t draining that fluid properly. In either case, this pressure can permanently damage your optic nerve, leading to blind spots and blurry vision.

Glaucoma is the second-leading cause of blindness in the United States. And because most people with glaucoma have no symptoms or pain in the early stages of development, it often goes undiagnosed. As you reach the age of 40 or older, your risk of developing glaucoma increases, and you should have your eyes checked for glaucoma annually.

Eye Drops: A Treatment Option for Glaucoma

Glaucoma is frequently treated with eye drops which effectively reduce pressure within the eye. Glaucoma eye drops relax your eye muscles, reducing fluid production and increasing fluid drainage. This treatment can prevent your eye pressure from causing any more damage to the optic nerve.

That said, many people prefer the potential for a permanent solution that eye surgery offers. Glaucoma eye drops can have unwanted side-effects, and typically represent a recurring cost compared to the one-time investment of glaucoma surgery. Eye drops are also most useful for less severe cases of glaucoma.

iStent® Glaucoma Surgery: A Lasting Solution

At Eye Centers of Florida, we’re able to provide patients access to iStent® inject® Trabecular Micro-Bypass glaucoma surgery, an innovative and FDA-approved glaucoma treatment that can reduce or eliminate the need for eye drops.

The iStent® is an extremely small titanium device that can be inserted into the tissue around the eye, helping to drain excess fluid. This reduces pressure on the optic nerve and preserves eyesight, offering an alternative to a trabeculectomy, which involves creating entirely new fluid drainage pathways for your eyes.

Inserting an iStent® device is a less invasive option for glaucoma which has already been performed on hundreds of thousands of eyes. The surgery has a low risk of complications, making it an appealing surgical solution to glaucoma. In addition, if you need cataract surgery as well, both procedures can be performed at the same time, making it a dynamic solution.

Eye Centers of Florida Provides Any Glaucoma Surgery You Need

At Eye Centers of Florida, we pride ourselves on providing a variety of management and treatment options for patients with glaucoma. iStent® glaucoma surgery is one of the many ways we’re able to supplement, or prevent the use of, other glaucoma treatments.

“This is an exciting option for patients who are not getting good results with glaucoma eye drops or are tired of the frequency or expense of glaucoma eye drops,” said David C. Brown, M.D., F.A.C.S., the founder of Eye Centers of Florida. “We now have an advanced option that not only effectively manages eye pressure associated with glaucoma, but may also reduce our patients’ reliance on glaucoma medication.”

Whether you’re ready to try a different glaucoma treatment, or just want to learn more about your options, the team at Eye Centers of Florida is here to help. Our highly experienced eye surgeons have helped improve or restore the vision of thousands of patients, and we’re able to provide treatment options that meet your needs.

Call us at 888-393-2455 or request an appointment to find out what we can do for your vision and peace of mind.

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A New You for the New Year https://www.ecof.com/january-2020-aesthetic-offer/ https://www.ecof.com/january-2020-aesthetic-offer/#respond Thu, 02 Jan 2020 01:56:23 +0000 https://www.ecof.com/?p=15299 Start your new year with a fresh face: Get a custom Hydrafacial® and other facial rejuvenation treatments at The Aesthetic Center.

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A New You
for the New Year

Start Your New Year with a Fresh Face: Get a Custom
HydraFacial® and Other Facial Rejuvenation Treatments at The Aesthetic Center!

Start your year off the right way! With The Aesthetic Center at Eye Centers of Florida, you can get brighter, healthier, and more beautiful skin with our custom HydraFacial®. We’re excited to be able to offer a custom HydraFacial® to new patients for only $70 — less than half the price of a $200+ HydraFacial® from other aesthetic centers — plus, even more great, January offers!

What is a HydraFacial®?

A HydraFacial® combines cleansing, exfoliation, and extraction with hydration and antioxidant protection, all in one comprehensive procedure. It can clear and beautify your skin without discomfort, surgery, or downtime. A HydraFacial® will help with various aspects of your skin health, including:

  • Fine lines, folds, and wrinkles
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Sun damage
  • The naso-labial fold (the crease from your nose to your mouth)
  • Oily skin

Our custom HydraFacial® at The Aesthetic Center is personalized to your skin care needs, and may include dermaplaning (a $50 value) or other treatments to help you achieve your skin care goals.

New Year, New You

For your FREE skin care and HydraFacial® consultation, call The Aesthetic Center at

(239) 939-3456 today!

**Gift Cards Available!***

Get BOTOX®

for just $10 per unit!

BOTOX® is one of the most popular, trustworthy, and effective ways to keep your face younger, smoother, and wrinkle-free. It’s the only FDA-approved cosmetic that can help improve the look of:

  • Frown lines
  • Crow’s feet
  • Forehead lines
  • Other fine lines and wrinkles

To help you kick off the new year right, we’re offering BOTOX® for $10/unit at The Aesthetic Center to make it even easier to get — and keep — the younger-looking skin you deserve. Call us at (239) 939-3456 today to find out how you can get BOTOX® at a low cost!

January 2020 Facial Revolumization Package

Get $300 OFF 2 JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC
and 1 JUVÉDERM® Ultra XC

JUVÉDERM® is the most trusted name in dermal fillers, helping people keep their face volume and youth for years to come. These non-surgical options can easily:

  • Correct age-related volume loss in cheeks
  • Address facial wrinkles and folds
  • Augment and boost the volume of lips

For anyone who wants a fuller face in the new year, contact The Aesthetic Center today at (239) 939-3456 to learn about how you can get access to JUVÉDERM® treatments!

Get Interest-Free Financing
Through CareCredit®

We’re excited to announce that on top of our fantastic January offers, we’re now offering interest-free financing through CareCredit®.

Don’t miss out on these amazing offers – call The Aesthetic Center at

(239) 939-3456

to learn more and schedule your FREE skin care consultation today! Valid January 1 – 31, 2020.

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Why Senior Eye Exams are so Important https://www.ecof.com/senior-eye-exams-important/ https://www.ecof.com/senior-eye-exams-important/#respond Tue, 17 Dec 2019 21:14:17 +0000 https://www.ecof.com/?p=14923 One of our primary missions at Eye Centers of Florida has always been to offer exceptional care to as many patients in Southwest Florida as Possible. That's Why over the years, we've expanded from...

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Over 60? Here’s Why You Need to See an Eye Doctor.

Growing older isn’t a bad thing. With age can come knowledge, grandchildren, and more time to spend your days pursuing your dreams. If you’re 60 or over, you have a lot to look forward to, and the last thing you want is for eye problems to hold you back from accomplishing your goals.

Your chances of developing eye conditions and diseases increase as you age, meaning that it’s especially important to have your eyes regularly checked by an experienced eye doctor. In fact, The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that adults over the age of 65 have a complete eye exam every year or two, even if they don’t notice any issues with their vision.

During an eye exam at Eye Centers of Florida, we’ll update your prescription as needed, evaluate your overall eye health, and, for our senior patients, we place special emphasis on checking for eye conditions and diseases that develop with age.

Read on to learn more about how age-related eye diseases and conditions can threaten your vision.

Cataract Treatment

Cataracts Are More Common
Than You Think

Our eyes have a clear natural lens that bends light and helps us focus on images. However, as you age, proteins in the lens start to break down, causing the lens to become cloudy and images to look blurry, hazy, distorted, and discolored. This is called a cataract.

Cataracts can begin developing as early as age 40, but the chance of experiencing at least one cataract increases with age. They are the leading cause of blindness, and account for more than 20 million cases worldwide.

Luckily, cataracts can be easily treated with cataract surgery, a procedure in which your old, cloudy lens is replaced with an artificial one called an IOL. If you think you might need cataract surgery, the first thing to do is schedule an evaluation with one of our experienced eye surgeons.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration, with an Emphasis on Age Related

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is another eye disease that affects a large percentage of older people. As you age, the macula – a small structure in the back of the eye that’s responsible for reading, driving, and other fine-detail work – can begin to break down.

A sudden loss of central vision, trouble distinguishing colors, and distortions in your vision are only a few of the earliest signs that you may be experiencing AMD. Macular degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss in Americans 60 years of age and older.

AMD can cause serious vision loss if not treated in a timely manner. The best way to ensure that you don’t lose your sight to AMD is to schedule regular eye appointments to catch the disease early, or to go to an eye doctor as soon as you experience any symptoms.

Glaucoma is Caused by
More Than Just Genetics

Glaucoma is a group of eye disorders that progressively damages the optic nerve, causing permanent vision loss that can eventually lead to blindness.

While those with a genetic history of glaucoma are more susceptible to developing the disease, so are those over the age of 60. More than three million Americans are living with glaucoma.

Glaucoma causes a loss or blurring of vision, but this can develop slowly. It’s important to catch cases of glaucoma in its early stages because any vision lost to glaucoma cannot be restored. Yearly eye exams can help detect glaucoma early so that, if you have the condition, we can begin treatment as soon as possible.

Glaucoma Treatment

At a Certain Age, the Retina Becomes More Susceptible to Damage

With age, certain parts of the body become less strong than they once were. This is also true for the eye.

Seniors are at a greater risk of experiencing small tears in the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye that’s responsible for vision. Retinal tears are serious and can cause permanent vision loss if not treated by an eye care professional immediately.

Seeing shadows in your peripheral vision, experiencing a sudden increase in the size or number of floaters in your eyesight, and the appearance of a grey curtain moving across your field of vision are all indicators of a retinal tear or detachment.

There are other risk factors and conditions other than age that can increase your chance of experiencing a retinal tear. Regular eye exams are an opportunity to identify these risk factors and can help you prevent vision-threatening retinal issues.

Ensure Clear Sight for the Years to Come

Aging can be a beautiful thing, and it should be experienced with the best vision possible. You can ensure your eye’s peak performance by visiting Eye Centers of Florida for an annual eye exam.

Ready to make an appointment? Contact us at (888) 393–2455 to begin caring for your eyes for the years to come.

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Eye Centers of Florida is Now in Network for Medicare Advantage Members! https://www.ecof.com/unitedhealthcare-medicare-advantage/ https://www.ecof.com/unitedhealthcare-medicare-advantage/#respond Mon, 09 Dec 2019 14:44:02 +0000 https://www.ecof.com/?p=14294 One of our primary missions at Eye Centers of Florida has always been to offer exceptional care to as many patients in Southwest Florida as Possible. That's Why over the years, we've expanded from...

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Eye Centers of Florida
is Now In-Network for
Medicare Advantage
Members!

One of our primary missions at Eye Centers of Florida has always been to offer exceptional care to as many patients in Southwest Florida as possible. That’s why over the years, we’ve expanded from our flagship practice in Fort Myers to 11 convenient locations across the region.

Access to quality care doesn’t stop at the communities we serve, though, and we understand that many of our patients are dependent on health insurance coverage to guarantee consistent access to the high standard of care that we provide. That’s why we’re excited to announce that as of December 1, 2019, we’re now in-network for members of UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare Advantage plans!

Medicare Advantage Plan covers cataract surgery

About UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare Advantage Plans

UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage (also called “Medicare Part C”) plans are offered through AARP to qualifying members. We’re extremely excited to work with UnitedHealthcare to cover patients with Medicare Advantage because it’s one of the largest and most expansive groups of plans offered to citizens of Florida aged 65 and up, as well as those with disabilities.

Your Medicare Advantage Plan will cover cataract surgery and other necessary eye procedures — similar to other plans under Medicare — but it also has some unique benefits.

Vision and Hearing Benefits Under Medicare
Advantage

New and old Medicare Advantage members can use some of these additional benefits at Eye Centers of Florida for hearing and vision services:

Hearing: All UnitedHealthcare policyholders have access to a low co-pay for hearing aids. Your plan allows you one free hearing screening per year, but Eye Centers of Florida offers a free hearing check any time you visit!

Vision: UnitedHealthcare will cover the cost of an annual eye exam for all Medicare Advantage members! Depending on the specific plan, policyholders will also have access to an annual or semi-annual allowance for frames as well as full coverage of the cost of single vision, bifocal, trifocal, or progressive lenses.

To learn more about insurance at Eye Centers of Florida, check out our insurance page.

Schedule an Exam Today!

We’re excited to be able to offer care to so many more patients moving forward, and we encourage you to come to Southwest Florida’s world-class eye centers for your annual exam in the coming year. To learn more about what your insurance covers when it comes to an eye exam, read our blog.

If you’re ready to make an appointment for an eye exam, a cataract evaluation, or any other eye-related issues, take the first step today and request an appointment or call 888-393-2455.

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Outshine the Tinsel this Holiday Season! https://www.ecof.com/december-2019-aesthetic-offer/ https://www.ecof.com/december-2019-aesthetic-offer/#respond Mon, 02 Dec 2019 12:18:39 +0000 https://www.ecof.com/?p=13777 At The Aesthetic Center, you can achieve glowing, more beautiful skin with a custom HydraFacial® - only $70 for new patients. Also this month only, receive an area of Dysport® free when you purchase two Restylane® products.

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At The Aesthetic Center at Eye Centers of Florida you can achieve glowing, more beautiful skin with a custom HydraFacial®. These facials are $70 for new patients and $100 for existing patients.

What are HydraFacials?

A HydraFacial® combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration, and antioxidant protection into one procedure. It can provide clearer, more beautiful skin with no discomfort, surgery, or downtime in the following areas:

 

  • The naso-labial fold (the crease from nose to mouth)
  • Sun damage
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Oily skin

 

Each HydraFacial® is customized to the patient’s skin care needs and goals, and may include Dermaplaning (a $50 value) or other treatment to achieve the best results.

If you’re interested in a HydraFacial®, contact The Aesthetic Center today for your FREE skincare consultation!

***Gift Cards are Available***

December Special – Purchase two Restylane® products and receive an area of Dysport® FREE!

Treat yourself this holiday season to a more youthful and relaxed appearance with the Restylane® family of products. Restylane® is used to provide:

  • Diminished facial wrinkles and folds with adding volume and fullness to the skin
  • Lip enhancement
  • Smoothed lines around the mouth
  • More volume and lift in the cheeks
  • A reduction in the signs of volume loss on the back of the hands

During the month of December, when you purchase two Restylane® products, you get an area of Dysport® free! Lessen forehead frown lines with this prescription injection that uses the natural botulinum toxin. At The Aesthetic Center, we can help you express your natural beauty without affecting the other muscles of the face.

Don’t miss out on this special offer – call (888) 393-2455 to schedule your free skin care consultation today. Valid December 1 – 31, 2019.

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