As Vero Beach turns 100 with a yearlong calendar of events, a well-known local medical practice is also on the cusp of a major anniversary in the year 2020. To commemorate Vero’s centennial and celebrate 35 years of vision within the community, Florida Eye Institute has unveiled a photo contest called My2020ExperienceSM. “We’re known for helping people experience their very best vision, “states Cindi Green, RN, APR, Director of Marketing & Community Relations for Florida Eye Institute. “A photo contest seemed the perfect way to support the Centennial while sharing our community’s vision of this special celebration of Vero Beach. We encourage everyone to share all that they see during the entire yearlong celebration.” A special website, My2020Experince.com, was crafted expressly for the contest. Entries are divided into months to coincide with the series of yearlong activities. “Direct links to the Vero Beach 100 Calendar of Events are highlighted throughout our site to help people plan their activities and see all there is to experience during this awesome year,” continues Green. “Visit My2020Experience.com and share your vision of all things Centennial!” The public can upload their digital photos directly to the site. A winning photo will be selected each month.
With the holiday shopping season in full swing, Florida Eye Institute joins the American Academy of Ophthalmology to remind you of important safety guidelines when choosing the perfect gift children. Recent studies show that many popular toys are commonly associated with childhood eye injuries including air guns, toys that shoot projectiles, high-powered lasers, and sports equipment. Ophthalmologists – physicians who specialize in medical and surgical eye care – encourage parents to follow these tips when shopping this holiday season. Beware of airsoft, BB guns, and other projectile toys. Every year ophthalmologists treat thousands of devastating eye injuries caused by toys. Avoid items with sharp, protruding or projectile parts such as airsoft guns, BB guns, and other gun–related foreign objects can easily propel into the sensitive tissue of the eye. Never allow children to play with high-powered laser pointers. A number of recent reports in the United States and internationally show that children have sustained serious eye injuries playing with high-powered lasers (between 1500 and 6000 milliwatts). Over the years, these lasers have become increasingly more powerful, with enough potential to cause severe retinal damage with just seconds of laser exposure to the eye. The FDA advises the public to never aim