Florida Eye Institute Hosts “Meet the Doctor” Lunch & Learn Series

Meet the Doctor Seminar Series at Florida Eye Institute Poster
Meet the Doctor Seminar Series at Florida Eye Institute

All seminars are free and open to the public.

Meet the Doctor seminar series begins at Florida Eye Institute Friday, February 8th. Discover the latest trends in ophthalmology  and learn how advanced medical-surgical options can improve vision like never before.

  • Friday, Feb. 8, 2019: Macular Degeneration and Your Quality of Life, Dr. Thomas Baudo

Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of severe and irreversible vision loss. Dr. Baudo explains the current FDA treatments and the latest AREDs vitamin research.

  • Friday, Feb. 15, 2019: Glaucoma Update 2019, The Amazing Micro IStent, Dr. Karen Todd

Can a tiny stent reduce the need for daily glaucoma eye drops? Dr. Todd discusses the latest micro-surgical options that can be completed during cataract surgery.

Replacing the natural lens of the eye is a critical part of cataract surgery. Dr. Shumake reviews the variety of modern lens replacement options and how to decide what’s right for you.

  • Friday, March 1, 2019: Cataract Surgery State-of-the-Art Update, Dr. Val Zudans

Today’s cataract surgery is easier than ever before. Dr. Zudans presents the latest no-needle, no-drop, no-laser techniques that offer proven results with uncomplicated follow-up.

More than a mere nuisance, floaters can cause blind spots that impair daily function. Dr. Baudo discusses modern answers to this age-old problem using a two-tiered approach.

Lectures begin at 1:00 PM with registration at 12:30 PM. A light lunch will be provided.

Call 772-569-9500 to RSVP as space is limited.

 

Diabetes Head-to-Toe Symposium Scheduled January 18th

Diabetes Symposium scheduled Friday January 18, 2019
Diabetes Symposium scheduled Friday January 18, 2019

Noted physicians Dr. Thomas Baudo, Retina Ophthalmologist, Dr. Nicholas Rutledge, Podiatrist, and Dr. Deborah Brown, Family Medicine, will be featured speakers during the 6th annual Diabetes Head-to-Toe Symposium scheduled Friday, January 18th at the First Presbyterian Church in Vero Beach.

In addition to specialty physicians, the symposium will also feature a presentation by certified diabetes educator, Colleen Symanski, RN.

Organizers Cindi Green, RN, of Florida Eye Institute, Colleen Symanski, RN, CDE, founder of A Healthier Me®, and Susan Long, RN, MSW, Faith Community Nurse for First Presbyterian Church have coordinated the informative event along with a host of community partners.

“This is our 6th year spearheading the symposium,” says Green, of Florida Eye Institute, “and we’re happy to say that it gets better every year! Attendees gain a better understanding of diabetes from medical experts and come away with real-life tips to stay healthy.”

Colleen Symanski, RN, Certified Diabetes Educator and founder of A Healthier Me, agrees. “The symposium is perfect for those overwhelmed with managing their diabetes. People are amazed with the local resources that are here to help.”

Susan Long, RN, MSW, Faith Community Nurse for First Presbyterian Church adds, “We’re excited to host the diabetes symposium again this year in our state-of-the-art community center. There will be lots of health screenings and information for attendees. And best of all – the event is free!”

Diabetes Head-to-Toe is scheduled Friday, January 18th at First Presbyterian Church in Vero Beach from 8:30 -12:30 PM. Guests are encouraged to register early as space is limited. Call Florida Eye Institute to RSVP 772-569-9500 for more information.

Glaucoma Awareness Month is a Great Time for Eye Exam

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month
January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

January is a great time to look after your health – and your eyes – during National Glaucoma Awareness Month.

It’s estimated that half of those with Glaucoma do not know they have the disease – that’s over one million people in the US. Glaucoma is characterized by progressive damage to the optic nerve that can cause irreversible damage if not discovered early.

“Glaucoma is a stealth disease that initially causes no symptoms. The slow loss of vision is barely perceptible,” says Karen Todd, MD, Glaucoma Fellowship Ophthalmologist at Florida Eye Institute. “Certain factors put you at risk, such as family history and age. But, the only way to definitively discover Glaucoma is with a comprehensive eye exam,” she emphasizes.

There are two major types of glaucoma, Open-Angle, and Closed Angle.

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Primary Open-Angle is the most common type of glaucoma. It happens gradually, where the eye does not drain fluid as well as it should (like a clogged drain). As a result, eye pressure builds and starts to damage the optic nerve. Damage can occur even at normal pressures due to sensitivity of the optic nerve. Open-angle glaucoma is painless and causes no vision changes at first.

Closed-Angle glaucoma, or narrow-angle glaucoma, happens when the iris is very close to the drainage angle in their eye. The iris can end up blocking the drainage angle. You can think of it like a piece of paper sliding over a sink drain. When the drainage angle gets completely blocked, eye pressure rises very quickly. This is called an acute attack. It is a true eye emergency, and you should be treated immediately by an ophthalmologist.

Signs of an acute angle-closure glaucoma attack:

  • Vision is suddenly blurry
  • Severe eye painFEI_Glaucoma-Month_2019
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Seeing colored rings or halos around lights

Many people with angle-closure glaucoma develop it slowly. This is called chronic angle-closure glaucoma. There are no symptoms at first, so they don’t know they have it until the damage is severe or they have an attack.

Dr. Todd reminds people that “both types of glaucoma can lead to blindness if not treated early. That’s why we encourage all patients to have an annual exam to monitor for signs of the disease, especially if over the age of 60.”

Florida Eye Institute, a multi-specialty ophthalmology center, has offices in Vero Beach and Sebastian. Contact 772.569-9500 or visit www.fleye.com for more information.

Information provided by Florida Eye Institute and American Academy of Ophthalmology.