Florida Eye Institute Blog

“How Do I Know if I Have Pink Eye?”

A telehealth visit with an Ophthalmologist can help.   If you woke up with red, itchy eyes and aren’t sure if you might have something contagious – a telehealth visit with an ophthalmologist could be your first step to fast relief. Red, itchy eyes, with or without drainage, are a symptom of several common eye conditions. Some, like Pink Eye and COVID conjunctivitis, are contagious; others like allergic conjunctivitis, are not. It’s never a good idea to self-diagnose, even with the help of Dr. Google and the internet. A telehealth visit with a licensed doctor is a safe and effective alternative to diagnosis and treat a variety of ocular symptoms. It’s no surprise that telemedicine has taken center stage for many medical specialties, especially during the current COVID crisis. “We now understand much more about the spread of COVID-19,” states Dr. Val Zudans, Board Certified Ophthalmologist at Florida Eye Institute. “Telehealth visits reduce the need for face-to-face, physical exams, protecting both patients and practitioners. This eliminates the risk of contamination from asymptomatic carriers or infectious conjunctivitis.” The power of virtual triage Triage is a recognized strategy for managing healthcare surges. Especially in the age of COVID, reducing face-to-face consultations helps

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Erica Magana Achieves Advanced COT Certification

Florida Eye Institute is pleased to announce that Erica Magana has earned advanced designation as a Certified Ophthalmic Technician by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO). Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) is a second core designation level that advances an individual from Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) after completing a requisite number of clock hours, passing a rigorous exam, and successfully demonstrating critical assessment skills. The COT examination is given in two parts: a multiple-choice examination consisting of 190 scored questions which is three hours in length and a skill evaluation consisting of seven skills areas which is two hours in length. Magana also holds certification as an Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant (OSA). Achievement of the OSA sub-specialty exemplifies knowledge in the procedures and instrumentation necessary to assist in ophthalmic surgical suites. Magana is the team leader for Dr. Val Zudans in the Cataract Center and has been employed with Florida Eye Institute for over 15 years. Dr. Zudans, Board Certified Ophthalmologist, specializes in no- needle, no-stitch, no-drop cataract surgery, and advanced replacement lenses to help patients eliminate the need for glasses. “We are extremely proud of Erica for completing advanced certification as COT,” states Dr. Zudans. “Florida Eye

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Life a Blur? 5 Things to Know About Cataracts

If life has been a blur lately, it might be more than just the crazy times we live in. You may be developing cataracts. Cataracts often cause cloudy, blurred vision, sensitivity to glare, and trouble driving at night. The good news is research shows cataract surgery greatly improves quality of life, reducing the risk of falls and car accidents. As we grow older, the lens of our eye thickens and becomes cloudy. Eventually, we find it difficult to read street signs or see clearly in low light conditions. Colors may seem dull. All these symptoms may signal cataracts, which affect about 70 percent of people by age 75. If you have any of these or other risk factors, talk to an ophthalmologist. Age isn’t the only risk factor for cataracts. Though most everyone will develop cataracts with age, recent studies show that lifestyle and behavior can influence when and how severely you develop cataracts. Diabetes, extensive exposure to sunlight, smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, and certain ethnicities have all been linked to increased risk of cataracts. Eye injuries, prior eye surgery, and long-term use of steroid medication can also result in cataracts. If you have any of these or other

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