The Macular Degeneration and Diabetes Center of Florida Eye Institute offers the latest FDA approved Beovu injection for patients with wet macular degeneration. Wet AMD is the leading cause of severe vision loss and legal blindness for people over the age of 65. It’s estimated 1.75 million people in the U.S. will be living with wet AMD in 2020. Beovu was approved October 8, 2019 by the Food and Drug Administration and is the newest option to treat the potentially blinding effects of wet macular degeneration affecting nearly 1.75 million Americans over the age of sixty. In clinical trials, patients achieved greater visual gains and fluid reduction with quarterly dosing schedules of Beovu compared to other medications with 4-6-week injection timetables. “I am excited about this latest advance to treat patients with macular degeneration” says Dr. Thomas Baudo, fellowship trained retina physician and surgeon with Florida Eye Institute in Vero Beach, FL. “Beovu was engineered to deliver a higher concentration of drug binding agents, suppressing the growth of abnormal blood vessels that leak excess fluid into the retina and cause visual distortion. It’s the first FDA approved medication to offer less frequent dosing in the first year while maintaining clinical
Florida Eye Institute cataract surgeons Karen Todd, MD and Val Zudans, MD, have successfully demonstrated the technical knowledge to implant the Hydrus Microstent according to certification by Richard Hope, MD, Vice President of Clinical and Medical Affairs at Ivantis. Hydrus is the latest FDA approved minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) device used for the treatment of mild to moderate primary open-angle glaucoma in conjunction with cataract surgery. “The Hydrus Microstent has proven to be a reliable option to reduce dependence on pressure lowering drops for our glaucoma patients,” states Karen Todd, MD, Board Certified Ophthalmologist, fellowship trained in glaucoma. “We have searched a long time for the right minimally invasive, effective solution for open-angle glaucoma patients. Hydrus provides a convenient way to achieve two extremely positive outcomes with one surgery – removal of cataract and reduction of intra-ocular pressure.” Dr. Val Zudans, Board Certified Ophthalmologist, cataract and refractive surgeon adds, “We are really impressed with the clinical findings. Recent studies show nearly 78% of Hydrus patients achieved a statistically significant decrease (≥ 20 percent reduction in unmedicated IOP) at 24-months postoperative. This represents the largest improvement over a control group in any MIGS trial to date.” There are several options
Diabetes can significantly increase your risk of vision loss. It’s estimated that 45% of individuals with diabetes already have some form of eye disease, yet most do not schedule annual, sight-saving exams according to a large study. Florida Eye Institute emphasizes the importance of healthy vision this November, nationally recognized as Diabetes Awareness Month. Learn how diabetes impacts your risk eye disease during an informative seminar presented by Dr. Thomas Baudo, fellowship-trained retina specialist, on Friday November 15 at 1:00 PM. Diabetic eye disease is a group of conditions that includes retinopathy, diabetic macular edema (DME), cataract, and glaucoma. Fluctuating blood sugar creates fragile, abnormal blood vessels that grow and leak within the eye, distorting vision. Distortions can advance to blindness if left untreated. Researchers at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia discovered that more than half of those with diabetes skip annual eye exams. Smokers were most likely to neglect check-ups and consequently show signs of diabetic eye disease. Other findings include: Fifty-eight percent of patients did not have regular eye exams Smokers were 20 percent less likelyto have exams Those with moderate disease and no current vision loss were least likely to follow recommendations Those diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy were 30 percent more likely to
All Seminars are FREE and Open to the Public. Meet the Doctor seminars at Florida Eye Institute are scheduled Friday November 15th and 22nd. Discover the latest trends in ophthalmology and learn how advanced options can improve vision like never before. 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.
To celebrate 35 years of vision in the community and commemorate the Vero Beach Centennial, Florida Eye Institute devised a year-long photo contest aptly titled My2020Experience. A special website was created expressly for the contest according to Cindi Green, RN, APR, Director of Marketing and Community Relations for the ophthalmology practice. “Since we’re known for helping people experience their best vision, it was a perfect way to showcase the diversity of our area during this extraordinary year,” she confirms. “We received outstanding photos of stunning sunsets, vibrant flowers, and people enjoying outdoor activities each month during the contest. It will definitely be a challenge to select the final grand prize winner!” If you would like to share your vision of Vero Beach, upload photos directly to My2020Experience.com. The Grand Prize winner will be announced at the Centennial Finale on Saturday, October 26, 2019, and awarded $250 cash courtesy of Florida Eye Institute. “There’s still time to enter so get out there and share your vision of all things Centennial!” confirms Green. More information can be found at My2020Experience.com Florida Eye Institute specializes in comprehensive eye care including custom cataract surgery, glaucoma treatment, macular degeneration and diabetic eye conditions with
Approximately 25 million Americans have cataracts, which causes cloudy, blurry or dim vision and typically develops with age. Florida Eye Institute joins the American Academy of Ophthalmology this June in observing Cataract Awareness Month with three things you should know about the condition and its treatment. As we grow older, the lens of the eye thickens and becomes cloudy. Colors may seem dull and street signs more difficult to read. These common symptoms can signal the onset of cataract, which affects 70 percent of people by age 75. Fortunately, the condition can easily be corrected. Ophthalmologists in the US perform around three million cataract surgeries each year to restore vision. Here are three important facts to know about the onset of cataract and treatment. Age isn’t the only risk factor for cataracts. Though most everyone will develop cataract with age, recent studies show that lifestyle and behavior can influence the timing and severity of onset. Diabetes, extensive exposure to sunlight, smoking, obesity, high blood pressure and certain ethnicities have been linked to increased risk. 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 risk factors,
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. Friday, Feb. 22, 2019: It’s All About the Lens, Dr. Christopher Shumake 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. Friday, March 8,
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
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
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.