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

Learn about the latest trends in ophthalmology during the Meet the Doctor seminar series at Florida Eye Institute. Enjoy a light lunch and discover how laser advancements and surgical options can improve vision like never before. All seminars are FREE and open to the public. Friday, Feb. 28, 2020: NEW! FDA Approved BEOVU for Macular Degeneration. Thomas Baudo, MD, Board Certified Ophthalmology Learn about the latest treatment in the fight against wet macular degeneration, the leading cause of severe and irreversible vision loss for adults over 65. Friday, March 6, 2020: Glaucoma Update 2020 – Amazing Micro-Stents. Karen Todd, MD, Board Certified Ophthalmology 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. Are they for you? Friday, March 13, 2020: “HELP, Herpes! The Doctor Says It’s My Cornea” Christopher Shumake, MD, Board Certified Ophthalmology How to know if pain, redness, or rash on the eyelids is simple irritation or a potentially damaging virus? Dr. Shumake explains common conditions of the cornea and how to protect your vision. Friday, March 20, 2019: Can a Laser Cure My Floaters?  Thomas Baudo, MD, Board Certified Ophthalmology

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NEW! FDA Treatment BEOVU for Wet Macular Degeneration

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

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Florida Eye Institute Surgeons Certified in New Hydrus Microstent for Glaucoma

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

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Diabetes Awareness Fact – 95% of related vision loss can be prevented with regular exams.

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

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

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.

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Florida Eye Institute to Announce Grand Prize Photo Contest Winner at Centennial Finale

  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

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Three Things to Know about Cataracts

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,

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

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,

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Diabetes Head-to-Toe Symposium Scheduled January 18th

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

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