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June is Cataract Awareness Month. Are You at Risk?

Living with cataract can be compared to looking at life through a dirty window. The condition clouds the eye’s natural lens, causing changes in vision. Sensitivity to glare, dulled color perception, increased nearsightedness and frequent changes to eyeglass prescriptions are common with the onset of cataract. But, cataracts not only makes life less vibrant, they can dull the visual cues used to prevent personal injury. Studies show untreated cataract increases the risk of accidents for older adults – up to 75% in some cases. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found automobile drivers who delayed the needed eye procedure were twice as likely to be involved in a car crash than those who opted to have treatment when medically appropriate. Timely cataract replacement not only lowers the risk of auto accident, it can reduce the risk of damaging hip fracture. An analysis of Medicare patients showed an astonishing 16% decrease in hip fractures after cataract surgery. Cataract is largely considered a condition of aging, with nearly 23 million Americans showing evidence of the disease. Most individuals will develop cataract by age 80. Treatment involves removal of the clouded natural lens and replacing it with an intraocular

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Multi-Yard Sale to Benefit Relay for Life

Don’t miss the 3rd annual Florida Eye Institute Yard Sale to benefit Relay for Life of Indian River. You’ll find a wealth of treasures including a wide array of household & kitchen items and clothing for the entire family! Sale begins 7:30 AM (no early birds please!) in the Florida Eye Institute parking lot and ends at 11:30 AM. Enjoy homemade baked goods and fresh coffee while you shop. All donations benefit Relay for Life scheduled at Vero Beach High School in April

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FREE “Meet the Doctor” Lunch & Learn Series

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. 23, 2018: Macular Degeneration and Your Quality of Life, Dr. Thomas Baudo Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of severe and irreversible vision loss. Proven FDA treatments can now dramatically improve sight and prevent further debilitation. Dr. Baudo explains the difference between Wet & Dry Macular Degeneration, current treatments, and the latest AREDs vitamin research. Friday, March 2, 2018: The Revolutionary Symfony® Lens, Dr. Karen Todd. Patients are raving about the latest FDA approved TECNIS Symfony®. Dr. Todd discusses the science behind this powerful cataract replacement lens. See how advanced military-grade optics improve near vision along with unprecedented distance after cataract surgery. Find out if Symfony® is right for you! Friday, March 9, 2018: Astigmatism…What the Heck? Dr. Christopher Shumake You’ve heard the term, but what is astigmatism really? Dr. Shumake reviews this common condition and explains how it can be treated – in terms everyone can understand. Dr. Cynthia Kipp, Optometrist, Low

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Diabetes Head to Toe Symposium & Health Expo

Learn valuable tips on managing diabetes from local experts in the medical community. FREE Health Screenings and Information! Featured Presenters: Thomas Baudo, MD, FACS Retina Ophthalmologist Cassi Jones, DO Internal Medicine Nicholas Rutledge, DPM Podiatrist Colleen Symanski, RN, CDE Certified Diabetes Educator Chef Ed Food Preparation Demo Diabetes is Complex! Don’t go it alone. Vision Screenings, Diabetes Foot Care, Blood Sugar Checks, Blood Pressure Checks, Mindfulness Education, Diabetes Education & Coaching, Chair Massage, Healthy Food Preparation, Fitness Coaching, Medication Information, and Much MORE…. Call 772.569.9500 to RSVP Light refreshments will be served and box lunch available. First Presbyterian Church 520 Royal Palm Blvd, Vero Beach Sponsored by:

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July is National Ice Cream and Patient Appreciation Month!

Here’s The Scoop We’re sweet on YOU! Thank you for choosing Florida Eye Institute for your eye care. To celebrate, Florida Eye Institute has officially declared July as Patient Appreciation Month! Sweet Facts about the Creamy Treat: 1984 – President Ronald Reagan proclaimed July as National Ice Cream Month and established National Ice Cream Day as the third Sunday of the month. 1813 -First Lady Dolley Madison served ice cream at the Inaugural Ball. 1832 – African American confectioner, Augustus Jackson, created multiple ice cream recipes as well as a superior technique to manufacture ice cream. 1843 – Philadelphian, Nancy Johnson, received the first U.S. patent for a small-scale hand-cranked ice cream freezer. 1920 - Harry Burt puts the first ice cream trucks on the streets. 2017 – Florida Eye Institute Proclaims July as Patient Appreciation Month with a coupon for a Free ice cream! Not a patient? We’re happy to welcome you to our practice! Ask about our services or request an appointment HERE…

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June is Cataract Awareness Month

Better Vision Means Better Health Did you know untreated eye disease, including cataracts, can adversely affect your health? Sometimes to devastating effect. Studies show a high correlation between auto accidents and untreated cataracts – as much as 75% – compared to those who seek appropriate and timely treatment. Additionally, those over age 65 experience a 16% lower risk of hip fracture after the sight-saving surgery. It’s estimated more than 22 million Americans live with cataracts and over half of all Americans will develop the condition by age 80. Although cataract is the leading cause of blindness throughout the world, it is considered a conquered disease in the United States due to widely available treatment. However, cataract still accounts for significant vision impairment in the US, especially for those with difficulty accessing care due to cost, availability or other health barriers. Treatment of cataract involves removal of the clouded natural lens of the eye, replaced with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) implant. Cataract removal is the most common procedure performed in the US with more than a million surgeries conducted annually. In observance of Cataract Awareness Month, Florida Eye Institute will host Free Vision Screenings in June. Hours are 9:00 am – 11:00

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Febuary is Macular Degeneration Awareness Month

Resolutions for Healthy Vision Don’t give up on those healthy New Year’s resolutions just yet! Numerous studies point to the importance of healthy habits in the prevention of eye disease. While it’s true that many conditions, like Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration, have a genetic component; a healthy lifestyle can significantly curtail, and even improve vision as we age. That’s especially important considering the risk for Macular Degeneration increases with age. The disease is most likely to occur in those 55 and older. Dr. Carl Kupfer, former Director of the National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health, has stated that Macular Degeneration will soon reach alarming numbers of aging Baby Boomers. “As the Baby Boom generation ages, and in the absence of further prevention and treatment advances, AMD is estimated to reach epidemic proportions of 6.3 million Americans by the year 2030.” The causes of AMD are not fully understood, but it is associated with other risk factors besides aging. Macular Degeneration often runs in families due to a genetic component and is most common among families of European descent. Smoking DOUBLES the risk of AMD. Other risk factors include high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, obesity and a diet high in

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January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Add a comprehensive eye exam to your list of healthy resolution January is Glaucoma Awareness Month sponsored by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, eye physicians dedicated to the advanced treatment of eye disease. If you are confused about Glaucoma and what it is, you are not alone. Glaucoma is one of the most damaging and insidious eye conditions because it often begins without warning. It’s estimated that nearly 3 million adults in the U.S. have Glaucoma, yet only half of those know they have it. That’s a scary thought because Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in America and can affect anyone of any age.1  Technically, Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that lead to progressive damage of the Optic Nerve. Think of the Optic Nerve as a cable, carrying vital visual signals and information to the brain. If fibers become damaged, visual signals are disrupted and the picture is lost. Damage to the optic nerve from Glaucoma can result in an irreversible loss – even blindness – if left untreated. Glaucoma begins by attacking the periphery, causing vision on the outermost corners to diminish. Early results are barely perceptible. But glaucoma can accelerate quickly; causing eyesight to

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