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.

Protect yourself from Flu Myths! Florida Eye Institute Hosts Flu Clinics

Yellow Caution Sign Get Your
Get Your Flu Shot before the Season Begins

The CDC confirms that getting vaccinated remains the first and best way to protect against complications of the flu.

People over age 65, those with weakened immune systems or in frequent contact with the public are especially vulnerable.

An active flu season can mean frequent doctor visits, missed work and even hospitalizations. In order to build peak immunity before flu season hits, the CDC recommends vaccination prior to the end of October.

To get a healthy jump on the flu season, Florida Eye Institute will host two Flu Clinics in September for patients, staff and the public. Clinics are scheduled from 2:00 to 4:00 pm on Wednesday, September 12th at the Vero Beach location and  10:00 am to Noon, September 19th in Sebastian. The public is invited.

In addition to variations of the flu vaccine, pneumonia vaccines will also be available. Vaccinations have little to no out-of-pocket costs and are covered by commercial insurance and Medicare.

For more information call 772.569-9500 or visit www.fleye.com.

Florida Eye Institute is located at 2750 Indian River Blvd. in Vero Beach and 13397 Us Hwy 1 in Sebastian.

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 lens (IOL) implant. Cataract removal is considered the safest and most common procedure performed in the US today, with more than a million surgeries conducted annually.

In observance of Cataract Awareness Month, Florida Eye Institute will host Free Vision Screenings during June. The screenings provide an opportunity to meet with trained ophthalmic technicians to discuss your risk of cataract or other eye condition. Hours are 9:00 am – 11:00 am; Friday, June 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th at both Florida Eye Institute locations.

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

FREE “Meet the Doctor” Lunch & Learn Series

Photo of doctors & seminar dates at Florida Eye Institute
“Meet the Doctor” Lunch & Learn Seminar 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. 16, 2018: Glaucoma 2018 – MIGs & Medical Marijuana, Dr. Val Zudans
Now that medical marijuana is legal, patients ask if it can improve their glaucoma pressures.
Dr. Zudans discusses the latest research along with new Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery options. Are they for you?

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 Vision Specialist, makes a special appearance. Clear up confusion with today’s cataract and laser options.

Friday, March 16, 2018: Can a Laser Cure My Floaters? Dr. Thomas Baudo
More than a mere nuisance, floaters can cause significant blind spots that impair daily function. Dr. Baudo discusses modern answers to this age-old problem using a two-tiered approach. From the latest laser technology that reduces debilitating floaters up to 90%, to quick recovery micro-incision vitrectomy.

Florida Eye Institute is located at 2750 Indian River Boulevard, Vero Beach. Lectures begin at 1:00 PM with registration at 12:30 PM. A light lunch will be provided.

Please RSVP as space is limited.

Diabetes Head to Toe Symposium & Health Expo

people with diabetesLearn 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:

FEI logoa healthier me logoFirst Presbyterian Church logo

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…