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.
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 Associationfound 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.
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
Learn about the latest trends in ophthalmology during the Meet the Doctorseminar 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.