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Happy Father’s Day

This Father’s Day, Fort Lauderdale Eye Institute would like to honor fathers with these six tips to keep your eyes healthy:

Get Regular Eye Exams

One of the most important things you can do to preserve your vision is to get a comprehensive eye examination once a year if over 65 and less frequently if under 65.  There are many diseases that can lead to vision loss or even complete blindness if not treated right away.  An eye examination can potentially detect diseases before they cause substantial damage.

Take Care of your Contact Lenses

If you wear contact lenses, make sure you replace your contact lens case every two to three months.  Contact lens cases are a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and other organisms, so make sure you replace your case often and store it in a clean, dry place.  Also be […]

What is a Vitrectomy?

A vitrectomy is a surgical procedure that is typically performed by an ophthalmologist who is a retina specialist.  The purpose of a vitrectomy is to improve or stabilize your vision and to treat disorders of the retina and vitreous.

During a vitrectomy the vitreous gel is removed from the eye.  There are two types of vitrectomies; anterior vitrectomy and pars plana vitrectomy.  The anterior vitrectomy involves removing vitreous gel or vitreous humor through the front “anterior” structures of the eye.  The pars plana vitrectomy involves removing vitreous gel through incisions that are further posterior in the eye.

Eye conditions that may require a vitrectomy:

retinal detachments
macular holes
diabetic retinopathy (when there is bleeding and/or scar tissue)
eye infection
macular pucker (wrinkling of the retina)
severe eye injury
certain complications following cataract surgery

Vitrectomy Procedure

A vitrectomy is typically performed in a hospital or outpatient facility, using an operating microscope […]

Fireworks Eye Safety Month

The Fourth of July is just a few weeks away and Fireworks Eye Safety Month is upon is.

We all know that fireworks can be dangerous if not handled properly.  But did you know that fireworks were involved in an estimated 10,500 injuries in 2014 with at least 7,000 of those resulting in visits to an emergency room?  Keep in mind that these are “reported” injuries which means there were more that went unreported.  In addition, children 15 years of age and under accounted for 35% of these injuries with children between the ages of 5 to 9 years of age making up the highest estimated rate of emergency department-treated injuries related to fireworks.  19% of these injuries were eye-injuries that typically included lacerations, contusions, and foreign bodies in the eyes.

According to a statistical report by the U.S. Consumer Product […]

Retinal Vein Occlusions

Retinal vein occlusions are classified according to where the vein occlusion is located and is treated based on the same classification. When the central retinal vein gets blocked and hemorrhaging occurs along its distribution, it is considered “central retinal vein occlusion” or CRVO.  The blockage of one of the small branch veins is known as “branch retinal vein occlusion” or BRVO.  The main symptoms of retinal vein occlusions or RVO’s are blurred vision and/or vision loss.  RVO complications include retinal neovascularization, macular edema and anterior segment neovascularization which can lead to severe glaucoma.

A retinal vein occlusion constitutes a blockage of blood flow is one of the most common causes of retinal vascular diseases affecting an estimated 16 million persons worldwide. When a retinal vein is blocked, blood cannot drain from the retina and leads to leakage of fluid and […]

Eye Floaters and Flashes

For most individuals, the cause of eye floaters and flashes in the eyes is age-related. As you age, the vitreous gel can liquefy and separate from the retina. The vitreous is the transparent gel-like substance that fills the inside of your eyeball behind the lens; this can lead to traction and “pull” on the retina. This pulling is often perceived as a flash of light known as “flashes”.

Floaters are small specks or strands in the vitreous gel that move into your field of vision. The floaters present in different shapes very similar to small dots, circles, clouds, lines, and even cobwebs. Floaters move as your eyes move; If you try to look at them directly, they may seem to dart away.

The primary difference between flashes and floaters is that floaters are usually seen during daylight or in lightened areas, […]

Fireworks Eye Safety & Cataract Awareness Month

June is “Fireworks Eye Safety & Cataract Awareness Month”.  In this article we are going to address cataract awareness.  As you may already know, a cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens that affects vision.

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in aging adults and incidence increases in each decade of life beginning around age 40.  Cataracts affect nearly 25.7 million Americans over age 40 and is projected to increase to 45.6 million by 2050.  Factors that increase your risk of developing cataracts include obesity, smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, a family history of cataracts, radiation, previous eye surgery, extensive exposure to sunlight, previous injury or inflammation in the eye, long-term use of steroid medication, and aging.

There are two ways cataracts affect your vision:

Clumps of protein reduce the sharpness of the image that reaches the retina, making that […]

Avoiding Eye Injuries while Grilling

11 Summer Grilling Safety Tips to prevent eye injuries and more:

With summer right around the corner, many of us will be spending a lot of time outside with family and friends enjoying such activities as swimming, biking, fishing, boating, surfing and more.  Most family reunions are held during the summer and many of us will be grilling outside at home, in parks, or at company events.  Grilling is fun and food from the grill tastes great.  However, grilling can also be dangerous and lead to accidents that can either send you to hospital or cause you to lose or damage your eyesight.

Here are a few tips to prevent bodily injury, fires, and eye injuries associated with grilling:

Eye protection – It is important to wear eye protection when grilling or barbecuing. Smoke, grease, and even small sparks of fire can […]