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Protecting your Eyes from the Sun

The weekend is here and time to enjoy some of the beautiful South Florida Sun! If you are going to spend a portion of your weekend outside, be sure to protect your eyes from the harmful rays the sun brings.  Here are some helpful tips to keeping your eyes safe while enjoying the outdoors and to assist you with protecting your eyes from the sun.

For optimum protection from UV rays your sun glasses should:

Offer the ability to absorb and block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB light.
Guard or block against HEV (high-energy visible) light
Be polarized to eliminate glare – water and snow reflect and magnify glare, which can be especially harmful.
Fit sufficiently to shield your eyes, eyelids, and the surrounding areas.

Excessive exposure to UV radiation from the sun can actually cause sunburn (photokeratitis) to the front surface […]

Eye Injury Prevention – 8 Helpful Tips

April is “Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month” and we have put together 8 helpful tips to keep your eyes safe and prevent eye injuries while enjoying your favorite sports!

Everyone knows that taking care of your eyes and preventing eye injuries is important.  And many times we are more concerned with eye safety at work than we are with the safety of our eyes when we’re engaged in recreational activities or playing sports.

Interestingly, there are certain sports where eye injuries occur more often, such as; basketball, baseball and sports where a racket is used (tennis, racquetball, etc.).  And any full contact sport where eye protection is nonexistent like boxing, martial arts and especially MMA fighting or wrestling, poses a high risk of serious eye injury that may lead to the injured person becoming blind.
Eye Injury Prevention
The best ways to protect and […]

New form of treatment for Wet Macular Degeneration – Clinical Trial

The Fort Lauderdale Eye Institute is conducting a clinical trial on a new form of treatment for Wet Macular Degeneration
About the Fort Lauderdale Eye Institute

As a leading ophthalmic practice that specializes in diagnosing, treating, and correcting eye and retinal diseases, the Fort Lauderdale Eye Institute has many years of experience in successfully diagnosing and treating thousands of patients with macular degeneration.

What is Macular Degeneration?

Affecting nearly 2 million Americans, macular degeneration (AMD) or degeneration of the macula, is currently an incurable eye disease, leading to age-related vision loss.  However, there are multiple treatment options that can help you improve and/or stabilize your vision and are contingent upon the progression of your disease.

The macula is in the center of the retina and is a small spot where vision is keenest.  It lines the interior of the back of the eye and […]

A discussion on Thyroid Eye Disease by Dr. Epstein

Thyroid eye disease (Thyroid Orbitopathy or TO) also referred to as Graves’ Disease, is a condition that causes the muscles and soft tissues of the eye socket to swell and is often associated with over-active thyroid problems.  Thyroid eye disease may affect many different parts of the eye and surrounding tissues.

Symptoms of Thyroid Eye Disease:

Swelling (edema) of the eyelids and tissue around the eye
Dry eyes or a sensation of grit or irritation to the eye
Redness and watering of the eyes
Eyelid retraction
Sensitivity to light
A feeling of pressure in the eye sockets
Double vision
Loss of vision
Appearance of a constant stare
Difficulty closing the eyes

Common presentations of thyroid eye disease include bulging or proptosis of the eyes, as seen in the video below by Dr. Gil Epstein of the of Fort Lauderdale Eye Institute.

Thyroid eye disease problems may involve the eyelids and the orbit.  […]

Cataract Lens Implants – Premium vs Standard Lenses

A cataract, otherwise known as a “crystalline lens,” is a clouding of the natural lens of the eye. Cataracts are usually found in middle-aged to older people and can be a normal part of the ageing process. When a cataract becomes too cloudy it will make it difficult for that person to see and cataract surgery will need to be performed. Not to worry though, cataract removal is one of the most common surgical procedures in the United States and it is estimated that nearly 3 million operations are performed annually.

The actual surgical procedure to remove cataracts involves removal of the cataract lens and inserting an artificial lens (cataract lens implant) as a replacement to restore vision. This artificial lens is also known as an IOL or intraocular lens. Cataract removal is typically done under local anesthesia, it is […]

Hyaluronic Acid Fillers versus Botox “Botulinum Toxin” to Prevent Wrinkles

When considering which filler to use to improve your appearance, it makes sense to educate yourself on the different types of wrinkle fillers available and how they work with the types of wrinkles you have.

Hyaluronic Acid Fillers are typically used to fill in “wrinkles at rest”. “Wrinkles at Rest” are wrinkles that are present without action. Examples of these types of wrinkles are the nasolabial folds (two folds of skin that run on each side of the nose to the corners of your mouth), marionette lines also known as “smile lines” (these are the lines that run from the sides of your nostrils down to the corners of your mouth), and last, but not least, there are lipstick lines – these are lines or wrinkles above your lips that cause your lipstick to bleed into your face.
Hyaluronic acid fillers […]

Come out and “See” What’s New in Eye Health and Health Fair 2016

Join the Fort Lauderdale Eye Institute in Partnership with Baptist Health South Florida

WHEN:  Tuesday, March 22nd from 10:00am – 3:00 pm
WHERE:  900 S. Pine Island Road in Plantation, Florida – CONFERENCE ROOM
FREE:  Noon Lecture about eye diseases and new techniques in eye care- Featuring Dr Fernández de Castro

You will also benefit from screenings: Eye, non-fasting cholesterol/glucose, blood pressure, body composition analysis and waist circumference (space is limited) – refreshments will be available.

About Dr. Fernández de Castro
Dr Fernández de Castro has experience treating many types of ocular morbidities including cataracts, corneal infection and inflammation, allergies, dry eye, glaucoma, and systemic diseases such as diabetes that affect the eye. He also performs a variety of specialized surgeries that include, but is not limited to, micro–incisional cataract surgery with premium intraocular lens implantation, ocular surface reconstruction, pterygium excision, and corneal transplantation.

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