Eye Care

Remember Eye Safety During A Solar Eclipse

Have you ever wanted to check out a solar eclipse but were concerned about eye safety because you know you have sensitive eyes already? A solar eclipse is one of nature’s phenomenons and you shouldn’t miss the upcoming rare experience. Each year, there are approximately 2 solar eclipses, with the most to happen during one calendar year being 5. However, having 5 eclipses occur in a single year is rare and has only happened 25 years in the past 5,000. For a full solar eclipse to occur, the Sun, Moon, and Earth’s rotation must be aligned in a certain way to allow full or partial blockage of the sun. It occurs when the moon comes between the Earth and Sun. […]

Simple things You can do to Maintain Good Eye Health

Taking care of your eyes now can help prevent future eye health issues.  Read these simple tips to help you protect your vision:

Use eye protection

Sunglasses – to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays
Safety Wear – wherever there is potential to be exposed to hazardous chemicals or airborne objects or projectile.
Sports Goggles – during sports such as handball, paintball, ice hockey, lacrosse, etc.

Nutrition – Eating healthy will not only help your overall health, but can also benefit your eye health as well. Some of the foods that help contribute to better eye health:

Lutein and zeaxanthin found in eggs, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, turnip greens and romaine lettuce
Vitamin C found in bell peppers, citrus fruits, tomatoes, and dark green, leafy vegetables.
Read our article on “Healthy Eating for Healthier Eyes” for a complete list of foods with eye health benefits.

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When to take your Child to an Eye Doctor

According to the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness, visual functioning is a strong predictor of academic performance in school-age children.

“Vision plays an important role in children’s physical, cognitive, and social development. More than one in five preschool-age children enrolled in Head Start have a vision disorder. Uncorrected vision problems can impair child development, interfere with learning, and even lead to permanent vision loss; early detection and treatment are critical. Visual functioning is a strong predictor of academic performance in school-age children, and vision disorders of childhood may continue to affect health and well-being throughout the adult years.”

Aside from an annual eye examination, there will be times when you should take your child to an eye doctor to see if there are serious conditions or problems evolving.  Children are more at risk for eye […]

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 […]

Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

April is “Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month,” an extremely important date for the Fort Lauderdale Eye Institute.

Unfortunately, women are more likely to have eye health issues than men, especially when it comes to eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).  As a matter-of-fact, two-thirds of blindness and other forms of visual impairments occur in women. The National Eye Institute documents that more than 3 million women have dry eye compared to 1.5 million men – one of the reasons dry eye is more common in women is because it occurs after menopause or in women who experience menopause prematurely which can lead to eye surface damage. Women also experience more eye-related problems because they generally live longer than men and many vision problems are related to age.

If you are pregnant, you definitely want to see […]

The Science of Eye Color

Human eye color has always been fascinating and mysterious. Babies are usually born with blue eyes. Those mostly change within the first three years to other colors. Some people have different colored eyes; they were celebrated back in July with “Different Colored Eyes Day.” Some emotions can cause the eyes color to change, such as when you’re angry.

Scientists still don’t know why some people’s eyes are a certain color. It is known that human eye colors originate with three genes, obviously passed down from your parents. Thing is, only two of those three genes are understood. Those two give people the common eye colors of green, blue, and brown. But scientists don’t understand why other people have gray, hazel, or eyes with multiple colors in them.

Back in the 60s the common thinking was that brown eyes were “dominant” gene […]

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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