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What Is Blepharoplasty?

With the amount of treatments and surgical procedures available in society today, it can be difficult to keep up with what is what. Blepharoplasty, otherwise known as an eye lift, is a popular cosmetic surgical procedure.

Eye Lift Basics

A blepharoplasty is essentially a way to correct droopy eyelids due to redundant skin and excessive fat which causes puffiness. Not only can an eye lift help with creating a more youthful appearance, but it can also work in providing more sight for those of an older age who have trouble seeing due to their eyelids sagging and blocking vision. The procedure itself does not have an impact on or work to correct dark circles. Also, treatment of puffy, fatty bags are part of Blepharoplasty.

How Eyelid Surgery Work

Eyelid surgery is best performed by an oculoplastic surgeon who is trained specifically for this […]

Understanding Glaucoma: Symptoms and Treatment

Glaucoma is an eye condition often spoken about in society, but most do not understand what it is. If you or someone you know has never suffered from glaucoma, then you may not be well-informed on the details about it, such as the symptoms or what the available treatment options are. Being that sight is one, if not the, most important sense, it’s a good idea to educate yourself on eye diseases like glaucoma. You or a family member may have glaucoma and not even know it.

What Is Glaucoma?

Typically passed down in genes, glaucoma is an eye disease that involves harm to the eye’s optic nerves. Intraocular pressure, otherwise best described as fluid pressure within the eye, can act as the catalyst for causing damage to the optic nerves. This is dangerous because a major function of the optic […]

June is Firework Eye Safety Month

Its that time of year where people are starting to plan their 4th of July activities, which as we all know typically involve a lot of fireworks. That is why the month of June, as well as being declared as Cataract Awareness Month, is also Firework Eye Safety Month.

We tend to get carried away in the fun and excitement that fireworks bring, while forgetting that we are lighting off explosives! According to Friends for Sight, over 6,000 people visit the emergency room between the 18th of June and the 18th of July with firework related injuries. Approximately 20% of those are eye related injuries.

Is support of Firework Eye Safety Month, the Fort Lauderdale Eye Institute has put together some safety precautions for you to take so that you and your family can enjoy fireworks safely while protecting your eyes.
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Cataract Awareness Month With Fort Lauderdale Eye Institute

Along with June being Firework Eye Safety Month, it is also Cataract Awareness Month. With cataracts being the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the world, we thought we would take some time to get you caught up on cataracts.

According to Your Sight Matters, there are over 24 million Americans over the age of 40 who are affected by cataracts and there are 4 million cataract surgeries are performed every year in the United States.
What are Cataracts?
A cataract is quite simply the clouding of the lens that bends and reflects light onto your retina. Aging is the most common cause of cataracts, although some people are at a higher risk of experiencing cataracts than others. Protein in the lens of your eye begins to break down as you get older and this is the most common cause […]

What is IPL Eye Treatment?

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a form of light therapy traditionally used in cosmetic and dermatology practices for specific skin conditions that now has exciting new practical applications in ophthalmology for the treatment of chronic dry eyes through Meibomian gland stimulation to increase eye lubrication.

An IPL eye treatment is a quick and comfortable non-invasive procedure using pulses of intense light therapy at specific wavelengths that is often combined with a gentle Meibomian gland expression to clear out the glands and accelerate the healing process.

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Is an IPL Eye Treatment Safe?

An IPL eye treatment is very safe and comfortable, FDA approved, and painless procedure often referred to as a “lunch treatment” as it rarely lasts longer than 15 minutes and many patients are able to resume their daily activities. Depending on the severity of your condition, you may experience […]

Macular Pucker

What is a macular pucker?

A macular pucker is a type of scar tissue that forms on the macula and can cause distortion or blurry central vision.

What is the macula?

The majority of the interior of an eye is filled with a vitreous substance that helps maintain the shape. The macula is located in the center of the retina and is responsible for seeing fine details.

How does macular pucker form?

The primary cause of a macular pucker is age.

As we age, the vitreous substance pulls away from the retina, which is usually harmless to the surface of the retina.

This pulling away can spark a healing process in which the retina tries to heal the damage, sometimes forming scar tissue over the damaged area on the surface of the retina. This scar tissue is referred to as an epiretinal membrane, and is firmly attached. […]

Myopia Treatment Options

According to the National Eye Institute (NEI), myopia is a “common type of refractive error where close objects appear clearly, but distant objects appear blurry” and myopia treatment options range from common glasses or contacts to myopia surgery.

What is myopia?

Commonly referred to as nearsightedness, myopia essentially means that the eyeball is unable focus the image properly on the retina, causing what you are seeing to focus at a point in front of the retina.

This could be because the eyeball is too long from front to back or because the cornea is too curved for the eye length. It could also be caused by an overly thick lens, or some combination of issues relating to the lens, eyeball length, and cornea.

Whatever the cause, the reality is that your vision will be impacted in a negative manner, causing you to have […]