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Eyelid Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common type of eyelid cancer and is commonly found on the lower eyelids.  It usually affects adults, but may also occur in children. Increased exposure to the ultraviolet rays from the sun can increase the risks of developing BCC.

Other BCC risk factors:

Age – mostly occurring in people over 50 years of age
Sex – more men are likely to develop BCC than women
Genetics – a family history of skin cancer or if you’ve had BCC before, you have a good chance of developing it again
Immune-suppressing drugs increase your risk of skin cancer due to a weakened immune system
Fair skin – people with very light skin or that freckle or sunburn easily are more susceptible to skin cancer

Basal Cell Carcinoma Symptoms

Eyelash loss
Bleeding and Ulceration
Skin crusting
May be asymptomatic (lacking symptoms)
Skin lesions that do not heal
Paresthesia (tingling […]

Eyelid Rejuvenation

To “rejuvenate’ means to restore something to a state when it was fresher, younger, or more lively.  Thus, eyelid rejuvenation refers to making your eyelids appear younger.  In order to rejuvenate your eyelids, a series of procedures may be performed such as an eye-lift also known as blepharoplasty (a surgical, procedure used to remove skin and remove or add fat to the eyelids to reduce bagginess from lower eyelids and excess skin from the upper eyelids).  This procedure is typically performed for cosmetic reasons, but may also be used to improve vision in older adults whose sagging upper eyelids interfere with their vision.  In most cases where your upper eyelids interfere with your vision, your insurance company may pay for your surgery.

Since an eye-lift alone will not eliminate dark circles under the eyes, wrinkles, or crow’s feet, it is […]

What is Dry AMD?

There are two basic forms of macular degeneration: “Dry” (Atrophic) and “Wet”.  The most common form of age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is Dry AMD affecting approximately 85 to 90 percent of people with the disorder.

Dry AMD is characterized by the presence of yellow deposits that develop within the macula (drusen) and pigment alterations.  The formation of drusen leads to damage of the macula which then causes the macula to lose its function.  There are several types of drusen and the presence of drusen is not always an indication of macular degeneration.

The macula is responsible for the sharp, central vision that enables you to read, drive and recognize details such as facial features.  The RPE cells affected by dry macular degeneration, support the light detecting photoreceptor cells that are critical for vision.  To better understand how photoreceptors work; when we […]

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 […]