Florida Eye Center 727-895-2020

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Florida Eye Center provides expert adult eye care, including glaucoma and diabetic eye care, as well as specializing in LASIK laser vision correction surgery. Dr. Mark A. Sibley, M.D., and our entire highly qualified staff will exceed your expectations by treating a variety of eye problems, including blurred vision, dry eyes, eye strain, and eye pain.

Regardless of your age or your physical health routine eye exams are an important part of your physical health.

How often should you get an eye exam?

  • Children: The American Optometric Association recommends that pre-school children receive a complete vision exam at the ages of six months, three years and five years. It is particularly important that a child have a complete evaluation in the summer prior to entry into Kindergarten. While in school, yearly evaluations are recommended.
  • Adults: Comprehensive exams are recommended on a regular basis for all adults. Adults should have an eye exam every 1-2 years unless problems in family or their eyes.

Full Optical Services  – Over 400 frames in stock!

Visit our convenient optical shop for the latest in high fashion eyewear. We have a wide variety of glasses, sunglasses, contact lenses and supplies to fit your individual style. Our affordable, quality eyewear is easily customizable and also guaranteed.

Did you know there’s a method of performing LASIK that is done 100% with a laser shown in clinical studies to give more patients 20/20 vision or better? It’s called the IntraLase Method.™ And it’s the most advanced approach to LASIK Eye Surgery in the world.

Since LASIK was introduced a decade ago, The Florida Eye Center has remained at the forefront of laser vision technology. One of its most recent advancements is All Laser LASIK which eliminates the blade used in traditional LASIK procedures.

We know the decision to have LASIK surgery is a big one, so we take great care to determine what’s best for you as our patient. That’s why we offer blade-free LASIK treatment using the IntraLase method.

The benefits of All Laser LASIK Eye Surgery include increased accuracy & precision, reduced patient anxiety, increased availability, no metal blade, and increased patient confidence.

Florida Eye Center is your best choice for LASIK Surgery because of our experience, convenience, technology, superior service (before and after your LASIK procedure), price, and the TLC Lifetime Commitment.

Cataracts

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide, but fortunately cataracts can almost always be treated with modern surgical techniques. More than two million cataracts and lens implant surgeries are performed each year in the U.S., with successful restoration of vision in more than 95% of cases. We offer the safest out-patient, no-stitch surgery, and only use the safest, custom-ordered lens implants.

Glaucoma

Almost all patients with glaucoma have no symptoms until the late stages of the disease. This means that glaucoma can only be detected by regular eye examinations, and it remains a leading cause of blindness in the U.S. because of its insidious nature. However, most patients diagnosed with glaucoma can be treated with eye drops alone to prevent vision loss. Even newer is SLT laser that the Florida Eye Center now has available. The SLT is simpler, safer, and more successful than drops (drugs).

Macular Degeneration

This is the leading cause of blindness in people over age 65. It affects approximately 10% of senior adults, but fortunately the great majority of those with macular degeneration have the milder form of the disease, which usually does not cause substantial loss of vision. We are committed to offering our patients the finest diagnostic exams and safest laser treatments to prevent blindness and restore vision…

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetes can cause bleeding inside the eye and blind your vision without causing any pain or pus. And since diabetic retinopathy bleeding damage often occurs without any symptoms in its early stages, it is diagnosed with an eye exam.. Everyone with diabetes should have a complete eye exam at least once a year, because if diagnosed and treated early enough, the great majority of visual loss from diabetes can be prevented.

Eye Injury & Treatment First Aid

  • If something gets into your eye, such as sand or dust, do not rub your eye. Wash your eye with water to get the object out.
  • If your eye gets hit by a ball or a fist, put cold cloths on your eye for 15 minutes. This will make the swelling go down and the eye won’t hurt so much. You should also go to the doctor.
  • If an object, such as a stick or a pencil, gets stuck in your eye, do not pull it out. Put a loose bandage on your eye. This is very serious. You need to go to the doctor right away.
  • If a chemical, such as cleaning fluid or battery acid, splashes in your eyes, wash out your eyes with water for at least 10 minutes. You need to go to the doctor right away. For more information or to schedule an exam call Florida Eye Center at 727-895-2020.

March is Low Vision / AMD Awareness Month

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of visual impairment in individuals age 50 and older. It is important to inform everyone about AMD and the low vision resources available that can help those affected by this disease maintain independence and preserve their quality of life.

April is Sports Eye Safety Month

Think it’s not cool to wear protective eyewear? Think again.

There are over 40,000 sports-related eye injuries each year, many resulting in permanent vision loss. And 90 percent of these injuries could have been avoided if the athlete had been wearing eye protection.

Sports are the number one cause of eye injuries in children under sixteen. And we’re not just talking about baseball, basketball and hockey. Soccer, golf, water sports and even badminton, can also be dangerous to the eyes. That’s why NFL Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson, NBA All-Star Kareem Abdul Jabbar and MLB Hall of Famer Johnny Bench protect their eyes when they are on the field or court.

Whatever your game, whatever your age, you need to protect your eyes. So call Florida Eye Center at 727-895-2020 today for appropriate protective eyewear for your sport.

May is Health Vision Month

Preventive eye care is important because eye conditions and diseases that can rob you and your family of good vision can strike people at any age.

Infants and toddlers should be screened for common eye problems, such as strabismus (crossed eyes) and amblyopia (lazy eye), during their regular pediatric appointments.

Children, teens, young adults and middle-aged individuals need to take care of their vision by getting regular eye exams and by wearing protective eyewear when taking part in high risk activities, such as playing sports, doing yard work or working with chemicals.

Seniors over the age of 65 should have complete eye exams every one to two years for cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and other eye conditions.

Diabetic retinopathy can affect people of any age, so a yearly eye exam is recommended for those with diabetes.

Protecting your eyes from accidents and early detection and treatment of eye problems are the best ways for you and your family to take care of your vision throughout life. So, if you or your family are at risk for eye disease or experience any eye problems, call Florida Eye Center at 727-895-2020 today.

June is Fireworks Eye Safety Month

Although fireworks are used to celebrate various occasions, decades of experience teach us that fireworks can be dangerous and should be left up to the professional firework handlers.

During 2003, fireworks sent over 6800 people to emergency rooms during the Fourth of July holiday – most victims were children and young adults. Of these injuries, nearly 1400 were eye-related.

The illegal fireworks, bottle rockets and Roman candles, account for the majority of injuries each year, but even the seemingly harmless fireworks, such as sparklers can cause injuries. For children under the age of five, sparklers account for more than one half of all fireworks injuries.

Have a safe holiday and don’t play with any fireworks! Leave the fireworks to the professionals – visit a public fireworks display instead.

July is UV Safety Month

Ophthalmologist

A doctor of medicine (M.D.) specializing in surgery and diseases of the eye.

Optometrist

A doctor of optometry who diagnoses and treats visual health problems.

Did You Know

A person blinks once every five seconds.

The information contained herein is intended to be educational and is not intended in any way as a substitute for medical advice and care from qualified vision care providers. Consult a vision care professional in matters relating to visual health and particularly with respect to any symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical attention.
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