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  • Why Regular Eye Exams Are Essential If You Have Diabetes

    While regular eye exams are important for everyone, they are even more important for diabetics. This disease can have a profound affect on your eye health, even leading to permanent blindness, so it’s vital your eye doctor gives your eyes a comprehensive examination at least once a year to detect any diabetic eye conditions or complications early.

    What eye problems can diabetes cause?

    Diabetic retinopathy: This condition occurs as a result of high levels of glucose building up in the blood vessels of the eye, reducing blood flow to the retina and leaking blood and other fluids into the retinal tissue. Symptoms occur gradually and include floaters, blurred vision, fluctuation of your vision, dark areas in your vision and vision loss. This is a very serious condition which causes irreversible damage, but often goes unnoticed because the symptoms build up slowly over time, so early diagnosis is important. Your eye doctor will be able to recognize and diagnose it rapidly and develop a treatment plan that will help slow down your vision loss. In serious cases, known as proliferative diabetic retinopathy, scatter laser treatment and a vitrectomy may be recommended to seal off leaking vessels and remove blood and fluid from the eye.

    Diabetic macular edema: This condition is similar to diabetic retinopathy, except that it affects the macular of the eye rather than the retina. This condition ranges from mild cases to severe, permanent vision loss, so it’s important to have an early diagnosis. Symptoms include blurred central vision and difficulty seeing details clearly, for example, fine print or recognizing someone’s face. This condition can be treated through focal laser surgery, sealing off leaking vessels and removing excess fluid from the eye.

    Temporary blurring: Blood sugar levels affect the functioning of all organs and the eyes are no exception. If your blood level changes significantly (or you are having uncontrolled blood sugar changes), you can experience temporary blurriness of your vision which comes and goes throughout the day. For many people, this issue goes away once their blood sugar is under control.

    Cataracts: A cataract occurs when the lens of the eye becomes clouded, reducing the light that can enter the eye and resulting in ‘foggy’ vision. This is a common condition that affects many people as they age, but diabetic patients are at risk of experiencing it at a younger age. Treatment for this condition includes a safe, quick surgical procedure where the lens is replaced, resulting in clear vision.

    Fast, professional eye exams for diabetics in Miami

    At Florida Eyecare Associates, we pride ourselves on providing high quality bilingual eye care through our experienced optometrist and state-of-the-art technology. Whether you have questions about your eye health as a diabetic or would like a comprehensive eye test, our team is happy to assist and advise you.

    The health insurance providers we currently accept at our vision center included Medicare, Vision Service Plan (VSP), Opticare, EyeMed Vision Care and many more. To find out more about our practice, please contact us today at one of our locations in Brickell, Miami.

  • Everything You Need To Know About Your Child’s First Visit To The Eye Doctor

    Regular eye exams are key to maintaining your family’s eye health and recognizing eye conditions in their early stages. This is especially important for your child, so our optometrists have created this useful guide for parents about eye exams for children.

    Why Are Children’s Eye Exams Important? 

    Eyes and sight play a very important role in early learning, helping your child to acquire valuable basic skills like the ability to focus, use hand/eye coordination, to follow movement with their eyes, use the eyes binary functions and develop peripheral sight. These skillsets are vital to learning everything from reading and writing to different sports, so it’s important to catch any visual problems as early as possible in order to ensure that your child develops to his or her full potential.

    When Should I Start Taking My Child For Eye Exams? 

    The American Optometric Association recommends that your child’s first eye exam take place at about 6 months of age to ensure that he or she is reaching these important milestones. If your child’s vision is on track, additional eye exams are recommended at age 3 and then at age 5 or 6. If your child has no problems with his or her vision, a check up every 2 years is advised.

    How To Prepare Your Child For Their First Eye Exam 

    First of all, it is important to choose an eye doctor who is a specialist in pediatric optometry. This ensures that you have the best eye doctor for your children and that the practice is comfortable and child-friendly.

    Try to schedule your appointment for a time when your child is most likely to be alert and happy, as this will make it easier to make the experience a positive one and make the exam itself short and easy. When you go in for your appointment, talk to your child about all the new things he or she is seeing and doing, keeping it fun and upbeat.

    Since this is your child’s first visit, make a list of any questions or concerns you’d like addressed. Also make notes of your child’s medical history that your doctor will be interested in – for example, if he or she was premature, is prone to eye rubbing or has poor eye tracking skills.

    Our Vision Center Offers Friendly, Comprehensive Eye Exams For Children

    Florida Eyecare Associates offers the extensive services of a professional network of eye specialists and opticians in Brickell and other Miami locations for you and your children. Our team is friendly, welcoming and happy to assist you in making your child’s visit an enjoyable experience. The health insurance providers we currently accept at our vision center include Medicare, Vision Service Plan (VSP), Opticare, EyeMed Vision Care and many more. To find out more about our practice, please contact us today at one of our locations.

  • Seven Reasons Why Contact Lenses Are Such A Popular Vision Solution

    1. Clearer vision – Contact lenses sit right against the surface of your eye, hugging the natural curvature. Due to this, they give you a wider field of view (better peripheral vision) and less of the visual distortion which is common when wearing eyeglasses.
    2. Effective on different eye conditions – Manufacturers use advanced technology and materials to create prescription contact lenses which can be used on a wide range of eye conditions. Whether you are near or far sighted, have astigmatism or require multifocal solutions, your eye doctor will be able to assist you in finding an effective product.
    3. Easy for active lifestyles – If you love sports and being active, contact lenses are a great choice. Along with giving you clearer vision while you’re out on the field or exploring nature, they also won’t get in the way of your gear.       You can easily wear sunglasses, goggles and helmets and, unlike glasses, they can’t fall off your face.
    4. Unaffected by weather – Contacts don’t fog up and aren’t affected by rain, wind, sunshine or snow.
    5. Comfort first – There are a wide range of contact lenses for different eye conditions, shapes and levels of sensitivity, so you can easily find a pair that fits you perfectly. Your contact lenses should feel completely comfortable in your eye, as if you have perfect, natural vision unlike glasses which can pinch your ears, slip off your nose or feel uncomfortable.
    6. No need to match Glasses frames need to be neutral if you want them to match all your outfits, otherwise you’re going to have times when they clash with your clothes. Contacts completely remove this issue, allowing you to wear exactly what you want, whenever you want.
    7. Affordable – Contact lenses are cheaper than ever and available in a range which suits you, from soft daily contacts you can throw away after a day’s use, to contacts that last a week or even a month. This also allows you to get more creative, not only with trying new brands but also trying new colors. If you’ve always wanted a different eye color, contacts are the safest and most effective way to achieve it and, without frames in the way, your new look will really stand out.

    Speak To Your Brickell Optometrist For Affordable Contact Lenses

    At Florida Eyecare Associates, we’re experts in providing specialist, friendly services for anyone looking for high quality care and affordable solutions. Our eye care specialists can assist you with your annual eye exam, contact lens, eyeglass fittings, allergy screenings and more. The health insurance providers we currently accept at our vision center include Medicare, Vision Service Plan (VSP), Opticare, EyeMed Vision Care and many more. To find out more about our practice, please contact us today at one of our locations.