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Workplace Eye Wellness Awareness Month

Workplace Eye Wellness Awareness Month

March is Workplace Eye Wellness Awareness Month. Each day, more than 2,000 American workers suffer an eye injury, and nearly one million Americans have partially lost sight due to an eye injury, according to Prevent Blindness America. Workplace eye injuries have resulted in more than $300 million in worker’s compensation, lost time, and medical expenses, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The type of workplace injuries we most commonly see at Eye Center, Inc are: blunt force trauma, corneal abrasions, ocular foreign bodies, and chemical burns. If you think you have experienced one of these injuries, it is best to be seen by one of our doctors right away.

Eye infections are another workplace eye “injury” you should be aware of. People who work in health care, laboratory, janitorial, or animal handling environments are especially prone to eye infection. It’s important to consistently wash your hands throughout your work day and see your optometrist if you are experiencing signs or symptoms of an infection.

 

What can be done to minimize risk?

The Centers for Disease Control recommends creating a checklist for Eye Safety in the workplace.

  1. Create a safe work environment
    • You can accomplish this by minimizing hazards from unstable debris; making sure tools are working properly and workers and volunteers know how to use those tools; and keeping bystanders out of the way.
  2. Evaluate your safety hazards
    • Identify your primary hazards and posed hazards.
  3. Wear proper eye protection
    • Make sure the eye protection is in good condition and fits properly.
  4. Use good work practices
    • Before removing your eye protection, dust off hardhats, hair, and forehead; don’t rub eyes with dirty hands/clothing; clean eyewear regularly.
  5. Prepare for eye injuries and first aid needs
    • Be sure your workplace is equipped with an eye wash kit or sterile saline for rinsing. Artificial tears are also a good thing to have on hand in your first aid kit.

 

No matter what setting you work in, your vision and ocular health is extremely important and must be a priority in your day-to-day lifestyle. No matter what time of day, we’re here for you! If you suffer an eye injury, contact our 24-hour service line at (941) 756-2020.

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Why You Should Get Non-Glare Lenses

Why You Should Get Non-Glare Lenses

Non-glare coating is often the best addition to any new pair of glasses. When it comes to non-glare coatings quality and reputation matter. That’s why here at Eye Center, Inc. we only use coatings from Essilor and Hoya as they have revolutionized the integrity and performance of the benefits of non-glare technology.

Essilor non-glare lenses are built to last with superior durability and cleanability. They offer several different non-glare lenses such as:

Crizal Sapphire 360 UV

Reduces Glare

Resists Scratches

Repels Dust

Repels Water

Resists Smudges

UV Protection

Crizal PreVencia

Reduces Glare

Resists Scratches

Repels Dust

Repels Water

Resists Smudges

UV Protection

Helps Protect from Harmful Blue Light

Crizal Avance UV

Reduces Glare

Resists Scratches

Repels Dust

Repels Water

Resists Smudges

UV Protection

Crizal Alize UV

Reduces Glare

Resists Scratches

Repels Water

Resists Smudges

UV Protection

Crizal Kids UV

Reduces Glare

Resists Scratches

Repels Water

Resists Smudges

UV Protection

Crizal PreVencia Kids

Reduces Glare

Resists Scratches

Repels Dust

Repels Water

Resists Smudges

UV Protection

Helps Protect from Harmful Blue Light

 

Hoya non-glare lenses are “like icing on a cake.” Hoya lens treatments are bonded to the surface of the lens or incorporated into the lens during the manufacturing process for maximum durability. They offer three, superior non-glare lens options:

Digital Lifestyles

This coating protects and reduces the harmful blue light emitted by digital screens. It provides higher contrast and a more relaxed viewing experience.

UV Protection

This coating is applied to the back of the lenses, preventing UV rays from reflecting into your eyes. When combined with lens materials that block UV rays from the front, it provides 100% protection from UV rays.

Scratch Resistance

This coating is the hardest, most durable non-glare coating available today. It is scratch-resistant, water, dirt and dust-repellent properties remain almost intact, even after intensive cleaning.

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Retaine Artificial Tear Ointment

Retaine Artificial Tear Ointment

Do you suffer from dry or irritated eyes? Retaine Artificial Tear Ointment may be your solution.

Retaine Artificial Tear Ointment is used for relief of severe dry and irritated eyes. It’s ideal to use at night before bed.

Dry or irritated eyes can be caused by many things in your environment. Outdoor elements like wind or sun play a role, as does air conditioning or heating, computer use/reading, and even certain medications. Retaine Artificial Tear Ointment is a lubricant to prevent further irritation and relieve dry eyes.

Before applying, remove contact lenses and make sure you wash your hands. To avoid contamination, be sure to avoid touching the tip of the ointment tube and don’t let the tube touch the eye. To apply, tilt your head back, look up and pull down the lower lid of the affected eye(s). Use a small amount (¼ inch) of ointment on the inside of the eyelid. Close your eyes for one to two minutes while slowly rolling your eye in all directions to spread the medication. Release your eyelid and blot away any extra ointment from around the eye with a clean tissue. Most people prefer to do this right before bed, as the ointment will blur the vision.

Retaine keeps the eye moist while you sleep, and decreases symptoms of dry eyes such as burning, itching, and feeling as if something is in the eye.

Most people experience no side effects to Retaine ointment, however, if you experience any signs of an allergic reaction such as hives, itching, redness, swelling, wheezing, etc. contact our urgent care immediately.

If you are uncertain about any of the information while using the product, contact us right away. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

There are too many beautiful things to see in life to have dry or irritated eyes. Make an appointment with us today!

Locations:

Cortez
2003 Cortez Road West
Bradenton, FL 34207
941-756-2020

Manatee
5106 Manatee Avenue West
Bradenton, FL 34209
941-795-2020

Parrish
8312 US HWY North, Suite 105
Parrish, FL 34219
941-776-5770

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National Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month

National Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month

February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness month. AMD is the leading cause of blindness among older Americans, affecting more than 10 million people 50 years of age and older. Early detection is crucial. Over the last 10 years, new treatments have drastically changed the course of many AMD patients, making it more manageable, though a cure has yet to be found.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration is caused by the deterioration of the central portion of the retina. The retina is the inside back layer of the eye, and records what we see, and helps to send the information from the eye to the brain. The macula is responsible for focusing central vision and controls our ability to see objects in detail.

In some people, AMD advances so slowly that there are little to no symptoms, and vision loss doesn’t develop for a long time. In others, AMD advances faster and ultimately results in vision loss in one or both eyes.

Causes:
The specific causes of AMD are not 100% known, but we do know there are both genetic and environmental factors.

Risk Factors:
Smoking- Smoking doubles the risk of AMD. And plenty of other health issues… you know what we’re going to tell you: don’t smoke.
Race- Caucasians over the age of 50 are more like to develop AMD than African-Americans or Hispanics/Latinos.
Family History/Genetics- People with a family history of AMD are at higher risk than those who do not.

Stages of Age-Related Macular Degeneration:
Early AMD- Vision loss is rare and most people do not experience symptoms.
Intermediate AMD- There is some vision loss but most people retain very functional vision.
Late AMD- Vision loss is noticeable. People with fully developed AMD can be considered legally blind.

Treatment:
To this day, there is no cure for AMD, but there are things you can do to reduce your risk. Incorporating green and leafy vegetables into your diet, regular exercise, and not smoking are all things you can do to help prevent yourself from developing the disease.
Getting an annual eye exam will allow for your doctor to evaluate the macula, and and make more specific recommendations, if necessary.

For more on healthy aging and your vision, click here.

Source: https://nei.nih.gov/health/maculardegen/armd_facts

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Staff Feature: Dr. Madison Easterling

Staff Feature: Dr. Madison Easterling

Dr. Madison Easterling is a native of Manatee County and is the granddaughter of Dr. John Marcin who founded Eye Center, Inc. in 1966. After graduating from Palmetto High School, she attended University of Florida and University of South Florida before continuing her higher education with Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University where she earned her Doctorate of Optometry. While in Optometry School, she served on a medical mission trip to Haiti to deliver eye care to those in need. During her rotations, she traveled all over the country learning different specialties of Optometry and earning Honors in her Ocular Disease, Pediatric, Primary Care, and Contact Lens externships.

Dr. Easterling practices full-scope optometry, including but not limited to: primary eye care, emergency eye care, the fitting of contact lenses (traditional and custom lenses), pediatrics (including infants), geriatrics, and the treatment and management of ocular diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, dry eyes, and diabetic eye care. Additionally, Dr. Easterling enjoys seeing patients of all ages, and is pleased to be an InfantSee provider. This program allows her to provide a comprehensive eye assessment on infants between the ages of 6-12 months free of charge. Dr. Easterling is a member of the Junior League of Manatee County, Manatee Chamber of Commerce and the Manatee Optometric Association and enjoys being involved in her community and church. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, boating, and many other outdoor activities.

Why did you choose to work in this industry?

After my sophomore year of undergrad at University of Florida, I needed a summer job. My grandfather (Dr. John Marcin) hired me to work as an ophthalmic technician at Eye Center, Inc. I quickly fell in love with the profession (and the company) and switched my major to Biology. After undergrad, I went to optometry school, and then came right back here as an Optometrist.
I love my job and my patients, and I will forever be grateful for that summer job that changed the entire course of my life!

What is your favorite aspect of your job?

Definitely my patients! I love that each and every person is a bit different, and my favorite aspect of my job is probably getting the chance to meet and talk with so many different people.
Most recently though, I am really enjoying fitting specialty contact lenses, especially Scleral lenses. They help people with corneal problems see better than they have in years, which is an incredible (and fun) thing to be a part of.

What is your signature comfort food?

Stuffed crust pepperoni pizza! YUM!

Is there something that excited you so much it keeps you awake the night before?

I’m a great sleeper, so not much keeps me awake…but I am always SO excited to travel. The night before a big trip, I often wake up way too early hoping that it’s time to go!

Describe the most incredible view you’ve ever seen.

Hiking in Glacier National Park, though I don’t think I could settle on only one view! I did an internship on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation and spent all of my free time hiking in the park.

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Importance of Regular Eye Exams

Importance of Regular Eye Exams

Yes, we know you’re busy… but the frequency of eye examinations is vital as we age and we want you to understand the importance of them.

Your eyes should be checked regularly to ensure that you are able to see as well as possible, and for some eye diseases that have minimal or do not have symptoms at all, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy. During your regular eye exam, we look for initial signs of these diseases. Early detection for eye disease and treatment is essential to stopping or slowing down the progression of the disease.

 

Adults (18 up to 60 years)

Adults should have complete eye exams every two years, if there are no risk factors. If you have a family history of eye disease, you need to have an eye exam at least once a year. Most lens prescriptions for contacts and glasses expire after one year, so keep that in mind as you re-order your next eyewear.  

Adults (61 years & older)

After the age of 61, it’s important to receive complete eye exams annually. When our body ages, our eyes do as well. Age is also a risk factor of glaucoma and early detection can save your vision with necessary treatment.

Children (6 months up to 18 years)

Children should receive their first complete eye exam at 6 months of age, and again before they start school. If there are no risk factors, children should have eye exams every two years until they reach 18 years of age.

Children are developing myopia (nearsightedness) more frequently than ever before. When children suffer from vision loss or eye disease, it tends to progress as they age. Receiving regular eye exams can help with early detection, prevention and treatment. Eye exams can also tell us more than just how your vision is. We can determine serious health conditions such as high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes and more.

People with Special Risks

Adults or children with diabetes, family history of eye disease, a previous eye trauma, etc. may need to receive complete eye exams more frequently.

 

Regular eye examinations are important for all ages. At each stage of life your body changes, and most likely your vision will too. Don’t let the New Year get ahead of you – make an appointment today! Call: 941-756-2020

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Staff Feature: Dr. Brad Laudicina

Staff Feature: Dr. Brad Laudicina

Dr. Brad Laudicina is a native of Bradenton and began working for Eye Center, Inc. at the age of 15 where he quickly found his passion for the field of optometry. Upon graduating from Manatee High School, he attended Florida State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He continued his education at Nova Southeastern University receiving a second Bachelor of Science in Vision Sciences and his Doctorate of Optometry, while earning honors in his primary care and retina care rotations. Dr. Laudicina practices the full-scope of optometry, specializing in the treatment of ocular diseases including glaucoma, macular degeneration, dry eyes, diabetic care, in addition to other ocular diseases as well as the fitting of many different kinds of contact lenses and glasses.

Dr. Laudicina is a member of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce and the Manatee Optometric Association and is always looking to get involved with the community. He currently serves on the board of We Care Manatee, an organization committed to arranging free, comprehensive healthcare for eligible uninsured Manatee County residents. He also enjoys being involved with the Manatee Young Professionals and is a recent graduate of the Leadership Manatee program.  Dr. Brad Laudicina is married to our own Dr. Paige Laudicina, and together they have one adorable son, Chase.

Why did you choose to work in this industry?

Believe it or not, I started working right here at the Eye Center at the ripe age of 15, making eye glasses, and fell in love with the job! Patients love seeing their eye doctors and leave happy. Basically that’s my job, I come to work and make people happy. I love it.

What is your favorite aspect of your job?

Patient care but more specifically emergency visits. These appointments are when patients are usually at their worst or are most scared, so being able to provide immediate care that promptly resolves their issues is very rewarding.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

“Never take your eyes off your opponent.” – my Dad

Is there something that excited you so much it keeps you awake the night before?

I sleep like a baby!!

If you were a crayon, what color would you be and why?

Lipstick Red! It’s the color of my favorite car.

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Five Toys that are High Risk for Eye Injuries

Five Toys that are High Risk for Eye Injuries

Christmas is right around the corner and we’re here to inform you about toys that are dangerous to your child’s eyes.

Five toys that are high risk for eye injuries:

  1. Projectile Toys
    • Any toy that shoots projectile, including soft darts can be a hazard to your child. Toys that can shoot up to 75 feet, especially. These toys travel at high-speed and if used in close range, they can cause serious eye injuries. We recommend using protective eyewear.
  2. Laser Points and Bright Lights
    • Direct exposure to laser pointers or bright lights can cause permanent vision loss or temporary blindness. If you decide to purchase a toy with a bright light or laser pointer, make sure your child is aware of the severity of eye damage the toy can cause and remind them to not shine directly into their or anyone else’s eyes.
  3. Wands, Swords, Sabers
    • Kids love sword fights…we get it. Just make sure they know to aim for the neck down, or preferably their opponent’s weapon only!
  4. Water Guns and Water Balloons
    • When water guns or water balloons are used at close range, your child is at risk of permanent vision loss or retinal detachment.
  5. Fireworks
    • Fireworks should always be handled by an adult. If your child is struck in the face, it can cause serious irreversible injuries and burns. Always wear protective glasses while working with fireworks.

Should your child happen to suffer from an eye injury, you must act fast. If a foreign object is stuck in your child’s eye, do not try to remove it. By attempting to remove the object, you could cause further damage. Take your child to the closest emergency room immediately and if possible tape a styrofoam or paper cup over the eye to protect it during your travel.

After hour and and weekend emergencies happen, and we’re here for you. If the injury is subtle, call our 24 hour service line at (941) 756-2020. If your child’s eye is protruding or bleeding, go to the emergency room promptly.

We know your child loves the toys listed above, and let’s be honest…so do we! If you plan to purchase your child any of the aforementioned toys, make sure to read the label and look for the letters ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials). If you see these letters, it means that the toy conforms to national safety standards.

Have a safe and very Merry Christmas!

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