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Stephen E. Smith, MD

Eye Associates of Fort Myers

 

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Common, Treatable Eye Problems

Fort Myers Location

4225 Evans Avenue

Fort Myers, Florida 33901

Hours: M-F 8am - 5pm

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(239) 936-7685

 

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Naples Location

7955 Airport Pulling Rd N Suite 104

Naples, Florida 34109

Hours: M-F 8am-5pm

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Dry Eye Institute

Contact our office to learn more about the Dry Eye Institute and how we can help with your Dry Eye. With advanced technology such as the LipiFlow and LipiView II systems, we are ready to get you on the path to soothing relief.

 

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Eye Associates of Fort Myers offers professional eye care services for adults, seniors and children. Do you or a loved one suffer from eye problems or suspect an issue in the eyes or eye sight? Call us today and our friendly and highly-trained staff will be happy to help you. Let us guide you through understanding your eyes and the solutions that fit you. We offer relief and cure to those with eye problems. See just some of the complications we treat at our offices in Fort Myers and Naples.

Blepharoplasty - "Droopy" Eyelid Surgery

 

Even with a good night's sleep, loose skin over eyes or excess fatty tissue under your eyes can make you look tired or sad or older than you really are. Fatty deposits cause the upper lids to sag while under the eye the tissue can bulge forward and become discolored. In severe cases, vision can become partially blocked.

 

Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is generally done using local anesthetic. You may be given a mild sedative to help you relax. The length of the procedure depends on the amount of tissue being removed and can last several hours.

 

Most patients experience a marked improvement in the appearance of their eyes after blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery). In addition to improving some patients' vision, most patients report feeling more alert and energetic.

Cataracts Eye Surgery

 

Cataracts is the leading cause of blindness worldwide and can be treated with modern surgical techniques most of the time. Over 2 million cataracts and lens implant surgeries take place in the USA every year, successfully restoring vision in over 95% of the cases.

 

A catatract is a natural and clear lens inside your eyes, that helps to focus light and allows images to be seen sharply. As the eye ages, the natural lens slowly becomes cloudy. As the lens becomes cloudy, light cannot pass through easily and the images become blurry. The cloudy lens is a cataract.

 

Dr. Smith uses the most advanced techniques and equipment when performing cataract surgery. Several options of intra-ocular lens (IOL) implants are available. Crystalens®, ReSTOR® and ReZoom™ lens implants allow you to see clearly at all distances without the need for bifocals or reading glasses.

Diabetes & Eye Health

 

Diabetes affects the eye in many ways. To start, as your blood sugar fluctuates your refraction fluctuates, causing your vision to be blurry. If your blood sugar remains high and out of control, early cataracts can form. A laser can be used to seal the leaky blood vessels and stop the abnormal vessels from growing. However, the best solution to prevent this from happening is to make sure your blood sugar is under control.

 

Uncontrolled blood sugar can eventually result in retinal detachment. This occurs when the retina grows abnormal blood vessels in an attempt to bring "food" to those cells that are deprived by the leaky vessels. These abnormal blood vessels are fragile. They break, bleed, and pull on the retina, causing a detachment. This is the potential blinding component of diabetes in the eye.

 

If you are a diabetic, you should check your blood sugar and maintain it within safe levels at all times of the day. All diabetics should have their eyes dilated and examined by an eye professional at least once a year.

Dry Eye & Treatment

 

Dry eye occurs when the eye doesn't produce the necessary quantity of tears or produces tears that are lacking in the proper composition. If left untreated, dry eye can be more than just irritating or uncomfortable. Excessive dry eye over a period of time can cause serious damage to eye tissue with possible scarring of the cornea.

 

An ironic aspect of this relatively common eye disorder is that one of the symptoms is excessive watering of the affected eye. The watering is a natural reflex caused by irritation of the cornea by tears that have sub-normal qualities. Other symptoms include scratchy, dry, irritated or generally uncomfortable eyes.

 

Dry eye cannot be permanently cured, but there are effective treatments. The treatment most likely to be recommended is the use of eye drops that have been formulated to simulate the chemical composition of natural tears. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a new and effective treatment option for dry eye that can reduce reliance on artificial tears.

Glaucoma & Diagnosis

 

Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the United States especially for the older population. According to the National Eye Institute, as many as half of all glaucoma sufferers in the United States have the disease and do not know it. Glaucoma can only be detected by regular eye examination and loss of sight can often be prevented with early treatment.

 

Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve. The optic nerve is made up of many nerve fibers and carries the images we see to the brain. When damage to the optic nerve occurs, blind spots develop. These blind spots usually go undetected until the optic nerve has significant damage. Blindness results when the entire optic nerve is destroyed.

 

The only way to surely detect glaucoma is to have a complete eye examination which can include testing of peripheral vision for each eye and Optical Coherence Test (OCT). The OCT is a state-of-the-art technology which allows the doctor to determine any damage to the optic nerve as a result of glaucoma.

Macular Degeneration

 

Macular degeneration is the most common cause of irreversible loss of central vision for senior citizens. The macula is located in the center of the retina, the micro-thin membrane that lines three-fourths of the back inside of the eye. Any damage to the macula will result in some loss or even total loss of the individual's powers of central vision.

 

While there is no substitute for regular examinations by your eye doctor, there is a simple home test available for early detection of macular degeneration. This home test, called the Amsler Grid, was developed a number of years ago by a Swiss eye doctor.

 

It is especially useful if macular degeneration has already been detected in one eye with the other eye being normal. The odds are that sooner or later the "good" eye will also become affected and early detection increases chances for treatment that will help preserve central vision ability.

Eye Care for Children

Eye Associates of Fort Myers offers professional eye care services for adults, seniors and children. Do you or a loved one suffer from eye problems or suspect an issue in the eyes or eye sight? Call us today and our friendly and highly-trained staff will be happy to help you. Let us guide you through understanding your eyes and the solutions to help you. We offer relief and cure to those with eye problems, see some of the complications we treat at our offices in Fort Myers and Naples.

Signs of Vision Problems in Children

Vision problems or difficulties affect about 15% of children. Early detection and appropriate treatment is important and vital. Observe your child and see if any of the following applies.

 

If the answer is YES to 3 or more of the questions below, your child might have a learning-related vision problem.

  • Tends to rub the eyes?
  • Has an eye that turns in or out?
  • Has headaches after reading?
  • Only one eye can focus on the subject?
  • Turns or tilts head to one side to use one eye only?
  • Holds objects and reading material closer than normal?
  • Has difficulty copying from the blackboard, textbook or notebook?
  • Has difficulty comprehending what they read?
  • Moves the head instead of the eye when reading?

Common, Treatable Eye Problems

Amblyopia - Lazy Eye

 

Amblyopia, commonly called lazy eye, affects approximately 3 out of every 100 children in the USA. It involves lowered visual acuity and/or poor muscle control in one eye. The difference in focusing ability causes one eye to be used more often or a misalignment causes one eye to "shut off" to avoid double vision. The result is a loss of stereoscopic vision and depth perception. Early detection is extremely important and vision therapy can improve this condition.

Strabismus - Crossed Eye

 

Crossed eye, strabismus, esotropia, exotropia, hiperphoria affect about 4 out of 100 children in the USA. This is a visual defect in which the eyes point in different directions where one eye turns up, down, in or out and the other eye aims straight. This results in partial or total loss of depth perception and stereo vision. The eye misalignment is not always obvious to an untrained observer.

Conjuctivitis - Pink Eye

 

Conjunctivitis, commonly called "pink eye", is an infection of the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is the outer-most layer of the eye that covers the sclera. The most common types of conjunctivitis are: bacterial, viral, and allergic. Bacterial and viral conjunctivitis are normally very contagious. Each type of conjunctivitis requires a different form of treatment.

Stephen E. Smith, MD

Eye Associates of Fort Myers

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(239) 936-7685

4225 Evans Avenue

Fort Myers, Florida 33901

Hours: M-F 8am - 5pm

 

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(239) 593-7747

7955 Airport Pulling Rd N Suite 104

Naples, Florida 34109

Hours: M-F 8am-5pm

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