Florida Optical Services
Our Eye Care Practitioners Have Been Serving Florida Since 1989
Dan Acosta, L.D.O., B.C. Opt.
John Swift, M.D.-Ophthalmologist
An ongoing series of informational entries
September 20, 2017
A cataract is simply an opacity that forms in the crystalline lens of the eye. When you are born, it (the crystalline) is suppose to be clear and to some extend flexible. This lens is really the fine focus of the eye and as it ages it becomes stiffer and it changes color usually to a yellow coloring. As light enters the eye this yellowing may be accompanied by opacities that form on the surface of the eye making light bounce creating a glare effect and reducing your sight. This glare may acceptable to some and intolerable to others. When you are ready it will bother you enough to warrant the surgery. Lets not forget that even do cataract surgery is by far a common procedure it still is a surgery that has dangers and the possibility of complications.
Contact Lens Safety
October 3, 2017
Contact lenses are very safe. Millions of people wear them. They are easy to wear and are easy to remove. They can correct almost all refractive errors and a few medical ones. Contact lenses are fitted after an eye examination done by a an Optometrists or an Ophthalmologists. The fitting is performed by an ophthalmologist, optometrists or by a Florida licensed optician specially certified by the state to fill, fit, adapt and dispense contact lenses. When the contact lens specialists fits them, they evaluate your eyeglasses prescription, the corneal curvature of your eyes and view your eyes with instruments to make sure they are fitting correctly. In quality contact lens fittings, the specialists let you try a contact lens and makes sure that the lens is perfect for you. Deviating from the recommended wearing schedule or ignoring the instructions of the contact lens specialists can be sight threatining. Always have your contact lens fit evaluated in person. Contact Lenses are medical devices.
March 15, 2017
Eyeglass seem like a so simple thing yet it could be something very far from the truth. There are millions of combinations but only one is right for you Eyeglass lenses are composed of spherical power, a toric or cylindrical power, an axial location of the toric power, the additional power needed that you may need if you are over 40.
Conjunctivitis is one of the most common infections. There are two kinds viral and bacterial. Bacterial can be stopped with antibiotics but viral cannot as it has to go thru its course. Best bet is that if you or a loved one had a cold is viral. Sticky eyes, pain when you move your eyes, red eyes, and light sensitivity are all part of it. Visit your eye doctor regardless as it is contagious and spreads very easily. Clean toys, door handles, pillow cases etc.. often.
Insurance or Vision Plans
Insurances or vision plans are contracts that your eye practitioner agrees in exchange for the ability to service a group of individuals. You also may pay for the ability to belong to such group. Such contracts range from discounts for eye-wear (eyeglasses or contact lenses) to eye exams for glasses or contact lenses. If you are planning on getting contacts or a new pair of eyeglasses, vision plans can pay for part of the cost. Many medical insurances including PPO's or HMO's have additional benefits and many times patients do not know that they may have discounts. As a privately owned eye care practice, we routinely verify your insurance. The exams that these vision plans cover are done at a reduce cost and do not cover medical treatment. If you have cataracts or have a red eye these vision plans do not cover your visit but your medical insurance should. If you have blurry vision because your refractive error has changed, then the vision plans will pay for that exams.
Occupational Office Lenses
Do you know that you can get headaches, back aches and migraines from bad posture? Well the reason many modern day employees get all and many more discomforts may be avoided with the use of office progressive lenses. Let me explain, when you spend hours in front of a computer terminal using regular progressives your head posture is of tilting your head back because you are gearing using the smaller reading portion of the reading area of your lenses, commonly used in regular progressives. Using office or computer lenses alleviate the problem by allowing a larger area of the lens set for near and intermediate and a smaller area for distance. The larger areas for near and intermediate vision, ease the task of using the computer allow for a more comfortable position of your head and in essence your back. You will be more balance physically allowing your blood flow to be more. By having a better posture and avoiding "uncomfortable head positions " you will feel better.