News & Community

We take pride in serving our patients and the community. We sponsor community educational seminars and support groups. The Eye Center participates in Health Fairs and regularly lectures to service clubs, senior centers, and health care facilities. Our physicians offer continuing education credits to our local physicians, nurses, and technical health care providers.  We often hold contests and give away such things as free designer sunglasses and even LASIK surgery. We also offer educational seminars here at our office several times per year. If you would like to have one of our doctors speak at an engagement for your club or organization, please contact community@eyecarenow.com

 

Getting to Know Femto: By Dr. Bret Fisher

Dr. Bret Fisher, Medical Director for the Eye Center of North Florida recently authored an article in Oculary Surgery News about the LenSx laser,  Getting to Know Femto:  Six Features for Surgical Success— you can read it here.

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Fireworks Safety- Protect Your Vision

The July 4th holiday is only days away.  Summer weather, family events and activities planned for the holiday will be  a great time and create lasting memories.  But before you and your family celebrate make sure everyone knows and respects firework safety.  If not handled properly, fireworks can cause burns and eye injuries to kids and adults. […]

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The Eye Center of North Florida Wins Best Of Bay

The Eye Center of North Florida is once again honored to be the winner of the Panama City News Herald’s Best of Bay competition.  We are honored to accept the award in the “Eye Care” and “Optical” categories. Thank you Bay County for trusting us for all your eye care needs!    

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Looking to the Future- The Eye Center is Innovator and Educator

850 Magazine recently published a feature article on the Eye Center of North Florida and how we are leading the way in cataract surgery.   You can read it here:

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Contact Lenses 101

Contact lenses are a safe and commonly used method of vision correction. They offer active adults and youth visual freedom from glasses. However, proper cleaning and maintenance is critical to the overall wearing experience. This is not only for comfort but also for the prevention of eye infections and inflammation. There are numerous safeguards that […]

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Dr. Fisher Authors Article in Ocular Surgery News

Dr. Bret Fisher authored an article in the October edition of Ocular Surgery News.  The article, “The one-eye-at-a-time surgical approach customized for patient needs” can be read here.

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LenSx Visit with Dr. Don Digby

The Eye Center of North Florida and Dr. Bret Fisher are proud to host Dr. Don Digby from Greensboro North Carolina to our practice today!  He is here to observe our LenSx Laser Cataract Surgery.  Welcome Dr. Digby!

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Eye Center of North Florida one of the Nation’s First to Offer Raindrop Near Vision Inlay

  Featured on NBC Nightly News and the Today Show.  Dr. Bret Fisher and the Eye Center of North Florida are one of the first in the nation to offer the newly FDA approved Raindrop Near Vision Inlay. You can see the Today show story here. The NBC Nightly News Story can be seen here. […]

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Dr. Bret Fisher discusses Dropless Cataract Surgery at Eye World Conference in Copenhagen

Dr. Bret Fisher was in Copenhagen and spoke at the ASCRS Eye World Conference.   Here is the link to a video interview where he discussed the Dropless Cataract Surgery. Dr. Bret Fisher Dropless Interview- Copenhagen  

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LASIK for Teachers Contest Now Open

The Eye Center of North Florida and Panhandle Educators Federal Credit Union are once again bringing you the Annual LASIK for Teachers Contest. One deserving educator will win Blade-Free LASIK, performed by Dr. Bret Fisher. If you are an educator or administrator in Bay, Holmes, Washington or Jackson County in need of LASIK surgery, or […]

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Dr. Fisher Publishes Study on Dropless Cataract Surgery

Dr. Fisher, along with Dr. Rick Potvin from Science in Vision in Akron, NY, recently published a study on dropless cataract surgery with Dove Medical Press Press.    The clinical trial report entitled “Transzonular vitreous injection vs a single drop compounded topical pharmaceutical regimen after cataract surgery” was published in the open access journal Clinical […]

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Celebrating National Nurses Week

    Happy Nurses Week to all our Nurses!

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Fisher & Wong Author Article in Optometry Times

Dr. Bret Fisher and Dr. Gene Wong coauthored an article for Optometry Times “The effect of drug prices on cataract surgery.”   Read the article to learn the financial impact and surgical benefits of the Dropless Cataract Surgery performed at the Eye Center of North Florida.  This technique helps our patients financially,  is more convenient, […]

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Eye Center is Drop Off Location for Movers For Moms

The Eye Center of North Florida is proud to partner with Two Men And A Truck Panama City, FL be a drop off location for Movers for Moms- benefiting Bethel Village. You can drop off items at our main location on HWY 77. Here are a list of the requested items.Requested Items

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Spring Break Sunglass Special

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Dropless Cataract Surgery featured in Outpatient Surgery Magazine

The Eye Center of North Florida’s Dr. Bret Fisher and Director of Nursing, Tracy Rhodes were featured in the February issue of Outpatient Surgery Magazine.  Read the article.

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Dr. Fisher Guest Lectures

Dr. Bret Fisher was invited to speak to the Charelston Ophthalmological Society this week.  Tuesday January 26, 2016 he presented ” When Less is More:  Cataract Surgery and Refractive Surgery Without Drops or Fewer Drops” to over 25 surgeons.

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The Lucky Puppy Donation Drive

Be the MVP! We are hosting a donation and supply drive for the Lucky Puppy. You may have seen on WMBB-TV they are in need of donations, supplies and forever homes for their dogs. We want to help! So between now and February 5 anyone who makes a donation for the Lucky Puppy will be entered […]

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LASIK for Local Heroes Winners Announced

The Eye Center of North Florida and the Bay County Chamber of Commerce are pleased announce the winner of our annual LASIK for Local Heroes Contest.  This year, identical twin brothers Lawrence and Douglas Smith were selected.  Lawrence is a Lieutenant with Bay County EMS and Douglas is a Sergeant with the Bay County Sherriff’s […]

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Happy Halloween & Eye Safety Tips

We hope you enjoy your Halloween!  Here are some tips to remember this Halloween to protect your eyes.

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Connect With Us

Be sure to check us out on social media! YouTube:  www.youtube.com/c/eyecarenowpanamacity Twitter:  @eyecarenow Facebook:  Eye Center of North Florida   

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Junior Leadership Bay

Eye Center of North Florida Hosts Junior Leadership Bay

The Eye Center of North Florida hosted the Junior Leadership Bay Class today.  The students were able to observe a cataract surgery and toured to learn about the services offered at the Eye Center of North Florida.  Thank you to the Bay County Chamber of Commerce and Bay District Schools for this fantastic program.

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Dr. Garland Radio Interview

The Eye Center of North Florida Partners with Sunny 98.5 to bring you Medical Minutes

Be sure to check out Sunny 98.5 every Thursday for Medical Minutes with the doctors from the Eye Center of North Florida.  Dr. Paul Garland recorded yesterday and his first interview airs today!  Listen weekly to Medical Minutes on Sunny 98.5 with the physicians at the Eye Center of North Florida

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Eye Center of North Florida Receives 2015 PC Living Readers Choice Award

The Eye Center of North Florida is proud to announce we were honored with Panama City Living Magazine’s 2015 Readers’ Choice Award in the category Best Optometrist.  Thank you Panama City Magazine and our loyal patients for awarding us with this honor!

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Eye Center of North Florida Introduces New Director of Marketing

The Eye Center of North Florida is pleased to introduce Kristina Mizell Williams as our new Director of Marketing.  She brings with her over 10 years sales and marketing experience in the healthcare industry.  She attended FSU and earned both a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a Master of Science in Communication.   In […]

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Eye Center of North Florida Hosts Visiting Physician from UVA School of Medicine

The Eye Center of North Florida is proud to host a visiting physician today in our surgery center. Sandra Johnson, MD, Associate Professor of Glaucoma and Residency Program Director for the University of Virginia School of Medicine is here today observing and learning about the Lensx Custom Laser Cataract Surgery performed by our physicians, Dr. […]

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Woman Travels Across the World for LASIK Surgery

The Eye Center of North Florida’s Dr. Bret Fisher performed our state of the art blade free LASIK surgery this week on a young lady who traveled from Mongolia.  She could have gone anywhere in the world to have her surgery, yet on recommendation of her sister, who also had LASIK at the Eye Center […]

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Dr. Fisher Talks in New Orleans

Bret Fisher, MD, Talks in New Orleans   In New Orleans on May 7th, 2015 Dr. Bret Fisher, MD, was invited to speak at the New Orleans Academy of Ophthalmology Quarterly Dinner Meeting. The audience was a group of highly respected ophthalmologist that are members of the New Orleans Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Fisher spoke on […]

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Best of Bay

Here at the Eye Center of North Florida, we want to say THANK YOU! Not only did you vote us best Eye Care, but you also voted us best Optical Store! Thank you for your continued support for over 20 years now.

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Women’s Work-Life Symposium Sponsor

The Eye Center of North Florida is a proud sponosr of the Panama City Beach Chamber’s 6th Annual Women’s Work-Life Symposium. Presented again by Emerald Coast Hospice, the date is set for Friday, May 29th at Florida State University Panama City’s Holley Academic Center. The day will feature powerful speakers from across the country, addressing […]

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LASIK For A Local Teacher Contest 2015

It is time for our 3rd Annual LASIk For A Local Teacher Contest!  Thanks to Dr. Bret Fisher and Panhandle Educators Federal Credit Union, one lucky local teacher will enjoy their summer break to the fullest! Click on the contest button at the top of our home page to enter or nominate a teacher to […]

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Bret Fisher, MD, on surgeon faculty for a live surgery and debate

Bret Fisher, MD, on surgeon faculty for a live surgery and debate San Diego, April 18thth – Alcon Live Surgery Event– Bret Fisher, MD will be on the surgeon faculty for a live demonstration and discussion of the latest technologies and techniques to advance cataract surgery. Those in attendance will experience The ORA™ System with […]

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Dr. Fisher Speaks at SECO 2015

ATLANTA, March 4-8th — SECO 2015 – Where Sight Meets Vision was held in Atlanta, GA, March 4-8th. SECO is one of the largest educational meetings for optometrists in the country and has been held for 92 years and offers nearly 400 hours of continuing education. Bret Fisher, MD was invited to be one of the speakers […]

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What is a Lazy Eye?

Amblyopia is commonly referred to as a lazy eye.  Amblyopia is an ocular condition where the best corrected vision is decreased in a relatively healthy eye.   Amblyopia is present in about 2-4% of the general population1.  Vision is always poorer in the amblyopic eye due to the disrupted visual development and the lack of […]

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Hess Entertainment Partners with The Eye Center for Community Service

Hess Entertainment is donating $1/per ticket sold for this concert, to The Eye Center’s Thanksgiving Assistance Program! The Thanksgiving Assistance Program feeds local Bay County kids and their families for the entire week of the Thanksgiving school break, as well as provides a turkey, fresh produce, and other Thanksgiving food essentials. Along with some other […]

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300 Backpacks With School Supplies for Local Kids

Along with our community partners, Powell Broadcasting, we provided 300 local school kids new backpacks filled with school supplies today.  The Salvation Army did a great job to organize this project and the kids were able to receive vision screenings, immunizations, and physicals as well as food and entertainment. Best of Luck to those sweet […]

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FREE Upcoming Seminar: Understanding Cataracts & Cataract Surgery

If you or a love one has been diagnosed with cataracts or you just want to learn more about cataracts, Lifestyle Lens Implants, and advanced laser surgery, this free seminar will answer all of your questions. This is an opportunity to meet the area’s leading surgeons, Paul Garland and Bret Fisher and tour the Panhandle’s most advanced, […]

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Dr. Fisher Speaks at American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting

Bret L Fisher, M.D., Medical Director of the Eye Center of North Florida, spoke at the annual meeting for the American Academy of Ophthalmology this weekend.   His topic was based off of a research study that he worked on for Visual Acuity and Predictability in Femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery With Intraoperative Aberrometry. http://www.aao.org/newsroom/meeting/briefings.cfm

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Bay County Thanksgiving Assistance Program

Along with many area partners, we are starting our annual Thanksgiving Assistance program to benefit Bay County School children and their families.  If you have a child in the school system please send in non perashible items with your child for collection.  We collect these items and cash donations to deliver over 400 Bay County […]

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LASIK For Local Heroes

This year’s winner of the LASIK for Local Heroes contest is Panama City Firefighter Billy Mixon.  Billy will receive free LASER LASIK surgery this month, Compliments of Dr. Bret Fisher, The Eye Center of North Florida, and our community partner, Gulf Coast Medical Center.

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LASIK FOR LOCAL TEACHERS

Teachers make a difference in the lives of our children each day…Now it is our turn to make a difference in theirs! Click on our CONTEST BUTTON to enter the LASIK for A Local Teacher Contest sponsored by Panhandle Educators Federal Credit Union!

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Thanksgiving Assistance Program

We have partnered together again this year, for the 5th annual Thanksgiving Assistance Program.  This community project will provide relief for Bay County school children and their families during the holidays.

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Avastin Recall

Dear Patients; We have sent out letters to patients as a  precaution, that may have received Avastin Injections since May 2012. You may have read or heard about the meningitis outbreaks which have stemmed from New England Compounding Center (NECC), with regard to the methylprednisolone acetate, principally used for epidural back injections. As a precaution […]

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LenSx Custom Cataract System Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The nine physicians of The Eye Center of North Florida are the group of doctors that are responsible for the introduction of this new technology into our area. There are only 25 of these lasers in the world, 15 in the nation, and The Eye Center is the first practice to have one in the […]

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American Cancer Society Relay For Life

The Chipley office team, made up of Dr. Kelly Smith, Melissa Nichols, Melba Kipp, Teresa Owens, Tiffany Pipkin, and Chris Christine Simmons, recently participated in the Annual Relay for Life held by the American Cancer Society. The event was held at Pals Park in Chipley on May 13th and 14th with the theme being “Traveling […]

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Dry Eye

Dry Eyes

One of the most common complaints reported to optometrists and ophthalmologists is that the patient has burning, stinging eyes or even the feeling that ‘there is something in the eye’. Other common, yet surprising, symptoms are sensitivity to light and watery eyes. Dry Eyes are caused by a lack of tear production or tear evaporation. […]

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Eye Floaters

Have you ever seen something in your line of vision that is bothersome or annoying? Chances are that you are seeing a Floater. Floaters are small clumps of gel that form in the vitreous which is the clear jelly filled cavity inside the eye. Floaters take many forms, such as a spiderweb type appearance, dots, […]

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Contact Lenses

Daily Disposable Contact Lenses

Contact lens wear has evolved rapidly in recent years and Daily Disposable Contact Lenses are rapidly becoming one of the most prescribed type of soft contact lenses. The wear of Daily Disposable Contact Lenses (or Dailies as they are often called) offers many advantages that are compatible with today’s busy lifestyles. Some of these advantages […]

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Back to School Gift Certificate

Sure, you remembered the paper, pencils, and new backpacks, but did you get their eyes checked? Poor Vision can interfere with learning, school performance, participation in sports, and self esteem. School aged kids who come in for their back to school eye exams during the months of July and August can enter for a chance […]

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Breathe Easier at the Eye Center

As a leader in health care, beginning June 1st, all Eye Center of North Florida offices will be joining area hospitals in becoming a Smoke~ Free Campus. This means the premises are entirely tobacco~free. Tobacco use of any kind is prohibited ~ both inside and outside~ by employees, patients, and visitors. Our decision to go […]

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2011 Lasik for Local Heros WINNERS

We had some wonderful heroes apply for this year’s contest, and although it was difficult to choose, we have narrowed it down to our top winners. This year we will be giving Blade Free LASIK Surgery to 7 lucky and well deserving people who are either past or present military members who have served in […]

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The Eye Center Elves

The Eye Center of North Florida has partnered with Innovations to help brighten Christmas for seniors in our area.  Can you be one of The Eye Center Elves this Christmas? Be one of the “The Eye Center Elves” this Christmas by stopping by and choosing a senior from one of our trees in the lobby of our Highway […]

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Community Involvement

We take pride in serving our patients and the community. We sponsor community educational seminars and support groups. The Eye Center participates in Health Fairs and regularly lectures to service clubs, senior centers, and health care facilities. Our physicians offer continuing education credits to our local physicians, nurses, and technical health care providers.  We often […]

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