Important Insurance Announcement- Superior Vision

The Eye Center of North Florida will no longer be a participating provider with Superior Vision, also known as Versant Healthcare after 1/31/2020.

Important Announcement for Medicare Patients

Attention Medicare Patients: You must present your new Medicare cards showing the new numbers when you visit our office. Effective 1/1/2020 all claims to Medicare must have the new numbers.

LASIK For Hero Winner Announced

On Friday November 8, 2019 the Eye Center was proud to present our 2019 LASIK for Heroes award at the annual Bay County Chamber of Commerce First Responder Appreciation Luncheon.

Our award recipient primary job is to manage and maintain the County’s Communication Call Center equipment and to manage and maintain all the main 911 services.  For her, it is not unusual to receive calls to troubleshoot issues in the dead of night.  It is also not unusual for her to have to crawl into areas where having glasses is problematic.  In hot, steamy conditions her glasses fog up.  Because of computer work, her glasses also cause eye strain and headache.      Both effect how she is able to perform her daily duties.   Our LASIK for Local Heroes recipient is Bay County Emergency Services Lesil Taylor.

 

You can view the Award Presentation here:  https://youtu.be/ftq67HMJUrQ

Kristina Williams, Marketing Director with Lesil Taylor, LASIK for Hero Award Winner

EyeSouth Expands into the Florida Panhandle Through Affiliation with the Eye Center of North Florida

EyeSouth Partners (“EyeSouth” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has completed an affiliation with the Eye Center of North Florida (“ECNF”). The affiliation represents EyeSouth’s second in Florida and first in the Panhandle Region. EyeSouth is an eye care-focused management services organization backed by Shore Capital Partners committed to partnering with leading physicians to build a premier network of eye care services in the South. EyeSouth’s affiliate network consists of 14 practices with approximately 90 doctors providing medical and surgical eye care services at approximately 59 locations including 10 surgery centers throughout Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Florida, Tennessee and Alabama.

The Eye Center of North Florida is led by Dr. Bret Fisher, Dr. Paul Garland, Dr. Jeffrey Pyne, Dr. Anthony Aker, Dr. David Edinger, and Dr. Mark Jones and functions with two additional optometrists, Dr. Lisa and Scott McKim. ECNF employs approximately 100 support staff across four clinical locations in the Florida Panhandle with its headquarters and Ambulatory Surgery Center (“ASC”) located in Panama City. ECNF was formed in 1999 following the merger of the Newberry Eye Clinic and Gulf Coast Eye Clinic, two of the oldest, most established and trusted practices in the Florida Panhandle. Many of the key employees and doctors trace their roots to before the merger with a track record of providing quality care for decades.

Dr. Aker commented on the partnership, “The affiliation with EyeSouth will position the Eye Center to continue to provide quality care for decades to come, ensuring our employees, patients, and the community are taken care of over the long-run.” Dr. Fisher continued, “It was incredibly important to us to find a partner that shared our commitment to providing innovative patient care. When I look at all the high-quality physicians that have joined EyeSouth including many of which I have known for years, it is exciting to think about what we can collectively accomplish.”

“We are extremely excited to partner with the premier eye care provider in the Florida Panhandle,” said Eugene Gabianelli, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of EyeSouth Partners. “Our collective clinical mission is fully aligned, and we look forward to growing ECNF and expanding access to quality patient care throughout the local community.”

The Eye Center of North Florida will continue to operate under its brand, with no changes to staff, physicians or locations.

To learn more about a partnership with EyeSouth Partners, visit www.eyesouthpartners.com or contact Charlie Shreve, VP of Business Development & Strategy, charlie.shreve@eyesouthpartners.com.

About EyeSouth Partners

Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, EyeSouth Partners (“EyeSouth”) is an eye care management services organization committed to partnering with leading physicians to build a premier network of eye care services in the South. EyeSouth’s partner practices’ clinical mission is to provide high quality medical and surgical specialty eye care. EyeSouth supports its affiliated practices and physician partners with strategic guidance, administrative resources, operating expertise, and capital with an absolute focus on clinical quality and a patient-first culture. EyeSouth’s affiliate network consists of 14 practices and approximately 90 doctors providing medical and surgical eye care services at approximately 59 locations including 10 surgery centers throughout Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Florida, Tennessee and Alabama. EyeSouth is backed by Shore Capital Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm focused on microcap healthcare and food & beverage investments. For more information about EyeSouth Partners, please visit: www.eyesouthpartners.com.

About Shore Capital Partners

Shore Capital Partners is a Chicago-based private equity firm focused on microcap healthcare and food & beverage investments. Shore supports management partners with capital, business development expertise, and industry knowledge to accelerate growth, fund acquisitions, and generate value to shareholders. Shore targets investments in proven, successful private companies with superior management teams, stable cash flow, and significant growth potential, including organic and growth through industry consolidation. Shore has over $1 billion of equity capital under management through various investment vehicles. More information about Shore Capital Partners can be found at www.shorecp.com.

Dr. Fisher presents on KAMRA at ASCRS

Check out this video of Dr. Bret Fisher providing a booth presentation on KAMRA at ASCRS. 

Main office closed on May 3

Our main office on HWY 77 will be closed on May 3 for our employees to prepare the clinic to fully reopen on May 6.  After many months of restoration we will finally be back in the clinic!

Laser & Surgery Center Receives Accreditation

The Eye Center is pleased to announce that our Laser and Surgery Center was recently accredited for the 11th year by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).

This is an important milestone in the continuing growth and success of our health care organization. Pursuing accreditation shows our commitment to providing the highest levels of quality care to our patients, and the same high level of quality in our business practices. Achieving accreditation by AAAHC is proof that we have met the rigorous standards of a nationally-recognized third party.

We are proud to have met the challenge of accreditation, and intend to consistently uphold the principles of quality improvement in patient care in the future.

Webinar for Medical Professionals Featuring Dr. Bret Fisher on Kamra Inlay

KAMRA® Inlay for Presbyopic Patients

CorneaGen presents a FREE webinar for medical professionals featuring board certified ophthalmologists Dr. Shamik Bafna of the Cleveland Eye Clinic and our very own Dr. Bret Fisher.

Watch the recording here:  

What Causes Digital Related Eye Strain?

Staring at a screen for long periods may cause your eyes to feel dry and tired, develop blurry vision, fatigue or eye strain but it won’t cause permanent eye damage. Normally, we blink about 15 times a minute, but studies show we blink half to a third that often while using computers and other digital screen devices.

Eye Ergonomics Tips*

  • Sit about 25 inches, or arm’s length, from the computer screen. Position the screen so your eye gaze is slightly downward.
  • Many devices now have glass screens with considerable glare. Reduce glare by using a matte screen filter if needed.
  • Take regular breaks using the “20-20-20” rule: every 20 minutes, shift your eyes to look at an object at least 20 feet away, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use artificial tears to refresh your eyes when they feel dry.
  • If a screen is much brighter than the surrounding light, your eyes have to work harder to see. Adjust your room lighting and try increasing the contrast on your screen to reduce eye strain.

Contact lenses can exacerbate eye dryness and irritation. Some tips for contact lens wearers:

  • Give your eyes a break by wearing your glasses.
  • Don’t sleep in your contact lenses, even if they are labeled “extended wear.”
  • Always use good cleaning practices.

If your eyes are consistently red, blurry or watery, or they become sensitive to light or painful, please call and see one of our eye care specialists.

*American Academy of Ophthalmology