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 kwilliams@eyecarenow.com

 

Quit Smoking Now… It’s Good For You and Your Eyes!

Smoking Can Lead to Eye Diseases & Vision Loss A new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that, while progress is being made, smoking and tobacco use remains a concern for the health of millions of Americans. Smoking causes itchy, watery eyes, which can be a nuisance, but more importantly, smoking […]

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Gratitude and Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving season, it’s important to acknowledge the things we are grateful for in our lives. The Eye Center of North Florida has the opportunity to touch so many people’s lives in such a unique way, and we see patients all the time who tell us how their eye care appointment has made a huge difference for […]

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Kitchen Eye Safety

The Thanksgiving holiday is almost here for us to celebrate with cheer! Although we may be celebrating the holiday differently this year, the favorite Thanksgiving dinner traditions will still live on for a happy holiday season. As we prepare our Thanksgiving nutritious meals, let’s take a look at a few eye safety tips from the […]

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Why is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month Important?

Did you know that diabetes could cause eye disease? Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness, and many don’t experience symptoms. Early detection, timely treatment, and appropriate follow-up care with your eye doctor are the only ways to prevent vision loss. Diabetic patients require special eye care to manage their blood sugar and ensure the whole […]

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Don’t Let Dry Eye Stop Your Tears

Tears play a vital role in the health and function of our eyes. That’s what makes dry eye such a serious problem. Tears serve as our eyes’ first line of defense against irritants like dust and germs, washing them away with every blink. They also enable our eyes to turn and swivel comfortably. When the […]

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Diabetic Retinopathy: What You Need To Know

Diabetes is a disease that affects the body’s ability to produce or use insulin effectively to control blood sugar (glucose) levels. Too much glucose in the blood for a long time can cause damage in many parts of the body. Diabetes can damage the heart, kidneys, and blood vessels. It damages small blood vessels in […]

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Age Related Macular Degeneration- 6 Ways to Protect Your Eyes

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of vision loss and blindness in Americans over 50, affecting about 2.1 million people nationwide. Early diagnosis and treatment are the keys to preventing vision loss.  AMD is a degenerative disease that happens when part of the retina called the macula is damaged. […]

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Tips to Protect your Eyesight from Glaucoma

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, 3 million Americans have the potentially blinding eye disease glaucoma, but only half are aware of it. Glaucoma slowly damages the eye’s optic nerve, the important link between the eye and the brain. People with Glaucoma usually lose vision before they notice any problems with their eyes. The most […]

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Stay away from non-prescription contact lenses this Halloween

Wearing costume contact lenses on Halloween can be a real scream. However, the scare from non-prescription contact lenses can be all too real when chemical exposure or potentially blinding infections take place. To help prevent eye damage and vision loss, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is warning costume shoppers about over-the-counter decorative lenses after a study […]

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Eye Center Wins Best of Bay

The Eye Center of North Florida was once again honored by the Bay County community as the winner of “BEST EYE CARE” for 2020 in the annual Best of Bay Awards.    Thank you to our patients for allowing us to be a part of your eye care needs for 20 years!  

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What Are Cataracts?

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a cataract is a dense, cloudy area that forms in the lens of the eye. A cataract begins when proteins in the eye form clumps that prevent the lens from sending clear images to the retina. The retina works by converting the light that comes through the lens […]

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Exercise for Your Eye Health This Fall!

We have officially welcomed the Fall season, which includes cooler weather, yummy fall season treats, and maybe for some people, less time exercising. In a Gallup survey, Americans typically exercise more in the spring and summer and less in the fall and winter. However, it only takes 30 minutes of physical exercise a day that […]

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