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 at SECO 2015. He lectured in the main session Saturday, March 7th, in a presentation entitled “The Future of Cataract Surgery.” During this special session, 1000 attendees learned about advances in cataract surgery today and in the future from Dr. Fisher, along with Dr. Lawrence Woodard of Atlanta, Georgia. They also discussed the optometrist’s role in counseling and co-managing the large patient population.

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 visual stimulation and clear vision to the brain.

What causes amblyopia?  It can be caused by many factors such as strabismus (eye turn), uncorrected vision, congenital cataracts, and droopy eyelids.  According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), infants should have their first eye examination at 6 months old, then at 3 years old, and prior to entering first grade at 6 years old2. Children’s visual pathways are developed up to the ages of 7-8.  If vision is not corrected with eyeglasses prior that age period, a child may develop amblyopia.  We see patients as young as 6 months old to look for amblyopic factors.  It is even more important for children with family history of amblyopia to be examined.

How do we treat amblyopia?  If the child is under 7-8 years of old, there is excellent potential to prevent and treat amblyopia with patching the “good” opposite eye for a few hours per day.  Treatment plan varies due to the severity of amblyopia.  Compliance with treatment can be an issue, therefore eye drops may also be prescribed for the opposite eye in lieu of patching.  The goal of both patching and eye drop therapies is to blur the vision in the “good eye” and stimulate the “lazy eye.”

1. http://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/eye-and-vision-problems/glossary-of-eye-and-vision-conditions/amblyopia/amblyopia-faqs?sso=y

2. http://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/caring-for-your-vision/comprehensive-eye-and-vision-examination/recommended-examination-frequency-for-pediatric-patients-and-adults?sso=y

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, AAAHC Accredited, Eye Surgery Center of Excellence!


Topic:  Understanding Cataracts & Cataract Surgery
When: Thursday, July 17th, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where:  The Eye Center of North Florida
2500 MLK Jr. Blvd.  Panama City, Florida
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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.


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 state of Florida. Dr. Bret Fisher and Dr. Paul Garland, both surgeons at The Eye Center, look forward to using this new technology for their patients and revolutionizing the way cataract surgery is performed.

On Monday, October 3, 2011, The Eye Center of North Florida will be introducing the latest technological advancement in cataract surgery. The LenSx Custom Cataract System is a fully integrated femtosecond laser that allows bladeless cataract surgery. There are currently 25 LenSx Lasers in the world, with only a handful in the Nation. The Eye Center will have the first one in Florida and all southern states, with the exception of Charleston S.C.

There have not been advancements in cataract surgery – the most performed surgery in the world- in over 20 years. Dr. Paul Garland and Dr. Bret Fisher will be the surgeons who will work with the new machine to perform custom laser cataract surgery.

On Monday, October 3rd, we would love to have media support to welcome the LenSx into the state of Florida by joining us for a Chamber Ribbon Cutting and Surgery Center Open House from 11 am to 1 pm. (lunch provided) 2500 MLK Jr. Blvd – Surgery Center entrance.