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Glaucoma Information

Is Glaucoma Hereditary? Risk Factors, Treatment Options

Glaucoma is a degenerative eye disease that affects more than three million Americans. Because the disease is typically asymptomatic until the later stages of its progression, it is critical to have regular, dilated eye exams, especially if you have risk factors. Though it is the second leading cause of blindness in the world, early detection

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Cataract Information

New Study Finds Lower Risk for Dementia After Cataract Surgery

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide. According to CDC estimates, more than 30 million people in the US over age 40 are affected by them. Despite the safety and efficacy of cataract surgery, many older adults do not treat the disease, either due to barriers to treatment or simple unawareness. When a cataract

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Getting to Know Dr. Steven R. Maier

Getting to Know Dr. Steven R. Maier

Florida Eye Specialists is Jacksonville’s leader for comprehensive eye care—from diagnosis, to treatment, to surgery. In line with our mission to provide excellent care and the latest technology to our Jacksonville communities, we are thrilled to add yet another highly-skilled physician to our team. Steven R. Maier, M.D., is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in general

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Diabetic Retinopathy

What is a Diabetic Eye Exam?

While it is well known that diabetes can cause complications like cardiovascular disease or kidney damage, the relationship between diabetes and the eyes isn’t talked about as often. But it’s important to be aware that diabetes can put patients at an increased risk for developing dangerous eye conditions, collectively known as diabetic eye disease. Regular

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Dr. Patel Performs Pro Bono Surgery for Diabetic Dad in Need
Cataract Information

Dr. Ravi Patel Performs Pro Bono Cataract Surgery for Diabetic Dad in Need

Florida Eye Specialists is proud to fund pro-bono surgeries for vision-saving care through the Florida Eye Cares foundation.  William Servance, a Jacksonville dad of two, received one of these free cataract surgeries when his insurance wouldn’t cover the cost. Dr. Ravi Patel performed the crucial surgery in October. Now, Severance says, he can see better

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Cosmetic Information

When Do You Need Droopy Eyelid Surgery?

Do you have trouble keeping your eyelids open? Do you feel like they are beginning to impair your vision? Drooping eyelids, also known as ptosis, are very common. They are often the result of age, as the skin around the eye loses elasticity and the muscles supporting the eyelids weaken. This causes excess skin or

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Dr. Jason Miles
Cataract Information

Getting to Know Dr. Jason Miles, New Cataract and Cornea Specialist

Dr. Jason F. Miles, M.D., is honored to bring patient-focused eye care to Northeast Florida. He joins the Florida Eye Specialists team after completing his internship in internal medicine, residency in ophthalmology, and fellowship in cornea and external disease at The University of Florida / UF Health in Gainesville. Through his practice, he hopes to

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Oculoplastics Information

Thyroid Eye Disease (Graves’ Ophthalmopathy) Symptoms and Causes

Nearly one out of every 200 people suffer from Graves’ Disease. And nearly half the time, this disease is accompanied by a condition known as Graves’ Ophthalmopathy, or Thyroid Eye Disease (TED). While symptoms are often mild, this condition can lead to severe vision loss. That’s why diagnosis is crucial to soothe eyes and preserve

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Giving Back

Help Dr. Ravi Patel & Florida Eye Cares Support K9s for Warriors

The collective hearts of our Jacksonville eye care community have been grieving recently, since losing a friend and colleague to suicide. He was a military veteran and experienced tremendous stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us at Florida Eye Specialists knew him or knew of him, including Dr. Ravi Patel. Through Florida Eye

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Retina Information

Age-Related Macular Degeneration Symptoms and Causes

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss for Americans over age 65, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Macular degeneration affects at least 11 million Americans, and that number is expected to double by 2050. While blindness is rare in AMD, it can cause severe central vision

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