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Dr Riordan in the news discussing uv rays and cataracts

Dr. Riordan Discusses UV Rays & Cataracts on News4Jax

Twenty percent of cataracts are caused by overexposure to UV radiation. As National Cataract Awareness Month takes off, it is important to be aware of the negative ways that UV rays affect our eyes. Dr. Kimberly Riordan, an optometrist at Florida Eye Specialists, sat down with TV news station News4Jax to discuss how the sun

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Dr. Cowart Gives Tips for Women’s Eye Health on News4Jax

When it comes to vision problems, women are at a higher risk for eye disease than men. Women are more likely to develop cataracts, macular degeneration, and dry eye due to longer life expectancy and hormone imbalances. Dr. Ashley Cowart, an optometrist at Florida Eye Specialists, sat down with local TV station News4Jax to discuss

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5 Ways to Improve Your Eyesight: Vision-Saving Tips

Aging takes a toll on every part of your body, including your eyes. We perceive the world around us through our eyesight, which is why it is crucial that we protect our eyes as we grow older. There are steps we can take to reduce the odds of vision loss and proactively treat developing eye

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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. Kostick Answers Patient Questions About Graves’ Disease

Graves’ Disease affects nearly 1 in every 200 people. This autoimmune disorder is often accompanied by Graves’ Ophthalmopathy, also known as Thyroid Eye Disease (TED). Florida Eye Specialists’ oculoplastic surgeon Dr. David Kostick, is one of a few specialists in the region with clinical experience treating TED with traditional and newly approved medical therapy. Below

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5 Common Eye Care Myths

At Florida Eye Specialists, we encourage patients to learn as much as possible about their eyes. Protect your eyes and your vision by learning the facts and debunking common eye care myths. This will help you lower your risk of developing eye disease. When you see one of our eye specialists, having this knowledge means

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4 Ways To Improve Your Night Vision

Imagine you’re driving at night on your way to a much-anticipated family holiday gathering, only to end up in the hospital because of your deteriorating night vision. It can happen to anyone, and it’s especially important to get your eyes checked twice a year by a cataract or glaucoma specialist to stave off any issues

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6 Tips to Protect Your Eyes During Quarantine

The average person in the U.S. is spending over 13 hours a day looking at screens right now—from binge-watching to working from home, our eyes are working overtime. Digital-related eye strain is marked by symptoms that can include dry eyes, blurry vision, watery eyes, or the sensation of having sand on the surface. Applying these

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Dr. Akbar Hasan On The Link Between Cataracts and Exercise

Can exercise reduce your risk of cataracts? A recent study published in the International Journal of Ophthalmology showed that taking part in regular physical exercise, such as walking or cycling, significantly reduced the risk of age-related cataracts by 10 percent. How can exercise improve your eye health? Dr. Akbar Hasan was featured in the June

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What Do Expecting Mothers Need to Know About Pregnancy and Eye Health?

Expectant mothers, especially first-time expectant mothers, experience extreme changes in their bodies both inside and out. From a growing belly to an emotional shift, your body’s preparation for a new life can have significant effects on your physical health. One of these effects can even include a worsening vision. Understanding the Symptoms Your pregnancy’s effect

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How Smoking Affects Your Eyes

Few people need to be told that smoking is bad for their health, but it’s worth considering how it affects all parts of your body — including your eyes. Unfortunately, the conditions can affect you whether you smoke or you’re around someone who does. Different parts of the eye can be damaged and cause lasting

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