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Why Are My Eyes So Dry in the Winter?

It’s no secret that eye protection is essential throughout the summer months, but did you know that this is also important during the winter, too? As temperatures drop, our eyes are exposed to dry air and other extreme conditions, making dry eye symptoms extremely common.  Fortunately, there are many measures you can take to protect

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Glaucoma vs Cataracts: What Do You Need to Know?

Our eyes, like all other body parts, become more susceptible to disease as we age. The most common vision-related problems in older adults are glaucoma and cataracts. In fact, these are two of the most common causes of vision loss in the world.

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Diabetic Retinopathy: Causes, Symptoms, Treatments

Diabetic retinopathy is a complication within the retina caused by diabetes. Symptoms of this condition are not always noticeable — many cases go unnoticed until they become severe. That’s why it is important to receive a comprehensive dilated eye exam annually.

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Dangers of Cosmetic Contact Lenses

Many individuals are unaware of the risks that cosmetic contact lenses can pose for the eyes. Understanding these dangers and how to use prescription lenses correctly can help protect your sight.

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Which Vision Conditions Are Age-Related?

It’s normal to start experiencing changes as we age. The good news is that when it comes to our sight, we can see just as clearly as we did when we were young. Thanks to technological advances, it is possible to see even better than ever after certain procedures like cataract surgery. 

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Patient Story: What Dry Eye Treatment Looks Like

Joanna Schneider, age 59, has experienced severe dry eye symptoms for three years. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, she enjoys an active, outdoor lifestyle in sunny Florida. But her dry eye symptoms started to get in the way of the activities she loves. Running marathons, walking, and taking pilates classes all became more difficult. “During the

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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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Healthy Vision Month: Tips for Healthy Eyes

As we age, our risk for eye disease increases. Conditions like age-related macular degeneration and cataracts can contribute to vision loss and may get in the way of enjoying the activities you love. If your vision is worsening or you’ve noticed eye discomfort, it’s important to address your symptoms early by seeing an eye doctor. 

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Meet Our Team of Optometrists

At Florida Eye Specialists, we are lucky to have an amazing team of optometrists who provide excellence in patient care. Our optometrists take into consideration the whole health of our patients’ eyes, from regular eye exams, to treating dry eye, diagnosing eye conditions and more. They have decades of experience, board certifications and always stay

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Getting to Know Dr. Steven R. Maier
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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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How My Life Changed After Graves’ Disease Treatment

Did you know that an autoimmune disorder can lead to permanent vision loss? Nearly six percent of those who suffer from Graves’ Ophthalmopathy lose their vision entirely due to damage to the eye’s optic nerve.  Graves’ Disease is an autoimmune disorder that affects the thyroid gland and is often accompanied by Graves’ Ophthalmopathy, which can

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Dr. Ravi Patel Discusses Florida Eye Cares on First Coast News

Florida Eye Cares, a nonprofit organization launched by Florida Eye Specialists, provides free vision screenings and eye surgeries to local patients in need. Dr. Ravi Patel discussed the nonprofit and the pro bono cataract surgery he performed for a local patient on First Coast News.  Read the full story here.

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