An ophthalmology team dedicated to providing excellence in every aspect of eye care, we offer complete eye examinations for adults and children, as well as the latest in eye surgical procedures. Our practice combines state-of-the-art technology with a caring professional staff. You are invited to experience our unique approach to eye care.
Glaucoma is sometimes referred to as “the sneak thief of sight” because many patients exhibit no symptoms during the preliminary stages of the disease. In order to receive prompt treatment and protect your vision, we recommend routine eye exams to screen for glaucoma before major optic nerve damage can occur. While there is no cure for glaucoma, Gulfcoast Eye Care offers many treatment options that can combat this condition. When […]Read More.
Although over three million people are affected by glaucoma in the United States alone, many people remain unaware that they have this debilitating condition. In the earliest stages of glaucoma, patients typically do not exhibit any symptoms, even if the disease is beginning to impair their quality of vision. In addition, according to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, people can lose up to 40% of their vision without realizing a change […]Read More.
Each November, Gulfcoast Eye Care is proud to do its part in spreading awareness about diabetes and the dangers it can pose to both eye health and overall health. In addition to the heightened risk of serious general health concerns, diabetes significantly increases the risk of developing certain types of eye conditions, including glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic eye disease. To bring attention to the National Eye Institute’s National Diabetes Month […]Read More.
Smoking, high cholesterol, and the natural aging process can all lead to the development of macular degeneration (or AMD). To keep these risk factors in check and reduce the risk of macular degeneration, retina specialist Jason Handza, DO often recommends routine exercise, weight management, a healthy diet, and avoiding tobacco – many of the same precautions used to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. If Dr. Handza diagnoses you with […]Read More.
When it comes to vision loss, macular degeneration is the leading cause in patients over 60. As we age, the eye’s macula – which constitutes the central area of the retina – is subject to wear and tear. In addition to the natural aging process, abnormal cholesterol levels or smoking can increase your risk of developing macular degeneration. The symptoms of macular degeneration, otherwise known as Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD), […]Read More.
Millions of Americans are affected by diabetes, and though the disease is manageable, those living with diabetes are often susceptible to a number of health risks. At Gulfcoast Eye Care, we take extra measures with our patients who have diabetes to monitor eye health, as high blood sugar levels can severely damage the blood vessels in the eyes. When the retina begins to be impacted by diabetes, the condition is […]Read More.
Eyelid surgery, commonly referred to as an eyelid lift and medically known as blepharoplasty, is one of the most popular cosmetic enhancement procedures available. Treatments such as upper eyelid surgery can dramatically reduce signs of age in the upper eye areas and even improve vision for patients affected by excess skin hanging over the eyes. While the recovery process from upper eyelid surgery will vary depending on each patient’s unique […]Read More.
Some of the first and most visible signs of aging often occur in the areas of the upper eyelids. As the skin of these areas becomes susceptible to fat deposits and the muscles begin to weaken, a look of anger, sadness, or exhaustion can set in – even when you are not feeling those emotions. In fact, the skin of the upper eyelids can become so heavy that it droops […]Read More.
One of the many benefits of RLE (Refractive Lens Exchange) is the minimal recovery time experienced by most patients. In fact, many individuals are able to return to normal routines after one day. Following the procedure, you will be given anti-inflammatory and antibiotic eye drops to facilitate healing. You will also be asked to return to Gulfcoast Eye Care for a few follow-up visits to check on your rate of […]Read More.
Refractive Lens Exchange, commonly referred to as RLE, offers many individuals who are not candidates for LASIK and other laser vision correction treatments an alternative to improve vision affected by nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, or presbyopia. Refractive Lens Exchange essentially involves removing the eye’s natural lens and replacing it with an advanced intraocular lens implant (IOL). Our experienced ophthalmologist, Dr. Michael Manning, can perform Refractive Lens Exchange procedures on an outpatient […]Read More.