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I HATE HAVING MY EYES DILATED

October 8th, 2019

If you are a patient that year after year dreads having their eyes dilated-then Optomap might be your answer!

We’ve heard it all…. “it’s such a weird feeling”, “makes me feel off-balance”, “it takes forever to wear off”, “I don’t mind the eye exam, it’s the dilation part that I hate!”. 

Most patients feel they should only be examined when they either have an eye issue/emergency or need a change in prescription. When in reality, one of the most important parts of the examination is determining the health of the retina.

The optomap is a simple, non-invasive procedure that generates a high-resolution 200° digital, color image of your retina in less than half of a second.  This image is used to ascertain the health of your retina and check for harmful conditions and possible disease. It is fast, painless and comfortable for patients of all ages, and does not require dilation. 

This image becomes a part of your permanent medical record and enables us to see more of your retina, measure aspects of your eye, and magnify some of the finer details. We can also track changes in your eye over time by comparing each year’s optomap

While our team does recommend comprehensive, dilated eye exams, we are happy to provide optomap as an alternative option for those who may be uncomfortable with dilation.

Many eye problems can develop without you knowing, in fact, you may not even notice any change in your sight – fortunately, diseases or damage such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal tears or detachments, and other health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure can be seen with a thorough exam of the retina. 

The key to having and maintaining healthy eyes is in the early detection of potential problems. 

As with any disease, early detection of any retinal abnormality may lead to earlier and safer treatments and in many cases prevent vision loss.

Clay Eye Physicians & Surgeons Welcomes Medical/Surgical Retina Specialist, J. Parker DuPree, M.D.

September 9th, 2019

Clay Eye Physicians & Surgeons recently welcomed J. Parker DuPree, M.D. to their practice. Dr. DuPree joined Clay Eye after completing his Vitreoretinal  Fellowship at The University of Kentucky. He recently returned to Jacksonville to begin his tenure with Clay Eye. 

 “Jacksonville is my hometown and I’m really happy for the opportunity to be back. I have always loved the city, the culture, and this community. Clay Eye has an amazing reputation and a longevity that I knew I wanted to be part of. Clay Eye offers comprehensive eye care with subspecialists to support any and all patients.”

“Clay Eye was established over 40 years ago with the ultimate mission to put the needs of our patients first. We believe that still holds true today. We hire new associates not solely based on skillset, but also the ability to fit into our culture…as a team and as a family. Dr. DuPree will provide a full complement to the existing care of patients with macular degeneration, retinal disease, and diabetes-related eye problems.  In addition, he will bring an entirely new skill set to the Clay Eye family, to include the surgical correction of retinal-related problems, which will expand our reach to the community even further.  We are very excited about Dr. DuPree joining Clay Eye.” said Dr. Russell Pecoraro, Ophthalmologist and Retina Specialist for Clay Eye Physicians & Surgeons.  

Clay Eye Physicians and Surgeons offers comprehensive eye care in the following specialties: Glaucoma Surgery, Diabetic Eye Disease and Macular Degeneration, Laser Cataract Surgery, Laser floater lysis, Cornea Surgery, Medical Retina, Retinal Surgery, LASIK Surgery, Cosmetic Eye Procedures, Pediatric Ophthalmology, and Pediatric Eye Exams.  In addition, they offer Routine Eye Exams, Contact Lenses, and Boutique Eyewear for the entire family.

I just need an eye exam…

July 3rd, 2019

Most people just know the term “eye doctor”, but in reality, there are several different kinds of “eye doctors”.

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What’s the difference between an MD and DO?

For patients, there is virtually no difference between the treatment by an MD or DO. They are both similarly educated and certified, attending 4 years of medical school, plus an additional residency program ranging from 3-7 years.

While they are similarly educated, there are differences in their training and philosophy of patient care. Both an MD and DO learn in medical school the scientific foundations needed to be licensed physicians, but they take different approaches to diagnosis and treatment.

MD stands for Medical Doctor or Doctor of Medicine (Allopathic doctor)

  • MD’s are the most common type of physician currently practicing in the United States.
  • MD’s focus on the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases.
  • MD’s use treatments that affect someone who’s ill differently than someone who’s healthy.

DO stands for or Doctor of Osteopathy or Osteopathic Doctor

  • A DO is a physician whose medical school training included a focus on the muscular and skeletal systems to treat problems throughout the body.
  • DO’s are trained to consider a patient’s environment, nutrition, and body system as a whole when diagnosing and treating medical conditions.
  • DO’s take on a more holistic approach and focus heavily on prevention. DO’s are known for seeing the patient as a “whole person” to reach a diagnosis, rather than treating the symptoms alone.

To sum it up, both MD’s and DO’s are highly educated, qualified doctors with the ability to take care of your healthcare needs. Choosing an eye doctor is a personal choice and you need to decipher what style and qualities are important to you with regard to your care. You should focus on experience, bedside manner, reputation, communication skills, and most importantly, their ability to relate to you and perform procedures that you need.

Blinded by the light?

May 2nd, 2019

Do you block your eyes from bright light…do you turn off bright lights…do you squint…do you turn down the brightness of your screen/monitor? If you answered YES to any of these questions, Acuvue Oasys with Transitions contact lenses might be the solution for you.

Did you know…

  • 64% of consumers are bothered by bright light daily.
  • 94% of consumers bothered by light used compensating behaviors (squinting, blocking the sun, etc.)
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How will the lenses look on my eyes?

Acuvue Oasys with Transitions is specially designed to provide benefits to patients while minimizing the change to the eye’s appearance.

Can I wear these lenses while I’m driving?

Yes, they can be worn while driving, during the day or at night.

Do I still need to wear sunglasses when I wear Acuvue Oasys with Transitions?

Yes. While these lenses do provide UV protection to the areas they cover, other parts of the eye and surrounding areas are still exposed to UV light. These lenses are not intended as a replacement for sunglasses. The lenses can be worn with non-prescription sunglasses.

Do the lenses work indoors?

Yes. Acuvue Oasys with Transitions is always on, whether indoors or outdoors. The lenses are designed to adapt automatically—becoming lighter or darker in response to changing light.

How long does it take the lenses to activate, and then deactivate?

Acuvue Oasys Transition Lenses activate in less than a minute, and quickly fades from dark to clear, within 90 seconds when transitioning back from outdoors to indoors.


“Light sensitivity can be a problem for many of my patients. These transition contact lenses are not only very comfortable, but they provide 100% UV protection, and the added benefit of relief from bright lights & glare. Patients love them!”
– Dr. Melanie Javier

If you are interested in finding out more information regarding these new, first-of-its-kind light-adaptive contact lenses, contact Clay Eye Physicians & Surgeons at 904-272-2020 to set up an appointment.

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March 13th, 2019

March is Workplace Eye Safety month, and while we typically assume professions such as healthcare, mechanic, landscaping, welding, etc. are the most prone to eye injuries, the most common is actually computer vision syndrome.

What is Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)?

Wikipedia defines CVS as a “condition resulting from focusing the eyes on a computer or other display device for protracted, uninterrupted periods of time”. The muscles in the eye are then unable to adequately recover from the strain due to inadequate sleep.

While computer screens do not cause permanent vision damage, they can cause temporary headaches, eye fatigue, redness, sensitivity, and difficulty focusing.

Computer Vision Syndrome

What causes this eye strain?

Humans blink an average of 15 times per minute, but studies show we blink far less when using computers and other digital screen devices – about a third of the amount.

Tips to minimizing eye strain:

  • Sit about 25 inches, or arm’s length, from the computer screen. Position the screen so your eye gaze is slightly downward.
  • Take regular breaks using the “20-20-20” rule: every 20 minutes, shift your eyes to look at an object at least 20 feet away, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use artificial tears to refresh your eyes when they feel dry.
  • If a screen is much brighter than the surrounding light, you should adjust your room lighting so you have less of a contrast.

If you experience red, watery or irritated eyes from consistent computer usage, contact our office to discuss your options for relief. 904-272-2020

February is Age Related Macular Degeneration Month (AMD)

February 26th, 2019

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness among older Americans, but new treatments have dramatically changed the course of this disease over the last 10 years, making AMD more manageable than ever before.

What is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

Macular degeneration is the leading cause of severe, irreversible vision loss in people over age 60. It occurs when the small central portion of the retina, known as the macula, deteriorates. 

What are some risk factors for Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

  • Age
  • Smoking. Smoking increases a person’s chances of developing AMD
  • Family History of AMD
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Prolonged Sun Exposure
  • Diet
  • Obesity

Is there a cure for Macular Degeneration?

Currently, there is no cure for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), however,  there are a number of things you can do to reduce your risk of getting the disease and experiencing AMD-related vision loss.

Here are a few simple steps for maintaining healthy eyes:

Family Eye Health History:

Talk to your family members about their eye health history. It’s important to know if anyone has been diagnosed with AMD.

Stop Smoking:

Many studies have determined that smoking significantly increases the risk of AMD, and some research has shown that the risk is at least double that of non-smokers.

Eat Right:

Eat right to protect your sight. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, particularly dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, or collard greens is important for keeping your eyes healthy, too. Research has also shown there are eye health benefits from eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut.

Have Regular Eye Exams:

The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends a dilated eye exam at least every two to three years if you’re between 45 and 60 and every year after the age of 60.

Regular eye exams can help your eye doctor detect AMD and monitor it so that you can receive proper AMD treatment, if appropriate, beyond these preventive measures.

Brandon Powell, O.D., joins Clay Eye Physicians & Surgeons

September 19th, 2018

Brandon Powell, O.D.We are pleased to announce that Brandon Powell, O.D. has officially joined our Clay Eye Physicians & Surgeons. Dr. Powell graduated from the University of Central Florida with his Bachelor of Science Degree and Nova-Southeastern University College of Optometry for his Doctor of Optometry Degree.

Dr. Powell is interested in comprehensive primary eye care. He has special interests in: Ocular Disease, Cornea and Contact Lens Service, Pediatrics and Specialty Lens Fitting.

“I was born in Orange Park, grew up in Fleming Island, and I’ve always loved the North Florida community. I really liked the idea of coming “home”. I gravitated towards Clay Eye, as the comprehensive eye care approach is unique. Whether a patient is coming in for a routine eye exam, has a specific eye disease, or is a candidate for surgery, patients have comfort knowing that it’s all handled in one place with the same team of physicians who work together to provide the best quality of care available,” says Dr. Powell.

Dr. Powell is now accepting new patients.

June is Cataract Awareness Month

June 20th, 2018

There are over 24 million Americans over the age of 40 who are affected by cataracts, so it only seems appropriate that an entire month should be dedicated to education and awareness.

What are cataracts?

Cataracts are a clouding of the lens of the eye, which prevents passage of light into the eye. Having a cataract is like looking through a foggy or dusty car windshield. Things look blurry, hazy and less colorful when a cataract is present.

What is the treatment for cataracts?

The solution to cataracts is cataract surgery, which requires an ophthalmologist (eye surgeon) to make a small incision on your cornea, remove the cloudy, deteriorated lens and replace it with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens or IOL. Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the United States, as over 3 million Americans undergo cataract surgery annually.

Is cataract removal safe?

Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most effective surgeries with a success rate of 95 percent. The surgery lasts only about 15-20 minutes, and is conducted in an outpatient surgery center.

Do cataracts only affect seniors?

Cataracts do not discriminate and can affect anyone. While most people do not show symptoms of cataracts until at least the age of 40, cataracts can also affect young adults and even children. Certain factors can cause cataracts to develop an earlier age: Heredity, disease, eye injury and smoking—to name a few.

Can I prevent cataracts?

Unfortunately, as we get older, cataracts start to form, and there is no proven way to prevent them. However, you can slow the progression by choosing to live a healthy lifestyle and eating well, not smoking, and reducing exposure to sunlight by wearing UVA/UVB protective eyewear to ensure that your eyes are as healthy as they can be.

May is Healthy Vision Month!

May 25th, 2018

We’ve all heard the saying-“Take Care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live.”

A similar saying stands true for your eyesight.  Your eyes are the only pair that you have, so it’s so important that you take care of them.

A comprehensive dilated eye exam can tell you so much about your overall health allowing your ophthalmologist to detect damage or disease. It is the only way to detect diseases that may have no warning signs in their early stages, such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, and age-related macular degeneration.

Here are a few simple steps for maintaining healthy eyes:

Family Eye Health History:

Talk to your family members about their eye health history. It’s important to know if anyone has been diagnosed with a disease or condition since many are hereditary. This will help to determine if you are at higher risk for developing an eye disease or condition.

Maintain a Healthy Weight:

Being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing diabetes and other systemic conditions, which can lead to vision loss, such as diabetic eye disease or glaucoma. If you are having trouble maintaining a healthy weight, talk to your doctor.

Eat Right:

Eat right to protect your sight. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, particularly dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, or collard greens is important for keeping your eyes healthy, too. Research has also shown there are eye health benefits from eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut.

Wear Your Shades:

Not all sunglasses are created equal! While they are a great fashion accessory, their most important job is to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. When purchasing sunglasses, look for ones that block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation. Our amazing optical team is here to help!

7 Tools to Help You Adapt to Low Vision

February 23rd, 2018

low visionHaving vision loss is frustrating and having independence is important. Diminished vision doesn’t necessarily mean surrendering your normal activities, however it might mean that you need to adapt to new ways to do them.

There are many tools, techniques and resources for people with low vision.

Low Vision Aids

When traditional eyeglasses are no longer effective and surgery or medical treatment is not an option, it is time to consider low vision aids to help with daily activities, such as:


1. Magnifying Eyeglasses

These are worn like eyeglasses to keep your hands free. They can be used for reading, threading a needle, or doing other close-up tasks.


2. Stand Magnifiers

These magnifiers rest above the object you are looking at and help to keep the lens at a proper distance.


3. Smartphones/Tablets

With these devices, you can change the size of the text, modify the brightness and use voice commands to help you navigate.


4. Utilize Large-Print

Books, newspapers, magazines and playing cards help with vision


5. Telephones/Thermostats/Remote Controls

These often have large numbers and high contrast colors.


6. Audio Books:

With audio books, you can listen to text that is read aloud. These can be found at a local library and are free


7. Electronic Books:

With electronic books such as Kindle®, Nook® and others, you have the ability to modify the word size and contrast on the screen. These can often be found at a local library and are free.

In addition, there are other free resources such as the Division of Blind Services and the National Library of Congress. For more information, contact us today to with your ophthalmologist about resources and options that are best for you.

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