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Erika Serrato’s eyesight had been deteriorating for seven years.

When she worked outside, her eyes would become painfully dry and irritated, she said through a translator.

As her eye disease worsened, Serrato’s fears of blindness increased.

She was suffering from pterygium, an abnormal growth of fibrovascular tissue which extends from the “white” of the eye onto the cornea and eventually over the iris.

On a recent Thursday afternoon, a grateful Serrato sat in the waiting room of the Florida Lions Eye Clinic waiting for a checkup after surgery on her second eye.

This was the fifth time she had traveled three hours from Dade City to the eye clinic in Bonita Springs for assessments, surgeries and follow-up appointments.

Arranging transportation and finding a friend to act as an interpreter was not easy, but she was more than willing to do it.

The Florida Lions Eye Clinic is the only facility in the state offering free eye care and surgeries to uninsured people living at 200 percent or more below the federal poverty line.

Formerly known as the Bonita Lions Eye Clinic, it recently changed its name to reflect the greater geography of the clientele it serves, said its new Executive Director Tamika Seaton.

“We have had patients come from as far as Tampa, Miami and all over the region to see us,” she said. “They didn’t have any other options.”

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FLORIDA LIONS EYE CLINIC NOW PERFORMS ARGON LASER TREATMENT

Sherman Laser

On June 14, 2017, Dr. Robert Sherman performed Argon Laser Treatment on the clinic’s first set of patients receiving retinal therapy.
This laser is used for many different ophthalmic procedures, including retina disorders, glaucoma, corneal and ocular tumors, conjunctivitis, and astigmatism.
The treatment is done by inducing heat energy in the retina which creates small scars to cauterize blood vessels. The procedure is painless and performed in our surgery room.
Pictured is Dr. Sherman performing the Argon Laser Treatment on one of our patients at the eye clinic. He is an ophthalmologist trained to diagnose, treat and manage diseases and trauma of the eye. This treatment would not be possible without the generous donation of the laser machine by Dr. Rachid Aouchiche at West Coast Eye Center in Fort Myers.

What Is Laser Vision Surgery?

If you need glasses, you've probably heard the buzz about laser surgery for sharper vision. The most common types are LASIK and PRK.
This family of surgeries can bring back 20/20 vision -- and reduce or even eliminate the need for glasses or contacts. But vision surgery can have unwelcome side effects.

What Causes Differently Colored Eyes?

Have you ever seen someone with differently colored eyes or eyes that have more than one color? For instance, do you know someone with blue eyes flecked with brown? The condition is called heterochromia iridis, and it affects the iris, the colored part of your eye.

Most of the time, it doesn't cause any problems. It's often just a color quirk that's caused by genes inherited from parents or by a problem that happened when the eyes were being formed. In rare cases, though, it can be a symptom of something else. It could be a health problem or a condition a person was born with.

It's common in some animals but rare in humans. It affects fewer than 200,000 people in the United States.

A Closer Look at Eye Color

Your iris gets its color from a pigment called melanin. It's what makes them blue, green, brown, or hazel. Less melanin leads to lighter eye color. More melanin leads to darker eyes.

Sometimes, the amount of pigment in your eyes can vary:

  • Complete heterochromia means one iris is a different color than the other. For example, you may have one blue eye and one brown eye.
  • Segmental heterochromia means different parts of one iris are different colors.

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