Eye Health with Dr. Safner

Dr. Florian Safner

Florian M. Safner, OD

Dr. Florian Safner earned a B.S. degree in Biochemistry from American International, a B.S. degree in Visual Sciences and his Doctorate in Optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry/Salus University. Dr. Safner also completed the CEO (Chief Executive Optometrist) program at the Wharton School of Business.

Dr. Safner has participated in Gift of Sight missions to the citizens of various underserved areas in the USA and Puerto Rico and an international Gift of Sight mission to Northern Africa. He is a long standing member of the American Optometric Association and holds active optometric licenses in California, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

  • Winterize Your Eyes: Protecting Your Eyes During the Winter
    Depending upon where you live, winter weather has already started settling in. Each winter, cold weather presents challenges for even the healthiest eyes. I wanted to share some simple facts about how ocular irritation occurs, even during the winter months and what you can do to protect your eyes and your family’s eyes this winter and beyond.
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  • Children’s Eye Health and Safety: How You Can Protect Your Child’s Vision
    August is National Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month, and with the new school year and kid’s sports programs once again starting, this month is a great time for parents to focus on their children’s vision and overall eye health. Ensuring your child has a vision/eye health evaluation will help kids perform well in the classroom and also on the sports field.
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  • What is Color Blindness?
    Color Vision Deficiency, more commonly referred to as Color Blindness is the difficulty or the inability to distinguish certain shades of color. In severe cases, patients experience the world as black and white without any color at all. This is true color blindness, however very few people have actually been diagnosed as completely color blind.
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  • Cataract Awareness: Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment
    With the aging of our population and with people living longer the incidence of general health problems is increasing. Simultaneously, as our bodies age so do our eyes and patients 65 and older are more susceptible to cataracts. In this month’s column, I want to briefly discuss what a cataract is, some of the symptoms associated with cataracts and what the most common treatment options are.
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  • Vision Impact of Diabetes: Preserve Your Sight with an Annual Eye Exam
    With March being “Save Your Vision Month”, I wanted to discuss the leading cause of blindness in American adults. The disease called Diabetes Mellitus, or commonly called “Diabetes” is a group of diseases caused by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that results from defects in the body’s ability to produce/use insulin. If left untreated, Diabetes can cause a permanent loss of vision.
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  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD): What You Need To Know
    With more and more Americans entering retirement each year it is a prime time to talk about a common eye condition called AMD (Age-Related Macular Degeneration) or more commonly known as "Macular Degeneration". This condition is a leading cause of vision loss among people age 60 and older. Let's discuss a general overview of AMD to better prepare you in understanding this condition.
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  • See You Next Year: The Importance of Annual Eye Health Exams
    Many of us are not aware of the necessity of having routine vision care. According to a recent report in the Archives of Ophthalmology, more than 60 million American adults are at high risk of vision loss. That is one in five Americans!
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  • Back to School Eye Exams: Why they are Critically Important for your Children
    When you check off items on your “Back-To- School” checklist, don’t forget to make an eye exam appointment for your child. August is National Children’s Vision Month which is a perfect time to talk about the importance of providing...
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  • Preventing Eye Injuries: What You Need to Know
    Summer is in full swing, which means that many of us are spending more time outdoors enjoying activities that we normally don’t think of as risky when it comes to our sight. July has been officially recognized as Eye Injury Prevention Month...
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  • What is Computer Vision Syndrome?
    The American Optometric Association (AOA) has designated the month of March as "Save Your Vision" month. It is a perfect time to focus on an exceedingly common condition known as Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) since 82% of Americans work with a computer or hand held device every day....
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  • Understanding Women‘s Eye Health Concerns
    You may not be aware of it, but April is Women‘s Eye Health Month, so this is a perfect time to talk about why all women need to have an annual eye health examination. Having a yearly eye exam is not only important for seeing clearly....
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  • Sun Exposure: Simple Facts for All of Us
    Depending upon where you live, sun season has already started or will soon be starting. With May being Ultraviolet (UV) Awareness Month, I wanted to share some of the simple facts about how solar damage occurs and what you can do to protect your eyes this summer and year round.
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