How Diabetes Can Harm Your Eyesight

diabetes eyesIf you suffer from diabetes, then you are more likely to suffer from both glaucoma and cataracts. However this is not the biggest danger for diabetic patients in terms of eyesight – more concerning is the increased risk of retinopathy, with diabetic retinopathy actually being the leading cause of blindness in those aged between 20 and 65. If you are diabetic and you notice any change in your eyesight, you should see an eye doctor right away.

What is Retinopathy?

Retinopathy is a general term that means ‘damage to the retina’. Your retina is the thin layer of sensitive tissue found on the inside surface of the eye. This is where your nerve cells convert incoming light into electrical impulses to be read and understood by the brain.

In diabetic retinopathy, the retina gets damaged due to swelling in the veins that nourish this tissue and the nerve cells. Read More

Understanding Astigmatism and Your Prescription

eye examAstigmatism is one of the most miss-pronounced medical terms when it comes to vision care. Many patients refer to it as having “a stigmatism”, when it is properly pronounced as a single word, not two. It also commonly misunderstood by patients as well. In short, astigmatism is basically a distortion of the cornea. Instead of being spherical, it is uneven, and more egg-shaped. There are three major types of astigmatism that a patient can have.

  • Myopic Astigmatism: Commonly referred to as being nearsighted, a myopic astigmatism can affect one, or both of the eyes in varying degrees.
  • Hyperopic Astigmatism: Commonly referred to as being farsighted, like myopic astigmatism, one, or both of the eyes can be affected with varying degrees of hyperopic astigmatism.
  • Mixed Astigmatism: When the eyes exhibit a mixture of both hyperopic and myopic astigmatism. For example; one eye has severe myopic astigmatism, while the other has mild hyperopic astigmatism.

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What You Should Know about Eye Strain

eye strainWhile eye strain can lead to some rather painful headaches and prolonged discomfort, thankfully it is not common to have lasting damage as a result of it. The medical term asthenopia is commonly refered to as “eye strain”, and refers to a variety of systems that can occur when the eyes are used for prolonged periods of time. Typically the use occurs under less than ideal lighting situations. Using a computer screen, reading with inadequate lighting, or even too much lighting can all be conditions that lead to eye strain. Also, forgoing the use of prescription glasses can contribute to eye strain.

Headaches Are A Major Sign

One of the easiest to identify signs of eye strain is headaches. Along with headaches, asthenopia can lead to eyes that feel “tired”, have blurred vision, stinging sensations, and in severe cases can even lead to double vision. Read More

Signs You May Benefit from an Eye Exam

GandEFor most people, scheduling an annual eye exam is essential. However, there are certain patients that will require much more frequent appointments because of individual eye health issues. The fact is that most people do not keep or even schedule these appointments, putting their eye health at risk. This means that you need to be aware when it is time to schedule an eye exam.

A tell-tale sign it is time to have an eye exam is if you are unable to remember your last appointment. If you suffer from hypertension or diabetes, or some other type of eye condition, it is even more essential that you schedule and keep yearly eye exams. As you become older this will be more important, as well.

Another sign that it is time to see an eye doctor is if you have been experiencing eye irritation or some other type of issue. This is true if you begin to experience sudden changes in your vision, or if you start to see flashes of light, spots or floaters without any type of cause. These issues may be the indication of a number of different vision conditions that have to be treated right away in order to prevent the possibility of additional complications. Read More

The Basics of Children’s Eye Care and Vision

young doctorIt can be difficult to know when it is time for your child to see an eye doctor. However, the majority of doctors will agree that regular eye exams will help to protect your child’s eye sight and vision, while providing you with helpful information regarding their overall eye health.

The eye health of your child should start when they are born, and continue throughout their childhood. For a number of children, a pediatrician’s evaluation may be enough; however, if a child comes from a history of eye or vision problems, or has some symptoms of serious eye issues, they may need an official exam.

Even when there are no risk factors or a family history of eye issues, children should have their vision checked at the ages of six months, three years and before they enter first grade.

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Can Facebook Be a Great Source of Leads for Eye Doctor Services?

facebookIt might seem counter-intuitive. People usually think of Google as the first place to search when you’re looking for a particular product or service. It might seem almost ridiculous to consider Facebook. But you’d be surprised as to the quality of recommendations you’ll get for service providers when you use social media. After all, when it comes to social networks, Facebook is the 800-pound gorilla in the room.

With that said, it’s very easy to use Facebook in the wrong way when it comes to looking for leads for eye doctor services. It’s very easy to end up with the wrong recommendation. If you take that recommendation and act on it, you might end up regretting your choice.

Here are some considerations to keep in mind as you consider using Facebook to find leads for eye health professionals. Read More

How to Use the Internet to Find the Right Eye Doctor Services

officeThanks to the massive proliferation of mobile devices like smartphones and tablets and other wireless gadgets, people can be connected to the Internet pretty much on a 24-hour seven-day a week basis. This is a tremendous opportunity for people who are looking for the best service providers. Make no mistake about it, if you are in need of the services of an eye doctor, you should treat the process in the same way you would look for the services of a plumber or a lawyer or any other professional. Otherwise, if you just go with the random referrals of people you know, you might end up with a decision you might regret later on. Read More

Dr. Guggino’s Story

Dr. Guggino is a second-generation American. His maternal and paternal grandparents emigrated from
Sicily in the late 1800s to Tampa Florida. They became involved in the cigar industry and farming.
Guggino’s father, Joe, worked for the Seaboard Air Line Railroad for a period of 40 years as a
painter. His mother Giovanna hand rolled Churchill cigars at Santaella and Garcia Y Vega cigar
factories also for 40 years.

Guggino attended St. Joseph grammar school and Jesuit high school in Tampa Florida. He studied at
the University of Tampa under a music scholarship and graduated with a dual major in Science and
English. He matriculated at the University of Miami medical school in Miami Florida. After his
junior year he married Judy Gayzik of Orlando Florida. Following his graduation he did a rotating
internship at Tampa General Hospital. He joined the United States Public health service where he
was stationed in Staten Island New York. It was there that Dr. Guggino and Judy’s two sons, Joseph
and Steven were born. During his four-year stay in Staten Island he did a year of general surgery,
two years of ophthalmology research in glaucoma and a year of residency in ophthalmology. He
completed his residency in ophthalmology at George Washington University in Washington DC. He
studied an additional year at the National Children’s Medical Center in Washington where he
completed his fellowship In Pediatric Ophthalmology under the tutelage of Marshall M Parks, M.D. I

Dr. Jack Guggino and his family returned to Tampa Florida in 1974 were he began his solo practice
specializing in Pediatric Ophthalmology at 3109 Swann Ave. In 1987 he moved to a 10,000 ft.²
facility next door at 3115 Swann Ave. After 26 years of managing a five physician practice he has
returned to his roots at 3109 Swann Ave. Dr. Guggino continues his ophthalmological and surgical
practice of pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus. On the does she have a list there is half

Dr. Guggino has written numerous papers relating to the disciplines of general surgery and general
and pediatric ophthalmology. He served as ophthalmologist for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for 20 years
and as ringside physician and Commissioner for the State of Florida boxing commission for 16 years.
He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a member of the American Association For
Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, a Fellow of the American College of surgeons, the
Hillsborough County medical Society and the American Medical Association. He is a strong supporter
and leader in his community, a philanthropist particularly supporting children’s needs.

Giacomo Guggino was the first in the Guggino family to graduate from high school. He feels a great
deal of gratitude to his parents who like so many other first-generation Americans and immigrants
struggled to provide a better life for their children. Guggino’s attraction to the tobacco industry
started when he was in kindergarten. He fondly remembers his mother picking him up after her day at
the factory from St. Joseph convent on Spruce and Armenia, across the street from the Santaella
cigar factory. That pleasant and enticing aroma of the Cuban tobacco leaf still generates
nostalgic memories of his mom and her hard work in the hot and humid cigar factories. It was this
recollection and vocation to honor
her memory that prompted Guggino to blend the cigar that surfaced these childhood memories.

Together with his high school friend John Oliva, owner of Oliva Tobacco Company, and all its
Guggino blended a cigar that reminded him of the Cuban leaf, produced an exquisite aroma, a complex
taste, and one that was consistent in construction and quality.Giacomo’s Cigars was founded in 2011
after his “hobby cigar” received local and statewide attention.

Guggino continues to practice pediatric ophthalmology after 38 years. He and Judy have five
grandchildren and remain active in the community. At the time of this writing his father Joe is 102
years old and in good health. One of Guggino’s cigars, the Box Pressed Perfecto is sub labeled the
102 in honor
of his father.