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Sarasota Retina Institute, Venice, Sarasota, Pt. Charlotte

3400 Bee Ridge Road, Suite 200
Sarasota, FL 34239

Tel: 941.921.5335


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  1. Dr Abrams
    http://taurx.com/lmtx-for-ad/ will provide some information about the TauRx drug for Alzheimers

    • Jody Abrams, M.D. says:

      Mr Moscoe
      Thank you very much for this information. Incredible useful. I will pass it along to other patients and hopefully they can get into the study and get some help.
      Jody Abrams, MD

  2. Dr Abrams
    This link appears to be a 2011 study using noninvasive current stimulation for NAiON patients. Says further testing to go on. Could you check to see if any additional results available and positive?

    • Jody Abrams, M.D. says:

      Larry,
      I just reviewed the current literature in multiple journals about this topic. In the professional journals there are only a few articles about this. They seem to come out of Germany and Russia. I am not seeing any out of a US based research facility. While this sounds promising I am always hesitant to proceed with a new treatment that is not well tested under the strict rules we enforce here in the United States. That is not saying this or other treatments outside the US do not work, I am just always careful about recommending them. I will keep looking through the literature and see if anything new pops up that could help our patients with NAION.

      Jody Abrams, MD

  3. Judy Williams, RN says:

    Dear Dr. Abrams I am writing to you for my step-son who has partial bilateral vision loss and loss of color to some degree. He was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes about 2 years ago and was given high dosages of insulin to bring his blood sugar under control . About a year ago he began having blurry vision with blind spots in his field of vision and it seems to be worsening. He has seen several Opthalmologists here in Miami and has been evaluated at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of which I am sure you are familiar only to be told it is being caused by some type of swelling/pressure on the Optic nerve. However all the MRIs, brain scans, spinal taps, etc. find nothing wrong. He was told it is being caused by a “fake tumor”, but no one is able to offer any treatment or other explanation. Would you be willing to see him and give us your opinion? He has no insurance, but I would be willing to pay you at your self- pay fee. This problem is affecting every area of his life, especially his ability to make a living and he is becoming quite despondent. I would appreciate hearing from you or one of your associates at your earliest convenience. Thank you. Judy Williams

    • Jody Abrams, M.D. says:

      Judy,
      We most defiantly would be happy to see your step-son. If you could send his records to us prior to the appointment that would help form a game plan for when he gets here. Between the three neuro-ophthalmologist here we have seen many different disease presentations similar to this, and might have some different ways of treating then is done else where.
      Call our office at 941-921-5335 and they can make him an appointment in our Sarasota office.

      Jody Abrams, MD
      Oculoplastics/Neuro-ophthalmology

  4. Leo Ennis Ramirez says:

    Thank you for your diligent,dignified, and expert care. Please take the same care of my privileged health care information should any entity ,under any pretext requests them. If it has or does occur know I refuse the request unless spoken with and am allowed to decide. DOB 30 MAR 65

    • Jody Abrams, M.D. says:

      MR Ramirez
      We follow the rules of HIPPA and only release the information with your approval unless we are required by law otherwise. If there is a specific entity that we need to watch out for in your case please contact Janet in our office and discuss it with her.

      Dr. Jody Abrams

  5. Allen Shepard says:

    My niece is blind. Oxygen to the optic nerve was cut off leaving the optic nerve severely damaged. Is there any hope. Would like to come in for conference if there is anything you know of that. Can be done. Thank you

    • Jody Abrams, M.D. says:

      Allen,
      I am sorry to hear about your niece. When the optic nerve is severely damaged unfortunately there is not much hope for recovery at this time. The future is going to be in stem cells or cameras that are wired into the brain and either in the eye or on glasses. These sound like science fiction but truth is studies are starting to go on with these treatments. I think we are probably 5 years or so away from some really hope. In February we are hosting a conference for physicians from around the country and one of our speakers is an expert in the implantable camera like devices. I hope to be able to report more information for our patients like your niece after that talk.

      Dr. Jody Abrams

  6. Bing S. Tjandraatmadja says:

    Dear Sirs ,
    I live in Melbourne/Australia , 72 years , suffered 2 years ago blindness (90%)on my right eye ( only) , whereas my left eye is totally good . I had an eye inflamation ,was treated with Steroid (Predniform Forte/Sandoz) untill 6 drops/3Xperday by the eye doctor , felt pain in the eye , had a pressure till 42mmHg and was lowered to 0 mmHg today with Laser surgery lately ,became bloodred . The doctor thought , it was Glaucoma ! Today I am blind at my right eye sight !
    I am looking for a help my vision actually , since I can not find here . What is the cost possibility ? I am informed about the Stemcell or Camera technology , for about 5 years later , but who knows . My right eye can see only flickering shiny blue dots only . Please help me and thank you so much .

    • Jody Abrams, M.D. says:

      Bing,
      I am sorry to hear about your vision loss. I am a little confused. Are you asking about what we can do to help with your right eye vision to get it back? I understand your left is still ok? The right was loss from inflammation and increased pressure not macular degeneration correct?
      IF you could clarify this some more for me I might be able to give you some more answers.

      Jody Abrams, MD

      • Bing S. Tjandraatmadja says:

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        • Bing S. Tjandraatmadja says:

          Jody ,
          Thanks for your reply .
          You understood correctly , my left eye is stiill ok , but my right eye due to the doctor error was treated as Glaucoma instead of Inflamation and there for destroyd the eye vision nerves 90% and it can only see blue-green shiny dots with that right eye . I tried with other doctors in Melbourne/Australia , but nobody can solve the problem . Since the right eye was considered Glaucoma ( reddish colour and had an +/- 18mmHg pressure at that initial time , it was treated with Steroid( Predniform Forte/Sandoz) which increased the pressure till 42mmHg after 6 weeks ( gave till 6 drops of eye drops/3Xperday) and it got blind . Finally it was treated with a Laser surgery and the right eye pressure went down into 0 mmHg and dark eye blood colour . Unfortunately this laser surgery was too late and the right eye was blind , due to the nerve were destroyed .90% by the high eye pressure .
          I am looking for a solution in the USA , if there is any . I read your former email about the Stemcell or Camera technology for about 5 years probablilty , what who knows it can take earlier . Where in the USA is there a famous Stemcell Institute ? Thanks for your help .

  7. pooja sharma says:

    i am from india i am here to take some help from you regarding my father who is now 44 year old . he can not see from 1992 . at that time he could not know the reason behind it as in starting it was jst on right eye then slowly he also lost his left eye . now 2 years back through an MRI we came to know that he has a tumor on optic nerve so we had a gamma knife treatment done at all india institute of medical science . would you please tell me is there any chance or technique to get back his vision . will it be possible if the tumor gradually finishes as then the optic nerve would be free from any tumor pressure or cant this optic nerve be treated with a surgery where the damaged part can be removed . please rply this

    • Jody Abrams, M.D. says:

      Pooja,
      I am sorry to hear about your father. My understanding is he had a tumor on his optic nerve and then had Gamma knife treatments done and has lost vision from the tumor and the treatment, correct? If there is nerve tissue loss then currently there is not a lot we can do to rebuild this. Treatment would be with stem cells or electronic implantable devices, both which are not available for this condition yet in the USA. I hope that soon studies will move us towards the use of these treatments, and as stated previously on our site that hopefully we can know more stuff after my larger meetings next month with some of the experts in these fields. I will keep you posted.

      Jody Abrams, MD

      • pooja sharma says:

        thank you a lot a mr.abrams its so kind of you …..we really needed it
        i wanted to clear that the loss of eye sight was sudden we could’nt know the reason but after 17 yrs we came to know that this was because of tumour ……………for his loss eye sight gamma knife is not to be held responsible as it was done after he lost his sight ……would it be convient for you if i send his MRI reports (present & past ) .

        • pooja sharma says:

          my working email is jangidsharma.pooja@gmail.com

        • Jody Abrams, M.D. says:

          I do not think the mri reports would help much for me to offer treatment options. Unfortunately what ever the cause if he has lost optic nerve tissue there is no current approved treatment for the repair of this. I wish I could offer more but at this time I can not. But medicine is progressing faster now then ever before so stay tuned.

          Jody Abrams, MS

  8. pooja sharma says:

    sir you did mentioned about your larger meeting this month . I hope we get a treatment for this also, as many people are suffering from this defect in optic nerve …….wish soon it can be transplanted like other organs and nerves of our body . wont it be possible to dissect that damaged part and join the rest of the healthy optic nerve just like if a pipe is leaking in between one can cut that particular area and join it again so that the water in the pipe follows again . I k now you are expert in this field and have faith that soon you’ll let me know if there is or can be a treatment in my fathers case. as for now I will surly be tuned with you ….thanking you a lot

    • Jody Abrams, M.D. says:

      I wish it was that simple as reconnecting pipes but we can not get nerve of the central nervous system to grow like that just yet. I will post here if anything new develops.

  9. hi, iam interested in vitrectomy to remove my floaters.

    what shall be the cost and duration.

    regards

    maged

    • Jody Abrams, M.D. says:

      The cash price will be around 5000 total (including the surgeon fee, surgery center fee, and anesthesia fee). The surgery itself often takes less then an hour and sometimes even less then 30 minutes. You would need to stay around the area for a few days postop to make sure everything is going well.
      I you would like more information feel free to call our office and set up an appointment with Dr Torres at 941-921-5335.

      Jody Abrams, MD

      • I mean the 5000 is the cost to do vitrectomy in both eyes?

        maged

        • Jody Abrams, M.D. says:

          The cost is 5000 per eye. That includes Dr Torres surgeon cost, the surgery center cost and the anesthesia cost. We can not do both eyes the same day because of the risk. Dr. Torres wants to make sure no complication occur in the first eye prior to proceeding to the second eye. I would plan on at least a week if not 2 weeks between the two eyes. Where are you coming from?

          Jody Abrams, MD

  10. Thank you, I live abroad that why I need more information as possible before coming in

    I understand that dr torres do vitrectomy , pls advice about the cost is for 2 eyes to remove floaters?

  11. Hi Dr. Abrams,

    I’m the co-founder of Concussion Connection which is an organization dedicated to improving the education and awareness on sport-related concussions and their resulting psychological effects. I would love the opportunity to speak with you about potential involvement with Concussion Connection as we advocate and believe in the multidisciplinary approach to concussion treatment and recovery. Would you mind sending me an email to the email address listed (lauren@concussionconnection.com). Thank you and I look forward to speaking with you!

    Lauren Long
    Co-Founder, Concussion Connection

  12. Farman Nawaz says:

    Dear Dr. Jody Abrams
    Almost for the last 6 days my son (aged 8) says that every thing looks smaller to him (objects are perceived to be smaller than they actually are). It lasts for almost few minutes.
    Sir I am very worried about it.
    Sir is it your field of specialty? Kindly help me whom I should contact in such case? .
    I am teacher by professional and journalist by passion. So far my articles are published in Dawn, The Frontier Post, Statesman, AajKal, Tribune, Outlook Afghanistan, Asia Times, Global Times China, and now a days I am writing blogs for Daily Express (Urdu). I am from Pakistan.

    • Farman Nawaz says:

      Sir Is it micropsia or Alice in the wonderland syndrome?

    • Jody Abrams, M.D. says:

      I would have him see a pediatric ophthalmologist for a full exam. They can often help narrow down problems like this in kids. I do not know of any in pakistan. I would look at major universities.

      Hope this helps
      Jody Abrams, MD

  13. Hello Dr. Abrams,
    I am the student recruiter for Southeastern Guide Dogs, a non-profit organization in Palmetto, FL that provides guide dogs to visually impaired individuals at no cost. I am interested in speaking with you about possibly setting up an informational session with the ophthalmologists of this practice about our company and the services we offer. My hope is to build a referral system for our school in conjunction with the Sarasota Retina Institute. If this is something that may be of interest to you, please feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience. Thank you very much for your consideration, I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Respectfully,
    Stefanie Cardenas
    Student Recruiter
    Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc.
    Stefanie.Cardenas@guidedogs.org
    Phone: 941-803-7535

  14. Weyzer Ferreira says:

    Dear Dr. Chen,
    I’m from Brazil and both my mother and aunt are affected by macular degeneration. I saw in the Sarasota Memorial website that there is available an implant to improve the vision to those who are affected by MD. I’ll be in the USA from 27th `til 30th october, and would appreciate if I could schedule and, and would like to schedule an appointment for more informations and eventually, later taking my mother and my aunt to US.

    Thank you for the attention

    Kind regards

    • Jody Abrams, M.D. says:

      Dr Chen would be happy to see you and evaluate your eyes. Then we can give you a better understanding of what can be offered for your macular degeneration. If you call our office at 941-921-5335 and speak with Janet she can make the arrangements for you to see Dr Chen or Torres.

      Jody Abrams, MD

  15. Dear Sir
    I have retina diseases in right side.
    Thickens in Macular is 656.
    The doctors recommended to inject of 10 qty of ampoule avastin every month.
    My diseases is reduce eye vision in right side BRVO.

    My retina diseases:
    I’m 55 years old man. Suddenly after Ramadan and little drinking water my vision reduced in my right eye fifteen month ago . When i went to doctor he said to me you must done OCT (ocular X ray) and Angiography.
    Angiography showed my Ocular vessels are obstructed but i have not any other disease; for example diabetic, blood pressure or etc … and i do not use any drugs or smoking and alcohol .
    The doctor injected 10 time of ampoule “Avastin” in my ocular every month plus one time Triamcinolone.
    I had one time laser therapy too.
    ”Please consider in attached Spectralis Report ”.

    After this time i taken another OCT but i have not any change in my vision (my vision is 1/10) or in OCT .
    Please guide me which treatment is better now; operation (Vitrectomy) or other?

    What is your recommendation ? Can i still continue inject of Avastin?
    It would be highly appreciated if you can advice me about any other solution or method of treatment.
    Thanks for your time.

    **********
    Best Regards
    M.Norooznia

    • Jody Abrams, M.D. says:

      Dr M. Norooznia
      I am sorry about what has gone on with your eye. Avastin has been used for macular edema and macular degeneration. It has been a great drug. I am not sure what is the best course of therapy in your case without actually seeing you. If there is a way to come to our clinic my retina partners would be happy to examine your eye and help guide you in the best therapy.

      Jody Abrams, MD

  16. brooks coleman says:

    Hello,
    while cleaning out a box of stuff I got from a garage sale, I found a small, black viewer type object with a keychain attached. Looking through the view hole I can see a grid with arrows pointing to the center dot. It has your name and number on it so I just have to ask what does it test and how to I interpret the results? Any info on this will be of interest. Thanks.
    -brooks

    • Jody Abrams, M.D. says:

      This is an amsler grid viewer. It is for patients with macular degeneration. You look at the center of the grid and look for any distorted areas around it. If the grid is distorted this could be a sign of wet macular degeneration and needs evaluation.

      Jody Abrams, MD

  17. Tom Wheeler says:

    Dr. Abrams;
    I am from the Tampa area and I am in Bolivia visiting my sister who is a missionary here. She has had a problem for some time of her left eye closing involuntarily. A neurologist here said that the eye and vision and optic nerve are fine. She can open eye but it closes immediately, it was closed for 24 days and it opened for a week and now it has closed again. There are no Optho Neurologist here, are there any tests or treatments you could suggest? Could we skpye a consultation?
    Thanks
    Tom Wheeler
    813-713-9999

    • Jody Abrams, M.D. says:

      Tom,
      Sorry for the delay. I would recommend that she does need work up with visual fields and a possible MRI. I would really need to see her to help make a better decision. If there is a way to get her here I would be happy to look at her.

      Jody Abrams, MD

  18. Nissrin Laila says:

    Dear Dr. Jody G. Abrams, M.D.
    Please send me your email, because i want to send you my sister eye test was done in Loma Linda Hospital.

    Waiting your quick answer and thanks in advance.

    many regards,
    Nissrin Laila

    • Jody Abrams, M.D. says:

      Dear Nissrin,
      I would like to help but I am unable to review specific cases without a formal doctor patient relationship.

      Jody Abrams, MD

  19. Dear Dr. Abrams,
    Our Australian-based company Visionsearch manufactures a Multifocal and Full Field Visual Evoked Potential system. This device is the intellectual property of Professor Alexander Klistorner of the University of Sydney.
    I would like to provide you with detailed information regarding our system. Please can you contact me over email? trina@visionsearch.biz
    Kind regards,
    Trina
    Visionsearch

  20. I was seen by Dr. Levy yesterday 2/11/15. I was so happy that I finally got seen. Workman’s Comp carrier waited along time to get me in because the Employer’s Physician did not believe that I had eye sight problems from my injury date of 1/2/15.

    I am really excited having him as my eye specialist. I was very pleased with the time and the care he took in seeing me. I would recommend SRI to anyone! Now I hope and pray this condition is not permanent on with his treatment I will be able to see correctly again.

    THANKS to all in the office at SRI, you made me feel more comfortable about mu injury.

    • Jody Abrams, M.D. says:

      Charlie,
      I am glad Dr Levy was able to see you. He is great doctor and will help you along your course of treatment. Thank you for your kind comments.

      Jody Abrams, MD

  21. Hi, iam looking for the minimal invasive vitrectomy to remove heavy eye floater and degenerative vitreous , pvd already occur. I live abroad pls advise cost related and duration required. no insurance

    regards

  22. Christine Minter says:

    Dear Doctors,
    This past January , my 21 yr old son was injured by a drive by shooter when he was inside of his girlfriend’s home in the garage, where the door was shut. The bullet entered his left temporal area and exited through his upper eyelid. He sustained several orbital fractures but none that warranted reconstruction.He had facial / eye tissue repair immediately after the injury and the swelling has gone down dramatically but we are now looking at upper eyelid reconstruction but we have no idea how long to wait before attempting this type of repair . The eye globe is intact and he has had a vitrectomy to remove hemorrhage etc but has only some light perception at this time. I do have photos that i can send to determine if this type of surgery is something that can be done by any of your doctors to improve both function and aesthetics.

    • Jody Abrams, M.D. says:

      Mrs Minter
      I am glad your son made it through that horrible incident alive. That is a scary event. There is probably parts of the reconstruction that can be done in the near future to help the function and aesthetics at the same time. I would be happy to see him in our office and sit and talk with both of you about options. Call our main number at 941-921-5335 and we can schedule a time for him.

      Jody Abrams, MD

  23. Susan Allison says:

    Dear Doctor Abrahms,
    My father has diabetic retinopathy. He had surgery for this years ago which was risky and unfortunately left him with even worse eyesight. I understand that the technology has improved and wonder if you or one of the other Doctors in your group could assess whether or not there can be some improvement. He is 84 years old and my hope is that his last years can be better years. He lives with my Mother in Sarasota. He recently had a bad fall which resulted in coma, but he came out of coma after three days and has been recovering miraculously. He is an intelligent and determined man who has expressed a desire to see better. I am looking into this for him. Thank you. Susan Allison

    • Jody Abrams, M.D. says:

      Ms Allison,
      We would be happy to see your father and determine if there is new treatments that can help him. Call our office at 941-921-5335 and have him see Dr Chen. Dr Chen is our senior retina specialist and I am often amazed at what he can do for patients when others have said there is no further hope. He will give your father the best chance to recover vision if there is a possibility.

      Jody Abrams, MD

  24. deanna scudo says:

    unable to open your msg this date ???

  25. Dear Sir,

    This is Ahmed from Egypt, I have made Lasik vision enhancement surgery 6 years ago.
    My vision was -11 each eye, Now after 6 years my vision started to reduce to be -3, -2.5 in both eyes.
    Also My eyes are not comfortable due to dryness.
    Doctor says that there’s weakness in optic nerve, I can send you my latest tests.
    Please advice if you can help,
    Thanks,
    Ahmed

    • Jody Abrams, M.D. says:

      Ahemd,
      I would really need to have you come into the clinic to help you further.

      Jody Abrams, MD

  26. marie claire says:

    Dear Doctor Abrams: I have just been diagnosed in May with temporal arteritis even though biopsy was negative. I have all the symptoms. Been on steroids since 5/29/15 decreasing from 60 mg to 40 to now 30 mg. However, im am scared because my left eye is not getting better. It is watery, blurry, sandy, painful with left temple headache at times. Very sensitive to light. Can’t be on computer or watch tv for long. I also have vertigo and imbalance. Something is not right. I am afraid for my eyesight. Please let me know if you can help me. I leave in tampa but am willing to travel to you for help. It seems you know a lot about this disease. Thank you for your time, hope you can help me.

    • Jody Abrams, M.D. says:

      Marie
      I deal with a lot of patients with similar symptoms to yours. I would be happy to see you and have some ideas the could help you. While temporal arteritis is a vision threatening disease there are also other causes for your complaints. Please call our clinic at 941-921-5335 to come in a see me for more workup and possible other treatment options.

      Jody Abrams, MD

  27. jetta sanders says:

    my son is on dialysis. my son has fluid built up in his retina. he has lost some of his sight. they put him on steroids and now have taken him off. i would like for him to be seen by you or someone you recommend. he is in the atlanta area.

    • Jody Abrams, M.D. says:

      We would be happy to see him down here but since he is on dialysis it might be better to have some one in the Atlanta area see him for the retina issues. While steroids can help it is not something you want him to take by mouth longer then he has to. There are other treatments that could possible be used depending on the edema and the cause. I would recommend seeing the Emory retina group. They should be top notch. If he does want to travel down here we would be happy to help and I would recommend him seeing our senior retina specialist Dr Chen. Our office number is 941-921-5335.

      Jody Abrams, MD

  28. Hi Dr. Abrams,

    I’m experiencing light sensitivity following a double concussion I had 10 months ago. The symptoms got worse about 3 months ago after direct exposure to bright halogen lights on two different occasion and an hour-long car ride in bright sunlight even though I was wearing sunglasses. It felt like the sunlight caused me to see bits of light in the right corner of my right eye.

    I ended up in a dark room for 3 weeks afterwards because any light gave me headaches and fatigue. It has improved and I’m wearing polarized sunglasses indoors and outside. However, when I try to expose myself to more light, later at night in the dark, I sometimes see multiple blobs of light when my eyes are open and/or I see small round flashes of light at the right corner when I look to the far right (across, up or down). This happens less these days. But I’m wondering if this something to be concerned about, or is this a normal reaction to my light sensitivity? Also, are these a sign that I’ve exposed myself to too much light and I should scale back? Thanks in advance.

    • Jody Abrams, M.D. says:

      Lyka,
      It is very common to have light sensitivity after a concussion, and if a patient has 2 close together it could slow down healing significantly. Light sensitivity is a good sign the concussion is not healed and should be monitored by a medical professional. Usually the eyes are not hurt from the light but the processing in the brain is disturbed and this could be signs of set backs in the healing. It is often a good idea to limit extreme light exposure. I would get your concussion further evaluated by someone who is familiar with your condition in your area.

      Jody Abrams, MD

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