Business briefs: Eye associates named dry eye center

November 12, 2013 

BRADENTON -- The Eye Associates has been named an "Accredited Dry Eye Center."

Dry eye disease is a multi-factorial eye disease that affects an estimated 25 million people in the United States. It is one of the most common reasons that people visit their eye care professional.

One of the latest devices in dry eye technology is the TearLab Osmolarity System. The Eye Associates is one of a few in the area to use this test to painlessly measure a small sample of a patient's tears in order to determine how dry the eyes truly are.

TearLab is the first objective and quantitative test for diagnosing and managing dry eye patients. Using just a nanoliter of tear fluid, the osmolarity data that the TearLab gathers allows the doctor and patient to understand their 'level' of disease. This allows The Eye Associates to customize dry eye treatment for each patient.

Annual Women's health event set for Saturday

PALMETTO -- Speaking of Women's Health, the 11th annual women's health event, will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Boulevard. This year's theme is "Blossom into a New You!" General and VIP tickets are available.

General admission tickets are $5 and are available at the door. Attendees will be able to hear from the experts on a variety of important health and well-being issues from heart health to osteoporosis and from healthy cooking to financial health.

Attendees also will be able to access a health screening/exhibit area which features complimentary health screenings including heart, vision, hearing, grip, balance and a golf swing test. This area also includes a "Gift Bazaar," where attendees will be able to browse and shop for jewelry, makeup and small gift items. There also will be silent auction, just in time for the holidays.

VIP ticket holders -- available for $40 -- will also take part in a sit down luncheon which will feature a fashion show presented by Chico's and Soma Intimates, drawings and a presentation from keynote speaker, Kevin O'Neil, MD. VIP tickets must be purchased no later than Nov. 13. To purchase tickets call (941)745-7545.

O'Neil, the chief medical officer of Brookdale Senior Living, the largest senior housing provider in the United States, will discuss "Brain Fitness for Women".

For information contact Vernon DeSear at (941) 745-7306 or or Betty Chambliss at (941) 745-7545 or

Non-profit SMART riding therapy receives grant

BRADENTON -- The non-profit Sarasota Manatee Association of Riding Therapy (SMART) has received a grant of $2,336 from the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation.

The funds will be used to purchase an Automatic Ex

ternal Defibrillator (AED), a small portable life-saving medical device designed for use with people suffering cardiac arrest. The grant will also cover related training for 10 staff workers and volunteers.

The placement of AED devices in the workplace is encouraged by the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross and OSHA as a measure to increase the survival chances of people with heart-related emergencies.

Herald staff reports

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