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Updated: Nov 16, 2023

Cape Fear Eye Digest - October/November 2023 Newsletter

What's New at Cape Fear Eye Associates

On September 20, 2023, Cape Fear Eye Associates opened Cape Fear Eye Surgical (Office-Based Surgery Center) located at 1629 Owen Drive. What makes this surgery center unique are the customized surgical suites specifically for ophthalmic procedures, equipped with the most advanced and innovative technology available today to ensure the highest-level of safety, comfort and visual outcomes. The office-based surgery center follows the same or more stringent safety standards and is accredited by the same national organizations as a hospital or ASC.

Office-based surgery provides a more streamline approach by providing initial testing, consultation, procedure, and follow-up care all in one convenient location. The ophthalmic specialized staff and calming spa-like environment, provides a more relaxed and personalized patient experience with greater scheduling options and availability, reduced surgical wait-time, no IV anesthesia, no fasting and decreased patient anxiety. To learn more visit



Cape Fear Eye Associates is proud to welcome Dr. Alex Stoddard to our team of eye care specialists. Dr. Stoddard specializes in: Cataract Surgery & Premium IOL implants, LenSx Laser Cataract Surgery, Refractive Surgery (LASIK, PRK), Medical & Surgical glaucoma Treatment, Implantable Contact Lens (Visian ICL), Pterygium Excision, Medical Retina Injections (diabetes, macular degeneration.


News article- City View Magazine
October 2023 issue
CFEA annual halloween contest🎃
costume winners!


November is Diabetes Awareness Month

What is Diabetes? Diabetes is basically too much sugar or “glucose” in the blood. Sugar comes from the food we eat and is used by the body for energy. Insulin a (hormone) is made in the pancreas. Diabetes occurs when your body does not produce enough of the hormone “insulin” or the insulin produced has a reduced effect. Insulin regulates the way your body uses the food you have eaten.

Type 1 Diabetes – Children who are diagnosed with diabetes are usually type 1 and most commonly occurs before the age of 30. With type 1 diabetes the pancreas is unable to make enough insulin, therefore, type 1 diabetes is primarily controlled by insulin injections.

Type 2 Diabetes – Type 2 diabetes commonly occurs after the age of 40, however, recently more children are being diagnosed with type 2. In type 2 diabetes the pancreas still makes some insulin, but the insulin is either too little or the body does not use it appropriately. Although diabetes can be related to genetics and environmental, diabetes has also been linked to being overweight and lack of exercise.

Appropriate treatment for type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes is important in order to avoid problems in the eyes, brain, heart, kidneys, feet and nerves. Eating healthy and regular exercise are key. Daily blood sugar checks will let you know if your daily treatment plan is working.

How does Diabetes affect the Eyes?

High blood sugar (glucose) increases the risk of eye problems from diabetes. High blood sugar levels can cause the lens of the eye to swell which could cause temporary blurred vision, but blurred vision could also be a symptom of a more serious eye problem such as cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.

Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in adults ages 20-74. The longer you have diabetes, the greater the risk for developing an eye problem. Diabetes affects the tiny blood vessels of your eye and if they become blocked or leak then the retina, and possibly your vision could be affected.

You can reduce your risk of eye problems by:

Controlling your blood sugar (glucose) levels

Control your blood pressure and cholesterol

Eating healthy, maintaining a healthy weight and quit smoking

Regular eye examinations

Regular physical examinations

Types of Diabetic Retinopathy:

Background Retinopathy: This is the most common type of diabetic retinopathy and many people who have had diabetes for some time will have this early type. The blood vessels are only mildly affected. Blood vessels in the retina may bulge slightly or may leak blood or fluid, but as long as the macula (central vision) is not affected, vision is normal and you will not be aware that anything is wrong.

Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy: If diabetic retinopathy progresses, it can cause the blood vessels in the retina to become blocked. These blockages when affecting a significant part of the retina, can result in areas of the retina becoming starved of oxygen. If this happens your eye is stimulated into growing new vessels called neovascularization. These new vessels are very fragile and weak and grow in the wrong place, as a result, these blood vessels can bleed very easily which might result in large hemorrhages over the surface of the retina or into the vitreous gel. Extensive hemorrhages can lead to scar tissue forming which pulls and distorts the retina and can result in retinal detachment with the risk of loss of sight.

Diabetic Maculopathy: Diabetic maculopathy affects the macula and your central vision is affected, however, peripheral vision remains intact.

Treatment for Diabetic Retinopathy (Lasers): Most sight-threatening problems caused by diabetic retinopathy can be managed by laser treatment if detected early enough.

Localized laser treatment – when individual vessels or small groups of vessels are leaking, the laser can seal them, stop the bleeding and help reduce the swelling of the retina.

Pan-retinal laser treatment – this treats large areas of the “peripheral retina” which stops the retina from producing the growth factors that stimulate new blood vessel growth. If successful, new vessels shrink and will disappear over a few months.

*Often with diabetic retinopathy there are no symptoms in the early stages of the disease nor is there pain. Be sure to have a comprehensive eye exam at least once a year.

Contact your doctor if the following occurs:

Black spots in your vision

Flashes of light

Holes in your vision

Blurred vision

Most sight loss due to diabetes is preventable if treatment is given early. The earlier the treatment, the more effective it is.


Early diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy is vital!

Have annual diabetic eye screenings

Don’t wait to see the doctor if your vision is deteriorating

Speak to your family care provider if you notice changes in your health and vision

Don’t be afraid to ask questions

Control of sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol reduces the risk of diabetes

not a candidate for lasik?

CAPE FEAR EYE IS now offering 'EVO'

EVO Visian ICL is a lens that can be an attractive choice for permanent vision correction even when LASIK is not an option. Over 1,000,000 EVO procedures have been performed around the world and 99.4% of patients would have the procedure again.

Find out more about this quick procedure by booking a consultation with our team @ 910-484-2284 or to learn more visit

Healthcare Innovation

Dragon Ambient eXperience (DAX) - Revolutionizing the physician-patient experience

To support our mission of providing high-quality care patient care, we are using a new technology which uses artificial intelligence and associated workflows to generate documentation based on recorded audio of patients visits. This technology significantly reduces the amount of time your provider spends on documentation and will allow more time for providing care to you and other patients.



Kristy Miller

(Cape Fear Eye Billing Department)


Celebrating National allied healthweek
November 5-11, 2023

Monday - Disney Character

Tuesday - Wacky Tacky

Wednesday - Twin Day

Thursday - Favorite Decade

Friday - Hollywood Red Carpet

Thank you to all our military personnel for the sacrifices you have made for our freedom

FRONTLINE HEALTHCARE WORKER'S SALUTE - WKML 95.7 Stars & Guitars Event November 13th

Proud to be part of such a wonderful event!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Cape Fear Eye Associates!

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