Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Bridge Networking Group, Inc. Introduces Wellness Wednesday Expo.

Wednesday, February 22 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Hilton Garden Inn
12600 University DriveFt. Myers, 33907(corner of Summerlin & College)

Open to the Public
Admission is Free

Hors D'oeuvres will be served

Event Sponsor

10 minute Commercial at the eventDisplay Table at Event
List of all attendeesInfo in Ad for the event Social Media Exposure
Mentioned in Local Press Release for the event to the media
1 month Bridge Advertising reaching 4500+ SWFL email readers 4 times
Website Advertising on

Advertising Investment:  $128.00 
Call (239) 225-5019

Display Table Requirements:
Donate a Raffle Item or Gift Cert.
Health Related Business
Set up by 4:30pm
Prepayment is required to reserve your table
Display table cost is $38 General Health Businesses
$22 if in The Bridge 2012 Directory.

Continue your Advertising Exposure 
Your ad, linked to your website, will run in our
1st March publication reaching 4500+ readers.
Only $20

Call (239) 225-5019

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Lemonade Wedding and Expo

 Sunday, April 15, 2012
 1:00pm until 11:00pm

 The Clarion Hotel  
12635 US 41  
Fort Myers, FL

When life gives you lemons, what else can you do but make lemonade? The shear Mosaic Group and Blue Moon Catering are planning to help make lemonade—figuratively—for an engaged Southwest Florida couple facing sour times.

Couples who want to get married but have been unable because of financial obstacles, job loss, health risks, or other complicated situations are invited to enter the “Lemonade Wedding Giveaway” for an opportunity to win a wedding and reception for 50 guests. The contest begins on Jan 5th , 2012 and concludes on Feb 14, 2012. The wedding will be held on April 15th, 2012

Couples will also be able to enter online at under the events tab of the site. The winners will be announced on Feb 14th, 2012 at midnight. After the announcement is made the lucky couple will meet with the Shear Mosaic Group to finalize plans

One lucky couple will win a wedding for free at the bridal event at The Clarion Hotel In Fort Myers Fl on April 15th, 2012. Contestants are required to submit a paragraph or 2 as to why they should receive the Shear Mosaic Lemonade Wedding with a photograph of the couple (themselves) and a fee of $50.00

The Shear Mosaic Group will provide the Venue, dinner for 50 guests of the wedding party, Officiant To perform the ceremony, bouquet for the Bride, Tux for Groom and Dress for the Bride and a stay at the Hotel Indigo for the honeymoon & reception after the ceremony @ The Clarion Hotel, Liza Jean Photography will be the official photographer for the Engagement pics and the Wedding.

Imagine a wedding for $50.00 and all expenses are pd!! Event address The Clarion Hotel 12635 US 41 Fort Myers Fl 33907 Event start time Wedding begins at 5pm and reception at 6pm - 11pm Wedding will take place in the grand ballroom

Please submit entries to

Entry fee can be made to

1.paypal acct - email address for paypal is
2.Check or money order to The Shear Mosaic Group LLC 1741 Red Cedar Dr Apt 6 Fort Myers Fl 33907


1.Submit entry paragraph and photo to
2.Submit payment for entry via paypal or mail to above address
3.Submission and payment are to be received by Feb 5th, 2012
4.All contestants are to recommend the fan pages of Shear Mosaic and Beauty Pradasi to their Friends and Family on Facebook
5.Allow their Picture and reason for winning the Lemonade wedding be posted on Shear Mosaic Fan Page as part of the contest.
6.Winner will be announced on Valentines Day on the Fan Pages of Shear Mosaic and Beauty by pradasi of Facebook and on the Shear Mosaic Group Website.
7.Once winner is announced the winner will meet with the Shear Mosaic Group and the plans for the wedding will be discussed, fittings for Tux and Dress will be done, Invitations will be mailed out etc etc
8.Adhere to the requirements and the rules of the wedding. No changes will be done unless authorized by the Shear Mosaic Group.

If you are interested in being a vendor or a lucky Bride and Groom post a comment below or head on over to and register under the event registration tab.

Proceeds from Event will go towards the Lucky Bride and Grooms Wedding along with The American Heart Association

Friday, January 20, 2012

The Discriminating Diner visits Origami

I've dined at Origami many times over the years and not having been there in several months ventured in on a weeknight recently and had an excellent dinner with a companion. The owner was there as usual with a friendly and welcoming smile. The Restaurant has a pleasant, warm and comfortable decor and everything including the restrooms are spotless. Our smiling waitress was efficient and eager to make suggestions from a menu that covers a wide range of choices from Sushi, Teriyaki, Tempura and even Korean Barbecue which is something difficult to find in Southwest Florida. As to her recommendation we ordered the Shrimp Roll to share as an appetizer, The Roast Half Duck and A Bento Box which consists of a choice of two main courses on one plate served with rice, miso or clear soup and a house salad.

The Shrimp Roll was freshly made to order rolled with nori and avocado with a whole batter fried shrimp in the center. It was delicious and perfect with shaved slices of fresh ginger and wasabi as an accompaniment. 

My dining partner's Roast Duck was absolutely delicious. It was a half duck roasted to perfection with a citrus soy glaze. The skin was semi-crispy and the glaze complimented the duck perfectly. Duck is a fatty meat and is tricky to cook properly but this one had the right amount of fat rendered from it without being dry. It was moist without being overly laden with fat and served over a mound of garlic mashed potatoes which we thought an odd starch in an Asian Restaurant but nonetheless very good.

The Bento Box I selected was served with Chicken Bulgogi and Shrimp Tempura and was accompanied by white rice. The Chicken Bulgogi is thin slices of chicken in a sauce of soy, garlic and green onions. It was moist and flavorful and not the usual chicken dish. The Shrimp Tempura was perfect. Four jumbo shrimp with a variety of vegetables that included sweet potato, onion and broccoli with a tempura crust that was not overly greasy were served with a citrus/soy dipping sauce; traditional and done just right.   

My dining partner had the clear soup and I had the miso soup.  They were hot and just as they should be. The salad with ginger dressing was basic lettuce and shredded carrots but there is something about that dressing that hits the taste buds just right. Service throughout was nicely paced. We never felt ignored but our server was there if we needed anything.

They also have a separate sushi bar and liquor bar for patrons. Origami will definitely stay on my list of Restaurants when in need of some warm hospitality and excellent food.

Korean (BBQ) Japanese, Sushi Restaurant
13300 S Cleveland Ave
Cypress Trace
Fort Myers Fl 33907  

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Krenz Travel presents Follow Fridays on Facebook

 Hi Facebook Friends and Family,

As most of you know, I am a travel planner and owner of Krenz Travel. I am a Certified Mexico and Cancun Specialist, Starwood Pro, AMResort Master Agent, Luxury Travel Consultant, Honeymoon and Destination Wedding Consultant, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise Line Consultant.

I am starting Follow Fridays on Krenz Travel's Business Page. Every Friday, I invite you all to post your Facebook Business Pages on Krenz Travel's wall...but there is a catch! Your post must be travel related. You can post about how your business or service will help when planning or traveling on our next vacation. Post about how much you love to travel or share a travel experience with us. All travel related post are welcome. And make sure to include a description of your business or service and a link to your Facebook Business Page.

Oh! Please don't forget to like my page along with other who may be posting as we will be sure to like yours.

Let's help each other make this a killer year.


Happy Traveling,


Defensive TrafficSchool Class

  First Assurance Traffic School is offering an 8 hour Aggressive Driving Course for those court ordered to take this class. Cape Coral Fl, Feb 11 2012 8:30 AM      $65  

More on First Assurance Traffic School and other classes they offer

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Journey To Wellness at the Skinny Pantry,

Saturday, January 21 from 10 am – 3 pm

Did you read the study how low-dose medical radiation exposure increases the risk of breast cancer risk in women? How about: Infrared imaging offers a safe non-invasive procedure in determining whether a breast lesion is benign or malignant?

Thermography is a SAFE, affordable, non-invasive, no radiation, FDA registered clinical test studying unique thermal patterns and detecting changes in: Breast Health, Vascular Health including stroke screenings and coronary, arteriosclerosis.  It is 15 minute non-invasive, no contact, no radiation procedure for alerting your GP or specialist to the possibility of underlying breast disease.

This procedure is designed to improve chances for detecting fast-growing, active tumors in the  intervals between mammographic screenings or when mammography is not indicated by screening guidelines for women under 50 years of age. All patients thermograms (breast images) are kept on record and form a baseline for all future routine evaluations.


Thermal Imaging is Ideal for: Women with breast implants; Young women with family history; Women of any age who want to reduce their exposure to radiation.

SWFL Naturally is hosting the event Journey To Wellness at the Skinny Pantry in Fort Myers Saturday, January 21 between 10 am – 3 pm to offer Digital Infared Thermographic Breast Screen Imaging.  Jo Vacarino, of Be Well DITI will be doing the screening and offering a $50 discount to those that pre-register. Space is limited, so reserve your space early.


Also available with be other local practitioners such as Vivian Rice, New Dawn Eastern Medicine and Lisa Robinson, Homeopath. Terry Foster will be doing Zyto Wellness Nutritional scans to see what your body is deficient in. Foot Detox sessions will be available. Mini Massages will be offered and all proceeds with go to two domestic violence shelters.


It is a day to come out and meet local practitioners who are available to discuss any health challenges you may have and give some suggestions on how to address them.


For more information or to set up your appointment, contact Terry at the Skinny Pantry at 239.935.5093 or Lynda Mastronardo at 239.541.1735

Terry Foster
The Skinny Pantry
11356 S Cleveland Ave.
Fort Myers Fl 33907 

Friday, January 13, 2012

Greek Festival Naples Florida

February 10, 11, 12

St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church


7100 Airport Road N., Naples, Florida 34109
(239) 591-3430

Warm to famous Greek hospitality—You are Welcome!
Καλή φιλία, δεύτερη συγγένεια.
A good friend is second kin.

 One taste and you’ll know why Greek civilization was preferred by the gods and goddesses of ancient myth! One dance and you’ll know why ‘being Greek’ includes people of all nations and has always meant living musically and dancing to life’s rhythms. Share the passion of traditional ethnic food, music and dancing. Discover arts and crafts that reflect a glorious heritage.

Authentic cuisine—traditional appetizers, dinners and famous     Greek pastries

Live music Dance exhibitions Art and jewelry
Special Raffle—chance to win a 2012 Cadillac CTS!—tickets $50, drawing February 12

admission: $4    children under 12 free

free shuttle bus service          free parking

hours Friday and Saturday 11am to 9pm
Sunday 12 noon to 7pm
Free admission on Friday from 11am to 3pm
For more information, please visit:                                                                      

Learning for Life Talent Show

Learning for Life’s…Got Talent Show 

This wonderful evening will take place in the Fort Myers High School Auditorium located at 2635 Cortez Blvd., Fort Myers, FL on Friday, January 20th, 2011 with Showtime from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. General admission tickets at the door, $5.00 per ticket and children five years of age and under are free. 
Bring the family for a night of singing, dancing and bands. Food available at the event by Perkins. Event at Fort Myers High School Auditorium.
All proceeds to benefit Learning for Life character education program currently serving over 40 Lee County Public Schools.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Appreciation Party

What's Up SWFL is Celebrating starting our 3rd year in business. To thank you for your support we are having an appreciation party!

The party is Thursday January 26th at 6:30 PM at Lamotta's Restaurant  15660 San Carlos Blvd # 225  Fort Myers, FL 33908-2581

We will be serving Pizza, Soda, Ice Tea or Coffee.  

This is our way of saying thank you.  If you would like to attend the cost is $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

We do ask that you RSVP if you are attending by January 23rd. Email or call 239-849-1490.  Reserve your seat early as space is limited.  

Make check out to Whats Up SWFL and mail to Mary Anne Cipressy 3715 28th St SW Lehigh Acres Fl 33976. Checks must be received by January 24th.    

We are also having a door prize drawing, bring a door prize and you will be entered into the drawing. Be sure to bring business cards for this. 

We hope that you will be able to join us for this celebration and network with other members of What's Up SWFL.    


Florida Stingrays

The Florida Stingrays will become Southwest Florida’s “Hometown” team by bringing business and fans from surrounding cities together as one unit working towards a common goal of building a championship team on the field and in the community.

Fans and businesses of Southwest Florida will take pride in owning their hometown team by purchasing ownership shares.

The Florida Stingrays will hope to bring life to the local economy as attendance grows by creating jobs and using revenue to support local commerce and charities.

Our organization will produce leaders in the community and be heavily involved in charitable organizations, especially dealing with youth charities and charities for the disabled.
The Florida Stingrays will be a successful football team owned and operated for the Southwest Florida community by the football fans of Southwest Florida.

We will provide wholesome family entertainment while working hard to improve our community through H.A.N.D.S. U.P. Charity and other community outreach programs.

We will work tirelessly to make the Florida Stingray brand and logo synonymous with community outreach and involvement while providing a winning team that Southwest Florida can be proud of on and off the field.

 For information on ownership shares and tickets visit here Ticket information

Make a difference in the life of a child today
The Sponsor a Future Stingray Program is designed to give you the opportunity to invest in children in the local community by providing actual team ownership of SWFL's hometown football team, YOUR FLORIDA STINGRAYS! Each $25 donation will provide a stock share, season ticket, and a t-shirt for a local, underprivileged child. ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE FLORIDA STINGRAYS TO BENEFIT THE DISABLED IN SWFL THROUGH H.A.N.D.S. U.P. CHARITY!

To sponsor a child please visit here Sponsor a Child 

Interested in being a Corporate Sponsor please visit here Sponsor Packages 

Visit the Florida Stingrays at


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Totally Unique Individuals Network

by Amanda Devine Totally Unique Ideas

This Network is designed for you to learn about and understand the incredible power that you posses, and how to change your thinking to use that power on daily basis, to create in your life anything that you desire. You will receive rare teachings with unique ideas and techniques to guide you to manifest even beyond the possible. This is a one of a kind Network, first time ever created on that scale where everyday people, by changing their way of being, are becoming extraordinary Totally Unique Individuals.
It is a community of like minded people where ideas, questions, teachings, unusual answers and experiences are shared and where you can be engulfed in the most amazing discussions with people that feel and think like you. This is the place where many extraordinary ideas come to life, your life.

Here are some samples of what you will find on the network.... 
Master Apprentice Level Topics: Total topics 33
The Power of our Thoughts - Everything is energy. You are energy, I am energy. The chair you are sitting on is energy, your house, trees, the entire planet, moon and sun and the entire universe is energy. You are a smaller energy field in a bigger energy field. That bigger energy field we can call God, Infinite Intelligence, Universe, Consciousness as quantum physics calls it, or like one lady from Peru said to me, Source of Life. Whatever label we put on it, will describe the same incredible energy field....... 

Saying positive things is not enough. We need to change our conditioning. How do we start changing our condioning is by talking to ourselves in the mirror. By repeating over and over how amazing we are. The same way our conditioning, our beliefs were created, by constant repeating of negative things.

We also need to remember that we create with every single thought/feeling, so if we feel that it is a struggle, we create it to be a struggle. How do we change that belief? How do we change the belief of something being hard?

Other topics include: Calmness, Making Our Thoughts Stronger, People Talk Negative what do I do?  How to Change our Self Image?  How to be Free of Conditioning....

Master Intern Level Topics: Total Topics 32
Awareness:  What is awareness? Awareness is our understanding of how our minds work and how that mind works with that great power out there. The more we understand our power, the more we can use it to our advantage.

How do we grow our awareness? Every time you come here to the Network and read the posts, you go to a higher level of awareness. Every time you use the tools that I provide, you move up. The most important thing that I mentioned to you so many times is calmness. The calmer you are the higher level of awareness you have and the faster the things you desire manifest in your life.

So, how do you go about being calm?

Other topics include: Love the Highest Vibration, Creating Something New, Growing your Imagination, The Feeling of Knowing, We are All One......

Master Level Topics: Total Topics 36 
Instant Manifestation: As I grow in my level of understanding, I have realized that things only manifest instantly. It is like the digital computer language; 01010011. “0” means no signal while “1” means that signal exists. The same happens with our creations. “0” means we don’t have the right mind set for the desired thing to appear in our lives. “1” inclines that our mindset is perfect and we see the desired things appear. If we don’t have the desired thing manifesting in our lives it is only because we don’t have the right mind set for it to happen. The delay is an illusion. It might take us some time to get to that mindset, but in the moment we do, things appear instantly.

What mindset are we talking about? Why do we see things appearing progressively while everything manifests instantly?

Other Topics: Why do We Love Somebody?, Our Power, The Wisdom of the Ages, Gratitude, Imagination, The Most Powerful Affirmations....  

There is also a General Discussion area that has 45 topics for you to read and participate in.  There are a total of 150 topics so far in this network.

You will have access to all three levels of knowledge, understanding and practical applications of your power. You will be the one who will choose which level you want to participate on or you might be interested in all of them.

The shortcut to success is through fun even beyond your idea of fun, of what you have ever imagined. The Totally Unique Individuals Network is designed to be fun. We are going to treat it like a game, a serious game of knowledge and practice that is going to take us to ancient incredible wisdom that has been passed from generations to generations. That wisdom of ages is timeless, and it has been here for 6,000 years. We will learn it, analyze it and put it into practice. By doing that, we will become new beings with a completely different outlook on life with different results.

You can create a profile and get to know other members of the TUI Network, discuss topics, ask questions and gain understanding and awareness. 

You are invited join this Network for only $9.95 a month. You will also have access to webinars on such topics as  Upcoming: News Years Resolution Saturday Jan 21 10-11 am EST, Past topics: Obtaining Perfect Weight and Incredible Healing Process. Past webinars are available for viewing once you join. 

You can learn more about this Network by visiting Totally Unique Individuals Network  

To Join this network visit Join TUI Network

Park Lane Valentine Specials

By Elba Plaza

This Valentine's Day Say "I Love You" with Park Lane jewels. Park Lane's Valentine's Day gift packages make it super easy...Select your favorite then contact me..and I will take care of the rest. Flowers wilt, candies go to the hip but a jewelry gift last forever...

Receive the beautiful Lovable earrings FREE with the purchase of Valentine's gift package.

 Elba Plaza

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

An Unbelievable Opportunity - Park Lane

By Elba Plaza

Who are we? is the world’s largest party-plan direct sales jewelry company, featuring the finest quality high-fashion jewelry designs! Founded in 1955 by a teenage couple Art and Shirley Levin, park lane defines the American-dream. Today the second-generation Levin family owns and operates the company with the same commitment and dedication as their parents. The company is Debt-Free allowing them to offer generous profits and extraordinary programs and incentives for guests, hostesses and their Fashion Directors. With an unparalleled opportunity, park lane continues to empower women and men alike to realize their potential and reach for their dreams.

Why JewelryIt’s no surprise that jewelry has magnetic appeal – women are drawn to jewelry! Park lane consistently remains on the cutting edge of designer and celebrity-inspired creations in their designs.  There is something for everyone to love, from the most simple at hart to those who love glitz and glamour. Jewelry adds polish and pizzazz to your wardrobe and transforms clothing into an outfit.  Jewelry remains one of the top three gift-giving items year after year. Women never tire of receiving beautiful new jewelry! As for a product to represent, you constantly advertise your business by wearing your samples.

What makes us different?
Product Line
  • Fine fashion jewelry of the highest quality, with meticulous attention to detail and workmanship!
  • Up-to-date designs, hot off the runway – our cutting edge, trendy designs include designer-inspired couture creations as well as updated classics, all worthy of red-carpet attention!
  • Variety-simple-and-dainty, big-and-bold, glitz-and-glamour, and everything in between. Our styles will take you from the backyard to the boardroom to the ballroom! Designs for men and teens, too!
Unconditional Guarantee
  • It means just that – unconditional-for any reason!
  • It’s easy for the customer to take care of their own returns should they need to send anything back for any reason – they simply follow the instructions on the Validated Guarantee sheet that comes with their jewelry.
Five-Star Hostess Program
  • No company gives a hostess more options “now” (at the show) and “later” (after her bookings)! It’s an amazing array of benefits (including FREE credit, four ½ price items, four exclusive Hostess Only items and Monthly Hostess Specials and an incredible Booking Award program to name a few)!
  • Designed to help Fashion Directors book shows and fill their calendars!
Customer Sale Every Day
  • Customers are rewarded with one, two or three items for $12 each, based on their order!
  • Customers can choose current, in-line items as their $12 sale items – not discontinued pieces!
Compensation Plan
  • 30% – 50% commission PLUS bonuses!
  • Unique “Direct Appointment Program” for experienced direct sales “party –plan” managers!
Awards and Recognition
  • Two incentive trips that ANY Fashion Director can earn – take your family along too!
  • Two exciting National Conventions per year!
  • Earn the New Edition jewelry every month FREE – keep more of your profits in your pocket!
  • Earn $200 – $400 in jewelry and display aids monthly during your first 6 months!
  • Cash awards, designer outfits, merchandise contests, and more!
Fun and Easy Presentation
  • NO inventory, No deliveries, “business in a bag” for easy carry in and set up!
  • $5 Registration covers your Literature and Sales Aids pack to get you started (Training DVD, Guide to Success Manual, Catalogs, Order Forms, etc.)
  • $500 net sales at your Intro Party plus 5 bookings lined up in your first 30 days and attendance at an Initial Training Class gives you a FREE jewelry kit valued at $1000!
  • Process your shows and credit card payments for than $5 a month with your online Gold Membership. Access to a multitude of training aids on the website as well!
  • Multiple training opportunities – local, regional, and national trainings plus online support!
Contact me to find out how you can start your Test-Drive
 Elba Plaza

Friday, January 6, 2012

St. Francis Xavier Annual Spaghetti Dinner 2012

 February 18th, 2012 at the Xavier Parish Hall at   2157 Cleveland Avenue, Fort Myers, Florida 33901. The event will run from 4PM until 7PM. The dinner includes spaghetti, bread-stick, salad and dessert with free tea, lemonade, coffee or water available to drink. Soft Drinks are also available for purchase.

There will be a 50/50 drawing and Raffle. Local business owners can gain exposure by providing a raffle gift basket for the event. Please contact Lloyd Duhon at 239-223-9618 for volunteer information or to make a donation. All donations are tax deductible.

Frequently Asked Questions about AMD Dr. Terry Tucker

An estimated 10 million Americans show evidence of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), a progressive eye condition that can destroy “straight-ahead” vision, according to Dr. Terry Tucker OD, Therapeutic Optometrist

“February is AMD Awareness Month and we encourage all people, especially those at higher risk for this disease, to familiarize themselves with the potential symptoms and need for regular eye examinations” Dr. Terry Tucker OD said. “To help people better understand this disease, we’ve prepared a list of Frequently Asked Questions about AMD. ”

Q: What is AMD?
A: AMD stands for Age-related Macular Degeneration, a disease that breaks down the macula - the light-sensitive portion of the retina that allows you to see fine detail. It blurs the straight-ahead vision required for activities such as reading or driving

Q: What causes AMD?
A: The causes of AMD are still unknown. One form of AMD (Dry) may be caused by aging and thinning of the macular tissues, pigment deposits in the macula, or a combination of the two. The other form of AMD (Wet), results when new blood vessels grow beneath the retina and leak blood and fluid. This leakage causes retinal cells to die and creates blind spots in central vision.

Q: Who is at risk for AMD?
A: Risk factors for AMD include:  Smoking, High Blood Pressure, Obesity, and Family History of AMD. Also, Caucasians and females are more prone to AMD.

Q: What are the symptoms of AMD?
A: Early symptoms of AMD included blurred vision or dark spots in the center of vision. The symptoms can appear painlessly and gradually, making early detection and treatment essential.

Q: How can AMD be detected?
A: Early-stage AMD can be detected through a comprehensive eye exam that includes a visual acuity test and dilated eye exam. If AMD is detected, further tests may be required.

Q: Can AMD be cured?
A: There is no cure or AMD at this time. There are, however, certain treatments that can slow or minimize vision loss, and, in some cases, even improve vision.

Q: How is AMD treated?
A: There are several treatment options that your eye doctor may consider, including:
* Vitamins. Research suggests that certain vitamin supplements taken in combination may reduce vision loss in some stages of AMD
* Laser Surgery (Wet AMD)
* Injections (Wet AMD)

“While there is no cure for AMD, early detection and treatment can slow or minimize vision loss, and, in some cases even improve vision.” Dr. Terry Tucker said. “There are also devices that can help people suffering from AMD-related vision loss achieve improvement in their functional vision for performing daily routines.”

Dr. Terry Tucker owns and practices at Tucker Vision Center located at 88 Pine Island Road in North Fort Myers and is a member of Vision Source, the nation’s number one network of private practice optometrists. Founded in 1991, The Vision Source network includes more than 2,300 offices in all 50 states and in Canada.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Fort Myers becomes a vacation hotspot - WFTX-TV Fort Myers/Naples, FL

Fort Myers becomes a vacation hotspot - WFTX-TV Fort Myers/Naples, FL 

From WFTX - It's official, Fort Myers is considered one of the up and coming vacation destinations in the country.

A new survey from Trip Advisor, ranks Fort Myers third when it comes to the top 15 American destinations on the rise for the new year.

Fort Myers was beat out only by Austin Texas and Nashville Tennessee. Pensacola and Saint Augustine were the other Florida hotspots to crack the top ten.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Vision at age 60 and Beyond - Dr. Terry Tucker OD

Vision changes occur as you age.  These changes do not have to compromise your vision or lifestyle.  Knowing what to expect and seeking routine vision examinations will help insure continued good vision.

As you age and reach your 60’s and beyond,  you need to be more attentive to the warning signs of age-related vision problems that can rob you of your sight.  Many eye diseases or vision problems have not signs or symptoms to give you a warning of present or future vision problems.  They can be painless and you will not know you have a problem until it may be advanced enough that it is difficult to treat and manage.   This is why regular vision examinations are important to detect problems while they are easier to treat.

Systemic health problems can also cause problems with your vision also.  Diabetic condition, hypertension (high blood pressure), and taking some medications that have ocular side effects, are at greatest risk for eye problems.
Regular eye examinations are even more important in these individuals.  The American Optometric Association recommends annual eye examinations for everyone over 60 years old.

At age 60 and beyond, a number of eye diseases may develop that can change your vision permanently.  The earlier these problems are detected and treated, the more likely you can retain good vision.

The following are vision disorders that you should be aware of:
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an eye disease affecting the macula, the center of the light sensitive retina at the back of the eye.  This your central vision where your vision is the clearest.  This is a very small area that allows you to see small detail and colors.  Activities like driving, reading, watching TV and recognizing faces all require good central vision provided by the macula.  Macular degeneration causes changes in central vision, but not the periphery.

Diabetic retinopathy is a condition occurring in people with diabetes. Progressive damage to the tiny blood vessels that nourish the retina can cause this problem.  The blood vessels leek blood and other fluids that cause the retina tissue to swell and cloud vision. This condition can cause blindness.

Retinal detachment is the tearing of the retina or separation of the retina from the underlying tissue.  Trauma to the head or body can cause this, along with advanced diabetes and other ocular diseases.  This condition can cause permanent loss of vision.
Yearly vision examinations are one of the beat ways to protect your vision.  Get your eyes examined by your Optometrist.


Dr. Terry Tucker OD
Tucker Vision Center
Bayshore Medical Plaza
88 Pine Island Rd. #3
North Fort Myers, FL 33903
Phone: 239-656-1778