Social Events are Back!

Kick up your heels, call your friends, and get out your social calendars! Events are back with a BANG!

We have a little something for everyone. As we begin to head into the holiday months and welcome back our seasonal friends, we will have plenty of activities for you to enjoy – from Lunch & Learns, Holiday Boutique, Farmers Market, Dance Parties, Murder Mystery Dinner, and Big Shows! Our new Wellness Wednesdays are informative FREE presentations that focus on physical, social, and emotional health and well-being. Each month we will bring you a professional in a specific field to speak in the Activity Center Auditorium.

According to the survey we recently sent out, our Farmers Market & Craft Fairs are one of our most popular events. When you mix in the beautiful Florida weather with shopping for organic produce, grabbing some delicious food, and seeing what the local shops have to offer, how can you go wrong?! Our Farm Fresh Fridays are back as well, beginning September 24th & October 29th. Beasley Farms will continue to be the provider for these events, with sustainably grown fruits and vegetables. Why bother with the grocery stores when you have an option for fresh, seasonal delights such as lettuce, carrots, onions, green beans, and more – all at very affordable prices.

Don’t forget our popular Holiday Boutique! Grab a friend and shop with us before hitting the mall. We’ll have everything from handmade crafts and jewelry to delicious baked goods and sweets. Nothing is off-limits, which guarantees a wide variety of diverse shops to browse! And as a nice side benefit, you’ll be contributing to our local economy.

Below is a list of our upcoming events. All event information and details can be found under Upcoming Social Events on this website!

 Lunch & Learn: Essential Oils – September 7th 

 Wellness Wednesday: Body in Motion – September 15th

 Swing Dance Party with Swing Theory – September 19th 

 Farm Fresh Friday – September 24th 

 Wellness Wednesday: Breast Cancer Diagnosis & Treatment – October 13th

 Murder Mystery Dinner: Midnight at the Masquerade – October 14th

 Autumn Farmers Market & Craft Fair – October 16th 

 Comedy Night with Jason Douglas – October 21st

 Chic Chat: Date Night at Every Age – October 25th

 Farm Fresh Friday – October 29th

 Lunch & Learn: November 2nd

 Big Show: The Box Tops – November 4th

 New Orleans Dance Party – November 7th

 Wellness Wednesday: Mind & Soul – November 17th

 Chic Chat: Vision Board Activity – November 25th

 Farm Fresh Friday – November 29th

 Santa Rocks the Dance Floor – December 7th

 Big Show: Journeyman – An Eric Clapton Tribute – December 9th

 New Year’s Eve: Decades Celebration – December 31st

Call the Activity Center at 746-7633 to reserve your spot today!

The Remarkable Diagnostic Tools to Determine the Structure and Function of the Retina

One of the challenges in all of medicine is to accurately determine the structure and function of any organ and tissue. When an organ like the heart, brain or retina, for example, are healthy then by definition the structure and function are correlated with each other. In other words, if you can measure the structure or the function you can infer the other.

However, if the retina has a particular disease like macular degeneration (AMD) or diabetic retinopathy ( two of the more common disorders) then structure and function are not correlated with each other.

As a result, it’s even more important to have diagnostic tests that can independently measure structure and function. When you go to an ophthalmologist, the staff will check your vision on the acuity chart. Although all of us in ophthalmology and optometry do this test, it doesn’t really measure vision. This is because there are at least 8 different neural pathways from the eye to the back of head, the occipital lobe of the brain. The visual acuity test only measures only one of those pathways. So a patient may record a vision of 20/40 or 20/30 and report their vision is not normal. This is entirely possible for exactly the reason that is mentioned above.

So, what are the methods to measure structure and function of the retina? Over the last two to three decades there has been a remarkable advancement of diagnostic testing.

 As to structure, one of the tests that we use is multimodal imaging. This includes: 1) Color photos of the retina. Often, we use wide angle imaging so that the far edges of the retina can be seen; 2) Autofluorescence imaging allows us as retina specialist to observe the debris deposits underneath the retina as well as determine the areas of the retina where the nourishing cells (RPE cells) may have died; 3) Optical coherence tomography (OCT) provides high resolution imaging of the 9 microscopic layers of the retina, the RPE and also the largest blood supply per unit weight  in the entire body called the choroid. This is found under the retina.

We can measure function by two different methods: 1) Like the EKG of the heart, the electrical response of the retina, optic nerve and RPE can be recorded. This electrophysiological testing is extremely valuable to determine the actual objective function of these structures; 2) Microperimetry is another functional test that actually allows us to map out the sensitivity of the regions of the retina, particularly the macula, the area of central high acuity vision. 

Thus, by measuring the structure and function of the retina we, as retina specialists, have really refined our diagnostic and prognostic abilities. This of course helps to catch and treat diseases much earlier than we ever have done in the past.

Dr. Shalesh Kaushal, MD, PhD is considered one of the foremost authorities on retinal disease, Dr. Kaushal offers advanced diagnostics and a unique approach to uncover the core of why certain retina conditions exist, as well as the most optimal way to treat them. Dr. Shalesh Kaushal is an The Villages, FL based board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in the area of vitreoretinal disease and serving patients in the Ocala, FL area. Considered one of the foremost authorities on retinal disease, Dr. Kaushal offers advanced diagnostics and a unique approach to uncover the core of why certain retina conditions exist, as well as the most optimal way to treat them. In 2009, Dr. Kaushal was recruited to the University of Massachusetts as the chairman to build a new eye center, which at the time was the first, new academic Department of Ophthalmology in the United States in over 25 years.

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