No matter how tired or how busy you are, please: DO NOT FALL ASLEEP IN YOUR CONTACTS! Sleeping in contacts makes you up to five times more likely to develop keratitis, and infection that can cause pain, inflammation and even blindness. Reports say the condition sends nearly 1 million people to the E.R. or a doctor’s office every year.


Jacksonville Eye Care Center would like to congratulate Dr. Anthony Favale, named one of the 3 Best Eye Doctors in Jacksonville, Florida! Handpicked rated Best Eye Doctors in Jacksonville, Florida based on customer reviews, history, complaints, ratings, satisfaction, trust, cost and general excellence. BTW, the other two Doctors chosen both have offices located far away from ours. Jacksonville’s a big place. We get it.


One minute, you’re enjoying a leisurely day at the beach, then suddenly a gust of wind picks up and your eyes start hurting and watering uncontrollably. You’ve gotten sand in your eyes. It’s uncomfortable and can potentially hurt the eyes’ delicate tissues. Read on to learn what happens when you get sand in your eyes and what you should do to get it out without damage.

What to do

As soon as you feel sand get in your eye, flush the eye with saline if available or water. Remove your contact lenses if possible. Do not rub the eye as this can cause damage. Also, do not try to remove the sand yourself using your fingers or tools as you will likely cause an abrasion and increase the risk of infection.

What if problems persist?

Even though your eyes will try to flush the sand out by watering heavily and you may try to irrigate the eye, scratches can still occur. When this happens, it is called a corneal abrasion. The cornea is the clear tissue that protects the pupil and iris and helps your eyes focus. The following symptoms are a sign of this condition:

  • Eye pain, especially when opening and closing eyelid
  • Feeling of a foreign particle in the eye
  • Light sensitivity
  • Blurred vision
  • Redness
  • Excessive tearing

How to treat a corneal abrasion

If you suspect an abrasion, get to your eye doctor as soon as possible. He or she will inspect your corneas and eyelids under bright lights and magnification, then will put a dye in the eye that will reveal any scratches. Your doctor will likely treat you with topical antibiotic drops to prevent infection and/or give your medication for pain and inflammation.

While getting sand in the eye is no beach picnic, it rarely causes permanent eye damage and most people recover from minor scratches to the cornea in one to three days. However, it is important to be cautious as deeper scratches caused by eye rubbing can cause long-term problems. The best cure is always prevention and a good pair of shades on a windy day at the beach can be all you need to keep the sand out.


Hi. My name is Cate, and I’m a new patient of Jacksonville Eye Care Center. I had a hard time finding an eye doctor here in Jacksonville, and so I thought others would like to know about my experience at Jacksonville Eye Care Center as a first-time patient.
Five stars for sure! I walked in at precisely the time of my scheduled appointment, and they were ready and waiting for me. In the world of Doctor visits, that’s a new one!

The staff here was very friendly and professional. They are super-clean, and were really fastidious about sanitizing every piece of equipment right in front of me. I really appreciated that ! See, at the last eye doctor I visited, I sat there watching as the technician grabbed a piece of equipment , then settled it right onto my face without cleaning it first. A few of those rubbery things that fit close smelled really funky. I kept wondering who had used it before me, and it completely grossed me out. So while it may seem like a small thing, knowing it was clean equipment was a big deal to me.
After all that was taken care of, the Doctor came in and saw me right away. I found this to be reassuring and very cool: I learned that a proper eye exam is actually a little mini physical! A good eye exam can actually detect symptoms of other troubles, like diabetes or high blood pressure. Who knew?

As soon as my exam with Dr. Favale was over, he walked me out to their eyeglass display and introduced me to my very own, one-on- one frame consultant, Frank. Frank cut through all the wondering and waffling, and wasted no time pretending glasses looked good on me if they didn’t. If you’ve ever had an employee at one of those places trying to push you into choosing a pair of glasses that you weren’t so sure about, you will know what I mean! In no time, I actually trusted Frank’s opinion, learned a little something about style and fashion, chose my new frames, actually felt good about my choice, and was outta there! That has never happened before, even in the places that advertise under an hour! As for How Likely Am I To Recommend?
I already have!