A name familiar to Titusville patients seeking state-of-the-art eye care — Space Coast Ophthalmology — added a new practice in Viera which opened in early September.

The new facility at 2328 Medico Lane offers a comprehensive range of services, including treatment for cataracts, dry eye, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic eye diseases, pediatric eye exams, ocular nutrition, eye infections and blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery). LASIK/PRK surgery also will be offered in the near future.

Of course, the practice also performs routine eye exams, as well as exams for contact lenses.

Dry eye, which causes irritation, redness, burning and stinging, is one of the most common complaints the specialists treat.

"Depending on the severity, we start with artificial lubricating drops, prescription drops (Xiidra, Restasis), punctal occlusion and dry eye amniotic membranes," said Valerie Clark, director of business development for Space Coast Ophthalmology.

AmbioDisk, a new treatment for dry eye, is about the size of a small contact lens that contains an amniotic membrane with regenerative properties to heal the eyes, soothe pain and improve vision.

The disk, which is inserted and removed during an office visit, is placed on the cornea and kept in place with a soft contact lens for a five- to seven-day period, during which the nutrients in the disk dissolve into the cornea. The nutrients bring the eye back to normal state, so eye drops and other treatments can be more effective. In addition to treating dry eye, AmbioDisk also can be used to treat non-healing epithelial corneal defects, corneal erosions caused by dry eyes, acute chemical/thermal burns and eye infections.

Another issue commonly treated at Space Coast Ophthalmology are cataracts. Dr. Nicholas Pefkaros, who heads the practice, was recently trained in the ORA System, a sophisticated device that provides real time measurements of the patient’s eye during cataract surgery in order to provide more precise surgery.

"At any point during the procedure, Dr. Pefkaros can take a measurement, which is then analyzed by the ORA System," Clark said.

The technology has been clinically proven to improve outcomes for LASIK and astigmatism patients.

Pefkaros graduated magna cum laude from Jefferson Medical College and Ithaca College and is a diplomat of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Space Coast Ophthalmology’s new Viera practice is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays. For more information, call 321-267-0008 or go to SpaceCoastOphthalmology.com.