Policies and Disclosures

Cookies and Privacy Policy

Updated: January 1, 2021

The Florida Website located at https://www.floridaretinainstitute.com. This is a standard Cookies and Online Privacy Policy for the Florida Retina Institute® (FRI) website (“Site”), owned by Florida Retina Institute®.


Our website address is www.floridaretinainstitute.com. Florida Retina Institute® recognizes that many visitors to our website are concerned about the information they provide to us, and how we treat that information. Our goal is to provide interesting, informational and educational material.


In order to give website users the most robust experience possible, FRI may request and/or collect information from you on a voluntary basis when you: (1) fill in the contact form or send us questions or comments via this website. The requested information may include personal information such as your company name, first name, last name, city, state, e-mail address and telephone number.

If personal information is collected, that information will not be shared with any third parties, except with entities who use it solely to provide support. Your personal information may also be used to inform you of any FRI special promotions, news or for our sales department.


You may have heard of “cookies”, which are small files or pieces of information that are stored by your browser on your computer’s hard drive when you visit a web site. Florida Retina Institute® (FRI) uses cookies and other similar technologies to help provide Services, to understand how you use our site and to improve your experience. This includes personalizing content and advertising. These cookies collect other information during your visit to our website, such as the particular subpages you visit and the activities in which you participate on our website. The information we collect is only in an aggregate form — it is not personally identifiable. These aggregated statistics are used internally to better provide services to our patients, and may be shared with FRI employees or a third-party marketing team, to help us improve the products and services we provide you and better meet your needs.

Anonymous information about your computer, such as your IP address (a number assigned to your computer whenever you surf the Internet), the type of Internet browser you are using, and the type of computer operating system you are using may also be collected by us using cookies. Web servers, the computers that “serve up” web pages, automatically identify your computer by its IP address. When you request a page from this website, our servers log your IP address (IP internet protocol).

How to manage and remove cookies

If you are viewing the Florida Retina Institute's website via a browser you can restrict, block or remove cookies through your web browser’s settings. The Help menu on the menu bar of most browsers also tells you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to delete old cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie and how to disable cookies altogether.

You can also visit https://www.aboutcookies.org/ for more information on how to manage and remove cookies across a number of different internet browsers. You also have the option to change your choices relating to cookies utilized to deliver behaviorally targeted advertising here Advertising Cookies.

Are cookies enabled in your Browser?

Computer cookies explained. Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies. If you’d prefer, you can set yours to refuse cookies or to alert you when cookies are being sent. Refusal of cookies at this Florida Retina Institute® (FRI) website may result in an inability to visit certain areas of this website.

To check whether your browser is configured to allow cookies, visit the Cookie checker. This page will attempt to create a cookie and report on whether or not it succeeded.

For information on how to enable or disable cookies, see Enabling cookies and for information on how to delete and clear cookies, see Deleting cookies.

Where can you see or check the cookies you have on your computer?

Most browsers have a configuration screen which allows the user to see what cookies have been stored on the computer, and optionally to delete them. For more information, see this viewing cookies page.

Note that it is not possible for a webpage to view cookies set by other sites, as this would represent a privacy and security problem.

What is in a cookie?

Each cookie is effectively a small lookup table containing pairs of (key, data) values - for example (first name) (last name). Once the cookie has been read by the code on the server or client computer, the data can be retrieved and used to customise the web page appropriately.

When are cookies created?

Writing data to a cookie is usually done when a new webpage is loaded - for example after a submit button is pressed the data handling page would be responsible for storing the values in a cookie. If the user has elected to disable cookies then the write operation will fail, and subsequent sites which rely on the cookie will either have to take a default action, or prompt the user to re-enter the information that would have been stored in the cookie.

Why are cookies used?

Cookies are a convenient way to carry information from one session on a website to another, or between sessions on related websites, without having to burden a server machine with massive amounts of data storage. Storing the data on the server without using cookies would also be problematic because it would be difficult to retrieve a particular user's information without requiring a login on each visit to the website.

If there is a large amount of information to store, then a cookie can simply be used as a means to identify a given user so that further related information can be looked up on a server-side database. For example the first time a user visits a site they may choose a username which is stored in the cookie, and then provide data such as password, name, address, preferred font size, page layout, etc. - this information would all be stored on the database using the username as a key. Subsequently when the site is revisited the server will read the cookie to find the username, and then retrieve all the user's information from the database without it having to be re-entered.

How long does a cookie last or stay on your computer?

The time of expiry of a cookie can be set when the cookie is created. By default the cookie is destroyed when the current browser window is closed, but it can be made to persist for an arbitrary length of time after that.

Research about how long a cookie lasts uncovered interesting findings such as the average cookie is set to survive for over 7,000 years. The average website stores 34 cookies on a PC. 86% of cookies are persistent - they stay on a PC after the user (you) have left the site.

Who can access cookies?

When a cookie is created it is possible to control its visibility by setting its 'root domain'. It will then be accessible to any URL belonging to that root. For example the root could be set to "floridaretinainstitute.com" and the cookie would then be available to sites in "www.floridaretinainstitute.com" or "xyz.floridaretinainstitute.com" or "floridaretinainstitute.com". This might be used to allow related pages to communicate with each other. It is not possible to set the root domain to 'top level' domains such as '.com' or '.co.uk' since this would allow widespread access to the cookie.

By default cookies are visible to all paths in their domains, but at the time of creation they can be retricted to a given subpath - for example "www.floridaretinainstitute.com/images".

How secure are Cookies?

Cookies do not in themselves present a threat to privacy, since they can only be used to store information that the user has volunteered or that the web server already has. Whilst it is possible that this information could be made available to specific third party websites, this is no worse than storing it in a central database. If you are concerned that the information you provide to a webserver will not be treated as confidential then you should question whether you actually need to provide that information at all.

Change cookie settings

You can allow or block cookies saved by websites. To allow or block cookies by default, check this support link from Google Chrome. Block cookies from other sites. You can see cookies from the site that you visit, while blocking cookies from other sites that own ads or images on the web page. To block these third-party cookies, tick the box next to 'Block third-party cookies and site data'. All cookies and site data from other sites will be blocked, even if the site is allowed on your exceptions list.

Change site permissions

You can control what content websites can show you, and what information they can use as you browse. Check this link for your computer, Android, iPhone or iPad settings.


The Florida Retina Institute (Florida Retina Institute®, trademark, FRI) website has Google Analytics code installed on each page.

Analytics services contained enables us, the owner, to monitor and analyze web traffic and can be used to keep track of User behavior. Google Analytics is a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”).

Google utilizes the data collected to track and examine the use of this application, to prepare reports on its activities and share them with other Google services.

Google may use the data collected to contextualize and personalize the ads of its own advertising network. The integration of Google Analytics anonymizes your IP address. It works by shortening Users’ IP addresses within member states of the European Union or in other contracting states to the Agreement on the European Economic Area.

Only in exceptional cases will the complete IP address be sent to a Google server and shortened within the US.

We also use other third party analytics tools which function, track and report similar to Google Analytics such as the social media insights and reporting tools like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and on occassion others. Please hover over the company's names and read their correlating policies.

What is some of the passively or automatically data and information collected through Google Analytics? The Google Analytics tool collect various types of information about you, your computer or other device used to access our website. A representative, non-exhaustive list of the types of automatically collected information may include: the network, network referral or IP (internet protocol) address and type of browser you are using (such as Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer, DuckDuckGo or other), the type of operating system you are using, (such as Mac OS, Microsoft Windows or toher), the name of your ISP (internet service provider) (such as BrightHouse, Comcast, Verizon, AT&T or other) and domains used by such providers, mobile network, device identifiers (such as an Apple IDFA or an Android Advertising ID), device settings, browser settings, the web pages of the website pages you have visited, pages visited before and after you visit a page, the type of handheld or mobile device used to view the page (such as iOS, Android), location information, and the content (and or if applicable only, advertisements) you have accessed, seen, forwarded and/or clicked on. Please see above information titled cookies for more information about how the foregoing information may be collected and used.

Information about Geo-location information. If you are accessing a website from a desktop, mobile device or through a mobile application, you may be asked to share your precise (GPS level) geo-location information with us so we can customize your experience on our website. If you agree to such collection, in most cases, you will be able to turn off such data collection at any time by accessing the privacy settings of your mobile device and/or through the settings in the applicable mobile application.

Information Collected By and From Social Media Services and Other Third Party Platforms.

You also can engage with our content, such as apps (applications), video, games and other offerings, on or through social media services or other third party platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube or other third-party social media plug-ins, integrations and applications. When you engage with our content on or through social media services or other third party platforms, plug-ins, integrations or applications, you may allow us to have access to certain Information in your profile. This may include your name, e-mail address, photo, gender, birthday, location, an ID associated with the applicable third party platform or social media account user files, like photos and videos, your list of friends or connections, people you follow and/or who follow you, or your posts or "likes." For a description on how social media services and other third party platforms, plug-ins, integrations or applications handle your information, please refer to their respective privacy policies and terms of use, which may permit you to modify your privacy settings.


The Florida Retina Institute® website may contain links to other (external) websites, and we make every effort to only link to websites that share our high standards of decency, fairness, and integrity. However, those other websites are governed by their own terms of use and privacy policies, which may be substantially different from ours. Florida Retina Institute encourages visitors to other websites to review the privacy policies and information collection practices of those websites.


If you should have any questions about the Florida Retina Institute® website, its Privacy Policy, or other, we strongly encourage you to contact us at:
Florida Retina Institute
95 Columbia Street
Orlando, Florida 32806
Phone 407.849.9621
E-mail marketing@floridaretinainstitute.com

Florida Retina Institute®, FRI, reserves the right to change, update or remove this Cookie and Privacy Policy at our discretion.

We will post any changes to this policy or any new policy here and we encourage you to visit our website and this area frequently to stay informed.

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