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Dr. Eric Kolisz: Focus on Cataract Care

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 
   

Most people over 65 have some degree of cataract development. A cataract is the gradual clouding of the natural lens that is inside your eye.  In order for the eye to work properly, it needs a clear lens to focus light on the retina.  South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners  is committed to keeping our patients educated about early detection, treatment and available corrective surgeries when it comes to cataracts. In speaking with our own Dr. Eric Kolisz, we find out about Eye Partners’ approach to caring for our patients with this issue.

“Our doctors and staff do an excellent job of taking the time to communicate properly with our patients prior to their cataract surgery,” says Dr. Kolisz. “People do not like surprises when it comes to surgery on the eye.  When they know what to expect with regard to surgery day, post-surgical care and expected outcomes of the surgery, that patient tends to be much happier.”

Cataracts, the leading cause of preventable blindness, develop when the eye’s lens becomes cloudy which impairs vision.  Surgery to remove the old lens and replace it with a new, clear lens is an effective method for improving poor eyesight due to cataract development.

Eye Partners now performs LenSx® – a blade-free, laser-assisted cataract surgery.

This new technology is an advanced alternative to traditional cataract surgery, which utilizes surgical blades.  LenSx® provides the surgeon with micron-level precision and improved predictability.  The procedure is tailored to the surgeon’s specifications and delivers a remarkable degree of accuracy.  By creating the incisions and fragmenting the clouded lens with LenSx®, the surgeon creates a precise opening for the new lens to be optimally positioned.

“Taking care of Eye Partners’ patients after cataract surgery is a breeze these days,” continues Dr. Kolisz.  “The combination  of our experienced surgeons’ abilities, our staff and the fact we have at our disposal all the latest and greatest technology, results in post surgical patients who are very happy.”

In conclusion, Dr. Kolisz says, “We communicate well with our patients then we meet and often exceed their expectations. That is fun for me to be part of!”

Eye Partners performs cataract surgery with LenSx® as an outpatient procedure at our state-of-the-art surgery center in Valdosta.  Pre-op and post-op visits for Eye Partners patients can be scheduled in Valdosta, Tifton, Moultrie, Douglas, and Madison, FL. To learn more, click here.

South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners – with locations in Valdosta, Tifton, Moultrie, Douglas & Madison, FL – specializes in LASIK and cataract surgery with premium lens implants, glaucoma diagnosis and treatment, comprehensive eye exams for adults and children and a Dry Eye Clinic. Eye Partners also has five Optical Shops fully stocked with designer frames and sunglasses to fit your style and personality.  To make an appointment with one of Eye Partners’ physicians or to find our locations and hours, click here


South Georgia/North Florida Optical Shops: Our Focus is on You

Sunday, March 25th, 2018 
   

Ideally, an optical shop would be well-stocked with hundreds of stylish frames, staffed with experts to help fit your glasses and teach you about them as well, and in a convenient location. South Georgia/North Florida is pleased to provide all of these things for our patients – and in five locations!  Currently Eye Partners has Optical Shops in Valdosta, Tifton, Douglas, Moultrie and Madison, Florida.

All of our optical shops offer excellent patient care provided by our knowledgeable and personable Opticians and onsite labs at four of our five shops for quick-turnaround and quality control. We strive to educate our patients about the state of the art Digital High Definition Lenses we carry and the treatments available for their lenses to enhance their visions.  This helps improve the quality of life for our patients in their daily routines – work, home or play!

We carry a large variety of eyewear in all of our shops. Safety and Sports glasses are available for a wide range of task-specific activities.  We also stock contact lenses (whether dailies or soft monthly wear, gas permeable or scleral) and specialty fit contact lenses as well.  BluTech Lenses, both prescription and non prescription, are available and highly recommended by our staff to filter out the harmful Blue Light emitted by all the devices we use on a daily basis such as computers, cell phones, tablets and LED lights.

All optical shop locations also have a huge sunglass wall full of the latest nonprescription sunglasses for your eye protection and eye health.  Our shops carry many brand names as well as basic frames – something for every budget.  Some name brands we carry are:  Tom Ford, Persol, Prada, Tiffany & Co., Tory Burch, Coach, Miu Miu, Versace, Ray Ban, Oakley, Jimmy Choo, Moncler, Silhouette, Tommy Hilfiger, Brooks Brothers, BCBG, Costa del Mar and many others.

South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners accepts most insurance plans and offer a package for any budget.  We accept outside prescriptions and walk-ins are welcome.  We’d love for you to make us your destination for all your eye care needs. We look forward to meeting you and making your experience with us rise above the rest.  See you there!


Meet Lynn Chaney – Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery Changed her World

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 
   

 

lynnIf you are considering cataract surgery, you should read this article (and click “Read more”) to learn about another of our amazing patients, Lynn Chaney – through her own words and video – and how Laser-Assisted Cataract surgery changed her life.

In Lynn’s words, she says her reaction the morning after her surgery was this:  “There’s no way to explain it.  Everything’s so bright and so clear!”  Riding her Harley Davidson with her husband, Leon, is Lynn’s passion – now she can see everything during their rides so much clearer…without glasses. Laser-assisted cataract surgery with multi focal lens changed her world.

Cataracts, the leading cause of preventable blindness, develop when the eye’s lens becomes cloudy which impairs vision.  Surgery to remove the old lens and replace it with a new, clear lens is an effective method for improving poor eyesight due to cataract development.

South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners’ own Dr. Scott Petermann performs LenSx® – a blade-free, laser-assisted cataract surgery which is the latest in cataract correction procedures.

This technology is an advanced alternative to traditional cataract surgery, which utilizes surgical blades.  LenSx® provides the surgeon with micron-level precision and improved predictability.  The procedure is tailored to the surgeon’s specifications and delivers a remarkable degree of accuracy.  By creating the incisions and fragmenting the clouded lens with LenSx®, the surgeon creates a precise opening for the new lens to be optimally positioned.

Eye Partners performs cataract surgery with LenSx® as an outpatient procedure at our state-of-the-art surgery center in Valdosta.  Pre-op and post-op visits for  Eye Partners patients can be scheduled in Valdosta, Tifton, Moultrie, Douglas and Madison, FL. To learn more, click here.


Dr. Valerie Ferrell: Focus on Allergic Conjunctivitis of the Eye

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 
   

With all the pollen we’ve seen in South Georgia and North Florida recently, allergy season is already in full swing.  We definitely have a few more months to endure, and along with that, often comes eye allergies.

Allergic conjunctivitis is the swelling of the conjunctiva (membrane covering the white part of the eye) due to allergies.  Allergies differ among patients, obviously, but the most common cause is hay fever.  Symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis often include: ocular itching, eyelid swelling, tearing, watery eyes, and a foreign body sensation – feeling that something is in your eye.  Usually when the weather is warm and dry, symptoms are often worse – which is why spring and summer can bring on an onslaught of this condition.

One of South Georgia / North Florida’s optometrists, Dr. Valerie Ferrell, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of allergic conjunctivitis.  With years of experience in treating patients with this condition, she can minimize your discomfort and individualize treatment to your particular situation.

“I would advise people that there are several eye conditions that can mimic allergies such as dry eye and ‘pink eye’,” says Dr. Ferrell.  “They need to see an eye care professional before self medicating with over the counter allergy eye drops to ensure a speedy recovery.”

Treatment for allergic conjunctivitis can include anything from simple antihistamines and allergy drops to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) to possible surgical intervention in severe cases.   Eye Partners’ physicians diagnose and treat a number of eye diseases and disorders such as dry eye syndrome, glaucoma, cataracts and others.  They can help make allergy season a lot more tolerable for you if you suffer from this particular condition as well.

Call us today for an appointment – with offices in Valdosta, Tifton, Moultrie, Douglas and Madison, FL, we’re sure to have a location convenient to you.  Visit our website, southgeorgiaeye.com, for more information.


iLASIK: “Now I can put my best foot forward without my eyes holding me back.”

Thursday, February 15th, 2018 
   

Would getting rid of contacts or glasses for good change your life?  For McClain Talley, iLASIK surgery did just that – no more contacts, and a much better quality of life. South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners offers the latest in iLASIK technology, and our physicians are second to none.

McClain is a recent graduate of UGA and just starting her real estate career. Before iLASIK, “I never felt comfortable in my contacts,” she says. “My eyes were constantly irritated and it caused me to feel tired.”

After iLASIK surgery performed by Dr. Scott Petermann, McClain (whose recovery time was less than one day) – could see clearly without the use of her contact lenses. “I could not be happier. It’s incredible. Now I can put my best foot forward without my eyes holding me back.” Watch her video below to see McClain’s story.

For people who have refractive errors, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, iLASIK surgery could be the solution.  The latest in laservision correction technology, iLASIK (laster-assisted in situ keratomileusis), uses a laser to cut the corneal flap instead of a traditional blade.
Dr. Scott Petermann and Dr. Wes Ross with South Georgia Eye Partners perform iLASIK surgery in our Valdosta location (at our new state-of-the-art surgery center).  Consultations and post-operative care is available in all of our locations: Tifton, Valdosta, Douglas, Moultrie and Madison, FL.

We are happy to answer any questions you might have in order to find out if you are a good candidate for the procedure.  For patients who aren’t candidates for iLASIK, we offer PRK.  Call us to make an appointment – you could be on your way to better eyesight in no time – just like McClain!

South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners – with locations in Valdosta, Tifton, Douglas, Moultrie, and Madison, FL – specializes in LASIK and cataract surgery with premium lens implants, glaucoma diagnosis and treatment, comprehensive eye exams for adults and children and a Dry Eye Clinic. Eye Partners also has Optical Shops fully stocked with designer frames and sunglasses to fit your style and personality.  To make an appointment with one of Eye Partners’s physicians or to find our locations and hours, click here.


South Georgia / North Florida Eye Partners: Top Notch Surgery Team Provides Experience & Expert Care

Friday, February 9th, 2018 
   

While our new South Georgia/North Florida surgery center offers the best in technology and is more convenient for patients, our team members are what create an outstanding patient experience. From pre-op and surgery to post-op, our physicians, registered nurses, surgical technicians, patient care specialist, and nurse anesthetist bring experience and compassion to every patient.

Interested in learning more about the behind-the-scenes clinical team who make it happen? Let’s start with our five registered nurses who handle multiple functions including pre-operative care, surgical assistance, post-operative patient care and more.  Tiffany Courington, our RN manager, has almost 16 years of surgical nurse experience and brings leadership to our clinical team. Jana Lites is an experienced eye surgery nurse; she works with patients during pre-op and is part of the surgical team.  Sarah Farmer, a long-time member of the Eye Partners team, is a surgical technician and ophthalmic tech as well as a RN. Vicky Hayes, an experienced RN and Valdosta native, is a friendly familiar face and a comforting presence for our patients. Our newest RN team member is Cassie O’Neal; Cassie has years of nursing experience and we are so happy to have her as part of our team.

Our three surgical technicians combine experience with knowledge and caring.  Brandi Lightsey has 15 years of surgical tech experience and is currently over the sterilization process at our surgery center.  Amanda Miller handles patient work ups and is a great asset to everyone on the surgical team.  Cara Johnson is the newest addition in the surgical tech department and is an excellent addition to our team.

Tracy Marion, our patient care specialist, manages the front desk at our surgery center and is the glue that keeps things running smoothly for patients and our team! Tracy is highly organized and willing to pitch in just about anywhere there’s a need.

Keri Paulk is our Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).  Keri comes with years of experience and knowledge of anesthesia and is really great with our Eye Partners patients.  A combination of skill and compassionate human touch puts Keri in a league of her own in dealing with the delicate work of anesthesia.

Our strong surgical staff is the truly the foundation for the excellent care we provide for our eye surgery patients.  Interested in learning more? Visit southgeorgiaeye.com today to read about or watch videos regarding the procedures we offer including iLASIK, laser-assisted cataract surgery, glaucoma care and more.  Our surgery center is in Valdosta and our offices are located in Valdosta, Tifton, Douglas, Moultrie, and Madison, Fl.


South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners: Leaders in Eye Care Innovation & Technology

Monday, January 22nd, 2018 
   

Delivering the latest eye care technology to our patients is important to the physicians at South Georgia / North Florida Eye Partners.  Our new ORA System with VerifEye+ Technology, is a new technology addition that assists physicians during cataract surgery by allowing them to obtain real-time, precise measurements of the eye during the actual procedure.  While measurements have always been, and still are, taken before cataract surgery, the exactness and verification this tool delivers in the surgery suite just prior to the procedure gives valuable data to the surgeon.

“The ORA System with VerifEYE+ Technology provides a continuous assessment of a patient’s eye throughout the entire procedure, giving precise measurements to me or one of our other surgeons in one-degree increments,” said Dr. Scott Petermann. “There has never been a more individualized and accurate tool in assisting with cataract surgery.”

We are happy to be bringing this technology to our patients in South Georgia and North Florida who would otherwise have to travel a much greater distance. Our goal is to provide patients with the best care close to home.  Eye Partners’ team of ophthalmologists, Dr. Scott Petermann, Dr. Wes Ross, and Dr. Garrett Webster who is joining our practice in July, perform both laser-assisted and traditional cataract surgery at our state-of-the-art surgery center in Valdosta.  Pre-op and post-op visits for our patients can be scheduled at any of our locations: Tifton, Valdosta, Douglas, Moultrie, and Madison, FL.  Call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians to see if cataract surgery is right for you.


Big News! Two New Doctors Join Our Team in 2018.

Friday, December 1st, 2017 
   

We are excited to announce Dr. Jodie Norman, an optometrist, and Dr. Garrett Webster, an ophthalmologist, will join the South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners team in 2018.

Dr. Norman holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Valdosta State University and graduated from the University of Alabama School of Optometry.  In addition to adult and pediatric eye exams, she specializes in Dry Eye Syndrome and has expertise in contact lenses with a focus on scleral lenses.  Dr. Norman will see patients in our Tifton and Douglas offices.  She and her husband, Matt, have two boys – Gus (4) and Mac (2).

Dr. Webster, who will officially begin working with us in July of 2018 as the third ophthalmologist in our practice, graduated from the University of South Carolina’s School of Medicine in 2014. Dr. Webster brings an additional layer of expertise to our team, treating a broad range of complex ophthalmologic issues and performing advanced eye surgery, with a special interest in comprehensive cataract surgery.  He and his wife, Sydney, have a daughter, Ginny, who is 14 months old, and a sweet Boykin Spaniel, Brice.

South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners looks forward to adding these accomplished physicians to our staff over the next year.



Doctor Spotlight: Dr. Melanie Hill

Thursday, November 9th, 2017 
   

This week we are spotlighting Dr. Melanie Hill.  Dr. Hill works in our Madison, Florida, office and has been a wonderful addition to our South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners family.  Dr. Hill graduated from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee, where she met her husband, Cory.  After graduation, they moved together to Cory’s native Florida and have been there since 2000.  She and her husband have two children, Reagan and Cooper, who keep Dr. Hill busy even when not at work.

When asked what she loves most about optometry, Dr. Hill says, “I think it’s an honor to be able to protect one of the biggest blessings God gave us – sight.”  Back in high school, Dr. Hill was assigned a research paper and she happened to write hers on optometry – the more she learned about the field, the more interested she became.  And the rest – as they say – is history.  Watch the video here to see Dr. Hill in action and hear her story in her own words.

Dr. Hill and her family are very active at Faith Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee.  She is an Elder at their church and the co-Moderator of the Children and Families Committee as well as a Sunday school teacher.

South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners has two board-certified ophthalmologists and five board-certified optometrists.  Our physicians are trained in scheduled eye exams as well as in the diagnosis and treatment of dry eye syndrome, glaucoma, and many other optical issues.  We also perform iLASIK surgery, laser-assisted cataract surgery and many other vision procedures.  With offices in Valdosta, Tifton, Douglas, Moultrie and Madison, Florida, there is certain to be a location convenient to you for all of your optometry needs.  Call us today to schedule an appointment.