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SGNF’s Low Vision Clinic – Here to Help

Monday, October 15th, 2018 
   

Low vision is a loss of eyesight that makes everyday tasks such as reading, writing, watching TV, driving a car or recognizing faces, difficult to accomplish. Therefore, when vision cannot be improved with regular eyeglasses, medicine or surgery, people with low vision need help learning how to make the most of their remaining sight and keep their independence.

Low vision can be caused from eye diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and retinitis pigmentosa. Other sources include eye injuries, cancer of the eye, albinism or a brain injury. Normal aging of the eye does not lead to low vision; therefore, it is important to have regular medical eye exams by an ophthalmologist to diagnose eye diseases, treat those that can be helped, and start the process of vision rehabilitation for people with low vision.

At South Georgia/ North Florida Eye Partners, we host a Low Vision Clinic to assist those in our community with vision problems at little to no cost.  Our goal is to help patients maximize their remaining vision and maintain an independent quality of life through access to numerous tools, techniques and resources including low vision aids and low vision rehabilitation services.

Some examples of low vision aids include:

  • Making things brighter through improving lighting, reducing glare and increasing contrast.
  • Making things bigger by sitting closer to the TV or purchasing low vision magnifiers. Using large-print checks, playing cards, crosswords, TV remotes and books are also recommended.
  • Using electronic books, e-readers or audio books instead of printed books. Talking watches, clocks, calculators, glucometers and computers are also helpful.
  • Organizing your home and labeling things clearly.

If you have questions concerning low vision assessment, access to low vision aids or low vision rehabilitation, contact us to set up a consultation today.

 

Source: GetEyeSmart.org, eye health information from the American Academy of Ophthalmology


Office Closures Notice – October 11th & 12th

Thursday, October 11th, 2018 
   

Office Closures: The following offices are closed today, Thursday, October 11th: Moultrie, Tifton & Douglas. Valdosta and Madison offices are open today and seeing patients.
All South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners offices are closed tomorrow, Friday, October 12th for a customer service training day.
Our thoughts and prayers are will all of our patients and staff as we start the storm clean up.


Why Eye Exams are Important – At Any Age

Thursday, October 4th, 2018 
   

Despite your age or health, annual comprehensive eye exams can help to detect any eye problems at their earliest stages – when they’re most treatable. South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners is a big believer in early detection and early treatment – it can help not only with vision problems, but other health problems as well.

What happens during an eye exam? During a standard comprehensive eye exam, your eye doctor can determine (if needed) your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, but will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, determine how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.

Should Children Get Annual Eye Exams?

The short answer is “yes!” For children, eye exams can play an important role in normal development and learning.

Vision is very closely linked to the learning process. Children who have trouble seeing or interpreting what they see often have trouble with their schoolwork. Many times, children will not complain of vision problems simply because they don’t know what “normal” vision looks like. If your child performs poorly at school or exhibits a reading or learning problem, be sure to schedule an eye examination to rule out an underlying visual cause.

What is the Eye Doctor Looking For During an Exam?

In addition to evaluating whether you have nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, your eye doctor will check your eyes for eye diseases and other problems that could lead to vision loss.

At any age, it’s an important part of your healthcare to have an annual eye exam.  With offices in Valdosta, Tifton, Douglas, Moultrie and Madison, FL, Eye Partners is bound to have a location convenient for you.  Call our offices today to make YOUR annual appointment!


Kids’ Eye Exams: More Important Than You Might Think!

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 
   

Vision and learning are inherently linked.  If a child can’t see well, chances for success in the classroom are greatly diminished.  Optometrists advocate professional eye exams to help catch any vision issues early.

Comprehensive eye exams check several components of eye health: visual acuity, ability to focus, eye teaming skills, eye structure health, and eye tracking.

For success in school, children must have other equally important visual skills besides their sharpness of sight, or visual acuity. Here are a few visual factors that can affect learning:

  • Coordinate their eye movements as a team.
  • Follow a line of print without losing their place.
  • Maintain clear focus as they read or make quick focusing changes when looking up to the board and back to their desks.

If children have inadequate visual skills in any of these areas, they can experience great difficulty in school, especially in reading. Optometrists and ophthalmologists recommend children have their eyes examined between six to 12 months of age, again at 3 and 5, and every year or two after that.

South Georgia /North Florida Eye Partners performs thorough children’s eye exams at all five locations.  Make an appointment for your kids’ eye exams today!


Lynn Chaney: Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery Changed her World

Tuesday, September 11th, 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.


Optomap: Seeing the Future with Early Detection

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 
   

What is optomap? Simply put, an optomap ultra-widefield retinal image is a unique technology that captures more than 80% of your retina in one panoramic photo which can help with early detection of everything from vision impairment to life-threatening diseases.

The unique optomap view helps your eye care practitioner detect early signs of retinal disease more effectively and efficiently than with traditional eye exams. Early detection means successful treatments can be administered and this reduces the risk to your sight and health.

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The actual optomap exam, which we perform at all five our Eye Partners offices, is fast, painless and comfortable. Nothing touches your eye at any time, and it is suitable for the whole family. To have the exam, you simply look into the device one eye at a time (much like looking into a keyhole), and you will see a comfortable flash of light to let you know the image of your retina has been taken.

Under normal circumstances, dilation drops are not usually necessary, but depending upon your condition, your South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners eye care professional may decide to dilate. The capture takes less than a second, and the results are available for review immediately. You see exactly what your doctor sees – even in a 3D animation.

Eye Partners is proud to provide optomap technology – early detection is key to so many health issues; not just vision problems. Besides protection from vision impairment or blindness, the optomap test can lead to early detection of cancer, stroke and cardiovascular disease.

Call Eye Partners today to set up your eye care exam and optomap imaging. We look forward to helping you see the future today!

 

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.

Source: optomap.com and American Optometric Association


Aging Eye: Eye Care Over 40

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 
   

If you are over 40 years of age, you’ve probably noticed changes in your vision. Difficulty seeing clearly for reading and close work are among the most common problems adults develop between ages 41 to 60. However, this is also the time when other changes in your eyes can start to affect your work and enjoyment of life.  Keep reading, and if you are experiencing any of these issues, call South Georgia/ North Florida Eye today for an appointment.  We can help your eyes age gracefully.

Beginning in the early to mid-forties, most adults may start to experience problems with their ability to see clearly at close distances, especially for reading and computer tasks. This normal aging change in the eye’s focusing ability, called presbyopia, will continue to progress over time.

Many people in middle age begin to experience difficulty with their vision.

Initially, you may find you need to hold reading materials farther away to see them clearly. Print in the newspaper or on a restaurant menu may appear blurred, especially under dim lighting. If you already wear prescription glasses or contact lenses to see clearly in the distance, the near vision changes caused by presbyopia can bring about the need to use bifocal or multifocal lenses. If you are nearsighted, you may have discovered that you now need to remove your glasses to see better up close. Fortunately, people with presbyopia now have many options to improve their ability to see well.

Along with the onset of presbyopia, an increase in the incidence of eye health problems occurs during these years. Whether or not there is a need for eyeglasses, adults should be examined for signs of developing eye and vision problems. A comprehensive eye examination is recommended at least every two years. Don’t rely on an insufficient substitute like the limited driver’s license vision test or other vision screenings to determine if you have an eye or vision problem.

Adults over 40 may be particularly at risk for the development of eye and vision problems if any of the following exist:

  • Chronic, systemic conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
  • A family history of glaucoma or macular degeneration.
  • A highly visually demanding job or work in an eye-hazardous occupation.
  • Health conditions like high cholesterol, thyroid conditions, anxiety or depression, and arthritis for which you take medications. Many medications, even antihistamines, have ocular side-effects.

Call us today you are just beginning to experience some of these problems or even if you’ve been struggling with them for awhile.  Eye Partners’ board certified ophthalmologists and optometrists are here to help.


Diabetic Eye: Diagnosis and Treatment

Thursday, July 12th, 2018 
   

Diabetes.  We probably all have our own reaction to this disease and know at least something about its effects – it is a disease that affects the body’s ability to produce or use insulin effectively to control blood sugar (glucose) levels. But did you know that diabetes also can have devastating effects on your eyes and vision?  Too much glucose in the blood for a long time can cause damage in many parts of the body, including the heart, kidneys, blood vessels and the small blood vessels in the eyes.  South Georgia / North Florida Eye Partners encourages everyone to have annual eye exams, but for those patients with diabetes – these yearly exams can be critical in preventing vision loss.

When the blood vessels in the eye’s retina (the light sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye) swell, leak or close off completely — or if abnormal new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina — it is called diabetic retinopathy.

People who are at greater risk of developing diabetic retinopathy are those who have diabetes or poor blood sugar control, women who are pregnant, and people with high blood pressure, high blood lipids or both. Also, people who are from certain ethnic groups, such as African-Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans, are more likely to develop diabetic retinopathy. In fact, a new study confirms that diabetes is a top risk factor for vision loss among Hispanics.

Something to remember: diabetes can cause vision in your eyes to change even if you do not have retinopathy. If your blood sugar levels change quickly, it can affect the shape of your eye’s lens, causing blurry vision, which goes back to normal after your blood sugar stabilizes.

With offices in Valdosta, Douglas, Tifton, Moultrie and Madison, Florida, Eye Partners is equipped to perform comprehensive eye exams close to where you live.  We also perform more extensive procedures and surgeries such as cataract surgery, iLASIK and glaucoma treatment in our surgery center in Valdosta.  Call or visit us today to make an appointment.

Source:  American Academy of Ophthalmology


Summer Sunglasses Sunsation!

Thursday, June 21st, 2018 
   

June 27th is National Sunglasses Day, and we’re ready to celebrate!  Sunglasses deliver fun, style and safety, so what’s not to love?  The Optical Shops at all South Georgia / North Florida Eye Partners locations offer brands in all price ranges and styles, including these designer brands:  Tom Ford, Prada, Miu Miu, Tory Burch, Michael Kors, Versace, Costa, Revo, Persol and Tiffany.

Here’s the line up for a week of Summer Sunglasses Sunsation fun:

Win a $150 gift certificate good towards any pair of in-stock sunglasses!  To enter, take a selfie* while wearing sunglasses, post to our Facebook page between Friday, June 22nd through Thursday, June 28th and tag the photo with #SunglassSelfie.  We’ll draw one name from all entrees on Friday, June 29th! *Only one entry per person

25% OFF: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and until Friday at noon enjoy 25% off all sunglasses at all locations. Some exclusions apply; insurance plans not accepted on sale items.

BOGO Wednesday!  Buy one pair of sunglasses and purchase another pair of equal or lesser value for 50% off.  Some exclusions apply; insurance plans not accepted on sale items.

 


Eye Exams for the Whole Family

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018 
   

Regardless of your age or physical health, it’s important to have regular eye exams. South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners provides vision care for the entire family – toddlers to seniors.

During a complete eye exam, your eye doctor will not only determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, but will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.

A comprehensive eye exam includes a number of tests and procedures to examine and evaluate the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision. These tests range from simple ones, like having you read an eye chart, to complex tests, such as using a high-powered lens to examine the health of the tissues inside of your eyes.

Eye care experts recommend you have a complete eye exam every year to assess your risk for potentially damaging eye conditions, as well as to keep on top of any changes in vision you may be experiencing.

Children. Some experts estimate that approximately 5% to 10% of pre-schoolers and 25% of school-aged children have vision problems. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), all children should have their eyes examined at 6 months of age, at age 3 and again at the start of school. Children without vision problems or risk factors for eye or vision problems should then continue to have their eyes examined at every year throughout school.

Children with existing vision problems or risk factors should have their eyes examined more frequently. Common risk factors for vision problems include:

  • premature birth
  • developmental delays
  • turned or crossed eyes
  • family history of eye disease
  • history of eye injury
  • other physical illness or disease

The AOA recommends that children who wear eyeglasses or contact lenses should have their eyes examined at least every 12 months or according to their eye doctor’s instructions.

Adults. The AOA also recommends an annual eye exam for any adult who wears eyeglasses or contacts. If you don’t normally need vision correction, you still need an eye exam every year. Doctors often recommend more frequent examinations for adults with diabetes, high blood pressure and other disorders, because many diseases can have an impact on vision and eye health.

If you are over 40, it’s a good idea to have your eyes examined every one to two years to check for common age-related eye problems such as presbyopia, cataracts and macular degeneration. Read more about Vision after 40.

Because the risk of eye disease continues to increase with advancing age, everyone over the age of 60 should be examined annually. Read more about Vision after 60.

Call South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners today to schedule an appointment for all the members of your family.  Preventative vision care is the key to seeing well for years to come.

Source: AOA