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Can You Recognize the Symptoms of “Pink Eye”

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 
   

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With school back in session, we anticipate an increasing number of patients with conjunctivitis, otherwise known as “pink eye.” South Georgia Eye Partners wants families, teachers and day care workers to be informed and learn to recognize the symptoms in order to avoid contracting the infection or spreading it to others.

Conjunctivitis, commonly referred to as “pink eye” is an inflammation or infection of the thin transparent layer of tissue that lines the inner surface of the eyelid that covers the white part of the eye. Several factors including viral or bacterial infection, allergic reaction and certain chemicals cause a person to contract conjunctivitis.  Peaslee said that most cases they’ve seen have been viral, probably an adeno virus; however, they have not asked patients to incur the cost of laboratory diagnosis since it does not change the treatment.

The bacterial and viral forms are highly contagious, especially among children; therefore, it is important that you take note if you are experiencing symptoms such as:

  • Red, very swollen, painful eyes and/or eyelids
  • Watery mucus discharge
  • Upper respiratory symptoms
  • Fever

If experiencing symptoms, first and foremost, do everything you can to avoid spreading the infection to family members, friends and co-workers.  Actions include frequent, thorough hand washing and no sharing of towels, washcloths and pillows. Additionally, it’s a good idea for the infected person not to share a sink with others. Next, individuals should seek care from an optometrist or ophthalmologist as soon as symptoms begin to manifest. Contact lenses wearers should stop wearing lenses and discard them along with cases and open bottles of solution.

Treatment for conjunctivitis depends on its cause. For the particular type of conjunctivitis South Georgia Eye Partners’ physicians see most often, an antibiotic to prevent secondary infection, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drops, anti-histamine drops, and in some cases, corticosteroid eye drops are typical treatments. In a few severe cases, patients have been placed on oral antihistaminic and oral anti-inflammatory medications.

Unfortunately, individuals are contagious before they have symptoms; therefore, it is very important to practice good hygiene to control the spreading of conjunctivitis.

  • Don’t touch or rub your eyes with your hands
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently
  • Change your towel or washcloth daily
  • Discard eye cosmetics (particularly mascara)
  • Don’t use anyone else’s eye cosmetics or personal eye care items

The worst symptoms last seven to ten days but it may take patients up to a month to completely resolve the infection. Some patients may also experience ocular sensitivity, inflammation and “dry eyes” up to three months after the infection.

South Georgia Eye Partners is dedicated to educating the public on the infection.   Additionally, strict measures are taken in the South Georgia Eye Partners offices to ensure everything is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.  Hand cleaner dispensers are placed throughout each office for patients, family members and staff to use frequently.

If not properly diagnosed and managed, complications from conjunctivitis can arise. Therefore, we recommend individuals with symptoms seek care immediately and encourage those exposed take all necessary precautions to prevent contracting the infection.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call us.


Dr. Alan Peaslee Recognized for 35 Years of Military Service

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 
   
2015-08-01 19.56.27South Georgia Eye Partners’ Dr. Alan Peaslee was recently recognized for his nearly 35 years of military service, and is officially retiring from his position as Medical Operations Officer for the 201st Homeland Response Force (HRF) under the Georgia National Guard.  Lieutenant Colonel Peaslee began his military career in 1984 in the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps and was a Distinguished Military Graduate of Knox College in Illinois.

Peaslee continued to serve throughout his educational career at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  His military assignments took him everywhere from Texas to Kentucky and Iowa to Saudi Arabia.  After coming to Georgia in 1998 as the Chief of Optometry Services for the 116th Air Control Wing, Air National Guard at Robins AFB, Peaslee continued to serve the Air National Guard and Georgia National Guard until his retirement this month.  

The major awards and decorations Dr. Peaslee received throughout his military career are too numerous to mention, but they do include the Humanitarian Service Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Georgia Meritorious Service Medal with Boar Head and the Chief Biomedical Science Corps Badge.

Because of Dr. Scott Petermann’s respect and admiration for our military, Dr. Peaslee was able to serve double duty as both active member of the military and one of the lead optometrists at South Georgia Eye Partners.  SGEP is honored to have Dr. Peaslee on staff and is thrilled that he will continue on as a practicing board certified optometrist in our offices.  

Congratulations to our colleague and friend on such a distinguished military career, and we look forward to having you in our offices for years to come.
South Georgia Eye Partners – with locations in Valdosta, Tifton, 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. SGEP also has an Optical Shop fully stocked with designer frames and sunglasses to fit your style and personality.  To make an appointment with one of SGEP’s physicians or to find our locations and hours, click here

Dr. Alan Peaslee Voted Best Optometrist by Tifton Gazette Readers

Friday, August 14th, 2015 
   

image1South Georgia Eye Partners’ own Dr. Alan Peaslee was recently voted “Best Optometrist” by Tifton Gazette Readers.  Dr. Peaslee is a Board Certified Optometrist specializing in ocular disease and trauma, pediatric eye care, contact lenses, low vision and humanitarian eye interests.

Dr. Peaslee and his wife, Patricia, have three adult children – Jason, Aaron and Allison and are very involved with their church in Tifton, St. Anne’s Episcopal.  Dr. Peaslee is a licensed Eucharistic minister and has twice partnered with a Savannah parish (St. Peter’s Episcopal) to start and continue building a missionary eye clinic in San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic.

When he takes time to relax, Dr. Peaslee enjoys grilling on his Big Green Egg and reading.  We are so proud that the readers of the Tifton Gazette voted Dr. Peaslee “Best Optometrist” – we think he’s more than deserving of the honor.


SGEP's Dr. Alan Peaslee Returns to Dominican Republic for GA Eye Care Mission Trip

Friday, January 30th, 2015 
   

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On January 31, 2015, a team of missioners from the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia returned for a second trip to Clínica Esperanza y Caridad, Domician Republic, with a larger team of 16 members and even more capability to care for the people of San Pedro de Macorís.. David Sweeterman from St. Peter’s (Savannah) again led the mission, and optometrist Dr. Alan Peaslee from St. Anne’s (Tifton) returned as the medical director.  In addition to Dr. Pealsee of South Georgia Eye Partners, the 2015 missionary eye care professionals included optician Jason Peaslee from St Anne’s (Tifton) and South Georgia Eye Partners, Dr. Henry Croci, a retired ophthalmologist from Savannah, optometrist Dr. Sally Freeman, and optician Gina Overstreet from St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Rincon and Effingham Eye Care.

 

This year, the project also took an important step towards their goal of establishing a permanent missionary eye clinic in San Pedro de Macorís with the donation of examination equipment from South Georgia Eye Partners.  The Dominican Development Group provided transportation for the equipment to the Dominican Republic, and the team installed it during this year’s trip.   Dr. Croci also worked with the Christian Blind Mission to establish a process to refer patients that require sight-restoring surgery.  This process will resolve one of the disappointments from 2014, as the team at that time had no means to provide surgical care those patients who required surgery.

 

St. Peter’s (Savannah) was once again the lead church supporting this mission, while St. Anne’s (Tifton) and St. Luke’s (Rincon) are the other churches directly supporting this trip.  The Douglas Georgia Lions club and South Georgia Eye Partners are also once again supporting the mission, while new supporting organizations include Effingham Eye Care, the Delaware State Lions Club Sight Team, and Luxottica , a large international frame manufacturer.  The Delaware Lions Club provided 3,000 recycled glasses they collected, cleaned, measured, and shipped to the Dominican Development Group, and the team received a generous donation of 1,500 pairs of new reading glasses from Luxottica.

 

How can you support this mission to bring eye care to the people of San Pedro de Macorís?  The teams asks for your continued prayers for the success of the trip and its lasting effects on the Dominican Republic – and of course, donations of financial support and gently used glasses are also welcome until the end of February casino at any of our locations.

 

Donated funds help provide glasses for those with particularly unusual prescriptions and for some of the children in the area.  These glasses will be made in our lab, shipped back to the clinic, and delivered after the team has returned to the U.S.  The team also needs medical supplies and additional equipment to support this mission, and they continue to work towards equipping a permanent clinic to make future trips more productive and to enhance the services we are able to offer.

 

If you’d like to help with a financial contribution or by donating used glasses, just drop off your check/cash or eyeglasses at any South Georgia Eye Partners location in Valdosta, Tifton or Douglas, GA; or in Madison, FL.  Need directions? Just contact us or click here!

 **Glasses and monetary donations are welcome until February 28, 2015**

South Georgia Eye Partners – with locations in Valdosta, Tifton, Douglas 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. SGEP also has an Optical Shop fully stocked with designer frames and sunglasses to fit your style and personality.  To make an appointment with one of SGEP’s physicians or to find our locations and hours, click here.


We Need Your Help! Donate Your Old Glasses and Make a Difference Today.

Friday, January 10th, 2014 
   

iStock_000006632203SmallDr. Alan Peaslee, an optometrist with South Georgia Eye Partners, and his son Jason Peaslee, a licensed dispensing optician, is helping establish the first-ever eye clinic at the Bishop Kellogg Center in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic in February as part of an effort sponsored by Episcopal churches in Savannah and Tifton.

In addition to providing screenings and exams, the clinic will provide eyeglasses to those who need them. South Georgia Eye Partners is supporting this worthy cause –and we invite you to help as well.

How You Can Help:

  • Donate used reading glasses or other eyeglasses by January 30th at any of our three office locations in Valdosta, Tifton or Douglas.  Our team will clean, categorize and label the donated glasses for the trip.
  • Make financial contribution. Donations will be used to help purchase eyeglasses and supplies. Every contribution helps – Dr. Peaslee is able to purchase 200 pairs of glasses for $100 from a source that assists with charity work. A little can go a long way.

Questions? Just contact us or come by for more information!


What Is Low Vision?

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 
   

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 Eye Partners, we have a low vision clinic headed up by our resident expert, Dr. Alan Peaslee.  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.

February is low vision awareness month, so 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


Lights, Camera, Action!

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 
   

On August 22nd, Dr. Alan Peaslee was interviewed by WALB regarding the recent wave of conjunctivitis (pink eye) cases. He discussed common symptoms and ways to avoid contracting or spreading the infection. Click here to see the story.

On Tuesday, August 28th, Dr. Ann Patel will be on Fox 31’s Good Day morning show at 7:00 a.m. providing more information to help South Georgia residents recognize the symptoms of conjunctivitis.

But that’s not all! Keep an eye out for our iLASIK and family eye care commercials. They are airing in Valdosta, Tifton and Douglas markets. If you haven’t seen them yet, click here.


Meet Dr. Peaslee

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011 
   

At South Georgia Eye Partners, we like to provide our patients with one-on-one personal care. So since we know a lot about you, we invite you to learn a little bit about us! Read below to find out some interesting facts you may not know about Dr. Alan Peaslee.

Fun Facts

  • What is your favorite non-work activity? Disc golf; church youth events
  • What is your favorite sport to watch or play? Hockey
  • What is your favorite food? Rib eye steak, The Bistro
  • What is your favorite movie? The Matrix
  • What is your favorite book? Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet
  • What’s on your iPod? Nickelback, U2, Pink Floyd (among others)
  • How do you like your coffee? with vanilla caramel creamer
  • What is one thing people may not know about you? I have served in uniform for 30+ years and continue to serve in the Georgia Air National Guard.
  • What is your most memorable vacation? 6 weeks in Alaska in 1976
  • If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Flying