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Doctor Spotlight – Dr. Eric Kolisz

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 
   

Next up in our Doctor Spotlight is Dr. Eric Kolisz.  Dr. Kolisz is originally from Hammond, Indiana and is both a college and NFL football fan. He and his wife, Katie, came south a little more than 15 years ago, and they have have raised their three children – Avery, Claire and Ethan – in Valdosta.

Dr. Kolisz says that his favorite thing about optometry is his patients – and it definitely shows.  Kolisz enjoys seeing his patients through their different life stages and providing them with sight care all along the way.  “That’s what it’s all about,” he says, “the relationships.”  As a board-certified optometrist with special interest in everything from bifocal/complex contact lens fittings to sports vision, Dr. Kolisz is a well-rounded physician who is the type of doctor that wants to know the patient – not just their condition.  Click here to watch Dr. Kolisz in action and hear his philosophy in his own words.

In his spare time, Dr. Kolisz admits to being a huge foodie, and he loves to grill and prepare meals in the kitchen with his wife for friends and family.  Kolisz is also a “golf addict” and he and his family attend First United Methodist of Valdosta.

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.


Glaucoma – The Silent Thief of Sight

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 
   

IMG_5037-118A revisedGlaucoma is characterized by the loss of nerve tissue that results in loss of vision. It is often referred to as the “silent thief of sight” because of its lack of obvious symptoms.

As the second leading cause of blindness in the United States, Glaucoma most often occurs in people over age 40, although a congenital or infantile form of glaucoma does exist.  People with a family history of glaucoma, African Americans over the age of 40 and Hispanics over the age of 60 are at an increased risk of developing glaucoma.  Other risk factors include thinner corneas, chronic eye inflammation, and using medications that increase the pressure in the eyes.

How is glaucoma diagnosed?  South Georgia/North Florida eye partners use a variety of tests to diagnose glaucoma including patient family history, visual acuity, evaluation of the pressure inside the eye and visual field testing among others.

One of our optometrists, Dr. Eric Kolisz, who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma says, “The biggest problem with most forms of glaucoma is that it does not change the way a patient sees or the way their eyes feel.  Those are the two logical reasons that prompt an adult to schedule an eye exam.  Therefore, without yearly exams, glaucoma can be actively damaging the eyes for years before detection. This changes the urgency and aggressiveness of treatment significantly.”

Dr. Kolisz continued, “Early detection is key to effective management of glaucoma and undoubtedly decreases the chances of life altering vision loss with this disease.”

Our doctors perform these comprehensive eye exams in all four of our offices.  If glaucoma is detected, treatment often includes either medications to reduce elevated intraocular pressure or surgery.  Surgery for glaucoma can be performed three ways:  Laser, Conventional or with Drainage Implants.  Visit our Glaucoma page to learn more.

Early detection, prompt treatment and regular monitoring can help to control glaucoma and reduce vision loss.  South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners diagnoses and treats all types of glaucoma through medications and surgeries if necessary.  Call SGEP today to set up an appointment if you feel you are showing signs of glaucoma and would like to start taking control of your eye health.


Doctor Spotlight: Dr. Eric Kolisz

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 
   

IMG_5037-118A revisedWelcome to our Doctor Spotlight!  South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners is excited to tell you more about each of our great physicians…they’re all amazing doctors and even better people.  We are kicking it off with Dr. Eric Kolisz.  Dr. Kolisz is originally from Hammond, Indiana and is both a college and NFL football fan. He and his wife, Katie, migrated south about 15 years ago, and they have have raised their three children – Avery, Claire and Ethan – here.

A huge foodie, Dr. Kolisz loves to grill and prepare meals in the kitchen with his wife for friends and family.  Also in his spare time, he is an admitted “golf addict.”  He claims his three amazing and talented kids as his “greatest accomplishment.”  The family attends First United Methodist of Valdosta.

Dr. Kolisz says about his role as optometrist, “I absolutely love what I do, and I try to let that show with every patient I care for. I am proud to be part of this amazing South Georgia Eye Partners family.”

And we are lucky to have you,  Dr. Eric Kolisz!


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.


Are You EyeSmart? Get an Eye Exam!

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 
   

Getting an eye exam is an important part of staying healthy.  When should you get an eye exam an what should it cover?  Read up on the basics.

When should you have an eye exam?

The American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Optometric Association recommend that you get a baseline eye exam if you have reached the age of 40 and have no previous eyesight issues.  If you have an eye disease or if you have a risk factor for developing one (such as diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of eye disease) you should see an ophthalmologist or optometrist prior to the age of 40.

What are the basics of an eye exam?

  • Your medical history – assessment of your vision, overall health and family’s medical history
  • Your visual acuity – reading standardized eye charts
  • Your pupils – observing your pupils by shining a bright beam of light
  • Your side vision – loss of side vision can be a sign of glaucoma
  • Your eye movement – this test, called motility, evaluates the movement of your eyes
  • Keratometry – this test measure the curvature of the cornea by focusing a circle of light on the cornea and measuring reflection
  • Your prescription for corrective lenses if you wear glasses or contacts – you will be asked to view an eye chart through a device called a phoroptor which contains different lenses to detect what’s best for your eyes
  • Your eye pressure – this test, called tonometry, measures the pressure within the eye that can detect glaucoma
  • The front part of your eye – a type of microscope called a slit lamp is used to illuminate the front part of your eye and can reveal if you’re developing cataracts or have scars or scratches on your cornea
  • Your retina and optic nerve – your eye doctor will put drops in your eye to dilate, or widen, your eye to allow him or her to thoroughly examine your retina and optic nerve for signs of damage from disease

South Georgia Eye Partners’ Optometrists, Eric Kolisz, O.D., Alan Peaslee, O.D., M.S., and Ann Patel, O.D., perform full service eye exams, and our ophthalmologists, Dr. Scott Petermann and Dr. Wes Ross are board certified and able to meet your ophthalmology needs.  If it’s time to get your eyes checked, call and make an appointment.  Take care of those eyes!


What’s Brand New

Friday, April 15th, 2011 
   

What’s brand new at South Georgia Eye Partners?

We are so excited at South Georgia Eye Partners since we recently added frame and sunglass lines to include the following:

BCBG MAXAZARIA, COLE HAAN, ED HARDY, ADRIENNE VITTADINI, SILHOUETTE, COACH, FLOAT MILAN, HELIUM PARIS, WILEY X AND  RAY BAN

Our knowledgeable and friendly Opticians under the supervision of Shirley Enfinger, LDO, will be glad to spend time with you finding the right eyewear for your lifestyle and visual needs.

South Georgia Eye Partners staff of doctors consist of  Dr. Scott Petermann, Dr. Alan Peaslee, Dr. Eric Kolisz and Dr. Henry Brewer. With their Ophthalmology and Optometry expertise you are guaranteed a thorough and precise eye exam with the best results possible.

The best eye exam coupled with the latest trends in eyewear will excite you as much as it excites us at South Georgia Eye Partners!

We look forward to seeing you!

Shirley Enfinger, LDO


Insurance

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 
   

Vision insurance vs. medical insurance.  Many people may not realize that when they come to an eye doctor their visit may or may not be considered routine.  With that being said, if it is routine with a diagnosis of myopia, presbyopia, etc., it is considered routine. If it is conjunctivitis, diabetes, macular degeneration, cataracts, etc., it is considered medical and may be filed medically and not routine.  Some medical plans include vision coverage and others have separate vision plans.  Either way, it is always a great idea to have information for both when making an appointment even if you are having a Lasik Consult.

Cheri


“Taking a snooze”

Friday, February 25th, 2011 
   

We all have heard alot about snoring and sleep apnea recently.  While reading a professional eye care journal I saw an article about sleep apnea.  As an avid chainsaw snorer, it caught my attention.  Little did I know that sleep apnea may contribute to eye problems.  Recently a group of doctors examined whether sleep apnea may be associated with retinal vein occlusions.  Retinal vein occlusions are a relatively common cause of vision loss that involves a vein in the back of the eye becoming blocked.  The authors findings suggest that sleep apnea may be a risk factor for vein occlusions.  Just one more reason to get that snoring checked out!

Scott Petermann M.D.


Brand new lines of sunglasses…including Coach!

Friday, February 25th, 2011 
   

Come check out all of our new brands in our optical shop. We now have new lines of Vera Bradley, Vera Wang, Silhouette, Kensie, Wildflower, Calvin Klein, Oakley, and Costa.

It is also a great time to make an appointment and check out our great deals on iLasik and all of our other lasik options. Lasik and data recovery houston blocks are replicated across several data nodes, so the failure of one server may not necessarily corrupt a file. a great pair of sunglasses make the perfect match. Once you have lasik you would need to have a great protective pair of sunglasses.

Some of our sunglasses lines include Oakley, Costa, Vera Bradley, Vera Wang and our brand NEW line of Coach in our Tifton location.

We would be happy to answer and help you with any questions you may have. So come check out all of our great deals at South Georgia Eye Partners.

Whitney


Survey Says……

Monday, February 14th, 2011 
   

Many Americans Miss the Mark on Eye Exams.

A recent survey of 1,000 adults shows that nearly half — 47% — worry more about losing their sight than about losing their memory and their ability to walk or hear. But almost 30% indicated that they don’t get their eyes checked. Many Americans are unaware of the warning signs of eye diseases and conditions that could cause damage and blindness if not detected and treated soon enough.

It’s necessary to see an optometrist or ophthalmologist regularly in order to keep your eyes in good working order. Diseases and conditions of the eye can often be treated successfully if caught early. Eye professionals recommend that everyone see an eye doctor at least every two years. Many people should see their eye doctors more often. According to the American Optometric Association and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, factors such as age, eye health and family health history determine how often one should have a complete eye exam.

Call today to schedule your annual eye exam.

Karen Canada

Refractive Surgery and Marketing Director