Posts Tagged ‘Dr. Petermann’


The Great iLASIK Summer Giveaway!

Thursday, July 13th, 2017 
   

What better way to round out the summer than an amazing giveaway?  South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners is giving you the chance to win $1,000 off an iLASIK procedure ($500 off per eye)*!  

Entering is so easy – just fill out the “Learn More about iLASIK” form here and you’ll be entered in the drawing for the Grand Prize!  And just for entering, you will automatically receive $200 off iLASIK ($100 per eye)* if you have the procedure.  It’s a Win-Win! Submit your form today: entries will be received through August 31st, and the drawing is September 1st at 10 a.m.  

Don’t forget iLASIK, along with other surgeries, are all performed in our new onsite surgery center in Valdosta; it’s more convenient, offers the latest technology and more flexible scheduling for surgical procedures.  The center is located in our new office complex on North Valdosta Road in Valdosta. 

To learn more about iLASIK, click here – and to watch actual patients give their incredible iLASIK testimonials, click here!  Nothing gives us greater pleasure at South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners than giving the gift of better eyesight.  Enter today!

   

*One entry per person. Entries received after August 31st will not be included in the drawing.  Drawing is September 1, 2017 at 10 a.m. EST.  Both the Grand Prize winner and those who utilize the $200 discount must schedule surgery before October 31, 2017. Patients using CareCredit are not eligible for either Grand Prize or the $200 discount offer.  Some restrictions apply.  


3 Reasons Comprehensive Eye Exams Matter for Diabetes

Monday, November 2nd, 2015 
   
403965_357454560963573_1904478921_nNovember is Diabetes Awareness Month, and South Georgia Eye Partners wants you to know that this disease can affect your eyes just as much as the rest of your body.  More than 8% of the American population have diabetes, and for this large group of at-risk patients, regular dilated eye exams are critical in order to prevent vision loss.
 
Because of the damage the disease can do to the retina and other parts of the eye, optometrists stress the need for regular eye care for patients with diabetes.  Here are three reasons why:
 
  1. Patients with diabetes have higher risk factors.  People with diabetes are 40% more likely to suffer from glaucoma than people without the disease.  These patients are also 60% more likely to develop cataracts, and they tend to develop this at a younger age and with faster disease progression.  Diabetic retinopathy is one of the most serious sight-threatening complications of diabetes.
  2. Symptoms may be invisible.  According to the AOA’s 2013 American Eye=Q® consumer survey, only 32% of respondents are aware that diabetic eye disease often has no visual signs or symptoms.  This is all the more reason for regular eye exams.
  3. Early detection matters.  Comprehensive exams can help detect disease early and thereby limit the damage diabetes does to the eyes.  
 
Any of the following symptoms should prompt high-risk patients to come in for a comprehensive eye exam:
  • Sudden blurred or double vision
  • Trouble reading or focusing on near-work
  • Eye pain or pressure
  • A noticeable aura or dark ring around lights or illuminated objects
  • Visible dark spots in vision or images of flashing lights
 
South Georgia Eye Partners’ Optometrists and Ophthalmologists provide comprehensive eye exams and follow up treatment for any diabetic eye issues.  Anyone with diabetes is urged to schedule yearly eye exams for any preventative care that might be needed.  Call us today to set up an appointment to keep your vision and your eyes healthy.
 
Source:  American Optometric Association

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.


How can Diabetes affect your vision?

Thursday, May 14th, 2015 
   

JA7D4769e-sDiabetes.  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 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.

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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.

Did you know there is also a link between diabetes and cataracts? Permanent blurring of  vision due to cataracts can also result from changes to the lens due to excess blood sugar. Cataract surgery may be necessary to remove lenses that are clouded by the effects of diabetes and replace them with clear intraocular lenses (IOLs) to restore clear vision. Maintaining good control of your blood sugar helps reduce episodes of temporary blurred vision and prevent the permanent clouding of the lens that would require surgery to correct.

With offices in Valdosta, Douglas, Tifton and Madison, Florida, South Georgia Eye Partners is equipped to perform comprehensive eye exams close to where you live.  SGEP also performs more extensive procedures and surgeries such as cataract surgery, iLASIK and glaucoma treatment.  Call or visit us today to make an appointment.
Source:  American Academy of Ophthalmology

South Georgia Eye Partners – with locations in Valdosta, Tifton & Douglas – 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.


South Georgia Eye Partners: What You Need to Know About Google Glass

Thursday, March 27th, 2014 
   

iStock_000026005783SmallAs vision technology changes and advances, South Georgia Eye Partners wants to be sure we keep our patients in the know.  Wearable gadgetry is the latest trend in technology, and as one of the front-runner products of the craze—Google Glass—gears up for public release, SGEP thinks now is the time to familiarize yourself with the digital eyewear.

Google Glass is a small, wearable computer that uses an optical head-mounted screen to display a smartphone-like interface above the wearer’s upper-right field of vision. Fitted to glasses frames, the device is activated through voice commands or head gestures.

As always, new technology brings a unique set of questions. One foremost on the minds of optometrists studying the device: Will this negatively affect eyesight? American Optometric Association (AOA) members are looking into the matter, and SGEP hopes this answers some of your questions as well.

Optometrists raise concerns that Glass will cause computer-related eye strain symptoms, could increase dry eye, and might be difficult for presbyopes to use with the screen mounted close to the face—though the display is designed to appear as if it were about two feet away. Field of vision is another concern as the ¼-inch arm of the device might obstruct parts of the vision field. Optometrists plan to see how patients’ fields of vision changes over time with use.

As Google announces new prescription lens-ready frames that are adaptable to Glass, optometrists likely will receive more questions about corrective lens availability.

Four Common Patient Questions – And Answers!

  1. Can I drive while wearing Google Glass?
  Just as you wouldn’t text and drive, you should not use the device while driving.
  2. I have poor vision in my right eye. Can I still wear Glass?
  Optometrists who have used Glass say it’s probably best to wear the screen over the dominant eye. However, Glass is only available with a right-eye-positioned screen.
  3. I’ve been diagnosed with dry eye. Will Glass make it worse?  
Looking up repeatedly to access the Glass screen could exacerbate dry eye, some optometrists speculate, but symptoms could be less pronounced with a glance as opposed to a prolonged stare.
  4. Can you fit me with prescription lenses for Glass?  
Currently, Glass is mounted to a specially designed frame with nonprescription lenses. However, Google announced prescription lenses may be fit to the frames with help from eye care providers.

So whether you see the Google Glass as half empty or half full, the gadgets are gaining hype and popularity. View additional FAQs regarding Google Glass. See the January/February edition of AOA Focus for more information about Google Glass.  South Georgia Eye Partners prides itself on being your information source on all new eye care technology and vision wear – visit our website for information on everything from dry eye conditions to iLASIK vision correction surgery to glaucoma care to comprehensive eye exams.  With offices in Valdosta, Tifton and Douglas, we can serve you near home and with expert care.  Call us today to make an appointment.

Source: AOA
South Georgia Eye Partners – with locations in Valdosta, Tifton & Douglas – 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.

SGEP Opens South Georgia’s 1st Dry Eye Clinic

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 
   

Young woman dripping eyes at homeSouth Georgia Eye Partners has just opened the first and only on-site Dry Eye Clinic in Valdosta, Georgia.  The Clinic is open every Tuesday from 7:30am to 5:00pm in the Valdosta office and is headed up by Dr. Ann Patel.

Dry Eye, as a condition, is defined as the eye’s inability to produce tears and lubricate itself.  Dry Eye Syndrome affects millions of people every day, and causes range from aging to environmental irritants to pre-existing medical conditions.

Treating dry eye is important not only for your comfort but for your eye’s health.  Dr. Patel incorporates many treatments for dry eye depending on the patient’s particular symptoms, severity and overall health.  Medications can include everything from Restasis®, FreshKote Drops®, HydroEye® and Tranquileyes®.

Dr. Patel also sees patients in the Tifton SGEP office on Thursdays and in the Doulas SGEP office on Wednesdays, however, any of our South Georiga Eye Partners physicians can treat Dry Eye Syndrome.  Contact us to make an appointment today.

Some symptoms of Dry Eye include:

  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Scratchiness

Common causes of Dry Eye include:

  • Sun and wind exposure
  • Cold or dry air
  • Indoor heating and air conditioning
  • Prolonged computer screen viewing
  • High altitudes
  • Eye surgery
  • Hormonal fluctuations

Real Patients with Real Results: Success with Cataract Surgery

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 
   
20130909_140959South Georgia Eye Partners’ patient Joneal Fales of Broxton, Georgia, recently had cataract surgery performed by Dr. Scott Petermann.  During her procedure, Dr. Petermann placed the ReSTOR® Multifocal Lens in both of her eyes, and she is experiencing amazing results.
“I am extremely happy!  It is so nice to sit down and read without having to reach for my glasses.  Dr. Petermann and his staff were wonderful to me!  They even called to check on me the afternoon of my surgery,” Fales said.  “Most people just don’t do that these days.  I am sending all my family and friends to see Dr. Petermann.  I am so glad I chose South Georgia Eye Partners and Dr. Scott Petermann.”
To read more about South Georgia Eye Partners’ approach to cataract surgery, click here.  Make an appointment today for an eye exam – you could be on your way to better eyesight just like Joneal.

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!


Stuff Your Stockings At South Georgia Eye Partners!

Friday, December 14th, 2012 
   

From iLASIK gift certificates and designer eyewear to Obagi skin care products – South Georgia Eye Partners has unique stocking stuffer ideas. And, for a limited time, we have an Obagi gift set containing eye cream and eyelash solution in a travel -size jewelry case for the special price of $125 (retail $190). Call or come see one of our “elves” today!

Also, stop by our Optical Shop and take advantage of our ornament promotion. We’ve decorated Christmas trees in our Valdosta, Tifton and Douglas locations, and they’re filled with gifts just for you! Simply pick an ornament and receive it’s coordinating Optical Shop discount. We have some of Santa’s favorite frames including Nicole Miller, Gucci, Ray-Ban and Prada.*

Happy holidays from all of us at South Georgia Eye Partners!

*Discount cannot be used on Costa Del Mar and cannot be combined with other offers. Expires 1/31/13. Other restrictions may apply. Some eyewear brands only available at select locations. 


Tifton Open House A Success

Thursday, October 18th, 2012 
   

Thank you to everyone who attended our Tifton Open House! We had a great turn out and enjoyed giving tours and hosting our first Optical Shop Trunk Show. Congratulations to Abigail Howard, winner of our gift basket drawing. She received an Obagi Nu-Derm  travel kit, gift certificate for a free pair of Adrienne Vittadini frames, a South Georgia Eye Partners t-shirt and other fun goodies.

Pictured L to R: Dr. Scott Petermann & Abigail Howard. Check out more photos here.