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Cataract Surgery: Meet Peggy Clements

Friday, August 26th, 2016 

2A1C4524Considering cataract surgery?  Have a talk with Peggy Clements, and you’ll probably be convinced to go for it.  After having cataract surgery performed by South Georgia Eye Partners’ Dr. Wes Ross, Peggy is now doing some of her favorite things – without the use of eye glasses or contacts!

Peggy, a Tifton native, started experiencing blurry vision – and her cataracts came on her quickly.  Some of the things she loved doing most were becoming more difficult – even with her glasses.  Making pancakes with her grandsons, reading the Bible, and birdwatching all became less and less enjoyable.  When she had her consultation with Dr. Ross and he diagnosed her with cataracts, they made a plan to proceed with surgery.

During traditional cataract surgery, Dr. Ross uses surgical blades to manually remove the clouded lens and replace it with a new lens for clearer vision. In conjunction with traditional surgery, just like with LenSx®,  Dr. Petermann and Dr. Ross can use special lenses such as the ReSTOR® and Crystalens® to help with distance, near and intermediate vision. They can also use techniques and lenses to eliminate astigmatism and help patients achieve greater spectacle independence.

After surgery, Peggy can see everything much more clearly.  She even threaded a needle the other day!  Her world has become much brighter.  If you’re experiencing blurry vision and think you may be developing or have cataracts, give us a call for a consultation.  It could change your quality of life!


SGEP’s Ophthalmologists Provide Innovative Eye Care Close to Home

Thursday, July 14th, 2016 

Edit-153We depend on our eyesight for almost everything we do…every day.  When our vision is compromised – for any number of reasons – it can have a detrimental effect on our quality of life.

We realize that choosing a physician is an extremely important decision, and South Georgia Eye Partners’ ophthalmologists Dr. Scott Petermann and Dr. Wes Ross are trained to deliver the latest in eye care technology.  These two SGEP physicians are both board certified in ophthalmology.  Dr. Petermann graduated from medical school at Wake Forest University and completed his residency in ophthalmology at Emory University in Atlanta.  Dr. Ross, after graduating from medical school at Mercer University in Macon, completed his residency at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.  From iLASIK surgery to the newest procedures in correcting cataracts, Drs. Petermann and Ross are experts in their field and are proud to provide the region’s most comprehensive and first rate care to their patients.

South Georgia Eye Partners are committed to bringing the most advanced surgical capabilities to their patients.  iLASIK is the latest in laser vision correction technology. 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.  It is safer, more precise and a more comfortable way to perform laser vision correction. Benefits include a more customized flap, a reduced risk of infection and dry eye, and faster healing time.  Both Dr. Petermann and Dr. Ross have extensive experience in iLASIK surgery and have helped thousands of people get rid of their need for glasses.

In addition to iLASIK, Dr. Petermann and Dr. Ross are well-qualified and have vast experience in the most current solutions to cataracts.  Cataracts are the leading cause of preventable blindness, and they develop when the eyes’ 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 Eye Partners’ Dr. Scott Petermann and Dr. Wes Ross perform LenSx® – a blade-free, laser-assisted cataract surgery which is the latest in cataract correction procedures.

“Bringing the laser to Valdosta was a personal mission of mine.  I believe it is my responsibility to provide my patients with the latest technology in eye care.   Close to 900 of my patients have benefited from laser assisted cataract surgery over the past 24 months,” says Dr. Petermann.

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.

SGEP performs both iLASIK surgery and cataract surgery with LenSx® as an outpatient procedure.  Pre-op and post-op visits for South Georgia Eye Partners patients can be scheduled in Valdosta, Tifton, Douglas, and Madison.  Call us today to make an appointment for a consultation – both Dr. Petermann and Dr. Ross are available to answer any questions or concerns.  The results could be life-changing.

iLASIK Surgery – Summer is officially here – be glasses-free!

Monday, June 20th, 2016 

Facebook Ad What better time to be glasses-free than summertime?  iLASIK can change your quality of life for the better by giving you better vision without relying on glasses or contacts. You can enjoy all of your favorite summertime activities – swimming, skiing, walking on the beach, lounging at the lake, fishing…whatever your summer plans entail – all without glasses!  South Georgia Eye Partners offers the latest iLASIK technology, and our physicians are top-knotch.

iLASIK is the latest in laser vision correction technology. An upgrade from traditional LASIK, iLASIK uses the exclusive Intralase Laser and is the preferred method of treatment for patients seeking a LASIK procedure. So what’s the difference between traditional LASIK and iLASIK? It’s all about the corneal flap.  You can read about the differences in the two surgeries here.

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.

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The result of iLASIK is a more precise, comfortable procedure for the patients.  The surgery is an outpatient procedure that effectively treats the refractive errors mentioned above.

iLASIK surgery might be a good option for you if you:

  • Want to decrease your dependence on glasses or contact lenses
  • Are free of eye disease
  • Have an appropriate refractive error

Dr. Scott Petermann with South Georgia Eye Partners performs iLASIK surgery in our Valdosta location, and we are the only practice within 100 miles of Valdosta that has a  fixed laser for LASIK vision correction instead of a mobile unit.  Consultations and post-operative care is available in all of our locations: Tifton, Valdosta, Douglas 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!


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

Doctor Spotlight: Dr. Wes Ross

Monday, May 23rd, 2016 


Time for another Doctor Spotlight!  This time we’re learning more about Dr. Wes Ross.  Dr. Ross is a Tifton native, and he and his wife, Shannon, have three children – Jay (7), Eli (4) and June (16 months).  Besides being an accomplished ophthalmologist, Dr. Ross also builds furniture!  He built his family’s dining room table as well as the kids’ toy box.  He says he’s always on the lookout for new woodworking projects.

A fan of the grill, Dr. Ross likes to smoke meats at home.  He makes his own rubs and likes to experiment with different types of wood.  His specialities range from turkey to ribs and pork butts, sometimes sausage, chicken and beef.
Last month, Dr. Ross took a trip to Uganda to work at an orphanage in a rural village.  While there, Dr. Ross and some fellow physicians held an eye clinic for the orphans and people in the village – they saw and treated several hundred people.  Before the trip, the group had collected hundreds of pairs of eyeglasses, so they were able to give many of the village people glasses that they otherwise would never have had access to.  The group also helped start construction on a very large chicken house that will be used to bolster the diet of the village children.
Dr. Ross’ favorite activities revolve around playing with his kids at home – they spend lots of time in the yard doing projects, and the boys love to go camping with their dad.
“SGEP is a terrific place to work for a number of reasons,” says Dr. Ross.  “The people in this area are wonderful to work with, and have a wide range of issues that we can help them with.  It’s fun for us to do this work as a robust team, each with our own strengths.  I also really enjoy the staff in our offices, and they make this a fun place to come everyday because they seem like family.”
We are proud Dr. Ross is part of our South Georgia Eye Partners team!

Dr. Wes Ross Receives Board Certification

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 

RossSouth Georgia Eye Partners is pleased to announce Dr. Wes Ross, a Tift County native and ophthalmologist with SGEP, recently received board certification in ophthalmology. After graduating from medical school at Mercer University in Macon, Dr. Ross completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. He then came home to practice at South Georgia Eye Partners as an ophthalmologist.

“The process for board certification takes much longer in ophthalmology than many other fields of medicine,” Dr. Ross explained. In fact, after completing an accredited ophthalmology residency program, candidates must sit for the “Written Qualifying Exam.” The purpose of this is to test the breadth and depth of clinical and basic science knowledge gathered during residency. The exam lasts around five hours, and if the candidate passes, the physician then takes oral board examinations designed to demonstrate clinical and patient care abilities. These boards take place either in San Francisco or Boston and are an intensive half-day of discussing 60 clinical scenarios with a panel of ophthalmologists. Dr. Ross took his oral boards in June of 2015 and received the news that he passed in July.

“Because of the robust nature of the residency program I completed, I’m comfortable examining and treating a wide variety of patients,” says Dr. Ross. “I treat refractive diseases like cataracts (including premium lenses) and perform iLASIK and PRK for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.”

Dr. Ross also treats glaucoma with in-office lasers and performs other OR-based surgeries including some of the latest micro-invasive stents. Eyelid and brow lifts, are among the more popular ocuplastic treatments he performs, in addition to correcting a wide variety of eyelid issues with surgery or BOTOX®.

“I spend most of my time in the Tifton office of South Georgia Eye Partners, but I also see patients in our Douglas, Cordele, and Sylvester locations,” says Dr. Ross. “I perform surgeries at Tift Regional, Coffee Regional, and Crisp Regional.”

Dr. Ross is part of an impressive team at South Georgia Eye Partners. Scott Petermann, M.D. is also a board-certified ophthalmologist; and, Dr. Alan Peaslee, Dr. Eric Kolisz, Dr. Valerie Ferrell, and Dr. Melanie Hill are all board-certified optometrists in the practice, which has offices in Tifton, Valdosta, and Douglas, Georgia as well as Madison, Florida.

The journey to board certification was worthwhile and one that Dr. Ross completed with the goal of serving patients in south Georgia and north Florida with the best training possible.   Ross and his wife, Shannon, live in Tifton and have three children – sons Jay and Eli and a new daughter, June.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Ross or one of the other physicians, call the office nearest to you.

SGEP Welcomes Dr. Wes Ross

Monday, August 5th, 2013 

RossWes Ross is a hometown boy.  He grew up on a cotton and peanut farm in South Georgia and graduated from Tift County High School in 1998.  But upon graduation, Ross left his native home to pursue his education.  After graduating from Valdosta State University, he went to medical school at Mercer University in Macon.  Following Mercer, Ross completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.  He always hoped to come back home, and now Wes Ross, M.D., is fulfilling that dream by joining South Georgia Eye Partners (SGEP) as an ophthalmologist.  A significant part of my training was at the VA hospital in Columbia.

“I really enjoyed working with the veterans, and found it to be one of the most rewarding parts of my residency,” says Ross.

Dr. Ross worked for Dr. Scott Petermann at SGEP after college, and he says that experience led him to pursue a career in ophthalmology.

“I’m really excited to be working with such a vibrant group of professionals that provide state-of-the-art eye care,” says Ross.  “SGEP is reaching out to many of the rural communities around the area, and I want to be a part of that.”

South Georgia Eye Partners, with locations in Tifton, Valdosta and Douglas, includes Scott Petermann, M.D., board-certified ophthalmologist and Dr. Alan Peaslee, Dr. Eric Kolisz and Dr. Ann Patel, all board-certified optometrists.

Dr. Ross, a member of Tift Regional Medical Center’s medical staff, will perform many surgical procedures at TRMC as well as in Douglas at Coffee Regional Medical Center.  His area of focus is comprehensive ophthalmology including cataract surgery, glaucoma and diabetic eye care, pediatrics, iLasik, and other advanced procedures.

Ross and his wife, Shannon – who has her master’s degree in nursing and was a clinical instructor for USC’s School of Nursing – have two young sons, Jay (4) and Eli (18 months).  These two little reasons factored into the family’s decision to move home.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Ross, call 229. 391.4180.

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