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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.

iLASIK Surgery – Everything You Need to Know

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 

1371827024If you’ve been considering iLASIK surgery, why not now?  There’s no time like the present to learn what this procedure entails, and change your quality of life for the better.  South Georgia Eye Partners offers iLASIK in addition to PRK procedures.

iLASIK is the latest in laser vision correction technology. An upgrade to 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

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.