Posts Tagged ‘eye care’


Pediatric Eye Care – More Important than You May Realize

Monday, February 8th, 2016 
   

sAt South Georgia Eye Partners, we know that your kids are your top priority. You are always thinking about their schoolwork, their happiness, their overall well-being…and you should also being thinking about their eye health.  Our optometrists want to make sure your kids’ vision is the best it can be.

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Good vision can make a difference in the classroom, playing sports, and in their overall quality of life.  You owe it to the little ones in your life to call today and make an appointment.

 

 


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!


Make Eye Health A Priority

Monday, May 14th, 2012 
   

May is Healthy Vision Month, and therefore, it’s the perfect time to schedule a comprehensive eye exam to make sure you are seeing your best. Don’t wait until there’s a problem to start paying attention to your eye health.

Many common eye diseases that can lead to vision loss and blindness, such as diabetic eye disease, glaucoma or age-related macular degeneration (AMD), often have no early warning signs or symptoms. And, the risk of vision loss or blindness is higher for some people based on race, ethnicity and other demographic and socioeconomic factors. Therefore, it’s important to be proactive when it comes to your vision.

You might be at higher risk for eye disease if you have a family history of vision problems; have diabetes; are African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native; or are older than 50. Some diseases affect certain populations disproportionately.

  • Glaucoma, which affects your side or peripheral vision first, is three times more common in African Americans and is their leading cause of blindness.
  • Diabetic retinopathy, a leading cause of blindness caused by uncontrolled diabetes, occurs more often in Hispanics/Latinos.
  • American Indians and Alaska Natives are 35 percent more likely to have diabetes than the average adult in the United States, putting them at an increased risk of diabetic eye disease.
  • Older adults are at higher risk of developing age-related eye diseases and conditions  such as AMD, glaucoma or cataracts. AMD is the leading cause of blindness in Whites.

If you are at a higher risk of eye disease, having a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the best thing you can do to protect your vision. It is a painless procedure where your eye doctor puts drops in the eyes to dilate, or widen, the pupil so he or she can get a good look at the back of the eye to check for signs of eye disease. You can also request an Optomap as part of your eye exam. The Optomap image allows your physician to view 82% of the retina versus traditional methods that only reveal 10-12% of the retina at one time. It is therefore another important tool for the screening and early visualization of eye problems.

In addition to having regular eye exams, eating a healthy diet, not smoking and wearing protective eyewear are just a few other things you can do to protect your vision.

 

*Source: National Eye Institute


Did You Know?

Friday, February 3rd, 2012 
   

Did you know South Georgia Eye Partners offers FREE eyewear cleaning and adjustments? Stop by any of our three locations to take advantage of this convenient service.

We also accept a limited number of walk-in appointments. Availability is determined daily based on the schedule of our physicians.


Eye Care Made Easy!

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 
   

Providing you with quality optical service is our top priority. And now, your eye care experience with us just became even more convenient with the addition of My Online Clinic.

 

 

Signing up is easy! Simply click on the My Online Clinic button at the top right of your screen and create an account. You will then have access to the following features:

  • Bill Payment
  • Appointment Requests
  • Ordering Contact Lenses
  • Sending & Receiving Secure Messages
Get started today with My Online Clinic or contact us to learn more.

Meet Dr. Patel

Monday, September 19th, 2011 
   

We are pleased to announce the addition of Ann A. Patel, O.D., to our eye care team! Dr. Patel, a board-certified optometrist began her training at Pennsylvania State University with a BS in biology and continued on to Nova Southeastern College of Optometry. She completed her primary care residency at SUNY College of Optometry in New York. While she treats all types of eye conditions, Dr. Patel’s special interests include pediatrics, pre- and post-operative care of cataract and refractive surgery patients, primary eye care, and emergency eye care. Currently, she sees patients at the SGEP offices in Valdosta, Tifton and Douglas.

“I feel excited and blessed to be joining a well-established group with such an outstanding reputation within the communities they serve,” said Patel. “I enjoy working alongside experienced physicians who pride themselves on attention to detail and top-notch patient care.”

Prior to joining South Georgia Eye Partners, Dr. Patel worked at a VA hospital in North Carolina as well as at a private vision therapy practice with a large pediatric and special needs population. Additionally, she gained experience from a well-known laser center in Manhattan, New York, and a major public hospital in Brooklyn, New York.  Although she’s lived in larger cities in the states and abroad, she’s finding herself right at home in Valdosta.

“Valdosta is the perfect location for me,” said Patel. “I’m just a short drive away from my family and friends in Georgia and Florida – and the icing on the cake – the beautiful scenery. I also love how hospitable everyone is here!”

When she’s not working, Dr. Patel enjoys the outdoors – hiking, road biking and riding jet skis. She also loves watching a good movie and has recently taken up cooking.

“We are pleased to have Dr. Patel as part of the team,” said Dr. Scott Petermann, board-certified ophthalmologist and owner of South Georgia Eye Partners. “She brings a lot to the table including a fresh, vibrant energy that I’m sure our patients will love.”

 Fun Facts about Dr. Patel

  • Favorite food: Depending on her mood it could be Italian, Greek, Indian or Japanese.
  • Favorite movies: Lord of the Rings, Momento, Transformers, Iron Man, Bend it Like Beckham, The Italian Job
  • On her iPod: everything from country to rock. She likes a variety!
  • How she likes her coffee: sweet and creamy.
  • Favorite Book: Lord of the Flies by William Golding and I am David by Anne Holme
  • Something you may not know about her: She’s a twin.

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Back-to-School Special!

Monday, July 11th, 2011 
   

Pencils…check. Paper…check. Notebooks…check. While making your back-to-school list, don’t forget to include scheduling your child’s eye exam. At South Georgia Eye Partners, we offer A+ eye care for kids of all ages. Whether your child needs glasses or contacts, our Optical Shop is here to meet your eyewear needs. Call today to schedule an appointment and take advantage of our $69 back-to-school special!

To learn more about the Optical Shop or the back-to-school special, call one of our expert licensed opticians –  Shirley Enfinger (229-244-2068) or John Moore (912-393-0055).

$69 Back-to-School Special Details:

  • Includes Single Vision CR-39 lenses and frames.
  • Offer good on select South Georgia Eye Partners frames.
  • Discount available for children grades K-12.
  • Powers must be within a +/- 4.00 sph and 2.00 cyl.
  • Cannot be combined with any other discounts or vision plan.

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