Posts Tagged ‘eye doctor douglas’


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.

 

 


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!


We Now Carry HydroEye & Macro Pro-S Supplements!

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 
   
South Georgia Eye Partners is proud to announce that we are now carrying two supplements highly recommended by doctors to help with some of the most common eye health issues – HydroEye & Macro Pro-S.
HydroEye is a patented, oral formulation that provides continuous relief from dry eye discomfort due toage, contact lens wear, computer use, LASIK surgery, frequent flying, and other causes.  We have had a great response to HydroEye, and many patients can tell a difference after only two weeks.
Macro Pro-S provides nutrition support for macular degeneration and whole body health.  Based on the AREDS clinical trial and other advanced research, Macro Pro-S is an all-in-one formulation to help protect eyesight and the health of the entire body.  Note that the Macro Pro-S vitamins that we carry can be used by smokers and non-smokers unlike Macro Pro.

What is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 
   

Chances are, you’ve heard of macular degeneration. But do you know what the disease actually is? Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a breakdown of the eye’s macula. The macula is a small area in the retina (the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye) that is responsible for your central vision and for allowing you to see fine details clearly. This is the part of the eye that makes it possible for you to thread a needle or read fine print.

Many older people develop macular degeneration as part of the body’s natural aging process, but what are the symptoms and what can be done?

Symptoms of age-related macular degeneration include:

  • Blurry distance and/or reading vision
  • Need for increasingly bright light in order to see up close
  • Colors appear less vivid or bright
  • Hazy vision
  • Difficulty seeing when going from bright light to low light
  • Trouble or inability to recognize people’s faces
  • Blank or blurry spot in your central vision

If you are diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration, there are treatment options. A large scientific study (source: aao.org) has shown that antioxidant vitamins and zinc may reduce the impact of macular degeneration in some people by slowing its progression toward more advanced stages. Macro Pro-S is a vitamin supplement providing powerful protection for macular & whole body health. It offers nutrients at levels found to preserve eyesight in the AREDS clinical trial, 10 mg of lutein and over 30 other key ingredients.

South Georgia Eye Partners now carries Macro Pro-S which can be taken by smokers and non-smokers alike (unlike Macro Pro). If you suspect you may be suffering from AMD, please call our office to make an appointment. The sooner treatment begins, the better.


Want Scary Eyes for Halloween? What You Need to Know About Decorative Contacts

Monday, October 22nd, 2012 
   

Halloween is a popular time for people to use decorative contact lenses. But most people do not know the sight-stealing consequences behind making these choices. Obtaining decorative lenses including colored contacts and novelty or costume lenses without a prescription is dangerous. Websites often advertise decorative contacts as if they were cosmetics, fashion accessories or toys, and their targets are often teens.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology and its EyeSmart® public education program are warning parents and teens that purchasing any contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from a licensed eye care professional can cause serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to blindness. Even if someone has perfect vision, he or she needs to get an eye exam and a prescription in order to wear any kind of contacts, including cosmetic lenses.

What You Need to Know

  • It is illegal to sell decorative lenses without a prescription in the United States. Since 2005, the law has classified all contact lenses as medical devices and restricted their distribution to licensed eye care professionals.
  • See an eye care professional before using any decorative lenses: and ophthalmologist or optometrist must measure each eye in order to properly fit the contact lenses to the individual patient.
  • Lenses that are not properly fitted may scratch the eye or cause blood vessels to grow into the cornea (the clear covering of the front of the eye that is essential to seeing clearly).
  • Using any contact lenses obtained without an eye exam and prescription can lead to serious eye disorders and eye infections, which can ultimately cause permanent vision loss.
  • Contacts that are not cleaned and disinfected properly can cause painful and potentially serious infections.

Need more convincing? Check out the Academy’s 30- and 90-second public service announcement videos. If you have any questions about decorative contacts, just give South Georgia Eye Partners a call.

This article reprinted with permission from the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s EyeSmart® program (www.geteyesmart.org).


What To Do When Eye Allergies Spring Up

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 
   

March 20, 2012

Today marks the official first day of spring; however, you may have been feeling the onset of warmer weather – and allergies – for the past couple of weeks. This time of year is great for all kinds of outdoor activities, but it is notorious for causing itchy, watery eyes and can be particularly hard on contact lens wearers.

But, you don’t have to endure eye allergies all season long. When symptoms kick in, many people visit the local drug store to pick up a systemic antihistamine for relief; however, while these medications can clear up symptoms like runny noses, sneezing and coughing, they can actually make ocular conditions worse by reducing tear quantity and quality. So, if you’re experiencing dry, itchy, watery and/or red eyes, it’s best to schedule an appointment with your optometrist. Since treating vision-related allergies is not a one-size-fits-all approach, be sure to describe your conditions in detail so your optometrist can prescribe the most effective treatment.

In addition to visiting your optometrist for a prescribed eye allergy treatment, there are also some small everyday things you can to limit the severity of symptoms.

  • Limit exposure to environmental allergies by keeping windows closed during the worst parts of the season and by washing your eyes after being outside.
  • Don’t touch or rub your eyes.
  • Avoid sharing, and in some cases, wearing eye makeup.
  • Wash bed linens and pillowcases in hot water and detergent to reduce allergens.
  • For contact lens wearers, remember that extended wearing times, infrequent replacement of lenses and use of potentially irritating contact lens care products can significantly exaggerate symptoms. Proper lens care is an important part of keeping eyes comfortable and safe.
See the difference this spring by scheduling an appointment!
Source: American Optometric Association (aoa.org)

Now Serving Douglas!

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 
   

In addition to our Tifton and Valdosta offices, South Georgia Eye Partners is now located in Douglas in the former Coffee Eye Clinic building. From complete family eye care, one hour eyewear service, contact lens fittings and glasses to advanced ophthalmological care for laser vision correction, cataract removal and glaucoma treatment, our physicians and staff provide expert care close to home!

And, John Moore – Coffee County’s optician for 20 years – is now with South Georgia Eye Partners providing expert eyeglass fittings and selection advice.

Stop by our new office at 200 Doctor’s Drive #105 or call 912.393.0055 to schedule a consultation.