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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).


Importance of Recognizing Symptoms of “Pink Eye”

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012 
   

Over the past several weeks, we have seen an increasing number of patients with conjunctivitis, otherwise known as “pink eye.” With school back in session, 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.

“We are seeing one – three new cases a day in our Valdosta and Tifton offices,” said Dr. Alan Peaslee. “Many people don’t even remember having been around anyone with pink eye. Just in the last few weeks, we have treated children, adults and entire families with conjunctivitis  – including cases of bilateral (both eyes) conjunctivitis.”

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 are seeing, 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

“Patients are most contagious in the days prior to the onset of symptoms and during the first week of symptoms; therefore, we recommend people stay home from work or school during this time, if possible,” said Peaslee. “While some patients remain contagious up to 14 days, we believe in most cases, the contagious phase ends one week after the onset of symptoms. Unlike bacterial conjunctivitis, patients with viral conjunctivitis remain contagious even while being treated, whereas bacterial conjunctivitis patients are no longer contagious after 24-48 hours of antibiotic treatment.”

Peaslee says the worst symptoms last seven – 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.

Since this is the most virulent wave of conjunctivitis they’ve seen in years, we are working to educate the public on the infection. To aid with prevention, Dr. Eric Kolisz has been in constant contact with directors of nursing for the Valdosta and Tifton school systems as well as the head of epidemiology for South Georgia. He has also distributed information and directives to all the local school nurses and pediatrician offices.

Additionally, strict measures are taken in the South Georgia Eye Partners offices to ensure everything is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. For example, a separate waiting area has been created for patients experiencing pink eye symptoms and only one exam room is used to see those patients.  Each time that room is used, it is disinfected before the next patient comes in. Additionally, 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, both Peaslee and Kolisz 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 229.244.2068 (Valdosta), 229.391.4180 (Tifton) or 912.384.1840 (Douglas). Click here to see Dr. Ann Patel’s interview on Fox 31/WFXL’s Good Day morning show.


Add Eye Care To Your Back-To-School List

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 
   

At South Georgia Eye Partners, we know that good grades are important in the classroom – and on the eye chart. Our optometrists want to make sure your kids start the year off right by looking and seeing their best. So, include eye care on your back-to-school to do list. Call today to schedule an appointment for your child’s back-to-school eye exam.

And, for a limited time, we are offering a back-to-school special on frames and lenses for kids and teens! Call for prices and additional information.

 

 

 

Kids Eyewear Package Includes: 

  • Choice of frames from The Wiggles, Wildflower Girls, Hello Kitty, Hershey’s, New Balance Kids or Nickelodeon.
  • 1-year warranty
  • Ultra safe & lightweight polycarbonate or trivex lenses.
  • 2-sided scratch resistant coating
  • 100% UV protection
  • FREE Wallet with Lens Cleaning Cloth
Teen Eyewear Package Includes: 
  • Choice of frames from Wildflower, Jill Stuart, Levi’s, Umbro Youth or New Balance.
  • 1-year warranty.
  • Ultra safe & lightweight polycarbonate or trivex lenses.
  • 2-sided scratch resistant coating
  • 100% UV protection
  • Music Card Good for 3 FREE Song Downloads.
BONUS OFFER: receive complementary upgrades to  Transitions® light control lenses or  Ultra™ non-glare, anti-reflective coating on both the kids and teen packages. Offer valid through October 15, 2012.
*Some restrictions may apply. Must be 18 or younger to qualify for discount. Not to be combined with any other offers. 

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


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)

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.