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Doctor Spotlight: Dr. Valerie Ferrell

Thursday, July 28th, 2016 

IMG_4996 revisedOur doctor spotlight series continues with Dr. Valerie Ferrell.  Dr. Ferrell is from Atlanta and attended the University of Houston College of Optometry.  While not helping people with their vision at South Georgia Eye Partners, Valerie enjoys spending time with her husband of four years and their 2 year old daughter.  They love traveling (especially to the beach), bowling, trying new cuisines, and playing a friendly game of corn hole.  (Keep your eye on the bean bag!)

Another hobby of Dr. Ferrell’s is nail art.  She says she has what looks like a mini nail salon set up in her bedroom.  When time allows, she likes to experiment with different polishes and nail designs.
Dr. Ferrell says, “I love working at SGEP because there is always someone that manages to put a smile on my face.  Everyone seems like they genuinely care for one another.  We are like our own little family.”  We are glad you’re part of our team, Dr. Ferrell – you put a smile on our face as well.

Possible Vision Health Benefits of Coffee

Friday, May 16th, 2014 

iStock_000017583538SmallIf you are like many, your morning coffee is a necessary part of your daily routine.  It gets you going and ready to face your day.  But, a new study indicates it may also have a positive effect on eye health.   Cornell University found that a main ingredient in raw coffee – chlorogenic acid, or CLA – may protect against deteriorating eyesight and possible blindness from retinal degeneration due to glaucoma, aging or diabetes.

To conduct the study, researchers treated mice eyes with nitric oxide, which creates oxidative stress and free radicals, leading to retinal degeneration.

However, mice eyes pretreated with CLA developed no retinal damage. 

Scientists involved with the study believe the next step is to determine if drinking coffee facilitates CLA crossing the blood-retinal barrier membrane. In addition, if future studies find CLA effective in preventing retinal damage, synthetic compounds could be developed and delivered with eye drops.

Of course, there’s still a lot of research to be conducted, but it might just turn out that cup of morning joe may help more that anyone knew!

If you experiencing vision issues related to glaucoma, aging eyes, or diabetes, please contact one of South Georgia Eye Partners locations in Douglas, Tifton or Valdosta for an appointment. And, if you are in the Madison, Florida area, we have recently opened South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners. Learn more about our physicians and services at either or


Source:  American Optometric Association