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Dr. Valerie Ferrell’s Story: “My own child was on the verge of a major vision issue.”

Thursday, August 30th, 2018 
   

No one is immune to vision issues, including medical professionals, as our optometrist Dr. Valerie Ferrell of South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners recently discovered.

Dr. Ferrell’s daughter, Savannah, who is four years old, had the required vision screening and health exam this summer to enter Pre-K.  With no previous concerns about Savannah’s vision, Dr. Ferrell wasn’t surprised when she passed the screening at her pediatrician’s office.  Savannah often pointed out birds and airplanes and could see the television with no problem – her exact words to her mom had always been, “I see fine, Mommy.”  But during the screening, Dr. Ferrell did notice Savannah squinting slightly to see the chart.  And, the test also showed one eye could see a little better than the other, not an uncommon occurrence.

However, because of these small clues, Dr. Ferrell decided to investigate further and give Savannah a complete eye exam.  To “Dr. Mom’s” surprise, she found Savannah has an extremely high amount of astigmatism, something unlikely to be discovered in a standard vision exam at a pediatrician’s office.  In fact, Dr. Ferrell discovered that Savannah’s astigmatism is high enough to cause refractive amblyopia, a condition that prevents the vision from developing normally, in both eyes.  Thankfully, the condition can be prevented if caught early, typically before age six, and glasses are prescribed.

Dr. Ferrell prescribed Savannah glasses, and John Moore the lead optician at Eye Partners, recommended the Miraflex frames designed for small children since they are extra durable and easy to keep on because of a comfortable strap.   Savannah got two pairs (a back up pair is essential for small children!) and was even able to get them in her favorite color…purple!

Savannah loves the way she looks in her glasses and she says, “everything looks bigger now!”  They’re so comfortable she even falls asleep wearing them sometimes.  And after a few weeks of wearing the glasses, Dr. Ferrell performed a recheck, and Savannah’s vision is now 20/20!

Our team at Eye Partners hopes Savannah and Dr. Ferrell’s story to be a cautionary tale to parents of young children.  In Dr. Ferrell’s words, “I urge all parents to get their children’s eyes checked via a complete eye exam with an eye doctor around age 3 or 4 – or sooner if a problem is noticed before then.  All of the doctors at South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners are trained in prescribing glasses and providing routine care for pediatric patients.”

If you would like to schedule an eye exam for your little one, please call South Georgia / North Florida Eye Partners today.  With five locations including Valdosta, Tifton, Douglas, Moultrie, and Madison, FL, you are sure to find an office near you.  Hope to see you soon!


Aging Eye: Eye Care Over 40

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 
   

If you are over 40 years of age, you’ve probably noticed changes in your vision. Difficulty seeing clearly for reading and close work are among the most common problems adults develop between ages 41 to 60. However, this is also the time when other changes in your eyes can start to affect your work and enjoyment of life.  Keep reading, and if you are experiencing any of these issues, call South Georgia/ North Florida Eye today for an appointment.  We can help your eyes age gracefully.

Beginning in the early to mid-forties, most adults may start to experience problems with their ability to see clearly at close distances, especially for reading and computer tasks. This normal aging change in the eye’s focusing ability, called presbyopia, will continue to progress over time.

Many people in middle age begin to experience difficulty with their vision.

Initially, you may find you need to hold reading materials farther away to see them clearly. Print in the newspaper or on a restaurant menu may appear blurred, especially under dim lighting. If you already wear prescription glasses or contact lenses to see clearly in the distance, the near vision changes caused by presbyopia can bring about the need to use bifocal or multifocal lenses. If you are nearsighted, you may have discovered that you now need to remove your glasses to see better up close. Fortunately, people with presbyopia now have many options to improve their ability to see well.

Along with the onset of presbyopia, an increase in the incidence of eye health problems occurs during these years. Whether or not there is a need for eyeglasses, adults should be examined for signs of developing eye and vision problems. A comprehensive eye examination is recommended at least every two years. Don’t rely on an insufficient substitute like the limited driver’s license vision test or other vision screenings to determine if you have an eye or vision problem.

Adults over 40 may be particularly at risk for the development of eye and vision problems if any of the following exist:

  • Chronic, systemic conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
  • A family history of glaucoma or macular degeneration.
  • A highly visually demanding job or work in an eye-hazardous occupation.
  • Health conditions like high cholesterol, thyroid conditions, anxiety or depression, and arthritis for which you take medications. Many medications, even antihistamines, have ocular side-effects.

Call us today you are just beginning to experience some of these problems or even if you’ve been struggling with them for awhile.  Eye Partners’ board certified ophthalmologists and optometrists are here to help.


Glaucoma: Early Diagnosis Through Optomap

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 
   

The American Optometric Association defines glaucoma as a group of eye disorders leading to progressive damage to the optic nerve.  It is characterized by the loss of nerve tissue that results in declining vision and in advanced stages may cause blindness.

Glaucoma most often occurs in people over age 40, although a congenital or infantile form of glaucoma does exist.  People with a family history of glaucoma have a higher risk of developing the disease; other risk factors include thinner corneas, chronic eye inflammation, ocular trauma and using medications that increase pressure in the eyes.

How is glaucoma diagnosed?

“Glaucoma is diagnosed through a comprehensive eye examination,” said Dr. Eric Kolisz, an optometrist with South Georgia North Florida Eye Partners.  “One test method that can reveal glaucoma in the early stage is Optomap, a vision screening tool we use at all five of our SGEP locations in Valdosta, Tifton, Douglas, Moultrie and in Madison, FL.  Simply put, Optomap’s ultra-wide field retinal imaging is a unique technology that captures more than 80% of your retina in one panoramic photo which can help with early detection of everything from vision impairment such as glaucoma to life-threatening diseases such as certain cancers and other health issues.”

The unique Optomap view helps your eye care practitioner detect early signs of eye diseases without having to dilate your eyes; and of course, early detection means successful treatments can be administered reducing the risk to your sight and health.

If glaucoma is detected, treatment often includes either medications to reduce elevated intraocular pressure or in some cases, surgery.  While there is no cure for glaucoma, treatment keeping eye pressure under control is highly successful and can slow damage to the optic nerve meaning the continued loss of your visual field may slow or stop.

“Regular eye exams, particularly for people over the age of 40, can help detect eye issues, including glaucoma, early,” said Dr. Kolisz. “Of course, if you have a change in your vision between scheduled visits, it is important to schedule an appointment with an eye doctor.  So many vision issues can be corrected or the damage is lessened when treated early.”

South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners diagnoses and treats all types of glaucoma through medications and surgeries, if necessary.  Call Eye Partners today to set up an appointmentif you feel you are showing signs of glaucoma and would like to start taking control of your eye health.



Doctor Spotlight: Dr. Melanie Hill

Thursday, November 9th, 2017 
   

This week we are spotlighting Dr. Melanie Hill.  Dr. Hill works in our Madison, Florida, office and has been a wonderful addition to our South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners family.  Dr. Hill graduated from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee, where she met her husband, Cory.  After graduation, they moved together to Cory’s native Florida and have been there since 2000.  She and her husband have two children, Reagan and Cooper, who keep Dr. Hill busy even when not at work.

When asked what she loves most about optometry, Dr. Hill says, “I think it’s an honor to be able to protect one of the biggest blessings God gave us – sight.”  Back in high school, Dr. Hill was assigned a research paper and she happened to write hers on optometry – the more she learned about the field, the more interested she became.  And the rest – as they say – is history.  Watch the video here to see Dr. Hill in action and hear her story in her own words.

Dr. Hill and her family are very active at Faith Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee.  She is an Elder at their church and the co-Moderator of the Children and Families Committee as well as a Sunday school teacher.

South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners has two board-certified ophthalmologists and five board-certified optometrists.  Our physicians are trained in scheduled eye exams as well as in the diagnosis and treatment of dry eye syndrome, glaucoma, and many other optical issues.  We also perform iLASIK surgery, laser-assisted cataract surgery and many other vision procedures.  With offices in Valdosta, Tifton, Douglas, Moultrie and Madison, Florida, there is certain to be a location convenient to you for all of your optometry needs.  Call us today to schedule an appointment.


Eye Care Over 40 – Things Do Change…

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 
   

SIf you are over 40 years of age, you’ve probably noticed changes in your vision. Difficulty seeing clearly for reading and close work are among the most common problems adults develop between ages 41 to 60. However, this is also the time when other changes in your eyes can start to affect your work and enjoyment of life.  Keep reading, and if you are experiencing any of these issues, call South Georgia Eye Partners today for an appointment.  We can help your eyes age gracefully.

Beginning in the early to mid-forties, most adults may start to experience problems with their ability to see clearly at close distances, especially for reading and computer tasks. This normal aging change in the eye’s focusing ability, called presbyopia, will continue to progress over time.

Many people in middle age begin to experience difficulty with their vision.

Initially, you may find you need to hold reading materials farther away to see them clearly. Print in the newspaper or on a restaurant menu may appear blurred, especially under dim lighting. If you already wear prescription glasses or contact lenses to see clearly in the distance, the near vision changes caused by presbyopia can bring about the need to use bifocal or multifocal lenses. If you are nearsighted, you may have discovered that you now need to remove your glasses to see better up close. Fortunately, people with presbyopia now have many options to improve their ability to see well.

Along with the onset of presbyopia, an increase in the incidence of eye health problems occurs during these years. Whether or not there is a need for eyeglasses, adults should be examined for signs of developing eye and vision problems. A comprehensive eye examination is recommended at least every two years. Don’t rely on an insufficient substitute like the limited driver’s license vision test or other vision screenings to determine if you have an eye or vision problem.

Adults over 40 may be particularly at risk for the development of eye and vision problems if any of the following exist:

  • Chronic, systemic conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
  • A family history of glaucoma or macular degeneration.
  • A highly visually demanding job or work in an eye-hazardous occupation.
  • Health conditions like high cholesterol, thyroid conditions, anxiety or depression, and arthritis for which you take medications. Many medications, even antihistamines, have ocular side-effects.

Call us today if you are just beginning to experience some of these problems or even if you’ve been struggling with them for awhile.  South Georgia Eye Partners’ board certified ophthalmologists and optometrists are here to help

Source: American Optometric Association


Doctor Spotlight: Dr. Melanie Hill

Monday, August 8th, 2016 
   

IMG_4973 revisedWe are continuing our doctor spotlight with Dr. Melanie Hill.  Dr. Hill works in our Madison, Florida, office and has been a great addition to the South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners team.  Dr. Hill graduated from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee, where she met her husband, Cory.  They graduated together, and moved together to Cory’s native Florida in 2000.  They have now been married for 17 years.

Dr. Hill got her undergraduate degree at the University of Missouri and is a huge sports fan…she loves her Mizzou Tigers!  She also is an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan – as she says, “I take my baseball very seriously.”  She and her husband have two children, Reagan (11) and Cooper (6).  Dr. Hill says most of her free time is spent chasing her kids and being a “typical taxi mom” – taking their kids to ballet and baseball and back again.  The Hills also love to snow ski (they try to take a trip once a year) as well as playing their pool and grilling out.
Dr. Hill and her family are very active at Faith Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee.  She is an Elder at their church and the co-Moderator of the Children and Families Committee as well as a Sunday school teacher.
When reflecting on her adopted hometown of Madison and her team at South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners, Dr. Hill says, “I grew up in a small town, and in many ways, Madison reminds me of home.  I love that in a small town I am able to take care of generations of families.  Joining SGEP has been a huge blessing.  We have so many more resources available to us now.  Having Dr. Petermann come into the Madison office monthly saves people rom having to travel so far.”  Dr. Hill also added that “there is just a higher level of care that I am so glad can be given to the people in Madison county.”
We are proud to have you on our team, Dr. Hill.  You have added so much to our practice.

Grand Opening Celebration for New Madison Location

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 
   

IMG_16505833444369On Friday, September 26th, SGEP held its much-anticipated official Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening ceremony of our Madison, Florida, office named South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners.

The ceremony was held at noon complete with facility tours of the office and newly remodeled optical shop.  There was an impressive turnout for the event which also included a complimentary lunch from the Smokin’ Pig and giveaways such as a Wild Adventures vacation package, free pair of Costa sunglasses and a free eye exam.

The Madison office of South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners offers both ophthalmology and optometry services along with its remodeled optical shop, expert fitting advice and an expanded new selection of designer frames.

Board-certified optometrist Melanie Hill, who has been a part of Madison’s eye care community for many years, is now part of the SGEP team Our board-certified ophthalmologist Scott Petermann will also see patients in Madison, performing iLASIK and cataract surgeries with premium lens implants, along with other advanced procedures.  Board-certified optometrist Ann Patel will also assist in the Madison office.

The South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners’ office is located at 234 SW Range Avenue in Madison, FL.   Click here to make an appointment for your eye exam today!


Links Between Smoking and Eye Disease: Another Reason to Quit Today

Monday, June 16th, 2014 
   

403965_357454560963573_1904478921_nSource: American Optometric Association

In an effort to keep our patients up to date on the latest research in eye health, South Georgia Eye Partners continues to share with you the latest news in vision research.  New studies published by the Surgeon General point to an even higher risk factor for eye disease in smokers than originally thought.

Since the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health was issued in 1964, more than 20 million Americans have died from smoking-related complications. To mark observance of the occasion, the nation’s top public health office issued a 978-page report that, in part, gives teeth to optometrists’ warnings for ocular complications from cigarette smoking.

Long has optometry known that smoking not only exposes the eyes to major irritants in the form of noxious chemicals, but also correlates closely with the development of eye diseases, such as cataract and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Public knowledge of the link, on the other hand, remains fairly limited.

Chemicals in cigarette smoke cause blood vessels to constrict, limiting blood flow and the amount of oxygen to the eye. Over time, cigarette smoke can damage ocular cells and prolonged exposure leaves little chance for the cells to heal, according to the surgeon general’s report.

Studies have estimated smokers at least double their risk of developing AMD, while also exacerbating the risk of cataract development.

The 50th anniversary Surgeon General’s report, The Health Consequences of Smoking: 50 Years of Progress, states findings since the 2004 Surgeon General’s report on smoking have strengthened evidence of a relationship between smoking and AMD. While smoking cessation appears to decrease AMD risk, it still remains higher than those who have never smoked, even decades after quitting.

The report states: “The role of smoking in causing advanced AMD, which results in loss of vision, is a significant public health concern and a major clinical issue in the United States … because smoking causes both nuclear cataracts and AMD, it is important for ophthalmologists, optometrists and other health care providers to assess and address the smoking status of their patients.”

Read more here.

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.