Posts Tagged ‘eye doctors north florida’



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.


Doctor Spotlight – Dr. Eric Kolisz

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 
   

Next up in our Doctor Spotlight is Dr. Eric Kolisz.  Dr. Kolisz is originally from Hammond, Indiana and is both a college and NFL football fan. He and his wife, Katie, came south a little more than 15 years ago, and they have have raised their three children – Avery, Claire and Ethan – in Valdosta.

Dr. Kolisz says that his favorite thing about optometry is his patients – and it definitely shows.  Kolisz enjoys seeing his patients through their different life stages and providing them with sight care all along the way.  “That’s what it’s all about,” he says, “the relationships.”  As a board-certified optometrist with special interest in everything from bifocal/complex contact lens fittings to sports vision, Dr. Kolisz is a well-rounded physician who is the type of doctor that wants to know the patient – not just their condition.  Click here to watch Dr. Kolisz in action and hear his philosophy in his own words.

In his spare time, Dr. Kolisz admits to being a huge foodie, and he loves to grill and prepare meals in the kitchen with his wife for friends and family.  Kolisz is also a “golf addict” and he and his family attend First United Methodist of Valdosta.

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.


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.

South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners Welcomes Dr. Valerie Ferrell

Monday, August 31st, 2015 
   

IMG_4996 revisedDr. Valerie Ferrell, a board-certified optometrist, is the newest addition to our staff at South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners. She will be working alongside Dr. Scott Petermann, Dr. Ann Patel and Dr. Melanie Hill in our Madison office as well as in our other offices throughout South Georgia. Dr. Ferrell originally hails from Atlanta and received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Houston College of Optometry in Houston, Texas. She specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of ocular diseases and provides comprehensive eye care for pediatric and adult patients.

We are so glad to have you as part of our team, Dr. Ferrell.  You make a great addition to South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners!


November is Diabetes Awareness Month – What Diabetes Can Mean for Your Vision

Monday, November 3rd, 2014 
   
header_rht_pic04With November being Diabetes Awareness Month, South Georgia Eye Partners wants you to know how diabetes can affect your vision.  As you may know, diabetes is a disease that interferes with the body’s ability to use and store sugar, which can cause many health problems.  One such health issue is the effect that diabetes has on the circulatory system of the retina.  
 
Diabetic retinopathy is a condition that causes progressive damage to the retina, the light sensitive lining at the back of the eye.  It can be a serious sight-threatening complication of diabetes and usually affects both eyes.  If left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can cause blindness.
 
What are the symptoms of diabetic retinopathy?
 
  • Seeing spots or floaters in your field of vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Having a dark or empty spot in the center of your vision
  • Difficulty seeing well at night
 
How is diabetic retinopathy treated?
 
Treatment depends on the extent of the disease.  It may require laser surgery to seal leaking blood vessels or to discourage new leaky blood vessels from forming.  Injections of medications into the eye may be needed to decrease inflammation or stop the formation of new blood vessels.  In more advanced cases, a surgical procedure to remove and replace the gel-like fluid in the back of the eye, called the vitreous, may be needed.  A retinal detachment, defined as a separation of the light-receiving lining in the back of the eye, resulting from diabetic retinopathy, may also require surgical repair.
 
If you are a diabetic, the American Optometric Association recommends that you have a comprehensive dilated eye exam once a year to detect any issues.  Please call any of South Georgia Eye Partners four locations to schedule your exam today.  The earlier problems are detected, the better off you are.  
South Georgia Eye Partners – with locations in Valdosta, Tifton, Douglas and Madison, FL – 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. 
Source:  American Optometric Association

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.


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 southgeorgiaeye.com or northfloridaeye.com

 

Source:  American Optometric Association