Posts Tagged ‘eye doctors tifton’


iLASIK Surgery – “It simplified my life.”

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017 
   

PrintWould getting rid of contacts or glasses for good make your life a little easier?  South Georgia Eye Partners offers the latest iLASIK technology, and our physicians are top-notch. Alice Johnson is a perfect example of how iLASIK surgery can literally simplify your life.

Alice is extremely involved in missionary work, and has traveled as far as Uganda to help underprivileged communities through her church.  She noticed on one such mission trip that keeping up with her contacts – cleaning them, changing them out daily, etc. – was proving to be quite a hassle when traveling overseas.  Alice happened to be on the mission trip with Dr. Wes Ross, and they began discussing her eligibility for iLASIK.  They both decided she was a great candidate for the surgery.

For people who have refractive errors, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, iLASIK surgery could be the solution.  The latest in laservision correction technology, iLASIK (laster-assisted in situ keratomileusis), uses a laser to cut the corneal flap instead of a traditional blade.

Dr. Scott Petermann and Dr. Wes Ross with South Georgia Eye Partners perform iLASIK surgery in our Valdosta location (at our brand new surgery center).  Consultations and post-operative care is available in all of our locations: Tifton, Valdosta, Douglas and Madison, FL.  We are happy to answer any questions you might have in order to find out if you are a good candidate for the procedure.  For patients who aren’t candidates for iLASIK, we offer PRK.  Call us to make an appointment – you could be on your way to better eyesight in no time – just like Alice!

 

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


Glaucoma – What You Need to Know

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 
   

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Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in adults over 60; however, it can occur as early as your 40’s. Since glaucoma normally progresses slowly with little or no warning signs before permanent damage has occurred, it is very important to schedule yearly eye exams to check for glaucoma and other eye health issues.

What is glaucoma?

In a healthy eye, clear fluid is constantly being made behind the iris and leaving the eye through a microscopic drainage canal in the front of the eye. If this drainage channel becomes blocked, the pressure inside the eye goes up and often causes glaucoma damage to the optic nerve. This is the nerve that connects the eye to the brain so damage to it causes loss of vision.

Who is at risk?

While the causes of glaucoma are not completely known, we do know that risk factors for its development include a family history of glaucoma, race and older age. Glaucoma may affect people of any age from newborns to the elderly but is more common in adults as they approach their senior years. African-Americans, Hispanics and people with diabetes are also at increased risk of developing the disease.

To learn more about glaucoma, it’s diagnosis and treatment, contact us today!

*Source: geteyesmart.org


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


Glaucoma – The Silent Thief of Sight

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 
   

IMG_5037-118A revisedGlaucoma is characterized by the loss of nerve tissue that results in loss of vision. It is often referred to as the “silent thief of sight” because of its lack of obvious symptoms.

As the second leading cause of blindness in the United States, 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, African Americans over the age of 40 and Hispanics over the age of 60 are at an increased risk of developing glaucoma.  Other risk factors include thinner corneas, chronic eye inflammation, and using medications that increase the pressure in the eyes.

How is glaucoma diagnosed?  South Georgia/North Florida eye partners use a variety of tests to diagnose glaucoma including patient family history, visual acuity, evaluation of the pressure inside the eye and visual field testing among others.

One of our optometrists, Dr. Eric Kolisz, who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma says, “The biggest problem with most forms of glaucoma is that it does not change the way a patient sees or the way their eyes feel.  Those are the two logical reasons that prompt an adult to schedule an eye exam.  Therefore, without yearly exams, glaucoma can be actively damaging the eyes for years before detection. This changes the urgency and aggressiveness of treatment significantly.”

Dr. Kolisz continued, “Early detection is key to effective management of glaucoma and undoubtedly decreases the chances of life altering vision loss with this disease.”

Our doctors perform these comprehensive eye exams in all four of our offices.  If glaucoma is detected, treatment often includes either medications to reduce elevated intraocular pressure or surgery.  Surgery for glaucoma can be performed three ways:  Laser, Conventional or with Drainage Implants.  Visit our Glaucoma page to learn more.

Early detection, prompt treatment and regular monitoring can help to control glaucoma and reduce vision loss.  South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners diagnoses and treats all types of glaucoma through medications and surgeries if necessary.  Call SGEP today to set up an appointment if you feel you are showing signs of glaucoma and would like to start taking control of your eye health.


Cataract Surgery: Meet Peggy Clements

Friday, August 26th, 2016 
   

2A1C4524Considering cataract surgery?  Have a talk with Peggy Clements, and you’ll probably be convinced to go for it.  After having cataract surgery performed by South Georgia Eye Partners’ Dr. Wes Ross, Peggy is now doing some of her favorite things – without the use of eye glasses or contacts!

Peggy, a Tifton native, started experiencing blurry vision – and her cataracts came on her quickly.  Some of the things she loved doing most were becoming more difficult – even with her glasses.  Making pancakes with her grandsons, reading the Bible, and birdwatching all became less and less enjoyable.  When she had her consultation with Dr. Ross and he diagnosed her with cataracts, they made a plan to proceed with surgery.

During traditional cataract surgery, Dr. Ross uses surgical blades to manually remove the clouded lens and replace it with a new lens for clearer vision. In conjunction with traditional surgery, just like with LenSx®,  Dr. Petermann and Dr. Ross can use special lenses such as the ReSTOR® and Crystalens® to help with distance, near and intermediate vision. They can also use techniques and lenses to eliminate astigmatism and help patients achieve greater spectacle independence.

After surgery, Peggy can see everything much more clearly.  She even threaded a needle the other day!  Her world has become much brighter.  If you’re experiencing blurry vision and think you may be developing or have cataracts, give us a call for a consultation.  It could change your quality of life!

 


SGEP’s Dry Eye Clinic – Help for Dry Eye Syndrome Here at Home

Thursday, August 18th, 2016 
   

Young woman dripping eyes at homeSouth Georgia Eye Partners’ Accredited Dry Eye Clinic may need to be the very next stop on your “to-do” list. The doctors at SGEP  have extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of dry eye disease, and being certified demonstrates their expertise and dedication to providing the highest quality of dry eye care using advanced ophthalmic diagnostic techniques and treatments.

One of the most common clinical challenges faced in eye care is dry eye syndrome. Characterized by irritated, scratchy, itchy eyes, dry eye occurs when eyes are not properly lubricated because of insufficient tear production, or unbalanced tear composition. Thanks to new technology, dry eye can now be treated in ways never before available. The latest diagnostic tool – The TearLab Osmolarity System – measures tear osmolarity by taking a small sample of the patient’s tears to see how “dry” they really are. Treatment is then prescribed based on the measurements from the TearLab and range from Omega 3 supplements, tear replacement drops, punctual plugs, anti- inflammatory drops, oral antibiotics and prescription strength artificial tears.

If you are ready to address your dry eye problems, South Georgia Eye Partners has three convenient locations in Valdosta, Tifton, Douglas and Madison, FL  Read more about our Dry Eye Clinic here. Contact us today to make an appointment.

South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners – with locations in Valdosta, Tifton, Douglas & 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.


Meet Charles Jarrell – A Patient Testimonial on LAC Surgery at SGEP

Monday, August 15th, 2016 
   

IMG_8609No one tells our story quite like our patients.  At South Georgia Eye Partners, we value each and every person that walks through our doors – and when we are able to give our patients the gift of better vision, that’s a good day for everyone.

Charles Jarrell, a Laser Assisted Cataract surgery patient of Dr. Scott Petermann’s – and someone whose beloved profession requires a lot of driving – wrote to tell us what a difference this procedure made in his life.  We are honored to have helped improve Mr. Jarrell’s quality of life.  Here’s his story, in his own words:

“Dear Dr. Petermann:
I would have never believed the difference the cataract eye surgery has made in my life.  I am totally amazed.
I have always had to wear glasses to watch TV on my 42” screen.  After surgery that same morning, I sat down to enjoy “Out Numbered” on the Fox Channel.  I could not see; it was blurry.  I removed my glasses while getting up and totally blown away.  I could clearly see the TV screen.  I took it a step farther and went to the TV Guide channel; I could read.  No more glasses!!!!
Why am I writing you?  I am 74 years old and plan to work as long as my health holds out.  I do not have to work; I work because of the enjoyment it brings me.  I work with hospitals, colleges and universities and school systems in Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina.  I travel about 60,000 miles annually.
The next day after surgery, I had to drive to Thomasville for a meeting at a college. I was blown away once again because I could drive without my glasses.  The colors were so vivid.  The sky was bluer and the trees greener.
Due to my heavy travel schedule, it requires driving in the dark and in the early morning and at night.  For the past two years, I have had trouble driving when it was dark.  It was getting to the place where I waited until daylight to drive.  That really bothered me.  Due to the eye surgery, I do not have that problem anymore.
I want to commend you and your staff on the great customer service at South Georgia Eye Partners; it is tremendous.  I was taken in for my appointment without waiting.  Your staff is excellent.  They put you at ease and are very informative.  I will give you and everyone there an A+ rating and will highly recommend your services to anyone.
Respectfully,
Charles D. Jarrell
Management Consultant”
If you have been considering cataract surgery, please call SGEP to make an appointment today.  We would love to help you as much as we helped Charles.  And we appreciate the time Mr. Jarrell took to let us know that we are continuing to better the lives of our patients.

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.

SGEP’s Ophthalmologists Provide Innovative Eye Care Close to Home

Thursday, July 14th, 2016 
   

Edit-153We depend on our eyesight for almost everything we do…every day.  When our vision is compromised – for any number of reasons – it can have a detrimental effect on our quality of life.

We realize that choosing a physician is an extremely important decision, and South Georgia Eye Partners’ ophthalmologists Dr. Scott Petermann and Dr. Wes Ross are trained to deliver the latest in eye care technology.  These two SGEP physicians are both board certified in ophthalmology.  Dr. Petermann graduated from medical school at Wake Forest University and completed his residency in ophthalmology at Emory University in Atlanta.  Dr. Ross, after graduating from medical school at Mercer University in Macon, completed his residency at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.  From iLASIK surgery to the newest procedures in correcting cataracts, Drs. Petermann and Ross are experts in their field and are proud to provide the region’s most comprehensive and first rate care to their patients.

South Georgia Eye Partners are committed to bringing the most advanced surgical capabilities to their patients.  iLASIK is the latest in laser vision correction technology. For people who have refractive errors, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, iLASIK surgery could be the solution.  The latest in laservision correction technology, iLASIK (laster-assisted in situ keratomileusis), uses a laser to cut the corneal flap instead of a traditional blade.  It is safer, more precise and a more comfortable way to perform laser vision correction. Benefits include a more customized flap, a reduced risk of infection and dry eye, and faster healing time.  Both Dr. Petermann and Dr. Ross have extensive experience in iLASIK surgery and have helped thousands of people get rid of their need for glasses.

In addition to iLASIK, Dr. Petermann and Dr. Ross are well-qualified and have vast experience in the most current solutions to cataracts.  Cataracts are the leading cause of preventable blindness, and they develop when the eyes’ lens becomes cloudy which impairs vision.  Surgery to remove the old lens and replace it with a new, clear lens is an effective method for improving poor eyesight due to cataract development.

South Georgia Eye Partners’ Dr. Scott Petermann and Dr. Wes Ross perform LenSx® – a blade-free, laser-assisted cataract surgery which is the latest in cataract correction procedures.

“Bringing the laser to Valdosta was a personal mission of mine.  I believe it is my responsibility to provide my patients with the latest technology in eye care.   Close to 900 of my patients have benefited from laser assisted cataract surgery over the past 24 months,” says Dr. Petermann.

This technology is an advanced alternative to traditional cataract surgery, which utilizes surgical blades.  LenSx® provides the surgeon with micron-level precision and improved predictability.  The procedure is tailored to the surgeon’s specifications and delivers a remarkable degree of accuracy.  By creating the incisions and fragmenting the clouded lens with LenSx®, the surgeon creates a precise opening for the new lens to be optimally positioned.

SGEP performs both iLASIK surgery and cataract surgery with LenSx® as an outpatient procedure.  Pre-op and post-op visits for South Georgia Eye Partners patients can be scheduled in Valdosta, Tifton, Douglas, and Madison.  Call us today to make an appointment for a consultation – both Dr. Petermann and Dr. Ross are available to answer any questions or concerns.  The results could be life-changing.


Doctor Spotlight: Dr. Wes Ross

Monday, May 23rd, 2016 
   

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Time for another Doctor Spotlight!  This time we’re learning more about Dr. Wes Ross.  Dr. Ross is a Tifton native, and he and his wife, Shannon, have three children – Jay (7), Eli (4) and June (16 months).  Besides being an accomplished ophthalmologist, Dr. Ross also builds furniture!  He built his family’s dining room table as well as the kids’ toy box.  He says he’s always on the lookout for new woodworking projects.

A fan of the grill, Dr. Ross likes to smoke meats at home.  He makes his own rubs and likes to experiment with different types of wood.  His specialities range from turkey to ribs and pork butts, sometimes sausage, chicken and beef.
Last month, Dr. Ross took a trip to Uganda to work at an orphanage in a rural village.  While there, Dr. Ross and some fellow physicians held an eye clinic for the orphans and people in the village – they saw and treated several hundred people.  Before the trip, the group had collected hundreds of pairs of eyeglasses, so they were able to give many of the village people glasses that they otherwise would never have had access to.  The group also helped start construction on a very large chicken house that will be used to bolster the diet of the village children.
Dr. Ross’ favorite activities revolve around playing with his kids at home – they spend lots of time in the yard doing projects, and the boys love to go camping with their dad.
“SGEP is a terrific place to work for a number of reasons,” says Dr. Ross.  “The people in this area are wonderful to work with, and have a wide range of issues that we can help them with.  It’s fun for us to do this work as a robust team, each with our own strengths.  I also really enjoy the staff in our offices, and they make this a fun place to come everyday because they seem like family.”
We are proud Dr. Ross is part of our South Georgia Eye Partners team!