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Glaucoma: Early Diagnosis Through Optomap

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 
   

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. Advanced glaucoma may even 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, 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, ocular trauma and using medications that increase pressure in the eyes.

How is glaucoma diagnosed?

At South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners, glaucoma is diagnosed through a comprehensive eye examination.  We use an advanced early detection method called optomap at all five of our Eye Partners locations.  Simply put, optomap ultra-widefield 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 to life-threatening diseases.

The unique optomap view helps your eye care practitioner detect early signs of eye diseases more effectively and efficiently than with traditional eye exams. Early detection means successful treatments can be administered reducing the risk to your sight and health.

One of Eye Partners’ own patients, Mary Margaret Richardson, had her glaucoma diagnosed through optomap testing.  She consequently received treatment for her glaucoma from Dr. Scott Petermann in the form of medicinal therapy.

“I’m quite satisfied,” says Mary Margaret.  “I think Eye Partners does a great job.  I haven’t had any problems.”

If glaucoma is detected, treatment often includes either medications to reduce elevated intraocular pressure (as in Mary’s case) or surgery.  Surgery for glaucoma can be performed three ways:

  • Laser surgery – Laser trabeculoplasty helps fluid drain out of the eye.
  • Conventional surgery – If eye drops and laser surgery aren’t effective in controlling eye pressure, you may need a filtering procedure called a trabeculectomy.  Filtering microsurgery involves creating a drainage flap, allowing fluid to percolate into and later drain into the vascular system.
  • Drainage implants – This type of surgery may be an option for people with uncontrolled glaucoma, secondary glaucoma or for children with glaucoma.  A small silicone tube is inserted in the eye to help drain aqueous fluid
  • MIGS – Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery.  This procedure is the new frontier of glaucoma surgeries, and some (but not all) can be done while the patient is undergoing cataract surgery.  This surgery utilizes one of several state-of-the-art tools including: Kahook Dual Blade (KDB), CyPass® Micro-Stent, or the iStent®
  • Canaloplasty – This procedure utilizes a microcatheter or tube placed in the Canal of Schlemm (the natural site of drainage for healthy eyes) to enlarge the drainage canal, relieving pressure inside the eye. Studies have been published demonstrating long-term efficacy and safety.

There is no cure for glaucoma, but by keeping eye pressure under control, continued damage to the optic nerve and continued loss of your visual field may slow or stop.  Early detection, prompt treatment and regular monitoring can help to control glaucoma and reduce vision loss.

Treatment for glaucoma is highly successful, but as with all procedures, you need to heed the doctor’s advice.

“The most important thing for one to remember,” reflects Mary Margaret, “is to follow [the doctors’] instructions.”

Eye Partners diagnoses and treats all types of glaucoma through medications and surgeries if necessary.  Call Eye Partners 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.

 


Big News! Two New Doctors Join Our Team in 2018.

Friday, December 1st, 2017 
   

We are excited to announce Dr. Jodie Norman, an optometrist, and Dr. Garrett Webster, an ophthalmologist, will join the South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners team in 2018.

Dr. Norman holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Valdosta State University and graduated from the University of Alabama School of Optometry.  In addition to adult and pediatric eye exams, she specializes in Dry Eye Syndrome and has expertise in contact lenses with a focus on scleral lenses.  Dr. Norman will see patients in our Tifton and Douglas offices.  She and her husband, Matt, have two boys – Gus (4) and Mac (2).

Dr. Webster, who will officially begin working with us in July of 2018 as the third ophthalmologist in our practice, graduated from the University of South Carolina’s School of Medicine in 2014. Dr. Webster brings an additional layer of expertise to our team, treating a broad range of complex ophthalmologic issues and performing advanced eye surgery, with a special interest in comprehensive cataract surgery.  He and his wife, Sydney, have a daughter, Ginny, who is 14 months old, and a sweet Boykin Spaniel, Brice.

South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners looks forward to adding these accomplished physicians to our staff over the next year.



Multifocal Lenses – What are they and when do I consider them?

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 
   

iStock_000001004232SmallMost people don’t know that contact lenses can be bifocal, trifocal, or even progressive.  South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners offers all of these options, and we will help you decide what works best for you and your lifestyle.

New multifocal contacts are being designed each year for people with presbyopia, a natural condition brought on by age, where the eye’s natural lens stiffens and loses the ability to focus on close objects.

If you’re presbyopic, you’re not alone. Eventually, almost everyone is, usually after age 40.

Where people do differ is how they deal with it. Some use reading glasses or bifocals. Others choose progressive eyeglass lenses, which correct near, intermediate, and far vision but without the unsightly lines of traditional bifocals. Still others opt for bifocal contact lenses.

There are several contact lens designs that help you see both close up and far away, as well as correct astigmatism.

One type has a distance viewing area in most of the lens and a near viewing segment in the middle lower portion. Another has a series of concentric rings, where the visual system constantly adjusts focus for distance and near.

To get started with multifocal lenses, your eye care practitioner will determine your near vision acuity and then choose a design that works best with your cornea size and shape, tear film, blink pattern and lifestyle. As with any new multifocal eyewear, you’ll also receive brief training on the best way to use the lenses, as well as a follow-up appointment to be sure you’ve adapted to them.  Call us for an appointment today.

South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners – with locations in Valdosta, Tifton, Douglas, Moultrie and Madison, FL – specializes in iLASIK and cataract surgery with premium lens implants, glaucoma diagnosis and treatment, comprehensive eye exams for adults and children and a Dry Eye Clinic. Eye Partners 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 our physicians or to find our locations and hours, click here

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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. Wes Ross

Thursday, October 26th, 2017 
   

It’s that time again – 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, Eli and June.

After graduating from Valdosta State University, Dr. Ross got a job filing charts with Dr. Scott Petermann.  Up until that point, Ross didn’t have that much of an interest in ophthalmology, but after being in that environment and seeing the difference that optometrists and ophthalmologists made in patients’ lives, he had a change of heart.  Dr. Ross is now an accomplished ophthalmologist with South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners and specializes in comprehensive ophthalmology with an emphasis in cataract and refractive surgery.  Dr. Ross performs iLASIK surgery as well.

“So much in medicine can be about the quantity of life, but what we get to do is improve QUALITY of life,” muses Dr. Ross. And speaking of quality of life, in his spare time, Ross builds furniture and is a grill master – smoking meats and making his own rubs.  Click here to see a video of Dr. Ross speaking about his journey to becoming an ophthalmologist (along with videos of our other doctors as well!).

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. Valerie Ferrell

Thursday, October 12th, 2017 
   

 “What I like best about being an optometrist is helping people with their most precious sense – their vision.”  Dr. Valerie Ferrell has a passion for optometry, and it shines through with each and every patient.  Dr. Ferrell is from Atlanta and attended the University of Houston College of Optometry.  While not helping people with their vision at South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners, Valerie enjoys spending time with her husband of years and their 2 young daughters.  They love traveling (especially to the beach), bowling, trying new cuisines, and playing a friendly game of corn hole.  Click here to see a video of Dr. Ferrell in action and learn more about her love of helping patients with their eyesight.

As one of our board-certified optometrists here at South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners, Dr. Ferrell is trained in scheduled eye exams as well as in the diagnosis and treatment of dry eye syndrome, glaucoma, and many other optical issues.  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.


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

Thursday, September 28th, 2017 
   

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/North Florida Eye Partners has three convenient locations in Valdosta, Tifton, Douglas, Moultrie 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, Moultrie & 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. SGNF 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 SGNF’s physicians or to find our locations and hours, click here.


Farewell and Good Luck to Our Dear Dr. Peaslee

Thursday, July 20th, 2017 
   

It is with sad hearts, but also a great deal of encouragement and best wishes, that we announce our own Dr. Alan Peaslee is leaving South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners for a position in Huntsville, Alabama as the Center Director for Vision America Huntsville.

For a few years now, Dr. Peaslee and his wife, Pat, have been trying to discern what direction they wanted to take for the next phase of their lives.  They have spent 30 years raising their children and developing their careers, for the first time, it’s truly about what they as a couple are feeling led to do.

After much consideration – including knowing all of Dr. Peaslee’s wife’s family lives within 45 minutes of the area as well as their son, Jason; and, the move puts them closer to Dr. Peaslee’s family, it felt like the right time to make a move.  The Peaslees will be moving into the family home where Pat grew up which brings things full circle.

“I could not leave for just any position.  I am going to a center where I will be called upon to use all the skills and experience of my last 28 years of practice to help serve a referral network of over 60 optometrists,” says Dr. Peaslee.  “My role, along with our ophthalmologists, will be to provide consultative care for the patients that our referring doctors are unable to care for. My experience at South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners will be put to good use.”

Dr. Peaslee went on to say, “This decision is about what is best for our family, for Pat and I as a couple, and our extended family.  It is the deep relationship with Dr. Scott Petermann, this SGEP practice, all of you, and my patients that has made this decision so hard.  I will miss all of you very much.”

In closing, Dr. Peaslee had this to say, “I truly appreciate the experience and opportunity I had to be part of South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners.  However, when I retreat to my quiet place and carefully listen to my heart and the Holy Spirit, I find peace with this decision.”

Part of Dr. Peaslee’s peace with this decision is knowing that after he leaves, there is a team of good doctors at SGEP who will continue to care for his patients after his departure.

We wish you luck and happiness, Dr. Alan Peaslee!  We have been very blessed to have you as a part of our South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners family for so long.  We will miss you.


The Great iLASIK Summer Giveaway!

Thursday, July 13th, 2017 
   

What better way to round out the summer than an amazing giveaway?  South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners is giving you the chance to win $1,000 off an iLASIK procedure ($500 off per eye)*!  

Entering is so easy – just fill out the “Learn More about iLASIK” form here and you’ll be entered in the drawing for the Grand Prize!  And just for entering, you will automatically receive $200 off iLASIK ($100 per eye)* if you have the procedure.  It’s a Win-Win! Submit your form today: entries will be received through August 31st, and the drawing is September 1st at 10 a.m.  

Don’t forget iLASIK, along with other surgeries, are all performed in our new onsite surgery center in Valdosta; it’s more convenient, offers the latest technology and more flexible scheduling for surgical procedures.  The center is located in our new office complex on North Valdosta Road in Valdosta. 

To learn more about iLASIK, click here – and to watch actual patients give their incredible iLASIK testimonials, click here!  Nothing gives us greater pleasure at South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners than giving the gift of better eyesight.  Enter today!

   

*One entry per person. Entries received after August 31st will not be included in the drawing.  Drawing is September 1, 2017 at 10 a.m. EST.  Both the Grand Prize winner and those who utilize the $200 discount must schedule surgery before October 31, 2017. Patients using CareCredit are not eligible for either Grand Prize or the $200 discount offer.  Some restrictions apply.