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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.

 


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.


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.


Glaucoma: Its Diagnosis and Treatment

Thursday, April 14th, 2016 
   
Senior Showcase Aug 18Glaucoma is defined as a group of eye disorders leading to progressive damage to the optic nerve by the American Optometric Association.  It is characterized by the loss of nerve tissue that results in loss of vision. Advanced glaucoma may even cause blindness.
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?
Glaucoma is diagnosed through a comprehensive eye examination.  Testing includes:
  • Patient history to determine family history and symptoms
  • Visual acuity measurements to determine the extent which vision may be affected
  • Tonometry to measure pressure inside the eye
  • Pachymetry to measure corneal thickness
  • Visual field testing to check if the field of vision has been affected by glaucoma
  • Evaluation of the retina which may include photographs of the optic nerve
  • Supplemental testing may include gonioscopy, a procedure allowing views of the angle anatomy and serial tonometry which acquires several pressure measurements over time
South Georgia Eye Partners performs these comprehensive eye exams in all three of their 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 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
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.  South Georgia 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.
*Source:  American Optometric Association

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


January is National Eye Care Month – Start the New Year Off With an Eye Exam

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 
   
iStock_000022374690XSmallWith January being the start of a new year – and also being named National Eye Care Month – this is the perfect time to start taking care of your eyes or keep up that important annual regimen of making appointments for eye exams and protecting your future vision.
 
You should always schedule an eye exam for you and your loved ones once each year.  Here are a few reasons why taking the time to get your eyes checked annually is so important:
 
  • Early Detection – So much can happen in a year.  By having an eye exam once a year, you are giving one of our ophthalmologists or optometrists the opportunity to detect any possible problems early on in their development.  Addressing any issues – such as glaucoma, cataracts, the need for LASIK surgery or even a dry eye condition – before they progress and become more severe is always a good idea.  Early treatment can minimize damage to your eyes and vision.
  • Protecting Your Future Vision – Even if you have 20/20 vision, having an eye exam once a year will help you save your vision for the future.  Many people lose their vision so gradually that it’s hard to notice the effects – seeing your eye doctor so that they can help correct that vision loss early will protect your vision for years to come.
  • Update your eyeglass prescription… or just your look!  Maybe you already have glasses… how long has it been since an eye doctor has checked to see if your prescription matches your current vision needs? If you’re like most people, probably too long.  And, like most people, if an update is needed, you’ll be surprised at the difference it can make.  Or, maybe you just want fresh, updated look with new frames… we love helping people select just the right look for your face and personality – and we have lots of great choices,  from designer frames to budget conscious options.  Check out out optical shops today! 
  • Make your appointment today!   Call any of South Georgia Eye Partners’ offices today to make your appointment and keep those eyes and your vision healthy in the new year!
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.