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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!


Big News! Dr. Garrett Webster Joins South Georgia / North Florida Eye Partners

Friday, July 27th, 2018 
   

We are so excited to announce that we are bringing a new ophthalmologist on board at South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners! Dr. Garrett Webster is now a part of the Eye Partners family.

Dr. Webster graduated from the University of South Carolina’s School of Medicine in 2014. He specializes in comprehensive cataract surgery.  Dr. Webster grew up on family farm in Augusta, and is looking forward to becoming a part of Valdosta and south Georgia! He and his wife, Sydney, have a daughter, Ginny, who is not quite 2 years old, and a sweet Boykin Spaniel, Brice.

South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners is thrilled to add this accomplished physician to our staff. The more we grow, the better we can serve our patients.


South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners: Leaders in Eye Care Innovation & Technology

Monday, January 22nd, 2018 
   

Delivering the latest eye care technology to our patients is important to the physicians at South Georgia / North Florida Eye Partners.  Our new ORA System with VerifEye+ Technology, is a new technology addition that assists physicians during cataract surgery by allowing them to obtain real-time, precise measurements of the eye during the actual procedure.  While measurements have always been, and still are, taken before cataract surgery, the exactness and verification this tool delivers in the surgery suite just prior to the procedure gives valuable data to the surgeon.

“The ORA System with VerifEYE+ Technology provides a continuous assessment of a patient’s eye throughout the entire procedure, giving precise measurements to me or one of our other surgeons in one-degree increments,” said Dr. Scott Petermann. “There has never been a more individualized and accurate tool in assisting with cataract surgery.”

We are happy to be bringing this technology to our patients in South Georgia and North Florida who would otherwise have to travel a much greater distance. Our goal is to provide patients with the best care close to home.  Eye Partners’ team of ophthalmologists, Dr. Scott Petermann, Dr. Wes Ross, and Dr. Garrett Webster who is joining our practice in July, perform both laser-assisted and traditional cataract surgery at our state-of-the-art surgery center in Valdosta.  Pre-op and post-op visits for our patients can be scheduled at any of our locations: Tifton, Valdosta, Douglas, Moultrie, and Madison, FL.  Call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians to see if cataract surgery is right for you.


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.


iLASIK Surgery – “It changed everything.”

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 
   

 Imagine no longer needing your contacts or glasses.  Wouldn’t that change your life?  It certainly changed Michael Wise’s.  South Georgia Eye Partners offers the latest iLASIK technology, and our physicians are top-notch. Michaels’ experience is a great example of how this incredible surgery can literally change everything.

Before iLASIK surgery, Michael couldn’t even distinguish facial features without his glasses or contacts.  As a video director and editor, this was a real hindrance on his day-to-day job.  As he puts it, “before iLASIK, my vision was pretty bad.”  Watch his video below to see how iLASIK made such a difference.

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 (which has all the bells and whistles – we invite you to call to set up a tour!).  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 – this could be your moment!


See Clearly with iLASIK!

Thursday, May 18th, 2017 
   

PrintSeeing clearly is something that a lot of people take for granted.  It’s also something that can be achieved through iLASIK surgery – and without downtime or or discomfort.  Just ask Aaron Courington – a musician who depends on his eyes for reading music and being on top of the notes he plays (on many different instruments), came to South Georgia Eye Partners for iLASIK surgery, and now sees clearly without the help of glasses or contacts.  South Georgia Eye Partners offers the latest iLASIK technology, and our physicians are the best around. Aaron is a great example of how iLASIK surgery can change how you see the world around you. Watch Aaron’s video and hear his story in his own words.

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If you 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 – this could be your moment!


Dr. Wes Ross Receives Board Certification

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 
   

RossSouth Georgia Eye Partners is pleased to announce Dr. Wes Ross, a Tift County native and ophthalmologist with SGEP, recently received board certification in ophthalmology. After graduating from medical school at Mercer University in Macon, Dr. Ross completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. He then came home to practice at South Georgia Eye Partners as an ophthalmologist.

“The process for board certification takes much longer in ophthalmology than many other fields of medicine,” Dr. Ross explained. In fact, after completing an accredited ophthalmology residency program, candidates must sit for the “Written Qualifying Exam.” The purpose of this is to test the breadth and depth of clinical and basic science knowledge gathered during residency. The exam lasts around five hours, and if the candidate passes, the physician then takes oral board examinations designed to demonstrate clinical and patient care abilities. These boards take place either in San Francisco or Boston and are an intensive half-day of discussing 60 clinical scenarios with a panel of ophthalmologists. Dr. Ross took his oral boards in June of 2015 and received the news that he passed in July.

“Because of the robust nature of the residency program I completed, I’m comfortable examining and treating a wide variety of patients,” says Dr. Ross. “I treat refractive diseases like cataracts (including premium lenses) and perform iLASIK and PRK for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.”

Dr. Ross also treats glaucoma with in-office lasers and performs other OR-based surgeries including some of the latest micro-invasive stents. Eyelid and brow lifts, are among the more popular ocuplastic treatments he performs, in addition to correcting a wide variety of eyelid issues with surgery or BOTOX®.

“I spend most of my time in the Tifton office of South Georgia Eye Partners, but I also see patients in our Douglas, Cordele, and Sylvester locations,” says Dr. Ross. “I perform surgeries at Tift Regional, Coffee Regional, and Crisp Regional.”

Dr. Ross is part of an impressive team at South Georgia Eye Partners. Scott Petermann, M.D. is also a board-certified ophthalmologist; and, Dr. Alan Peaslee, Dr. Eric Kolisz, Dr. Valerie Ferrell, and Dr. Melanie Hill are all board-certified optometrists in the practice, which has offices in Tifton, Valdosta, and Douglas, Georgia as well as Madison, Florida.

The journey to board certification was worthwhile and one that Dr. Ross completed with the goal of serving patients in south Georgia and north Florida with the best training possible.   Ross and his wife, Shannon, live in Tifton and have three children – sons Jay and Eli and a new daughter, June.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Ross or one of the other physicians, call the office nearest to you.