Posts Tagged ‘Scott Petermann’


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.

 


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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Children’s Eye Exams – More Important than You Might Think!

Monday, August 14th, 2017 
   

Vision and learning are inherently linked.  If a child can’t see well, chances for success in the classroom are greatly diminished.  Optometrists advocate professional eye exams to help catch any vision issues early.

Comprehensive eye exams check several components of eye health: visual acuity, ability to focus, eye teaming skills, eye structure health, and eye tracking.

For success in school, children must have other equally important visual skills besides their sharpness of sight, or visual acuity. Here are a few visual factors that can affect learning:

  • Coordinate their eye movements as a team.
  • Follow a line of print without losing their place.
  • Maintain clear focus as they read or make quick focusing changes when looking up to the board and back to their desks.

If children have inadequate visual skills in any of these areas, they can experience great difficulty in school, especially in reading. Optometrists and ophthalmologists recommend children have their eyes examined between six to 12 months of age, again at 3 and 5, and every year or two after that.

South Georgia Eye Partners performs thorough children’s eye exams at all four locations.  Make an appointment for your back-to-school eye exams today!


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!


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


Hill Jackson – Seeing the World in a Whole New Light After Cataract Surgery

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 
   

hill-judge-jackson-jr-maintenance-superintendent-233x35081-year-old Valdosta resident Hill Jackson had become resigned to the fact that his eyesight just wasn’t what it used to be.  Needing eye glasses for even the most common of everyday chores was just a way of life for him.  Hill finally went to see Dr. Scott Petermann at South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners, and it was confirmed that his vision was even worse than he thought.  Hill had advanced cataracts in both eyes, and Dr. Petermann recommended surgery.

In short, Laser-Assisted Cataract surgery changed Hill’s life.  Little things like picking up the telephone book and being able to look up listings without reading glasses became possible again.  He says, “I can see real, real good now.  I haven’t picked up my glasses once since I had the surgery.”

After retiring from the Air Force, Hill became a Maintenance Superintendent for the Valdosta Housing Authority.  He oversees 546 properties, and good eyesight is key to his daily work.  Hill has a passion assisting people with the best living conditions possible.

When Hill isn’t hard at work at V.H.A., he loves to work in his yard – cutting grass, trimming trees…all things that are made so much more enjoyable with better vision.

Cataracts, the leading cause of preventable blindness, develop when the eye’s 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’ own Dr. Scott Petermann performs LenSx® – a blade-free, laser-assisted cataract surgery which is the latest in cataract correction procedures.

SGEP performs cataract surgery with LenSx® as an outpatient procedure at South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta.  Pre-op and post-op visits for South Georgia Eye Partners patients can be scheduled in Valdosta, Tifton, and Douglas.  Our South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners patients can schedule their visits at our Madison location.  To learn more, 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.


Meet Lynn Chaney – Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery Changed her World

Monday, September 12th, 2016 
   

 

lynnIf you are considering cataract surgery, you should read this article (and click “Read more”) to learn about another of our amazing patients, Lynn Chaney – through her own words and video – and how Laser-Assisted Cataract surgery changed her life.

In Lynn’s words, she says her reaction the morning after her surgery was this:  “There’s no way to explain it.  Everything’s so bright and so clear!”  Riding her Harley Davidson with her husband, Leon, is Lynn’s passion – now she can see everything during their rides so much clearer…without glasses. Laser-assisted cataract surgery with multi focal lens changed her world.  To watch Lynn’s video – along with many of our other LAC and traditional cataract surgery patients – click here.

 

Cataracts, the leading cause of preventable blindness, develop when the eye’s 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’ own Dr. Scott Petermann performs LenSx® – a blade-free, laser-assisted cataract surgery which is the latest in cataract correction procedures.

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 cataract surgery with LenSx® as an outpatient procedure at South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta.  Pre-op and post-op visits for South Georgia Eye Partners patients can be scheduled in Valdosta, Tifton, and Douglas.  Our South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners patients can schedule their visits at our Madison location.  To learn more, 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.

Dry Eyes? Our Certified Dry Eye Clinic is Here to Help!

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 
   

Facebook AdAre you sitting at a computer all day, staring at your phone every few minutes, or playing video games a few hours a day? Do your eyelids feel like they are sticking to your eyeballs?
You could be suffering from Dry Eye Syndrome.

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. More dry eye symptoms are tearing, burning, and vision fluctuation.

South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners’ Certified Dry Eye Clinic may be just what you need to solve your dry eye condition. Our doctors 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.

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 four convenient locations in Valdosta, Tifton, Douglas and Madison, FL  Read more about our Dry Eye Clinic here.

Contact us today to make an appointment.