Posts Tagged ‘South Georgia Eye Partners’


iLASIK: “Now I can put my best foot forward without my eyes holding me back.”

Thursday, February 15th, 2018 
   

Would getting rid of contacts or glasses for good change your life?  For McClain Talley, iLASIK surgery did just that – no more contacts, and a much better quality of life. South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners offers the latest in iLASIK technology, and our physicians are second to none.

McClain is a recent graduate of UGA and just starting her real estate career. Before iLASIK, “I never felt comfortable in my contacts,” she says. “My eyes were constantly irritated and it caused me to feel tired.”

After iLASIK surgery performed by Dr. Scott Petermann, McClain (whose recovery time was less than one day) – could see clearly without the use of her contact lenses. “I could not be happier. It’s incredible. Now I can put my best foot forward without my eyes holding me back.” Watch her video below to see McClain’s story.

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 new state-of-the-art surgery center).  Consultations and post-operative care is available in all of our locations: Tifton, Valdosta, Douglas, Moultrie 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 McClain!

South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners – with locations in Valdosta, Tifton, Douglas, Moultrie, and 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. Eye Partners also has Optical Shops fully stocked with designer frames and sunglasses to fit your style and personality.  To make an appointment with one of Eye Partners’s physicians or to find our locations and hours, click here.


South Georgia / North Florida Eye Partners: Top Notch Surgery Team Provides Experience & Expert Care

Friday, February 9th, 2018 
   

While our new South Georgia/North Florida surgery center offers the best in technology and is more convenient for patients, our team members are what create an outstanding patient experience. From pre-op and surgery to post-op, our physicians, registered nurses, surgical technicians, patient care specialist, and nurse anesthetist bring experience and compassion to every patient.

Interested in learning more about the behind-the-scenes clinical team who make it happen? Let’s start with our five registered nurses who handle multiple functions including pre-operative care, surgical assistance, post-operative patient care and more.  Tiffany Courington, our RN manager, has almost 16 years of surgical nurse experience and brings leadership to our clinical team. Jana Lites is an experienced eye surgery nurse; she works with patients during pre-op and is part of the surgical team.  Sarah Farmer, a long-time member of the Eye Partners team, is a surgical technician and ophthalmic tech as well as a RN. Vicky Hayes, an experienced RN and Valdosta native, is a friendly familiar face and a comforting presence for our patients. Our newest RN team member is Cassie O’Neal; Cassie has years of nursing experience and we are so happy to have her as part of our team.

Our three surgical technicians combine experience with knowledge and caring.  Brandi Lightsey has 15 years of surgical tech experience and is currently over the sterilization process at our surgery center.  Amanda Miller handles patient work ups and is a great asset to everyone on the surgical team.  Cara Johnson is the newest addition in the surgical tech department and is an excellent addition to our team.

Tracy Marion, our patient care specialist, manages the front desk at our surgery center and is the glue that keeps things running smoothly for patients and our team! Tracy is highly organized and willing to pitch in just about anywhere there’s a need.

Keri Paulk is our Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).  Keri comes with years of experience and knowledge of anesthesia and is really great with our Eye Partners patients.  A combination of skill and compassionate human touch puts Keri in a league of her own in dealing with the delicate work of anesthesia.

Our strong surgical staff is the truly the foundation for the excellent care we provide for our eye surgery patients.  Interested in learning more? Visit southgeorgiaeye.com today to read about or watch videos regarding the procedures we offer including iLASIK, laser-assisted cataract surgery, glaucoma care and more.  Our surgery center is in Valdosta and our offices are located in Valdosta, Tifton, Douglas, Moultrie, and Madison, Fl.


Why Eye Exams are Important – At Any Age

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 
   

Despite your age or health, annual comprehensive eye exams can help to detect any eye problems at their earliest stages – when they’re most treatable. South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners is a big believer in early detection and early treatment – it can help not only with vision problems, but other health problems as well.

What happens during an eye exam? During a standard comprehensive eye exam, your eye doctor can determine (if needed) your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, but will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, determine how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.

Should Children Get Annual Eye Exams?

The short answer is “yes!” For children, eye exams can play an important role in normal development and learning.

Vision is very closely linked to the learning process. Children who have trouble seeing or interpreting what they see often have trouble with their schoolwork. Many times, children will not complain of vision problems simply because they don’t know what “normal” vision looks like. If your child performs poorly at school or exhibits a reading or learning problem, be sure to schedule an eye examination to rule out an underlying visual cause.

What is the Eye Doctor Looking For During an Exam?

In addition to evaluating whether you have nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, your eye doctor will check your eyes for eye diseases and other problems that could lead to vision loss.

At any age, it’s an important part of your healthcare to have an annual eye exam.  With offices in Valdosta, Tifton, Douglas, Moultrie and Madison, FL, Eye Partners is bound to have a location convenient for you.  Call our offices today to make YOUR annual appointment!


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

Additional information provided by contactlenses.org


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.


South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners Expands Practice with Moultrie Office

Thursday, September 14th, 2017 
   

South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners [SGNF] announces the addition of an office in Moultrie by joining forces with Dr. Ricky Rowe and Dr. Lauren Rowe of Rowe EyeCare.  The Moultrie-based office will join South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners in September; other locations include Valdosta, Tifton, Douglas, and Madison, Florida.

The addition of Dr. Ricky Rowe and Dr. Lauren Rowe, a father-daughter optometry team, will be a great asset to SGNF.  Dr. Ricky Rowe graduated from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee, and specializes in family practice, anterior segment disease and sports vision.  Dr. Lauren Rowe, an honors graduate of The New England College of Optometry in Boston, Massachusetts, specializes in the treatment and management of ocular diseases, including age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts.

“We are so pleased to have Dr. Ricky Rowe and Dr. Lauren Rowe, as well as their staff, join our South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners’ team,” said Dr. Scott Petermann.  “The Moultrie office will be a great addition to our practice and we look forward to serving yet another community in our region.”

The Moultrie office of South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners is located in the former Rowe EyeCare location at 115 5th Street, SE in Moultrie; patients will continue to call  (229) 890-8016 for appointments.

South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners specializes in iLASIK and laser-assisted cataract surgery, premium lens implants, glaucoma diagnosis and treatment, comprehensive eye exams for adults and children, and the treatment of many other ocular diseases and concerns including dry eye and macular degeneration.

Our new outpatient surgery center in Valdosta is a state-of-the-art facility where our board-certified ophthalmologists can perform any number of ophthalmic procedures and advanced eye surgeries.  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.

 


Protect Your Eyes During the Solar Eclipse

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 
   

On August 21, 2017, North America – especially our region – will experience a significant solar eclipse.  This phenomenon only happens once or twice during a person’s lifetime, but there are extremely important safety precautions that you need to take if preparing to view the eclipse.  South Georgia / North Florida Eye Partners wants to be sure that you know what steps to take in order to protect your eyes from potentially harmful UV rays from this solar event.

“The upcoming solar eclipse is exciting, but it can be potentially dangerous because of the fact that it has the ability to cause permanent damage to our retinas,” said Dr. Wes Ross, a board-certified ophthalmologist at South Georgia / North Florida Eye Partners.  “There is a real danger associated with looking directly into the sun; we are concerned people don’t understand the damage that can occur to their eyes from watching the eclipse.  However, there are a number of safe ways to watch the eclipse. We strongly encourage everyone to take the appropriate precautions and watch this extraordinary event safely.”

A few safety precautions Dr. Ross noted include:

  • Wear protective eclipse viewing glasses. These MUST be ISO certified (meeting ISO 12312-2 guidelines) and made in the United States to ensure safety – there ARE counterfeit glasses being sold that do not meet the ISO specifications and do not provide adequate protection for your eyes.  The American Astronomical Society (AAS) has guidance online to help eclipse watchers determine the safety of their viewing glasses.  For those with children, be sure to remember the glasses may not be safe for small children if they don’t fit well; and of course, if children take them off while looking at the sun their eyes will not be protected.
  • Use viewing devices: NASA.org lists ideas of certain devices you can build with binoculars and other household items that would allow for safe indirect viewing of the eclipse. Experiment at home this weekend and make creating a viewing device a family activity!
  • Watching the eclipse online or on television: gov will be live streaming and many stations will air the full eclipse live.

South Georgia Eye Partners recognizes the solar eclipse is a fascinating event and wants everyone in our southeastern region, who will be able to view a 90 – 100 percent eclipse, to witness this incredible event safely by taking the needed precautions.