Posts Tagged ‘South Georgia Eye Partners’


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.


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!


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.