Posts Tagged ‘South Georgia Eye Partners’


Meet Lynn Chaney – Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery Changed her World

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 
   

 

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.

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/North Florida 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.

Eye Partners performs cataract surgery with LenSx® as an outpatient procedure at our state-of-the-art surgery center in Valdosta.  Pre-op and post-op visits for  Eye Partners patients can be scheduled in Valdosta, Tifton, Moultrie, Douglas and Madison, FL. To learn more, click here.


Dr. Valerie Ferrell: Focus on Allergic Conjunctivitis of the Eye

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 
   

With all the pollen we’ve seen in South Georgia and North Florida recently, allergy season is already in full swing.  We definitely have a few more months to endure, and along with that, often comes eye allergies.

Allergic conjunctivitis is the swelling of the conjunctiva (membrane covering the white part of the eye) due to allergies.  Allergies differ among patients, obviously, but the most common cause is hay fever.  Symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis often include: ocular itching, eyelid swelling, tearing, watery eyes, and a foreign body sensation – feeling that something is in your eye.  Usually when the weather is warm and dry, symptoms are often worse – which is why spring and summer can bring on an onslaught of this condition.

One of South Georgia / North Florida’s optometrists, Dr. Valerie Ferrell, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of allergic conjunctivitis.  With years of experience in treating patients with this condition, she can minimize your discomfort and individualize treatment to your particular situation.

“I would advise people that there are several eye conditions that can mimic allergies such as dry eye and ‘pink eye’,” says Dr. Ferrell.  “They need to see an eye care professional before self medicating with over the counter allergy eye drops to ensure a speedy recovery.”

Treatment for allergic conjunctivitis can include anything from simple antihistamines and allergy drops to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) to possible surgical intervention in severe cases.   Eye Partners’ physicians diagnose and treat a number of eye diseases and disorders such as dry eye syndrome, glaucoma, cataracts and others.  They can help make allergy season a lot more tolerable for you if you suffer from this particular condition as well.

Call us today for an appointment – with offices in Valdosta, Tifton, Moultrie, Douglas and Madison, FL, we’re sure to have a location convenient to you.  Visit our website, southgeorgiaeye.com, for more information.


Eye Partners’ Dry Eye Clinic – Help for Dry Eye Syndrome Here at Home

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 
   

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.