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3 Reasons Comprehensive Eye Exams Matter for Diabetes

Monday, November 2nd, 2015 
   
403965_357454560963573_1904478921_nNovember is Diabetes Awareness Month, and South Georgia Eye Partners wants you to know that this disease can affect your eyes just as much as the rest of your body.  More than 8% of the American population have diabetes, and for this large group of at-risk patients, regular dilated eye exams are critical in order to prevent vision loss.
 
Because of the damage the disease can do to the retina and other parts of the eye, optometrists stress the need for regular eye care for patients with diabetes.  Here are three reasons why:
 
  1. Patients with diabetes have higher risk factors.  People with diabetes are 40% more likely to suffer from glaucoma than people without the disease.  These patients are also 60% more likely to develop cataracts, and they tend to develop this at a younger age and with faster disease progression.  Diabetic retinopathy is one of the most serious sight-threatening complications of diabetes.
  2. Symptoms may be invisible.  According to the AOA’s 2013 American Eye=Q® consumer survey, only 32% of respondents are aware that diabetic eye disease often has no visual signs or symptoms.  This is all the more reason for regular eye exams.
  3. Early detection matters.  Comprehensive exams can help detect disease early and thereby limit the damage diabetes does to the eyes.  
 
Any of the following symptoms should prompt high-risk patients to come in for a comprehensive eye exam:
  • Sudden blurred or double vision
  • Trouble reading or focusing on near-work
  • Eye pain or pressure
  • A noticeable aura or dark ring around lights or illuminated objects
  • Visible dark spots in vision or images of flashing lights
 
South Georgia Eye Partners’ Optometrists and Ophthalmologists provide comprehensive eye exams and follow up treatment for any diabetic eye issues.  Anyone with diabetes is urged to schedule yearly eye exams for any preventative care that might be needed.  Call us today to set up an appointment to keep your vision and your eyes healthy.
 
Source:  American Optometric Association

How can Diabetes affect your vision?

Thursday, May 14th, 2015 
   

JA7D4769e-sDiabetes.  We probably all have our own reaction to this disease and know at least something about its effects – it is a disease that affects the body’s ability to produce or use insulin effectively to control blood sugar (glucose) levels. But did you know that diabetes also can have devastating effects on your eyes and vision?  Too much glucose in the blood for a long time can cause damage in many parts of the body, including the heart, kidneys, blood vessels and the small blood vessels in the eyes.  South Georgia Eye Partners encourages everyone to have annual eye exams, but for those patients with diabetes – these yearly exams can be critical in preventing vision loss.

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When the blood vessels in the eye’s retina (the light sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye) swell, leak or close off completely — or if abnormal new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina — it is called diabetic retinopathy.

People who are at greater risk of developing diabetic retinopathy are those who have diabetes or poor blood sugar control, women who are pregnant, and people with high blood pressure, high blood lipids or both. Also, people who are from certain ethnic groups, such as African-Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans, are more likely to develop diabetic retinopathy. In fact, a new study confirms that diabetes is a top risk factor for vision loss among Hispanics.

Something to remember: diabetes can cause vision in your eyes to change even if you do not have retinopathy. If your blood sugar levels change quickly, it can affect the shape of your eye’s lens, causing blurry vision, which goes back to normal after your blood sugar stabilizes.

Did you know there is also a link between diabetes and cataracts? Permanent blurring of  vision due to cataracts can also result from changes to the lens due to excess blood sugar. Cataract surgery may be necessary to remove lenses that are clouded by the effects of diabetes and replace them with clear intraocular lenses (IOLs) to restore clear vision. Maintaining good control of your blood sugar helps reduce episodes of temporary blurred vision and prevent the permanent clouding of the lens that would require surgery to correct.

With offices in Valdosta, Douglas, Tifton and Madison, Florida, South Georgia Eye Partners is equipped to perform comprehensive eye exams close to where you live.  SGEP also performs more extensive procedures and surgeries such as cataract surgery, iLASIK and glaucoma treatment.  Call or visit us today to make an appointment.
Source:  American Academy of Ophthalmology

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.


How Adding Powerful Antioxidants to Your Diet Can Improve Your Eye Health

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 
   
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There’s no substitute for the quality of life good vision offers.  Adding certain nutrients to your diet every day – either through foods or supplements – can help save your vision.  Researchers have linked eye-friendly nutrients such as lutein/zeaxanthin, vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc to reducing the risk of certain eye diseases, including macular degeneration and cataract formation.  South Georgia Eye Partners encourages you to educate yourself on all the vision health benefits of the following nutrients.  As always, we are here to answer any questions about your eye health – click here to read about the eye care supplements we carry at South Georgia Eye Partners.   
  • Lutein & Zeaxanthin

    Lutein and zeaxanthin are important nutrients found in green leafy vegetables, as well as other foods, such as eggs. Many studies have shown that lutein and zeaxanthin reduce the risk of chronic eye diseases, including age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.

  • Vitamin C

    Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is an antioxidant found in fruits and vegetables. Scientific evidence suggests vitamin C lowers the risk of developing cataracts, and when taken in combination with other essential nutrients, can slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration and visual acuity loss.

  • Vitamin E

    Vitamin E in its most biologically active form is a powerful antioxidant found in nuts, fortified cereals and sweet potatoes. It is thought to protect cells of the eyes from damage caused by unstable molecules called free radicals which break down healthy tissue.

  • Essential Fatty Acids

    Fats are a necessary part of the human diet. They maintain the integrity of the nervous system, fuel cells and boost the immune system. Two omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to be important for proper visual development and retinal function.

  • Zinc

    Zinc is an essential trace mineral or ‘helper molecule.’ It plays a vital role in bringing vitamin A from the liver to the retina in order to produce melanin, a protective pigment in the eyes. Zinc is highly concentrated in the eye, mostly in the retina and choroid, the vascular tissue layer lying under the retina.

  • Emerging Research

    In the last 20 years, eye health research has linked diet and nutrition with a decreased risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

     South Georgia Eye Partners – with locations in Valdosta, Tifton, Douglas 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. 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.

Source:  American Optometric Association


SGEP’s Holiday Specials Now Going on! The Answer to Your Gift Giving Needs…

Thursday, December 11th, 2014 
   
enews graphicThe holidays are here – ready or not!  South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners wants to help you fill those stockings with some great deals on our procedures and products.  Come in any time to browse our great selections of frames and sunglasses in our Optical Shop, and we have some incredible gift certificates available for our  premium services.  Here are some holiday deals worth coming in for:

  • $100 off iLASIK* – $100 off one eye or $200 off both for iLASIK, the lastest in Laser Vision Correction.
  • Obagi Gift Bag:  20% off Obagi products until December 31st
  • Gift Certificates:  SGEP Gift Certificates can be used for procedures such as iLasik or in our Optical Shop to purchase designer frames or sunglasses.
We look forward to helping you shop for your loved ones – take advantage of these specials that will keep your friends and family seeing the new year in a whole new light!
*Some restrictions apply. Must schedule appointment  by January  31, 2015.  

Links Between Smoking and Eye Disease: Another Reason to Quit Today

Monday, June 16th, 2014 
   

403965_357454560963573_1904478921_nSource: American Optometric Association

In an effort to keep our patients up to date on the latest research in eye health, South Georgia Eye Partners continues to share with you the latest news in vision research.  New studies published by the Surgeon General point to an even higher risk factor for eye disease in smokers than originally thought.

Since the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health was issued in 1964, more than 20 million Americans have died from smoking-related complications. To mark observance of the occasion, the nation’s top public health office issued a 978-page report that, in part, gives teeth to optometrists’ warnings for ocular complications from cigarette smoking.

Long has optometry known that smoking not only exposes the eyes to major irritants in the form of noxious chemicals, but also correlates closely with the development of eye diseases, such as cataract and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Public knowledge of the link, on the other hand, remains fairly limited.

Chemicals in cigarette smoke cause blood vessels to constrict, limiting blood flow and the amount of oxygen to the eye. Over time, cigarette smoke can damage ocular cells and prolonged exposure leaves little chance for the cells to heal, according to the surgeon general’s report.

Studies have estimated smokers at least double their risk of developing AMD, while also exacerbating the risk of cataract development.

The 50th anniversary Surgeon General’s report, The Health Consequences of Smoking: 50 Years of Progress, states findings since the 2004 Surgeon General’s report on smoking have strengthened evidence of a relationship between smoking and AMD. While smoking cessation appears to decrease AMD risk, it still remains higher than those who have never smoked, even decades after quitting.

The report states: “The role of smoking in causing advanced AMD, which results in loss of vision, is a significant public health concern and a major clinical issue in the United States … because smoking causes both nuclear cataracts and AMD, it is important for ophthalmologists, optometrists and other health care providers to assess and address the smoking status of their patients.”

Read more here.

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.


South Georgia Eye Partners: What You Need to Know About Google Glass

Thursday, March 27th, 2014 
   

iStock_000026005783SmallAs vision technology changes and advances, South Georgia Eye Partners wants to be sure we keep our patients in the know.  Wearable gadgetry is the latest trend in technology, and as one of the front-runner products of the craze—Google Glass—gears up for public release, SGEP thinks now is the time to familiarize yourself with the digital eyewear.

Google Glass is a small, wearable computer that uses an optical head-mounted screen to display a smartphone-like interface above the wearer’s upper-right field of vision. Fitted to glasses frames, the device is activated through voice commands or head gestures.

As always, new technology brings a unique set of questions. One foremost on the minds of optometrists studying the device: Will this negatively affect eyesight? American Optometric Association (AOA) members are looking into the matter, and SGEP hopes this answers some of your questions as well.

Optometrists raise concerns that Glass will cause computer-related eye strain symptoms, could increase dry eye, and might be difficult for presbyopes to use with the screen mounted close to the face—though the display is designed to appear as if it were about two feet away. Field of vision is another concern as the ¼-inch arm of the device might obstruct parts of the vision field. Optometrists plan to see how patients’ fields of vision changes over time with use.

As Google announces new prescription lens-ready frames that are adaptable to Glass, optometrists likely will receive more questions about corrective lens availability.

Four Common Patient Questions – And Answers!

  1. Can I drive while wearing Google Glass?
  Just as you wouldn’t text and drive, you should not use the device while driving.
  2. I have poor vision in my right eye. Can I still wear Glass?
  Optometrists who have used Glass say it’s probably best to wear the screen over the dominant eye. However, Glass is only available with a right-eye-positioned screen.
  3. I’ve been diagnosed with dry eye. Will Glass make it worse?  
Looking up repeatedly to access the Glass screen could exacerbate dry eye, some optometrists speculate, but symptoms could be less pronounced with a glance as opposed to a prolonged stare.
  4. Can you fit me with prescription lenses for Glass?  
Currently, Glass is mounted to a specially designed frame with nonprescription lenses. However, Google announced prescription lenses may be fit to the frames with help from eye care providers.

So whether you see the Google Glass as half empty or half full, the gadgets are gaining hype and popularity. View additional FAQs regarding Google Glass. See the January/February edition of AOA Focus for more information about Google Glass.  South Georgia Eye Partners prides itself on being your information source on all new eye care technology and vision wear – visit our website for information on everything from dry eye conditions to iLASIK vision correction surgery to glaucoma care to comprehensive eye exams.  With offices in Valdosta, Tifton and Douglas, we can serve you near home and with expert care.  Call us today to make an appointment.

Source: AOA
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.

SGEP Has Costa Del Mar Sunglasses – 25% Off! Get Ready for Spring!

Thursday, February 6th, 2014 
   

Costa.jpg_1314894236We know it’s cold out there…but what better time to get ready for spring and start looking forward to the sun?  South Georgia Eye Partners’ Optical Shop is offering 25% off Costa Del Mar sunglasses* to be sure you are ready for those trips to the beach and lake.

SGEP’s Optical Shop can help you with expert fittings as well as getting your Costa Del Mar frames (or any of our other designer sunglasses) individualized just for you with your personal prescription.  Other designer frames offered in our Optical Shop include BCBG, Coach, Cole Haan, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Oakley, Vera Bradley, and more.  Come in and browse today and be sure you ask to see the selection of Costa Del Mar frames on sale.

*Select styles only

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.


January is National Eye Care Month – Start the New Year Off With an Eye Exam

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 
   
iStock_000022374690XSmallWith January being the start of a new year – and also being named National Eye Care Month – this is the perfect time to start taking care of your eyes or keep up that important annual regimen of making appointments for eye exams and protecting your future vision.
 
You should always schedule an eye exam for you and your loved ones once each year.  Here are a few reasons why taking the time to get your eyes checked annually is so important:
 
  • Early Detection – So much can happen in a year.  By having an eye exam once a year, you are giving one of our ophthalmologists or optometrists the opportunity to detect any possible problems early on in their development.  Addressing any issues – such as glaucoma, cataracts, the need for LASIK surgery or even a dry eye condition – before they progress and become more severe is always a good idea.  Early treatment can minimize damage to your eyes and vision.
  • Protecting Your Future Vision – Even if you have 20/20 vision, having an eye exam once a year will help you save your vision for the future.  Many people lose their vision so gradually that it’s hard to notice the effects – seeing your eye doctor so that they can help correct that vision loss early will protect your vision for years to come.
  • Update your eyeglass prescription… or just your look!  Maybe you already have glasses… how long has it been since an eye doctor has checked to see if your prescription matches your current vision needs? If you’re like most people, probably too long.  And, like most people, if an update is needed, you’ll be surprised at the difference it can make.  Or, maybe you just want fresh, updated look with new frames… we love helping people select just the right look for your face and personality – and we have lots of great choices,  from designer frames to budget conscious options.  Check out out optical shops today! 
  • Make your appointment today!   Call any of South Georgia Eye Partners’ offices today to make your appointment and keep those eyes and your vision healthy in the new year!
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.

Keep an Eye on UV Safety

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 
   

Ultraviolet rays are not only harmful to our skin, but they can cause damage to our eyes as well.  UV radiation, whether from sunlight or indoor artificial rays, can damage the eye’s surface tissue, cornea and lens.  Studies show that exposure to bright sunlight may increase the risk of developing cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).  Prevention is key, but Dr. Petermann and his staff specialize in cataract surgery and AMD treatments to help maintain your good eyesight and reverse some damage.

By wearing UV blocking sunglasses, you can enjoy the outdoors safely while lowering your risk for potential eye diseases and damage.  It is important to start wearing proper eye protection from an early age to protect the eyes from years of UV exposure.

The American Academy of Opthalmology offers these tips to protect your eyes from the sun:

  • Don’t focus on the color or darkness of sunglass lenses.  Select sunglasses that block UV rays.  The ability to block UV light is not dependent on the price tag or how dark the sunglass lenses are.
  • Check for 100 percent UV protection.  Make sure your sunglasses block 100% of UV-A and UV-B rays.
  • Choose wrap-around styles.  Ideally, your sunglasses should wrap all the way around to your temples, so the sun’s rays can’t enter from the side.
  • Wear a hat.  In addition to your sunglasses, wear a broad-brimmed hat to protect your eyes.
  • Don’t be fooled by clouds.  The sun’s rays can pass through haze and thin clouds – sun damage can occur anytime of the year.
  • Protect your eyes during peak sun times.  Sunglasses should be worn whenever outside and especially in the early afternoon and at higher altitudes, where UV rays are more intense.
  • Never look directly at the sun.  Looking directly at the sun at any time, including an eclipse, can lead to solar retinopathy, damage to the eye’s retina.
  • Don’t forget the kids.  Everyone is at risk, including children.  Protect their eyes with hats and sunglasses.

If you think you may be suffering from UV damage to your eyes, please contact South Georgia Eye Partners locations in Tifton, Valdosta or Douglas.  Keep an eye on UV safety.

Sourch: aao.org