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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.


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!


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


Eye Care Over 40 – Things Do Change…

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 
   

SIf you are over 40 years of age, you’ve probably noticed changes in your vision. Difficulty seeing clearly for reading and close work are among the most common problems adults develop between ages 41 to 60. However, this is also the time when other changes in your eyes can start to affect your work and enjoyment of life.  Keep reading, and if you are experiencing any of these issues, call South Georgia Eye Partners today for an appointment.  We can help your eyes age gracefully.

Beginning in the early to mid-forties, most adults may start to experience problems with their ability to see clearly at close distances, especially for reading and computer tasks. This normal aging change in the eye’s focusing ability, called presbyopia, will continue to progress over time.

Many people in middle age begin to experience difficulty with their vision.

Initially, you may find you need to hold reading materials farther away to see them clearly. Print in the newspaper or on a restaurant menu may appear blurred, especially under dim lighting. If you already wear prescription glasses or contact lenses to see clearly in the distance, the near vision changes caused by presbyopia can bring about the need to use bifocal or multifocal lenses. If you are nearsighted, you may have discovered that you now need to remove your glasses to see better up close. Fortunately, people with presbyopia now have many options to improve their ability to see well.

Along with the onset of presbyopia, an increase in the incidence of eye health problems occurs during these years. Whether or not there is a need for eyeglasses, adults should be examined for signs of developing eye and vision problems. A comprehensive eye examination is recommended at least every two years. Don’t rely on an insufficient substitute like the limited driver’s license vision test or other vision screenings to determine if you have an eye or vision problem.

Adults over 40 may be particularly at risk for the development of eye and vision problems if any of the following exist:

  • Chronic, systemic conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
  • A family history of glaucoma or macular degeneration.
  • A highly visually demanding job or work in an eye-hazardous occupation.
  • Health conditions like high cholesterol, thyroid conditions, anxiety or depression, and arthritis for which you take medications. Many medications, even antihistamines, have ocular side-effects.

Call us today if you are just beginning to experience some of these problems or even if you’ve been struggling with them for awhile.  South Georgia Eye Partners’ board certified ophthalmologists and optometrists are here to help

Source: American Optometric Association


Doctor Spotlight: Dr. Eric Kolisz

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 
   

IMG_5037-118A revisedWelcome to our Doctor Spotlight!  South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners is excited to tell you more about each of our great physicians…they’re all amazing doctors and even better people.  We are kicking it off with Dr. Eric Kolisz.  Dr. Kolisz is originally from Hammond, Indiana and is both a college and NFL football fan. He and his wife, Katie, migrated south about 15 years ago, and they have have raised their three children – Avery, Claire and Ethan – here.

A huge foodie, Dr. Kolisz loves to grill and prepare meals in the kitchen with his wife for friends and family.  Also in his spare time, he is an admitted “golf addict.”  He claims his three amazing and talented kids as his “greatest accomplishment.”  The family attends First United Methodist of Valdosta.

Dr. Kolisz says about his role as optometrist, “I absolutely love what I do, and I try to let that show with every patient I care for. I am proud to be part of this amazing South Georgia Eye Partners family.”

And we are lucky to have you,  Dr. Eric Kolisz!


Dr. Alan Peaslee Recognized for 35 Years of Military Service

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 
   
2015-08-01 19.56.27South Georgia Eye Partners’ Dr. Alan Peaslee was recently recognized for his nearly 35 years of military service, and is officially retiring from his position as Medical Operations Officer for the 201st Homeland Response Force (HRF) under the Georgia National Guard.  Lieutenant Colonel Peaslee began his military career in 1984 in the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps and was a Distinguished Military Graduate of Knox College in Illinois.

Peaslee continued to serve throughout his educational career at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  His military assignments took him everywhere from Texas to Kentucky and Iowa to Saudi Arabia.  After coming to Georgia in 1998 as the Chief of Optometry Services for the 116th Air Control Wing, Air National Guard at Robins AFB, Peaslee continued to serve the Air National Guard and Georgia National Guard until his retirement this month.  

The major awards and decorations Dr. Peaslee received throughout his military career are too numerous to mention, but they do include the Humanitarian Service Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Georgia Meritorious Service Medal with Boar Head and the Chief Biomedical Science Corps Badge.

Because of Dr. Scott Petermann’s respect and admiration for our military, Dr. Peaslee was able to serve double duty as both active member of the military and one of the lead optometrists at South Georgia Eye Partners.  SGEP is honored to have Dr. Peaslee on staff and is thrilled that he will continue on as a practicing board certified optometrist in our offices.  

Congratulations to our colleague and friend on such a distinguished military career, and we look forward to having you in our offices for years to come.
South Georgia Eye Partners – with locations in Valdosta, Tifton, Douglas & 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

June: Cataract Awareness Month

Saturday, May 30th, 2015 
   

Senior Showcase Aug 18June is Cataract Awareness Month, and South Georgia Eye Partners is committed to keeping our patients educated about early detection, treatment and available corrective surgeries.  Most people over 65 have some degree of cataract development. A cataract is the gradual clouding of the natural lens that is inside your eye.  In order for the eye to work properly, it needs a clear lens to focus light on the retina.

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 now performs LenSx® – a blade-free, laser-assisted cataract surgery.

This new 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.

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 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.


SGEP's Dr. Alan Peaslee Returns to Dominican Republic for GA Eye Care Mission Trip

Friday, January 30th, 2015 
   

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On January 31, 2015, a team of missioners from the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia returned for a second trip to Clínica Esperanza y Caridad, Domician Republic, with a larger team of 16 members and even more capability to care for the people of San Pedro de Macorís.. David Sweeterman from St. Peter’s (Savannah) again led the mission, and optometrist Dr. Alan Peaslee from St. Anne’s (Tifton) returned as the medical director.  In addition to Dr. Pealsee of South Georgia Eye Partners, the 2015 missionary eye care professionals included optician Jason Peaslee from St Anne’s (Tifton) and South Georgia Eye Partners, Dr. Henry Croci, a retired ophthalmologist from Savannah, optometrist Dr. Sally Freeman, and optician Gina Overstreet from St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Rincon and Effingham Eye Care.

 

This year, the project also took an important step towards their goal of establishing a permanent missionary eye clinic in San Pedro de Macorís with the donation of examination equipment from South Georgia Eye Partners.  The Dominican Development Group provided transportation for the equipment to the Dominican Republic, and the team installed it during this year’s trip.   Dr. Croci also worked with the Christian Blind Mission to establish a process to refer patients that require sight-restoring surgery.  This process will resolve one of the disappointments from 2014, as the team at that time had no means to provide surgical care those patients who required surgery.

 

St. Peter’s (Savannah) was once again the lead church supporting this mission, while St. Anne’s (Tifton) and St. Luke’s (Rincon) are the other churches directly supporting this trip.  The Douglas Georgia Lions club and South Georgia Eye Partners are also once again supporting the mission, while new supporting organizations include Effingham Eye Care, the Delaware State Lions Club Sight Team, and Luxottica , a large international frame manufacturer.  The Delaware Lions Club provided 3,000 recycled glasses they collected, cleaned, measured, and shipped to the Dominican Development Group, and the team received a generous donation of 1,500 pairs of new reading glasses from Luxottica.

 

How can you support this mission to bring eye care to the people of San Pedro de Macorís?  The teams asks for your continued prayers for the success of the trip and its lasting effects on the Dominican Republic – and of course, donations of financial support and gently used glasses are also welcome until the end of February casino at any of our locations.

 

Donated funds help provide glasses for those with particularly unusual prescriptions and for some of the children in the area.  These glasses will be made in our lab, shipped back to the clinic, and delivered after the team has returned to the U.S.  The team also needs medical supplies and additional equipment to support this mission, and they continue to work towards equipping a permanent clinic to make future trips more productive and to enhance the services we are able to offer.

 

If you’d like to help with a financial contribution or by donating used glasses, just drop off your check/cash or eyeglasses at any South Georgia Eye Partners location in Valdosta, Tifton or Douglas, GA; or in Madison, FL.  Need directions? Just contact us or click here!

 **Glasses and monetary donations are welcome until February 28, 2015**

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.


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