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Aging Eye: Eye Care Over 40

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 
   

If 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/ North Florida Eye 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 you are just beginning to experience some of these problems or even if you’ve been struggling with them for awhile.  Eye Partners’ board certified ophthalmologists and optometrists are here to help.


Big News! Dr. Garrett Webster Joins South Georgia / North Florida Eye Partners

Friday, July 27th, 2018 
   

We are so excited to announce that we are bringing a new ophthalmologist on board at South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners! Dr. Garrett Webster is now a part of the Eye Partners family.

Dr. Webster graduated from the University of South Carolina’s School of Medicine in 2014. He specializes in comprehensive cataract surgery.  Dr. Webster grew up on family farm in Augusta, and is looking forward to becoming a part of Valdosta and south Georgia! He and his wife, Sydney, have a daughter, Ginny, who is not quite 2 years old, and a sweet Boykin Spaniel, Brice.

South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners is thrilled to add this accomplished physician to our staff. The more we grow, the better we can serve our patients.


State-of-the-Art Surgery Center Dedicated to Your Needs

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 
   

Delivering the latest eye care technology to our patients is important to the physicians at South Georgia / North Florida Eye Partners. We specialize in advanced eye surgeries – such as iLASIK surgery and laser assisted cataract surgery – and stay on the cutting edge of technology that results in better care for our patients. We achieve the optimal experience for our patients through our surgeons, staff and our state-of-the-art surgery center in Valdosta.

Our surgery center – dedicated solely to ophthalmologic procedures – was completed in 2017 and is outfitted with the latest in surgical technology. With a surgery center in Valdosta, patients can receive pre-op and post-op care as well as undergo their actual procedures without having to be admitted into the hospital.

“Being able to perform the types of surgeries that we do for our patients in a state-of-the art facility and in a location that is convenient for them means everything,” says ophthalmologist Dr. Wes Ross. “The patient is the most important part of our practice, and I love knowing we provide top notch service and care.”

Eye Partners provide the expertise, experience, and technology to our patients in South Georgia and North Florida who would otherwise have to travel a much greater distance. Eye Partners’ team of ophthalmologists, Dr. Scott Petermann, Dr. Wes Ross, and Dr. Garrett Webster (joining our practice in August of this year), perform iLASIK surgery and cataract surgery with LenSx® as outpatient procedures at our state-of-the-art surgery center in Valdosta. Pre-op and post-op visits for our patients can be scheduled at any of our locations: Tifton, Valdosta, Douglas, Moultrie, and Madison, FL.


Glaucoma: Early Diagnosis Through Optomap

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 
   

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 and in advanced stages may 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 have a higher risk of developing the disease; other risk factors include thinner corneas, chronic eye inflammation, ocular trauma and using medications that increase pressure in the eyes.

How is glaucoma diagnosed?

“Glaucoma is diagnosed through a comprehensive eye examination,” said Dr. Eric Kolisz, an optometrist with South Georgia North Florida Eye Partners.  “One test method that can reveal glaucoma in the early stage is Optomap, a vision screening tool we use at all five of our SGEP locations in Valdosta, Tifton, Douglas, Moultrie and in Madison, FL.  Simply put, Optomap’s ultra-wide field 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 such as glaucoma to life-threatening diseases such as certain cancers and other health issues.”

The unique Optomap view helps your eye care practitioner detect early signs of eye diseases without having to dilate your eyes; and of course, early detection means successful treatments can be administered reducing the risk to your sight and health.

If glaucoma is detected, treatment often includes either medications to reduce elevated intraocular pressure or in some cases, surgery.  While there is no cure for glaucoma, treatment keeping eye pressure under control is highly successful and can slow damage to the optic nerve meaning the continued loss of your visual field may slow or stop.

“Regular eye exams, particularly for people over the age of 40, can help detect eye issues, including glaucoma, early,” said Dr. Kolisz. “Of course, if you have a change in your vision between scheduled visits, it is important to schedule an appointment with an eye doctor.  So many vision issues can be corrected or the damage is lessened when treated early.”

South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners diagnoses and treats all types of glaucoma through medications and surgeries, if necessary.  Call Eye Partners today to set up an appointmentif you feel you are showing signs of glaucoma and would like to start taking control of your eye health.


Diabetic Eye: Diagnosis and Treatment

Thursday, July 12th, 2018 
   

Diabetes.  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 / North Florida 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.

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.

With offices in Valdosta, Douglas, Tifton, Moultrie and Madison, Florida, Eye Partners is equipped to perform comprehensive eye exams close to where you live.  We also perform more extensive procedures and surgeries such as cataract surgery, iLASIK and glaucoma treatment in our surgery center in Valdosta.  Call or visit us today to make an appointment.

Source:  American Academy of Ophthalmology


Summer Sunglasses Sunsation!

Thursday, June 21st, 2018 
   

June 27th is National Sunglasses Day, and we’re ready to celebrate!  Sunglasses deliver fun, style and safety, so what’s not to love?  The Optical Shops at all South Georgia / North Florida Eye Partners locations offer brands in all price ranges and styles, including these designer brands:  Tom Ford, Prada, Miu Miu, Tory Burch, Michael Kors, Versace, Costa, Revo, Persol and Tiffany.

Here’s the line up for a week of Summer Sunglasses Sunsation fun:

Win a $150 gift certificate good towards any pair of in-stock sunglasses!  To enter, take a selfie* while wearing sunglasses, post to our Facebook page between Friday, June 22nd through Thursday, June 28th and tag the photo with #SunglassSelfie.  We’ll draw one name from all entrees on Friday, June 29th! *Only one entry per person

25% OFF: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and until Friday at noon enjoy 25% off all sunglasses at all locations. Some exclusions apply; insurance plans not accepted on sale items.

BOGO Wednesday!  Buy one pair of sunglasses and purchase another pair of equal or lesser value for 50% off.  Some exclusions apply; insurance plans not accepted on sale items.

 


Physician Spotlight: Dr. Melanie Hill

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 
   

This month our doctor spotlight is on Dr. Melanie Hill.  Dr. Hill works in our Madison, Florida, office and has been a great addition to the South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners team.  Dr. Hill graduated from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee, where she met her husband, Cory.  They graduated together, and moved together to Cory’s native Florida in 2000.  They have now been married for 18 years.

Dr. Hill got her undergraduate degree at the University of Missouri and is a huge sports fan…she loves her Mizzou Tigers!  She also is an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan – as she says, “I take my baseball very seriously.”  She and her husband have two children, Reagan (13) and Cooper (8).  Dr. Hill says most of her free time is spent chasing her kids and being a “typical taxi mom” – taking their kids to ballet and baseball and back again.  The Hills also love to snow ski (they try to take a trip once a year) as well as playing their pool and grilling out.

Dr. Hill and her family are very active at Faith Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee.  She is an Elder at their church and the co-Moderator of the Children and Families Committee as well as a Sunday school teacher.

When reflecting on her adopted hometown of Madison and her team at South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners, Dr. Hill says, “I grew up in a small town, and in many ways, Madison reminds me of home.  I love that in a small town I am able to take care of generations of families.  Joining SGEP has been a huge blessing.  We have so many more resources available to us now.  Having Dr. Petermann come into the Madison office monthly saves people rom having to travel so far.”  Dr. Hill also added that “there is just a higher level of care that I am so glad can be given to the people in Madison county.”

We are proud to have you on our team, Dr. Hill.  You have added so much to our practice.


Eye Exams for the Whole Family

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018 
   

Regardless of your age or physical health, it’s important to have regular eye exams. South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners provides vision care for the entire family – toddlers to seniors.

During a complete eye exam, your eye doctor will not only determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, but will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.

A comprehensive eye exam includes a number of tests and procedures to examine and evaluate the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision. These tests range from simple ones, like having you read an eye chart, to complex tests, such as using a high-powered lens to examine the health of the tissues inside of your eyes.

Eye care experts recommend you have a complete eye exam every year to assess your risk for potentially damaging eye conditions, as well as to keep on top of any changes in vision you may be experiencing.

Children. Some experts estimate that approximately 5% to 10% of pre-schoolers and 25% of school-aged children have vision problems. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), all children should have their eyes examined at 6 months of age, at age 3 and again at the start of school. Children without vision problems or risk factors for eye or vision problems should then continue to have their eyes examined at every year throughout school.

Children with existing vision problems or risk factors should have their eyes examined more frequently. Common risk factors for vision problems include:

  • premature birth
  • developmental delays
  • turned or crossed eyes
  • family history of eye disease
  • history of eye injury
  • other physical illness or disease

The AOA recommends that children who wear eyeglasses or contact lenses should have their eyes examined at least every 12 months or according to their eye doctor’s instructions.

Adults. The AOA also recommends an annual eye exam for any adult who wears eyeglasses or contacts. If you don’t normally need vision correction, you still need an eye exam every year. Doctors often recommend more frequent examinations for adults with diabetes, high blood pressure and other disorders, because many diseases can have an impact on vision and eye health.

If you are over 40, it’s a good idea to have your eyes examined every one to two years to check for common age-related eye problems such as presbyopia, cataracts and macular degeneration. Read more about Vision after 40.

Because the risk of eye disease continues to increase with advancing age, everyone over the age of 60 should be examined annually. Read more about Vision after 60.

Call South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners today to schedule an appointment for all the members of your family.  Preventative vision care is the key to seeing well for years to come.

Source: AOA


All About Eyes – in Douglas!

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018 
   

As most of you know, South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners has five locations.  We are going to take some time in the next few months to focus on each of these offices…not only the practices themselves, but the people that make them what they are!  This month, we’re focusing on our Douglas office.  Here’s a little about what makes this location tick.

John Moore LDO-Lab manager- has been in Douglas since the building was finished in 1999. With his many years of experience he is our go-to-guy to pick out a perfect frame and lens combo to fit your needs. Eye Partners Douglas’ Optical Shop has a new and fresh frame inventory that we are very excited about: Tiffany & Co., Tory Burch, Prada, Michael Kors, Versace, Ralph Lauren, Ray Ban, & Costa Del Mar just to name a few.

When it comes to getting in to see us, scheduling an appointment is fast and easy! With five doctors servicing the Douglas location the highly trained staff is excellent at fitting your needs and personality with the right doctor for you.

From cataract surgery to routine eye exams, the Douglas office has got you covered!

Angie Culler (Office Manager), Tina Jackson (Desk Lead/Optician Apprentice), and John Moore (LDO – Lab Manager) joined the Eye Partners team with years of experience working together. You can pick up on this immediately with the jokes and personal jabs they take at each other. They want the patients to feel at ease and at home so smiles and laughter are often heard throughout the office.

Whitney Phillips and Caleb Kerman (our Ophthalmic Technicians) both began their careers at Eye Partners during their high school years. Caleb is hoping one day to become and eye doctor himself and travels here daily from the BIG CITY of Hoboken!

Come by our Douglas office today and say hello – we’d love to see you!

South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners 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. Our brand new surgery center in Valdosta is a state-of-the-art facility where our board-certified ophthalmologists can perform any number of optical procedures. 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 Eye Partners’ physicians or to find our locations and hours, click here.

(Photo: L to R: Whitney Phillips-Ophthalmic Technician, Angie Culler-Office Manager, John Moore-LDO/lab manager, Caleb Kerman-Ophthalmic technician, Tina Jackson-Desk lead/Optician Apprentice)

 


Why Eye Exams are Important – At Any Age

Tuesday, May 22nd, 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!