Posts Tagged ‘Valdosta ophthalmology’


Can You Recognize the Symptoms of “Pink Eye”

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 
   

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With school back in session, we anticipate an increasing number of patients with conjunctivitis, otherwise known as “pink eye.” South Georgia Eye Partners wants families, teachers and day care workers to be informed and learn to recognize the symptoms in order to avoid contracting the infection or spreading it to others.

Conjunctivitis, commonly referred to as “pink eye” is an inflammation or infection of the thin transparent layer of tissue that lines the inner surface of the eyelid that covers the white part of the eye. Several factors including viral or bacterial infection, allergic reaction and certain chemicals cause a person to contract conjunctivitis.  Peaslee said that most cases they’ve seen have been viral, probably an adeno virus; however, they have not asked patients to incur the cost of laboratory diagnosis since it does not change the treatment.

The bacterial and viral forms are highly contagious, especially among children; therefore, it is important that you take note if you are experiencing symptoms such as:

  • Red, very swollen, painful eyes and/or eyelids
  • Watery mucus discharge
  • Upper respiratory symptoms
  • Fever

If experiencing symptoms, first and foremost, do everything you can to avoid spreading the infection to family members, friends and co-workers.  Actions include frequent, thorough hand washing and no sharing of towels, washcloths and pillows. Additionally, it’s a good idea for the infected person not to share a sink with others. Next, individuals should seek care from an optometrist or ophthalmologist as soon as symptoms begin to manifest. Contact lenses wearers should stop wearing lenses and discard them along with cases and open bottles of solution.

Treatment for conjunctivitis depends on its cause. For the particular type of conjunctivitis South Georgia Eye Partners’ physicians see most often, an antibiotic to prevent secondary infection, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drops, anti-histamine drops, and in some cases, corticosteroid eye drops are typical treatments. In a few severe cases, patients have been placed on oral antihistaminic and oral anti-inflammatory medications.

Unfortunately, individuals are contagious before they have symptoms; therefore, it is very important to practice good hygiene to control the spreading of conjunctivitis.

  • Don’t touch or rub your eyes with your hands
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently
  • Change your towel or washcloth daily
  • Discard eye cosmetics (particularly mascara)
  • Don’t use anyone else’s eye cosmetics or personal eye care items

The worst symptoms last seven to ten days but it may take patients up to a month to completely resolve the infection. Some patients may also experience ocular sensitivity, inflammation and “dry eyes” up to three months after the infection.

South Georgia Eye Partners is dedicated to educating the public on the infection.   Additionally, strict measures are taken in the South Georgia Eye Partners offices to ensure everything is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.  Hand cleaner dispensers are placed throughout each office for patients, family members and staff to use frequently.

If not properly diagnosed and managed, complications from conjunctivitis can arise. Therefore, we recommend individuals with symptoms seek care immediately and encourage those exposed take all necessary precautions to prevent contracting the infection.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call us.


Join Us at the South Georgia Bridal Expo

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 
   

Want to see the difference on your wedding day? Then, come visit us at The South Georgia Bridal Expo on Saturday, January 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rainwater Conference Center in Valdosta. A great resource for brides and grooms-to-be, this event pulls everything together under one roof – from wedding attire and cakes to venue information, photographers, and even eye care specialists (that’s us!).

Since South Georgia Eye Partners knows you want to look – and see – your best on the big day, we’ll be on hand to provide information on iLASIK, contact lenses, Obagi skin care products, designer eyewear and more.

But that’s not all!  Attendees can stop by our booth and register to win a honeymoon survival basket that includes:

  • His & hers eye exam
  • Obagi Sun Fader
  • Obagi Sunscreen
  • Costa t-shirts
  • Koozies
  • South Georgia Eye Partners t-shirts
  • …and more!

Admission is $7 at the door.

Can’t make it to the event? View photos of our Optical Shop or click to learn more about iLASIK and Obagi. Also, see our ad in the  Bridal Magazine to receive $300 off an iLASIK procedure.*

*Must present ad to redeem discount. Limit one per person. Offer good for $150 off each eye. Expires May 31, 2013. Other restrictions may apply. Contact us to learn more or schedule a consultation. 


I SURVIVED ILASIK!

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 
   

 Well, after 8 years of living, breathing and preaching Lasik, I finally experienced the procedure for myself!  Why did I wait so long you ask?  It’s kind of like the woman who’s husband is a builder yet she lives in shanty town.  I’ve seen my best friend, my husband and countless others lay under that machine, but it just never occurred to me that I should do it.  Don’t get me wrong, I was not tied to my glasses, I could fake it. However, my tricks eventually began to wear thin when patients started to notice that the woman selling them Lasik was holding the paper two feet from her face and holding her eye lids just as high as they would possibly stretch.  I agree, it was not a pretty sight! So on June 28, 2011, I became another truly satisfied patient.
Before it all began that day I was so excited!  I was telling everyone I was going to do it. Ilasik is great and ilasik is for me! I must admit though, when everything went quiet, it was like someone slapped me across the face and said WHAT WERE YOU THINKING? ARE YOU CRAZY?  I must admit it was a bit scary lying beneath that machine,  but when I heard a firm voice saying it was too late to back out, I immediately relaxed and proceeded to travel to my happy place.  I began to calm  and remember just exactly WHO was working on my eyes. It was the man I have called boss for 8 years, the man I would trust with my mom, the man I would trust with my child – Dr. Scott Petermann.
While visiting my happy place, from time to time I would here a word of encouragement and see a few flashing lights. Not once did I feel pain. When all was said and done and my vision cleared, I saw our head technician, Victoria holding out her hands to me.  I sat up in amazement!  I could see!
I was then led to an exam room where after being checked by the doctor, I was handed my bag of drops and out the door I went.  I went home, ordered take out, milked every ounce of sympathy out of my husband, then headed off to la la land as instructed.  I awoke the next morning to a whole new world!  Sure it was still a bit hazy, sure my eyes are a little red, sure people run screaming from me due to lack of eye makeup, but I CAN SEE! I can read! I can text! I can Facebook!  All without stretching my arms out and hiking my top lids over my eyebrows!
So, if you have questions about iLASIK, just call me, Karen Canada. I have the brochures, photos and all the info you will ever need.  I can even help you find your happy place!


Accepting Chase Health Advance for iLASIK Procedures

Friday, April 22nd, 2011 
   

In addition to using Chase Health Advance for eyewear in our Optical Shop, you can now choose to use this financing option for the new iLASIK procedure.  Patients are very happy with the surgery results and have commented it’s nice to wake up with no glasses or contacts.

Call to schedule a free consult to learn more! Seeing 20/20 just got better.


Get Great Results with iLASIK

Friday, April 22nd, 2011 
   

Dr. Petermann is now performing iLASIK with great results! If you’re considering LASIK, schedule a consult today and let us tell you about the great benefits of this new procedure.


What’s Brand New

Friday, April 15th, 2011 
   

What’s brand new at South Georgia Eye Partners?

We are so excited at South Georgia Eye Partners since we recently added frame and sunglass lines to include the following:

BCBG MAXAZARIA, COLE HAAN, ED HARDY, ADRIENNE VITTADINI, SILHOUETTE, COACH, FLOAT MILAN, HELIUM PARIS, WILEY X AND  RAY BAN

Our knowledgeable and friendly Opticians under the supervision of Shirley Enfinger, LDO, will be glad to spend time with you finding the right eyewear for your lifestyle and visual needs.

South Georgia Eye Partners staff of doctors consist of  Dr. Scott Petermann, Dr. Alan Peaslee, Dr. Eric Kolisz and Dr. Henry Brewer. With their Ophthalmology and Optometry expertise you are guaranteed a thorough and precise eye exam with the best results possible.

The best eye exam coupled with the latest trends in eyewear will excite you as much as it excites us at South Georgia Eye Partners!

We look forward to seeing you!

Shirley Enfinger, LDO


“Taking a snooze”

Friday, February 25th, 2011 
   

We all have heard alot about snoring and sleep apnea recently.  While reading a professional eye care journal I saw an article about sleep apnea.  As an avid chainsaw snorer, it caught my attention.  Little did I know that sleep apnea may contribute to eye problems.  Recently a group of doctors examined whether sleep apnea may be associated with retinal vein occlusions.  Retinal vein occlusions are a relatively common cause of vision loss that involves a vein in the back of the eye becoming blocked.  The authors findings suggest that sleep apnea may be a risk factor for vein occlusions.  Just one more reason to get that snoring checked out!

Scott Petermann M.D.


Brand new lines of sunglasses…including Coach!

Friday, February 25th, 2011 
   

Come check out all of our new brands in our optical shop. We now have new lines of Vera Bradley, Vera Wang, Silhouette, Kensie, Wildflower, Calvin Klein, Oakley, and Costa.

It is also a great time to make an appointment and check out our great deals on iLasik and all of our other lasik options. Lasik and data recovery houston blocks are replicated across several data nodes, so the failure of one server may not necessarily corrupt a file. a great pair of sunglasses make the perfect match. Once you have lasik you would need to have a great protective pair of sunglasses.

Some of our sunglasses lines include Oakley, Costa, Vera Bradley, Vera Wang and our brand NEW line of Coach in our Tifton location.

We would be happy to answer and help you with any questions you may have. So come check out all of our great deals at South Georgia Eye Partners.

Whitney


Come See Us This Saturday!

Thursday, February 24th, 2011 
   

If you’re considering LASIK, now’s the time. Come see us Saturday, February 26 at the first annual Valdosta Women’s Health & Wellness Expo to learn more about LASIK, including iLASIK, the latest in laser vision correction technology. Also register to win great giveaways including $1,000 off CustomVue LASIK, $500 off iLASIK or a chic pair of women’s Fendi sunglasses. We hope to see you there!


Preparing for an Eye Exam

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 
   

An eye exam is not like a shopping trip to the grocery store.  It is a medical exam to see if your eyes are healthy and if necessary, to get glasses for a visual deficiency.  Being prepared for your eye exam will make the experience more pleasant.  The first step is to make an appointment with your eye doctor.  Have your name, phone number, address and insurance information available.  On the day of your appointment, try to be a few minutes early as there may be health forms that need updating.  Please take your insurance information and all of your medications with you.

We are a medical practice with four doctors and they see surgery patients as well as emergencies.  Some patients are coming in for testing only or to pick up glasses or contact lenses.  Every patient’s insurance has to be verified by their insurance company the day of service.  Please keep all these things in mind when patients are not called in the order in which they sign in.

During your exam, the doctor will check the health of your eyes.  This sometimes requires dilation of the pupils to allow him to view the retina.  The effects of dilation are blurred reading vision for a few hours afterward and large pupils which could last up to a day depending on the patient.  If you are dilated, disposable sunglasses are provided. We will test for glasses if necessary and there are other tests that may be ordered by the doctor if he sees a problem.  We perform a thorough exam.

At the end of the exam, the doctor will explain his findings and recommendations.  Our doctors treat and specialize in a variety of eye problems and recommend a yearly exam.  We have clinics in Tifton and Valdosta for your convenience, so call us for your yearly eye appointment!