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Feature Story Friday: Dr. Wes Ross

Friday, April 12th, 2019 
   

It’s that time again – time for another Feature Story Friday!  This time we’re learning more about Dr. Wes Ross.  Dr. Ross is a Tifton native, and he and his wife, Shannon, have three children – Jay, Eli and June.

After graduating from Valdosta State University, Dr. Ross got a job filing charts with Dr. Scott Petermann.  Up until that point, Ross didn’t have that much of an interest in ophthalmology, but after being in that environment and seeing the difference that optometrists and ophthalmologists made in patients’ lives, he had a change of heart.  Dr. Ross is now an accomplished ophthalmologist with South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners and specializes in comprehensive ophthalmology with an emphasis in cataract and refractive surgery.  Dr. Ross performs LASIK surgery as well.

“So much in medicine can be about the quantity of life, but what we get to do is improve QUALITY of life,” says Dr. Ross. And speaking of quality of life, in his spare time, Ross builds furniture and is a grill master – smoking meats and making his own rubs.  Click here to see a video of Dr. Ross speaking about his journey to becoming an ophthalmologist (along with videos of our other doctors as well!).

South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners has three board-certified ophthalmologists and five board-certified optometrists.  Our physicians are trained in scheduled eye exams as well as in the diagnosis and treatment of dry eye syndrome, glaucoma, and many other optical issues.  We also perform LASIK surgery, laser-assisted cataract surgery and many other vision procedures at our state-of-the-art surgery center in Valdosta.  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.


Looking to Spend Your Tax Refund? Combine with our LASIK Special for a Great Deal!

Friday, March 15th, 2019 
   

With our $400* off LASIK Special you can stretch your tax refund even further! Schedule your procedure by May 1 to receive the Tax Refund Discount!

Ready to get started? Click HERE to fill out our LASIK form!

For people who have refractive errors, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, LASIK surgery could be the solution.  The latest in laservision correction technology, LASIK (laster-assisted in situ keratomileusis), uses a laser to cut the corneal flap instead of a traditional blade.

Dr. Scott Petermann, Dr. Wes Ross and Dr. Garrett Webster with Eye Partners perform LASIK surgery in our Valdosta location at our state-of-the-art surgery center (which has all the bells and whistles including our very own laser – we invite you to call to set up a tour!).  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. Call us to make an appointment – this could be your moment!

* $200 off each eye


Help for Dry Eye Syndrome Close to Home!

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 
   

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, Eye Partners has five 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. 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 SGNF’s physicians or to find our locations and hours, click here.


Understanding the ORA System with VerifEYE+ Technology

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 
   

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.

Our ORA System with VerifEye+ Technology, is an advanced technology addition that assists physicians during cataract surgery by allowing them to obtain real-time, precise measurements of the eye during the actual procedure.  While measurements have always been, and still are, taken before cataract surgery, the exactness and verification this tool delivers in the surgery suite, immediately prior to the procedure, gives valuable data to the surgeon.

“Being able to perform the types of surgeries that we do for our patients in a state-of-the art facility and a in 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.”

Benefits of the ORA System include:

  • Delivers exactness and verification in the actual surgery suite just prior to the procedure
  • Provides a continuous assessment of a patient’s eye throughout the entire procedure, giving precise measurements to the surgeon.

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 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.


JoAnne Lewis: Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery Gave Her New Vision

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 
   

If you are considering cataract surgery, you should read this article (and click “Read more”) to learn about another of our amazing patients, JoAnne Lewis – through her own words and video – and how Laser-Assisted Cataract surgery changed not only her vision but her quality of life.

In JoAnne’s words, she says this surgery “…is the greatest thing I ever did for myself!”  Traveling the world is JoAnne’s passion – now she can see everything 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.

“The future holds so much,” says JoAnne. “And I’m glad I’ll be able to see it all so clearly.”

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.


Glaucoma – What You Need to Know

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 
   

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Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in adults over 60; however, it can occur as early as your 40’s. Since glaucoma normally progresses slowly with little or no warning signs before permanent damage has occurred, it is very important to schedule yearly eye exams to check for glaucoma and other eye health issues.

What is glaucoma?

In a healthy eye, clear fluid is constantly being made behind the iris and leaving the eye through a microscopic drainage canal in the front of the eye. If this drainage channel becomes blocked, the pressure inside the eye goes up and often causes glaucoma damage to the optic nerve. This is the nerve that connects the eye to the brain so damage to it causes loss of vision.

Who is at risk?

While the causes of glaucoma are not completely known, we do know that risk factors for its development include a family history of glaucoma, race and older age. Glaucoma may affect people of any age from newborns to the elderly but is more common in adults as they approach their senior years. African-Americans, Hispanics and people with diabetes are also at increased risk of developing the disease.

To learn more about glaucoma, it’s diagnosis and treatment, contact us today!

*Source: geteyesmart.org


Eye Partners Offices Participate in Giving Tuesday

Friday, December 7th, 2018 
   

South Georgia/ North Florida first wants to begin by saying how proud we are of each of our offices for embracing #givingtuesday! We hope to make this part of our annual tradition at SGNF Eye Partners during the holiday season moving forward. Each office has been so proactive in this project and has given back in such BIG ways!

The Tifton office donated to the Tifton Rehabilitation Center items such as blankets, grip socks, games, and books. Staff will be offering up their cosmetology skills, while others will clean glasses and adjust frames, all spending quality time with the residents/patients.

Our Moultrie office donated food to the oncology department at Tift Regional for those patients and their families. Thanks ladies for your golden hearts!

Madison is collecting canned food items for donation to Dr. Hill’s church in Tallahassee, FL. Thank you Madison for your support and giving hearts.

Valdosta collected hygiene products and put together individual gift bags filled with toothpaste, toothbrushes, germx, deodorant, and bottled water to donate to Project Rescue Outreach Ministries who will use these gift bags as they help out the homeless here in Valdosta. Valdosta is also hosting a special clinic Friday afternoon for the women and children of The Haven battered women’s shelter. Proud of you Valdosta for the effort and time you’re donating in giving back to your community in such a meaningful way!

Last, but certainly not least, Douglas has also been busy with their #givingtuesday initiative. They spent time with the residents of Vista Park assisted living home, placed American Flags in downtown Douglas as part of the Lion’s Club initiative honoring and saluting our veterans, and lastly – donating time ringing the salvation army bell.

Our Eye Partners offices continue to be such a shining light in our communities!


Dr. Wes Ross Joins Mission Trip to Honduras

Monday, November 12th, 2018 
   

This September, South Georgia/ North Florida Ophthalmologist Dr. Wes Ross traveled to Honduras with a mission group to conduct medical clinics and volunteer construction in several rural villages.  The group is called IC13; they’re based in Nashville, TN and they make a few trips a year to hold these clinics and help with infrastructure.

Dr. Ross and his wife, Shannon – a registered nurse – joined the group that included two ER doctors, a cardiologist, dentists, nurses and technicians.  The two worked in 4 villages over 4 days – each day riding 1-2 hours into some mountainous regions to get there.

“Generally around 700 people came to each clinic each day for medical exams, medicines, dental procedures, and we say over 100-150 people in the eye clinic each day,” recalls Dr. Ross.

The clinics took place in open-air school buildings in the center of the villages, and most of the work that Dr. Ross was involved in was determining which glasses (of the over 500 pairs of prescriptions glasses donated and several hundred pairs of over-the-counter reader glasses) would help the person the most and matching a pair of donated glasses to them.

Dr. Ross said that there were a few people that had issues requiring surgery, and the IC13 organization was able to pay for them to go to the ophthalmology clinic at the nearest city to be treated.

“We found lots of cataracts, some glaucoma, a few congenital issues, and a retinal detachment that we were able to refer,” says Dr. Ross. “Shannon has helped me run our eye clinics on our previous trips to Uganda, so we were able to really run things efficiently together.”

Our Eye Partners family is so proud to have Dr. Ross as a part of our team – he truly gives back in every way.

 


Our Optometrists: The Heart of Our Practice

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 
   

Here at South Georgia/ North Florida Eye Partners, our optometrists are at the heart of our practice…and their expertise and compassion shine through with each and every patient.  We are lucky to have a team of eye doctors that not only work together, but work with YOU to make a difference in how you see the world.

Our optometrists at Eye Partners include: Dr. Eric Kolisz, Dr. Valerie Ferrell, Dr. Lauren Rowe, Dr. Melanie Hill and Dr. Jodie Norman.  With five board-certified eye doctors (not including our three highly skilled ophthalmologists), and our team of eye care specialists, we are more than equipped to handle all of your vision needs.

Our optometrists not only perform the standard eye exams used to diagnose and treat many vision issues, they also use the latest in technology (such as Optomap imaging) and are trained to treat pediatric patients, patients with glaucoma, run the Low Vision Clinic and much much more.

Above all, Eye Partners optometrists build relationships with our patients.  The better we know you, and the more comfortable you are with us, the better we can help you see the world in a whole new light.  Click here to learn more about our team and call us for an appointment today!


Dr. Valerie Ferrell’s Story: “My own child was on the verge of a major vision issue.”

Thursday, August 30th, 2018 
   

No one is immune to vision issues, including medical professionals, as our optometrist Dr. Valerie Ferrell of South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners recently discovered.

Dr. Ferrell’s daughter, Savannah, who is four years old, had the required vision screening and health exam this summer to enter Pre-K.  With no previous concerns about Savannah’s vision, Dr. Ferrell wasn’t surprised when she passed the screening at her pediatrician’s office.  Savannah often pointed out birds and airplanes and could see the television with no problem – her exact words to her mom had always been, “I see fine, Mommy.”  But during the screening, Dr. Ferrell did notice Savannah squinting slightly to see the chart.  And, the test also showed one eye could see a little better than the other, not an uncommon occurrence.

However, because of these small clues, Dr. Ferrell decided to investigate further and give Savannah a complete eye exam.  To “Dr. Mom’s” surprise, she found Savannah has an extremely high amount of astigmatism, something unlikely to be discovered in a standard vision exam at a pediatrician’s office.  In fact, Dr. Ferrell discovered that Savannah’s astigmatism is high enough to cause refractive amblyopia, a condition that prevents the vision from developing normally, in both eyes.  Thankfully, the condition can be prevented if caught early, typically before age six, and glasses are prescribed.

Dr. Ferrell prescribed Savannah glasses, and John Moore the lead optician at Eye Partners, recommended the Miraflex frames designed for small children since they are extra durable and easy to keep on because of a comfortable strap.   Savannah got two pairs (a back up pair is essential for small children!) and was even able to get them in her favorite color…purple!

Savannah loves the way she looks in her glasses and she says, “everything looks bigger now!”  They’re so comfortable she even falls asleep wearing them sometimes.  And after a few weeks of wearing the glasses, Dr. Ferrell performed a recheck, and Savannah’s vision is now 20/20!

Our team at Eye Partners hopes Savannah and Dr. Ferrell’s story to be a cautionary tale to parents of young children.  In Dr. Ferrell’s words, “I urge all parents to get their children’s eyes checked via a complete eye exam with an eye doctor around age 3 or 4 – or sooner if a problem is noticed before then.  All of the doctors at South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners are trained in prescribing glasses and providing routine care for pediatric patients.”

If you would like to schedule an eye exam for your little one, please call South Georgia / North Florida Eye Partners today.  With five locations including Valdosta, Tifton, Douglas, Moultrie, and Madison, FL, you are sure to find an office near you.  Hope to see you soon!