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Optomap® Benefits and Features: Take a Closer Look

Thursday, August 1st, 2019 
   

If you have ever taken a panoramic photo of a beautiful sunset which was much wider than what a normal-sized photo could capture, well, on a much smaller scale, you essentially see just what we see when we use Optomap® retinal imaging technology and view your retina. With traditional retinal imaging, only 10-100° of the retina can be captured with a single image. Optomap is an ultra-wide field retinal image that captures 82% or 200° of the retina. The technology of Optomap allows the physicians at South Georgia /North Florida Eye Partners to see more of their patients’ retinas, which allows them better and earlier insight into eye health concerns.

Benefits of Optomap:

  • Early detection of eye issues or diseases, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal detachment, and others can be detected, along with overall eye health. 
  • Early detection of non-vision related health concerns might also be identified, including cancer, stroke and cardiovascular disease.
  • The majority of people do not need dilation. 
  • Instantaneous image is available for interpretation.

This technology allows our team to take preventative measures against eye issues, diagnose problems, and thoroughly educate patients about their vision health concerns as well as detect significant vision issues much earlier. 

Eye Partners’ team of ophthalmologists diagnose and treat diseases of the eye including macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, retinopathy, conjunctivitis (pink eye), dry eyes and other medical concerns with Optomap technology. Comprehensive eye exams by our full-time, board-certified optometrists Dr. Eric Kolisz, Dr. Melanie Hill, Dr. Jodie Norman, Dr. Lauren Rowe, and Dr. Valerie Ferrell are available in our Valdosta, Tifton, Moultrie and Douglas, Georgia offices as well as our Madison, Florida office. 

If it has been a while since your last eye exam, contact Eye Partners today to schedule your eye exam and ask about Optomap! 


Educator LASIK Special – $400 Off*!

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 
   

Introducing our Educator LASIK Special! Celebrate Summer with $400 off LASIK*. This fun summer special is for anyone who works in a school system, college, or technical college. Just schedule your surgery in June or July; call for your free consultation today at Eye Partners location nearest you.

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 per eye/ Valid school ID required


Eye Care for the Entire Family

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 
   

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


Give the Gift of Costa this Mother’s Day!

Friday, May 3rd, 2019 
   

We can think of few better gifts than a brand new pair of designer sunglasses – and Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Give the gift of style to the one that inspires your life on the water… give the gift of Costa del Mar!   South Georgia/ North Florida Eye Partners has Optical Shops in Valdosta, Tifton, Douglas, Moultrie and Madison, Florida.

All optical shop locations have a huge sunglass wall full of the latest nonprescription sunglasses for your eye protection and eye health.  Our shops carry many brand names as well as basic frames – something for every budget.  Some name brands we carry in addition to Costa del Mar are:  Tom Ford, Persol, Prada, Tiffany & Co., Tory Burch, Coach, Miu Miu, Versace, Ray Ban, Oakley, Jimmy Choo, Moncler, Silhouette, Tommy Hilfiger, Brooks Brothers, BCBG, and many others.

We’d love to help you find that perfect Mother’s Day gift!  Come on in today – see you there!


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