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Location Spotlight: Moultrie Office

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 
   

This month we’re focusing on the newest of our South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners locations, our Moultrie office!  The Moultrie-based office joined Eye Partners in 2017 with the addition of Dr. Ricky Rowe and Dr. Lauren Rowe, a father-daughter optometry team.

Dr. Ricky Rowe graduated from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee, and specializes in family practice, anterior segment disease and sports vision.  Dr. Lauren Rowe, an honors graduate of The New England College of Optometry in Boston, Massachusetts, specializes in the treatment and management of ocular diseases, including age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts.

The Moultrie office of South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners is located in the former Rowe EyeCare location at 115 5th Street, SE in Moultrie; call  (229) 890-8016 for appointments.

South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners specializes in iLASIK and laser-assisted cataract surgery, premium lens implants, glaucoma diagnosis and treatment, comprehensive eye exams for adults and children, and the treatment of many other ocular diseases and concerns including dry eye and macular degeneration.

To make an appointment with one of Eye Partners’ physicians or to find our locations and hours, click here.


Why are Annual Eye Exams So Important?

Wednesday, January 23rd, 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


January is National Eye Care Month – Start the New Year Off With an Eye Exam

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019 
   
iStock_000022374690XSmallWith January being the start of a new year – and also being named National Eye Care Month – this is the perfect time to start taking care of your eyes or keep up that important annual regimen of making appointments for eye exams and protecting your future vision.
 
You should always schedule an eye exam for you and your loved ones once each year.  Here are a few reasons why taking the time to get your eyes checked annually is so important:
 
  • Early Detection – So much can happen in a year.  By having an eye exam once a year, you are giving one of our ophthalmologists or optometrists the opportunity to detect any possible problems early on in their development.  Addressing any issues – such as glaucoma, cataracts, the need for LASIK surgery or even a dry eye condition – before they progress and become more severe is always a good idea.  Early treatment can minimize damage to your eyes and vision.
  • Protecting Your Future Vision – Even if you have 20/20 vision, having an eye exam once a year will help you save your vision for the future.  Many people lose their vision so gradually that it’s hard to notice the effects – seeing your eye doctor so that they can help correct that vision loss early will protect your vision for years to come.
  • Update your eyeglass prescription… or just your look!  Maybe you already have glasses… how long has it been since an eye doctor has checked to see if your prescription matches your current vision needs? If you’re like most people, probably too long.  And, like most people, if an update is needed, you’ll be surprised at the difference it can make.  Or, maybe you just want fresh, updated look with new frames… we love helping people select just the right look for your face and personality – and we have lots of great choices,  from designer frames to budget conscious options.  Check out out optical shops today! 
  • Make your appointment today!   Call any of South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners’ offices today to make your appointment and keep those eyes and your vision healthy in the new year!
South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners – with locations in Valdosta, Tifton, Moultrie, Douglas & Masdison, 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 Optical Shops 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.

Visit our Optical Shops for the perfect stocking stuffers!

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 
   

We can think of few better stocking stuffers than a brand new pair of designer sunglasses – and we have just the place for all you Santas out there to find them!  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 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, Costa del Mar and many others.

We’d love to help you finish up that Christmas list!  Come on in today – see you there!


Dr. Jodie Norman to Begin Seeing Patients in Valdosta December 3rd

Friday, November 16th, 2018 
   

We are excited to announce Dr. Jodie Norman, one of South Georgia/ North Florida’s outstanding optometrists, will begin seeing patients again in Valdosta starting December 3rd.

Dr. Norman holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Valdosta State University and graduated from the University of Alabama School of Optometry.  In addition to adult and pediatric eye exams, she specializes in Dry Eye Syndrome and has expertise in contact lenses with a focus on scleral lenses. She and her husband, Matt, have two boys – Gus (4) and Mac (2).

Click here to watch a video of Dr. Norman and learn about her unique approach to optometry.  She truly has a love for her work and a commitment to becoming a part of her patients’ lives.

South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners is proud to have Dr. Norman as part of our amazing team – call now to make an appointment!


iLASIK Surgery – “It changed everything.”

Monday, October 29th, 2018 
   

 Imagine no longer needing your contacts or glasses.  Wouldn’t that change your life?  It certainly changed Michael Wise’s.  South Georgia / North Florida Eye Partners offers the latest iLASIK technology, and our physicians are top-notch. Michael’s experience is a great example of how this incredible surgery can literally change everything.

Before iLASIK surgery, Michael couldn’t even distinguish facial features without his glasses or contacts.  As a video director and editor, this was a real hindrance on his day-to-day job.  As he puts it, “before iLASIK, my vision was pretty bad.”  Watch his video below to see how iLASIK made such a difference.

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, Dr. Wes Ross and Dr. Garrett Webster with Eye Partners perform iLASIK surgery in our Valdosta location at our state-of-the-art surgery center (which has all the bells and whistles – 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.  For patients who aren’t candidates for iLASIK, we offer PRK.  Call us to make an appointment – this could be your moment!


SGNF’s Low Vision Clinic – Here to Help

Monday, October 15th, 2018 
   

Low vision is a loss of eyesight that makes everyday tasks such as reading, writing, watching TV, driving a car or recognizing faces, difficult to accomplish. Therefore, when vision cannot be improved with regular eyeglasses, medicine or surgery, people with low vision need help learning how to make the most of their remaining sight and keep their independence.

Low vision can be caused from eye diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and retinitis pigmentosa. Other sources include eye injuries, cancer of the eye, albinism or a brain injury. Normal aging of the eye does not lead to low vision; therefore, it is important to have regular medical eye exams by an ophthalmologist to diagnose eye diseases, treat those that can be helped, and start the process of vision rehabilitation for people with low vision.

At South Georgia/ North Florida Eye Partners, we host a Low Vision Clinic to assist those in our community with vision problems at little to no cost.  Our goal is to help patients maximize their remaining vision and maintain an independent quality of life through access to numerous tools, techniques and resources including low vision aids and low vision rehabilitation services.

Some examples of low vision aids include:

  • Making things brighter through improving lighting, reducing glare and increasing contrast.
  • Making things bigger by sitting closer to the TV or purchasing low vision magnifiers. Using large-print checks, playing cards, crosswords, TV remotes and books are also recommended.
  • Using electronic books, e-readers or audio books instead of printed books. Talking watches, clocks, calculators, glucometers and computers are also helpful.
  • Organizing your home and labeling things clearly.

If you have questions concerning low vision assessment, access to low vision aids or low vision rehabilitation, contact us to set up a consultation today.

 

Source: GetEyeSmart.org, eye health information from the American Academy of Ophthalmology


Office Closures Notice – October 11th & 12th

Thursday, October 11th, 2018 
   

Office Closures: The following offices are closed today, Thursday, October 11th: Moultrie, Tifton & Douglas. Valdosta and Madison offices are open today and seeing patients.
All South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners offices are closed tomorrow, Friday, October 12th for a customer service training day.
Our thoughts and prayers are will all of our patients and staff as we start the storm clean up.


Why Eye Exams are Important – At Any Age

Thursday, October 4th, 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!


Kids’ Eye Exams: More Important Than You Might Think!

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 
   

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 /North Florida Eye Partners performs thorough children’s eye exams at all five locations.  Make an appointment for your kids’ eye exams today!