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Blue Light Risks: Should You Be Limiting Screen Time?

Thursday, August 15th, 2019 
   
Dangers of Too Much Screen Time

How much time do you or your kids spend in front of a digital screen? We ask this because recent studies* show 60% of people are in front of a digital device for at least 6 hours a day.

Interesting enough, blue light isn’t only produced by digital devices – the sun produces blue light, too! Our bodies actually use this natural blue light to regulate our sleeping patterns, which is known as our circadian rhythm. Exposing our eyes to excessive artificial blue light tends to disrupt our circadian rhythm.

Devices which expose us to harmful artificial blue light include:

  • cell phones
  • computers
  • tablets
  • flat-screen televisions

Because these devices are used so much these days and are increasing in popularity, we are gradually being exposed to more and more sources of blue light and for longer periods of time. Our eyes do not have sufficient protection against blue light rays from the sun, let alone the blue light radiating from these devices. Prolonged exposure to blue light could cause retinal damage and contribute to age-related macular degeneration, which can lead to loss of vision. Other risks of blue light are:

  • Digital Eyestrain Syndrome: blurry vision, difficulty focusing, headaches, dry and irritated eyes, and neck and back pain
  • Greater risk of cancers

Contact us today to learn how you can prevent the damaging effects of blue light and schedule your child’s appointment. Visit this link to find contact information for your local South Georgia / North Florida Eye Partners location: https://southgeorgiaeye.com/contact-south-georgia-eye-partners/

Eye Partners provide the expertise, experience, and technology to our patients in South Georgia and North Florida. Comprehensive eye exams by our board-certified optometrists including Dr. Eric Kolisz, Dr. Melanie Hill, Dr. Jodie Norman, Dr. Lauren Rowe, and Dr. Valerie Ferrell in our Valdosta, Tifton, Moultrie and Douglas, Georgia offices as well as our Madison, Florida office.

 *Additional source: Blue Light Exposed, bluelightexposed.com


The Importance of Back to School Eye Exams & Our Own Dr. Valerie Ferrell’s Story

Sunday, July 21st, 2019 
   

With the start of the school year approaching, parents are busy buying school supplies, new shoes and clothes, finishing up summer reading, etc.  But please don’t forget about back to school eye exams. 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 five years old, had the required vision screening and health exam last 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!


Announcing 25% off Military Discount

Monday, July 1st, 2019 
   

South Georgia / North Florida Eye Partners is pleased to honor the community who has dedicated its life to serving our country. This military discount will go into effect July 1st, 2019 and applies to veterans, reserve and active duty members ONLY*.

Eye Partners looks forward to giving back to those who sacrifice everyday. Below are the details of the discount, but please feel free to call us with any questions or to make an appointment. And be sure to swing by our Optical Shops to take advantage of your discount on frames!

Discount Amount: 

  • 25% OFF Ophthalmic and Plano sun. 
  • 20% OFF annual contact lens order. 
  • 2nd pair sale – 25% off of first pair ONLY. 

Exclusions: 

  • Discounted frames. 
  • Multiple promotions cannot be applied on a single purchase. 
  • Cannot be used with insurance. 

*This discount does not extend to family members. A valid military ID must be present at the time of purchase to receive the discount. This discount cannot be used with insurance nor with the 2nd PAIR SALE – 25% off only on the first pair 


Importance of Sunglasses: Six Things to Consider

Thursday, June 27th, 2019 
   

Whether you are on the road or on the water, everyone knows sunglasses make it easier to see on a sunny day. Not only are sunglasses another fun accessory to express your style, they are a great defense against ultraviolet (UV) rays which can really damage your eyes, both short-term and long-term. When purchasing your next pair, there is more to consider than just the shape and style of the frames! Here are six tips to keep in mind:

  • Accept nothing but 100%!The most important thing to look for is the sticker on the frame (or bullet point in the description – if purchasing online) indicating the pair of sunnies block 100% of UV rays.
  • Bigger is best!The more coverage from sunglasses, the less damage caused to the eyes. Oversized glasses or a wraparound-style cut down on the UV rays entering the eye from the side.
  • Just because the lenses are darker, doesn’t mean they are more protective.While darker lenses may look cooler, they do not necessarily block more UV rays. 
  • The color of the lens doesn’t matter.These days, the lens of sunglasses come in a variety of colors. 
  • Polarized lenses cut glare, not UV rays.A common misconception is that polarized lenses protect your eyes from the sun. This is half-way true. Polarization reduces the glare coming off reflective surfaces like water or pavement. However, it does not offer more protection from the sun. 
  • More expensive, doesn’t always mean better. In order to do their job, your sunglasses don’t have to break the bank. Less expensive pairs marked as 100% UV-blocking are just as protective as the pricier ones. 

Remember to enter our Contest Giveaway!

Ready to win a new pair of Costa Del Mar shades? Enter our #SunglassSelfie contest! Just take a selfie in any sunglasses, post to our Facebook or tag us on Instagram for your chance to win a new pair of sunglasses! One winner will be pulled from all entrants on Friday, June 28th.

Not a social media user?

No worries! Instead of posting a selfie, you can enter the contest by visiting one of our locations and filling out a form at the sign-in counter. Good luck!


Sunglass Selfie Contest!

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 
   

Win a new pair of shades! Sunglasses offer way more benefits than accessorizing your outfit of the day! The right pair of sunnies can protect your eyes from the harsh ultraviolet rays of the sun. Because sunglasses are so important and also because June 27this National Sunglasses Day – we are giving you the chance to win a pair! Ready to win a new pair of Costa Del Mar sunglasses? Enter our #SunglassSelfie contest! 

  1. Take a selfie in any sunglasses.
  2. Post your selfie to our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram for your chance to win a new pair of sunglasses! Include #SunglassSelfie in the caption. 

One winner will be drawn from all entrants on Friday, June 28th.

Not a social media user?

If Facebook and Instagram aren’t for you – don’t worry, you can still enter! We have forms to fill out at out sign-in counters at all of our locations! Just drop by, complete the form, and you are entered! 


Military LASIK Special!

Monday, June 10th, 2019 
   

Introducing our Military LASIK Special! Celebrate Summer with $400 off LASIK*. This fun summer special is for anyone who is active military or a veteran. Just schedule your surgery by September 1st; call for your free consultation today at the 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 Military ID required/ Family Members Not Valid


Our Optical Shops: Frames for All!

Monday, June 10th, 2019 
   

Is it time for some new frames?  South Georgia/ North Florida Eye Partners has Optical Shops in Valdosta, Tifton, Douglas, Moultrie and Madison, Florida, that carry tons of frames as well as designer sunglasses for your outdoor activities. And with our in-house lab, we can get your lenses fitted in the frames of your choice in no-time. In fact, in most cases there’s only a one-day turnaround!

All optical shop locations have a huge wall full of the latest designer frames as well as 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.

Come on in today – we have something for everyone. See you there!


Expert Cataract Care

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 
   

South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners is committed to keeping our patients educated about early detection, treatment and available corrective surgeries.  Most people over 65 have some degree of cataract development.  A cataract is the gradual clouding of the natural lens that is inside your eye.  In order for the eye to work properly, it needs a clear lens to focus light on the retina.   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.  

Eye Partners’ own Dr. Scott Petermann, Dr. Wes Ross & Dr. Garrett Webster perform LenSx® – a blade-free, laser-assisted cataract surgery as well as traditional cataract surgery in our new state-of-the-art surgery center in Valdosta.   This new 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 incision and fragmenting the clouded lens with LenSx®, the surgeon creates a precise opening for the new lens to be optimally positioned.  

You can watch our patient videos here – hear the stories from actual Eye Partners patients who went through the laster-assisted cataract surgery.   Eye Partners performs cataract surgery with LenSx® as an outpatient procedure at our surgery center in Valdosta.  Pre-op and post-op visits for Eye Partners patients can be scheduled in Valdosta, Tifton, Moultrie and Douglas.  Our South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners patients can schedule their visits at our Madison, FL location.  

South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners – with locations in Valdosta, Tifton, Moultrie, Douglas & Madison, FL – specializes in LASIK and cataract surgery with premium lens implants, glaucoma diagnosis and treatment, comprehensive eye exams for the whole family 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 Eye Partners’ physicians or find our locations and hours, click here


State-of-the-Art Surgery Center: Convenient and Close

Sunday, April 28th, 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 LASIK 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, perform LASIK 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. Call us today to learn more!


Why Wait? Our Optical Shop Can Have you In New Frames in No Time!

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 
   

Have you noticed?? That sun is shining, and it’s time to break out the shades!  South Georgia/ North Florida Eye Partners has Optical Shops in Valdosta, Tifton, Douglas, Moultrie and Madison, Florida, that carry tons of designer sunglasses as well as frames for your everyday glasses. And with our in-house lab, we can get your lenses fitted in the frames of your choice in no-time. In fact, in most cases there’s only a one-day turnaround!

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 get sunshine-ready!  Come on in today – see you there!