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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! 


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!


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!


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!


Optomap: Seeing the Future with Early Detection

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 
   

What is optomap? Simply put, an optomap ultra-widefield retinal image is a unique technology that captures more than 80% of your retina in one panoramic photo which can help with early detection of everything from vision impairment to life-threatening diseases.

The unique optomap view helps your eye care practitioner detect early signs of retinal disease more effectively and efficiently than with traditional eye exams. Early detection means successful treatments can be administered and this reduces the risk to your sight and health.

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The actual optomap exam, which we perform at all five our Eye Partners offices, is fast, painless and comfortable. Nothing touches your eye at any time, and it is suitable for the whole family. To have the exam, you simply look into the device one eye at a time (much like looking into a keyhole), and you will see a comfortable flash of light to let you know the image of your retina has been taken.

Under normal circumstances, dilation drops are not usually necessary, but depending upon your condition, your South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners eye care professional may decide to dilate. The capture takes less than a second, and the results are available for review immediately. You see exactly what your doctor sees – even in a 3D animation.

Eye Partners is proud to provide optomap technology – early detection is key to so many health issues; not just vision problems. Besides protection from vision impairment or blindness, the optomap test can lead to early detection of cancer, stroke and cardiovascular disease.

Call Eye Partners today to set up your eye care exam and optomap imaging. We look forward to helping you see the future today!

 

South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners – with locations in Valdosta, Tifton, Douglas, Moultrie and 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 Optical Shops fully stocked with designer frames and sunglasses to fit your style and personality.  To make an appointment with one of Eye Partners’s physicians or to find our locations and hours, click here.

Source: optomap.com and American Optometric Association


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.