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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!


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


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


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. 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!


Doctor Spotlight: Dr. Valerie Ferrell

Thursday, October 12th, 2017 
   

 “What I like best about being an optometrist is helping people with their most precious sense – their vision.”  Dr. Valerie Ferrell has a passion for optometry, and it shines through with each and every patient.  Dr. Ferrell is from Atlanta and attended the University of Houston College of Optometry.  While not helping people with their vision at South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners, Valerie enjoys spending time with her husband of years and their 2 young daughters.  They love traveling (especially to the beach), bowling, trying new cuisines, and playing a friendly game of corn hole.  Click here to see a video of Dr. Ferrell in action and learn more about her love of helping patients with their eyesight.

As one of our board-certified optometrists here at South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners, Dr. Ferrell is trained in scheduled eye exams as well as in the diagnosis and treatment of dry eye syndrome, glaucoma, and many other optical issues.  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.


Possible Vision Health Benefits of Coffee

Friday, May 16th, 2014 
   

iStock_000017583538SmallIf you are like many, your morning coffee is a necessary part of your daily routine.  It gets you going and ready to face your day.  But, a new study indicates it may also have a positive effect on eye health.   Cornell University found that a main ingredient in raw coffee – chlorogenic acid, or CLA – may protect against deteriorating eyesight and possible blindness from retinal degeneration due to glaucoma, aging or diabetes.

To conduct the study, researchers treated mice eyes with nitric oxide, which creates oxidative stress and free radicals, leading to retinal degeneration.

However, mice eyes pretreated with CLA developed no retinal damage. 

Scientists involved with the study believe the next step is to determine if drinking coffee facilitates CLA crossing the blood-retinal barrier membrane. In addition, if future studies find CLA effective in preventing retinal damage, synthetic compounds could be developed and delivered with eye drops.

Of course, there’s still a lot of research to be conducted, but it might just turn out that cup of morning joe may help more that anyone knew!

If you experiencing vision issues related to glaucoma, aging eyes, or diabetes, please contact one of South Georgia Eye Partners locations in Douglas, Tifton or Valdosta for an appointment. And, if you are in the Madison, Florida area, we have recently opened South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners. Learn more about our physicians and services at either southgeorgiaeye.com or northfloridaeye.com

 

Source:  American Optometric Association