Posts Tagged ‘macular degeneration’

Physician Spotlight: Dr. Lauren Rowe

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 

As one of our newer optometrists, Dr. Lauren Rowe has settled right in to the South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners family.  Dr. Rowe – formerly of Rowe EyeCare – became part of the Eye Partners group in September 2017, along with her father, optometrist Dr. Ricky Rowe in Moultrie, Georgia.

The addition of Dr. Lauren Rowe is a great asset to Eye Partners.  An honors graduate of The New England College of Optometry in Boston, MA, Dr. Rowe specializes in the treatment and management of ocular diseases including age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts.

“Joining the team at SGNF was an amazing opportunity for me,” says Dr. Rowe. “I come to work everyday knowing I have the best staff, equipment, and patients any doctor can ask for. Our OMDs and ODs are the best in the business and I am lucky to be part of the family.”

Dr. Rowe practices most days in the Moultrie office of South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners, which is located at 115 5thStreet, SE in Moultrie and can be reached at (229) 890-8016 for appointments.  She also is in the SGNF Valdosta office two days per week.

South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners specializes in iLASIK and cataract surgery with premium lens implants, glaucoma diagnosis and treatment, comprehensive eye exams for adults and children and a Dry Eye Clinic. Our brand new surgery center in Valdosta is a state-of-the-art facility where our board-certified ophthalmologists can perform any number of optical procedures. 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 Eye Partners’ physicians or to find our locations and hours, visit our website at

Keep an Eye on UV Safety

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 

Ultraviolet rays are not only harmful to our skin, but they can cause damage to our eyes as well.  UV radiation, whether from sunlight or indoor artificial rays, can damage the eye’s surface tissue, cornea and lens.  Studies show that exposure to bright sunlight may increase the risk of developing cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).  Prevention is key, but Dr. Petermann and his staff specialize in cataract surgery and AMD treatments to help maintain your good eyesight and reverse some damage.

By wearing UV blocking sunglasses, you can enjoy the outdoors safely while lowering your risk for potential eye diseases and damage.  It is important to start wearing proper eye protection from an early age to protect the eyes from years of UV exposure.

The American Academy of Opthalmology offers these tips to protect your eyes from the sun:

  • Don’t focus on the color or darkness of sunglass lenses.  Select sunglasses that block UV rays.  The ability to block UV light is not dependent on the price tag or how dark the sunglass lenses are.
  • Check for 100 percent UV protection.  Make sure your sunglasses block 100% of UV-A and UV-B rays.
  • Choose wrap-around styles.  Ideally, your sunglasses should wrap all the way around to your temples, so the sun’s rays can’t enter from the side.
  • Wear a hat.  In addition to your sunglasses, wear a broad-brimmed hat to protect your eyes.
  • Don’t be fooled by clouds.  The sun’s rays can pass through haze and thin clouds – sun damage can occur anytime of the year.
  • Protect your eyes during peak sun times.  Sunglasses should be worn whenever outside and especially in the early afternoon and at higher altitudes, where UV rays are more intense.
  • Never look directly at the sun.  Looking directly at the sun at any time, including an eclipse, can lead to solar retinopathy, damage to the eye’s retina.
  • Don’t forget the kids.  Everyone is at risk, including children.  Protect their eyes with hats and sunglasses.

If you think you may be suffering from UV damage to your eyes, please contact South Georgia Eye Partners locations in Tifton, Valdosta or Douglas.  Keep an eye on UV safety.


What is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 

Chances are, you’ve heard of macular degeneration. But do you know what the disease actually is? Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a breakdown of the eye’s macula. The macula is a small area in the retina (the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye) that is responsible for your central vision and for allowing you to see fine details clearly. This is the part of the eye that makes it possible for you to thread a needle or read fine print.

Many older people develop macular degeneration as part of the body’s natural aging process, but what are the symptoms and what can be done?

Symptoms of age-related macular degeneration include:

  • Blurry distance and/or reading vision
  • Need for increasingly bright light in order to see up close
  • Colors appear less vivid or bright
  • Hazy vision
  • Difficulty seeing when going from bright light to low light
  • Trouble or inability to recognize people’s faces
  • Blank or blurry spot in your central vision

If you are diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration, there are treatment options. A large scientific study (source: has shown that antioxidant vitamins and zinc may reduce the impact of macular degeneration in some people by slowing its progression toward more advanced stages. Macro Pro-S is a vitamin supplement providing powerful protection for macular & whole body health. It offers nutrients at levels found to preserve eyesight in the AREDS clinical trial, 10 mg of lutein and over 30 other key ingredients.

South Georgia Eye Partners now carries Macro Pro-S which can be taken by smokers and non-smokers alike (unlike Macro Pro). If you suspect you may be suffering from AMD, please call our office to make an appointment. The sooner treatment begins, the better.

Make Eye Health A Priority

Monday, May 14th, 2012 

May is Healthy Vision Month, and therefore, it’s the perfect time to schedule a comprehensive eye exam to make sure you are seeing your best. Don’t wait until there’s a problem to start paying attention to your eye health.

Many common eye diseases that can lead to vision loss and blindness, such as diabetic eye disease, glaucoma or age-related macular degeneration (AMD), often have no early warning signs or symptoms. And, the risk of vision loss or blindness is higher for some people based on race, ethnicity and other demographic and socioeconomic factors. Therefore, it’s important to be proactive when it comes to your vision.

You might be at higher risk for eye disease if you have a family history of vision problems; have diabetes; are African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native; or are older than 50. Some diseases affect certain populations disproportionately.

  • Glaucoma, which affects your side or peripheral vision first, is three times more common in African Americans and is their leading cause of blindness.
  • Diabetic retinopathy, a leading cause of blindness caused by uncontrolled diabetes, occurs more often in Hispanics/Latinos.
  • American Indians and Alaska Natives are 35 percent more likely to have diabetes than the average adult in the United States, putting them at an increased risk of diabetic eye disease.
  • Older adults are at higher risk of developing age-related eye diseases and conditions  such as AMD, glaucoma or cataracts. AMD is the leading cause of blindness in Whites.

If you are at a higher risk of eye disease, having a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the best thing you can do to protect your vision. It is a painless procedure where your eye doctor puts drops in the eyes to dilate, or widen, the pupil so he or she can get a good look at the back of the eye to check for signs of eye disease. You can also request an Optomap as part of your eye exam. The Optomap image allows your physician to view 82% of the retina versus traditional methods that only reveal 10-12% of the retina at one time. It is therefore another important tool for the screening and early visualization of eye problems.

In addition to having regular eye exams, eating a healthy diet, not smoking and wearing protective eyewear are just a few other things you can do to protect your vision.


*Source: National Eye Institute