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How Adding Powerful Antioxidants to Your Diet Can Improve Your Eye Health

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 
There’s no substitute for the quality of life good vision offers.  Adding certain nutrients to your diet every day – either through foods or supplements – can help save your vision.  Researchers have linked eye-friendly nutrients such as lutein/zeaxanthin, vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc to reducing the risk of certain eye diseases, including macular degeneration and cataract formation.  South Georgia Eye Partners encourages you to educate yourself on all the vision health benefits of the following nutrients.  As always, we are here to answer any questions about your eye health – click here to read about the eye care supplements we carry at South Georgia Eye Partners.   
  • Lutein & Zeaxanthin

    Lutein and zeaxanthin are important nutrients found in green leafy vegetables, as well as other foods, such as eggs. Many studies have shown that lutein and zeaxanthin reduce the risk of chronic eye diseases, including age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.

  • Vitamin C

    Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is an antioxidant found in fruits and vegetables. Scientific evidence suggests vitamin C lowers the risk of developing cataracts, and when taken in combination with other essential nutrients, can slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration and visual acuity loss.

  • Vitamin E

    Vitamin E in its most biologically active form is a powerful antioxidant found in nuts, fortified cereals and sweet potatoes. It is thought to protect cells of the eyes from damage caused by unstable molecules called free radicals which break down healthy tissue.

  • Essential Fatty Acids

    Fats are a necessary part of the human diet. They maintain the integrity of the nervous system, fuel cells and boost the immune system. Two omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to be important for proper visual development and retinal function.

  • Zinc

    Zinc is an essential trace mineral or ‘helper molecule.’ It plays a vital role in bringing vitamin A from the liver to the retina in order to produce melanin, a protective pigment in the eyes. Zinc is highly concentrated in the eye, mostly in the retina and choroid, the vascular tissue layer lying under the retina.

  • Emerging Research

    In the last 20 years, eye health research has linked diet and nutrition with a decreased risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

     South Georgia Eye Partners – with locations in Valdosta, Tifton, Douglas 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. SGEP 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 SGEP’s physicians or to find our locations and hours, click here.

Source:  American Optometric Association

SGEP’s Holiday Specials Now Going on! The Answer to Your Gift Giving Needs…

Thursday, December 11th, 2014 
enews graphicThe holidays are here – ready or not!  South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners wants to help you fill those stockings with some great deals on our procedures and products.  Come in any time to browse our great selections of frames and sunglasses in our Optical Shop, and we have some incredible gift certificates available for our  premium services.  Here are some holiday deals worth coming in for:

  • $100 off iLASIK* – $100 off one eye or $200 off both for iLASIK, the lastest in Laser Vision Correction.
  • Obagi Gift Bag:  20% off Obagi products until December 31st
  • Gift Certificates:  SGEP Gift Certificates can be used for procedures such as iLasik or in our Optical Shop to purchase designer frames or sunglasses.
We look forward to helping you shop for your loved ones – take advantage of these specials that will keep your friends and family seeing the new year in a whole new light!
*Some restrictions apply. Must schedule appointment  by January  31, 2015.  

Links Between Smoking and Eye Disease: Another Reason to Quit Today

Monday, June 16th, 2014 

403965_357454560963573_1904478921_nSource: American Optometric Association

In an effort to keep our patients up to date on the latest research in eye health, South Georgia Eye Partners continues to share with you the latest news in vision research.  New studies published by the Surgeon General point to an even higher risk factor for eye disease in smokers than originally thought.

Since the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health was issued in 1964, more than 20 million Americans have died from smoking-related complications. To mark observance of the occasion, the nation’s top public health office issued a 978-page report that, in part, gives teeth to optometrists’ warnings for ocular complications from cigarette smoking.

Long has optometry known that smoking not only exposes the eyes to major irritants in the form of noxious chemicals, but also correlates closely with the development of eye diseases, such as cataract and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Public knowledge of the link, on the other hand, remains fairly limited.

Chemicals in cigarette smoke cause blood vessels to constrict, limiting blood flow and the amount of oxygen to the eye. Over time, cigarette smoke can damage ocular cells and prolonged exposure leaves little chance for the cells to heal, according to the surgeon general’s report.

Studies have estimated smokers at least double their risk of developing AMD, while also exacerbating the risk of cataract development.

The 50th anniversary Surgeon General’s report, The Health Consequences of Smoking: 50 Years of Progress, states findings since the 2004 Surgeon General’s report on smoking have strengthened evidence of a relationship between smoking and AMD. While smoking cessation appears to decrease AMD risk, it still remains higher than those who have never smoked, even decades after quitting.

The report states: “The role of smoking in causing advanced AMD, which results in loss of vision, is a significant public health concern and a major clinical issue in the United States … because smoking causes both nuclear cataracts and AMD, it is important for ophthalmologists, optometrists and other health care providers to assess and address the smoking status of their patients.”

Read more here.

South Georgia Eye Partners – with locations in Valdosta, Tifton & Douglas – 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. SGEP 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 SGEP’s physicians or to find our locations and hours, click here.

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.