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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: and American Optometric Association

Summer is Here – Time to Upgrade Your Sunglasses? UV Protection is Critical!

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 

School is letting out, and the hot South Georgia days are upon us. With summer, comes lots of time in the sun.  But be careful – the sun can be harmful not only to your skin, but your eyes as well. The sun’s primary danger is in the form of Ultraviolet (UV) radiation. South Georgia Eye Partners wants to equip you with all the information you need to protect your eyes this spring and summer.

If your eyes are exposed to excessive amounts of UV radiation over a short period of time, you are likely to experience an effect called photokeratitis. Like a “sunburn of the eye,” photokeratitis may be painful and include symptoms such as red eyes, a foreign body sensation or gritty feeling in the eyes, extreme sensitivity to light and excessive tearing. Fortunately, this is usually temporary and rarely causes permanent damage.

Long-term UV radiation exposure, however, can be much more serious. Scientific studies have shown that exposure to small amounts of UV radiation over a period of many years increases the chance of developing a cataract and may cause damage to the retina, a nerve-rich lining of the eye used for seeing.

If you can answer “yes” to one or more of the following questions, you could be at higher risk for harm to the eyes from UV radiation and may need to visit one of our optometrists or our Optical Shop for sunglasses that better protect your eyes:

  • Do you spend a great deal of time outdoors?
  • Do you spend time water skiing, snow skiing or a lot of time at the beach or on the lake?
  • Do you use a sunlamp or tanning bed?
  • Are you a welder, medical technologist or do you work in the graphic arts or in the manufacturing of electronic circuit boards?
  • Do you take prescription or over-the-counter drugs that can increase your sensitivity to UV radiation (check with your optometrist, pharmacist, or physician)?
  • Have you had cataract surgery in one or both eyes?

Be sure to visit one of SGEP’s Optical Shops in Valdosta, Tifton, Douglas and Madison for a great selection of designer sunglasses. Our experts can can help fit you with prescription or non-prescriptions sunglasses that give you the UV protection you need. South Georgia Eye Partners carries a variety of designer sunglasses. All sunglasses in SGEP’s Optical Shop block out 99 to 100% of both UV-A and UV-B radiation. Be sure to protect your children and teenagers as well – they typically spend more time in the sun than adults.

Call us today or come by, and let SGEP get you ready for your time in the sun.

Source: American Optometric Association

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.

Glaucoma: Its Diagnosis and Treatment

Thursday, April 14th, 2016 
Senior Showcase Aug 18Glaucoma is defined as a group of eye disorders leading to progressive damage to the optic nerve by the American Optometric Association.  It is characterized by the loss of nerve tissue that results in loss of vision. Advanced glaucoma may even cause blindness.
As the second leading cause of blindness in the United States, Glaucoma most often occurs in people over age 40, although a congenital or infantile form of glaucoma does exist.  People with a family history of glaucoma, African Americans over the age of 40 and Hispanics over the age of 60 are at an increased risk of developing glaucoma.  Other risk factors include thinner corneas, chronic eye inflammation, and using medications that increase the pressure in the eyes.
How is glaucoma diagnosed?
Glaucoma is diagnosed through a comprehensive eye examination.  Testing includes:
  • Patient history to determine family history and symptoms
  • Visual acuity measurements to determine the extent which vision may be affected
  • Tonometry to measure pressure inside the eye
  • Pachymetry to measure corneal thickness
  • Visual field testing to check if the field of vision has been affected by glaucoma
  • Evaluation of the retina which may include photographs of the optic nerve
  • Supplemental testing may include gonioscopy, a procedure allowing views of the angle anatomy and serial tonometry which acquires several pressure measurements over time
South Georgia Eye Partners performs these comprehensive eye exams in all three of their offices.  If glaucoma is detected, treatment often includes either medications to reduce elevated intraocular pressure or surgery.  Surgery for glaucoma can be performed three ways:
  • Laser surgery – laser trabeculoplasty helps fluid drain out of the eye.
  • Conventional surgery – if eye drops and laser surgery aren’t effective in controlling eye pressure, you may need a filtering procedure called a trabeculectomy.  Filtering microsurgery involves creating a drainage flap, allowing fluid to percolate into and later drain into the vascular system.
  • Drainage implants – this type of surgery may be an option for people with uncontrolled glaucoma, secondary glaucoma or for children with glaucoma.  A small silicone tube is inserted in the eye to help drain aqueous fluid
There is no cure for glaucoma, but by keeping eye pressure under control, continued damage to the optic nerve and continued loss of your visual field may slow or stop.  Early detection, prompt treatment and regular monitoring can help to control glaucoma and reduce vision loss.  South Georgia Eye Partners diagnoses and treats all types of glaucoma through medications and surgeries if necessary.  Call SGEP today to set up an appointment if you feel you are showing signs of glaucoma and would like to start taking control of your eye health.
*Source:  American Optometric Association

Pediatric Eye Care – More Important than You May Realize

Monday, February 8th, 2016 

sAt South Georgia Eye Partners, we know that your kids are your top priority. You are always thinking about their schoolwork, their happiness, their overall well-being…and you should also being thinking about their eye health.  Our optometrists want to make sure your kids’ vision is the best it can be.

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Good vision can make a difference in the classroom, playing sports, and in their overall quality of life.  You owe it to the little ones in your life to call today and make an appointment.



Dr. Alan Peaslee Recognized for 35 Years of Military Service

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 
2015-08-01 19.56.27South Georgia Eye Partners’ Dr. Alan Peaslee was recently recognized for his nearly 35 years of military service, and is officially retiring from his position as Medical Operations Officer for the 201st Homeland Response Force (HRF) under the Georgia National Guard.  Lieutenant Colonel Peaslee began his military career in 1984 in the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps and was a Distinguished Military Graduate of Knox College in Illinois.

Peaslee continued to serve throughout his educational career at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  His military assignments took him everywhere from Texas to Kentucky and Iowa to Saudi Arabia.  After coming to Georgia in 1998 as the Chief of Optometry Services for the 116th Air Control Wing, Air National Guard at Robins AFB, Peaslee continued to serve the Air National Guard and Georgia National Guard until his retirement this month.  

The major awards and decorations Dr. Peaslee received throughout his military career are too numerous to mention, but they do include the Humanitarian Service Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Georgia Meritorious Service Medal with Boar Head and the Chief Biomedical Science Corps Badge.

Because of Dr. Scott Petermann’s respect and admiration for our military, Dr. Peaslee was able to serve double duty as both active member of the military and one of the lead optometrists at South Georgia Eye Partners.  SGEP is honored to have Dr. Peaslee on staff and is thrilled that he will continue on as a practicing board certified optometrist in our offices.  

Congratulations to our colleague and friend on such a distinguished military career, and we look forward to having you in our offices for years to come.
South Georgia Eye Partners – with locations in Valdosta, Tifton, Douglas & 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

SGEP's Dr. Alan Peaslee Returns to Dominican Republic for GA Eye Care Mission Trip

Friday, January 30th, 2015 


On January 31, 2015, a team of missioners from the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia returned for a second trip to Clínica Esperanza y Caridad, Domician Republic, with a larger team of 16 members and even more capability to care for the people of San Pedro de Macorís.. David Sweeterman from St. Peter’s (Savannah) again led the mission, and optometrist Dr. Alan Peaslee from St. Anne’s (Tifton) returned as the medical director.  In addition to Dr. Pealsee of South Georgia Eye Partners, the 2015 missionary eye care professionals included optician Jason Peaslee from St Anne’s (Tifton) and South Georgia Eye Partners, Dr. Henry Croci, a retired ophthalmologist from Savannah, optometrist Dr. Sally Freeman, and optician Gina Overstreet from St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Rincon and Effingham Eye Care.


This year, the project also took an important step towards their goal of establishing a permanent missionary eye clinic in San Pedro de Macorís with the donation of examination equipment from South Georgia Eye Partners.  The Dominican Development Group provided transportation for the equipment to the Dominican Republic, and the team installed it during this year’s trip.   Dr. Croci also worked with the Christian Blind Mission to establish a process to refer patients that require sight-restoring surgery.  This process will resolve one of the disappointments from 2014, as the team at that time had no means to provide surgical care those patients who required surgery.


St. Peter’s (Savannah) was once again the lead church supporting this mission, while St. Anne’s (Tifton) and St. Luke’s (Rincon) are the other churches directly supporting this trip.  The Douglas Georgia Lions club and South Georgia Eye Partners are also once again supporting the mission, while new supporting organizations include Effingham Eye Care, the Delaware State Lions Club Sight Team, and Luxottica , a large international frame manufacturer.  The Delaware Lions Club provided 3,000 recycled glasses they collected, cleaned, measured, and shipped to the Dominican Development Group, and the team received a generous donation of 1,500 pairs of new reading glasses from Luxottica.


How can you support this mission to bring eye care to the people of San Pedro de Macorís?  The teams asks for your continued prayers for the success of the trip and its lasting effects on the Dominican Republic – and of course, donations of financial support and gently used glasses are also welcome until the end of February casino at any of our locations.


Donated funds help provide glasses for those with particularly unusual prescriptions and for some of the children in the area.  These glasses will be made in our lab, shipped back to the clinic, and delivered after the team has returned to the U.S.  The team also needs medical supplies and additional equipment to support this mission, and they continue to work towards equipping a permanent clinic to make future trips more productive and to enhance the services we are able to offer.


If you’d like to help with a financial contribution or by donating used glasses, just drop off your check/cash or eyeglasses at any South Georgia Eye Partners location in Valdosta, Tifton or Douglas, GA; or in Madison, FL.  Need directions? Just contact us or click here!

 **Glasses and monetary donations are welcome until February 28, 2015**

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.

Beware Counterfeit Contact Lenses this Halloween

Thursday, October 30th, 2014 

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As a service to our patients and customers, South Georgia Eye Partners strives to always bring you any optical news that may be of interest to you or that can keep you safe as far as your eyes are concerned.  Below is an article first aired by WVUE in Washington, D.C.  Please be safe this Halloween as far as eyewear and contact lenses are concerned, and call South Georgia Eye Partners with any concerns or questions.

Federal officials issued a warning they hope scares some sense into people who are considering wearing decorative contact lenses this Halloween. Watch out for fakes. The results can be terrifying.

The Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection are on the lookout for counterfeit contacts lenses as part of “Operation Double Vision.”

As part of the ongoing operation, there have been 74 seizures with more than 20,000 pairs of counterfeit and decorative contact lenses taken off the streets.

Federal officials say buying contact lenses from places like Halloween or novelty shops, salons, beauty supply stores or online without a prescription is dangerous.

“Our concern is that consumers who buy and use decorative contact lenses without a valid prescription can run significant risks of eye injuries, including blindness,” said Philip J. Walsky, acting director of FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations.

Customers can buy decorative contact lenses without a valid prescription for as little as $20, but some vendors are not authorized to sell the contacts. It is illegal to buy or sell contact lenses of any kind without a prescription from an ophthalmologist, optometrist or a specially licensed optician under the supervision of an eye doctor

“Make no mistake, contact lenses are medical devices that should be prescribed by trained professionals. Unregulated and poorly constructed lenses sold without a prescription pose serious health risks to consumers,” said Homeland Security Investigations Executive Associate Director Peter Edge. ”Halloween is a fun and festive holiday, and nobody wants to see those celebrations end with a trip to the ER.”

Federal officials say anyone who wants to wear decorative contact lenses should order them from the office that conducts the eye exam and contact lens fitting.

“It is always better to involve a qualified eye care professional and protect your vision,” Walsky said.

A recent national study revealed 11 percent of consumers have worn decorative lenses. More than 50 percent were purchased without a prescription. In some states you can buy contacts in gas stations and pawn shops.

“You’d never buy a heart valve at a gas station and you should never buy a medical device like contact lenses at one either,” said Dr. Jeffrey Hackleman, president of the Georgia Optometric Association. “You only get one pair of eyes and risking a lifetime of vision for a quick thrill is quite frankly not being vision smart.”

Consumers should see an eye doctor right away if there are signs of eye infection, including redness, lasting eye pain or decrease in vision.

SGEP Welcomes Dr. Wes Ross

Monday, August 5th, 2013 

RossWes Ross is a hometown boy.  He grew up on a cotton and peanut farm in South Georgia and graduated from Tift County High School in 1998.  But upon graduation, Ross left his native home to pursue his education.  After graduating from Valdosta State University, he went to medical school at Mercer University in Macon.  Following Mercer, Ross completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.  He always hoped to come back home, and now Wes Ross, M.D., is fulfilling that dream by joining South Georgia Eye Partners (SGEP) as an ophthalmologist.  A significant part of my training was at the VA hospital in Columbia.

“I really enjoyed working with the veterans, and found it to be one of the most rewarding parts of my residency,” says Ross.

Dr. Ross worked for Dr. Scott Petermann at SGEP after college, and he says that experience led him to pursue a career in ophthalmology.

“I’m really excited to be working with such a vibrant group of professionals that provide state-of-the-art eye care,” says Ross.  “SGEP is reaching out to many of the rural communities around the area, and I want to be a part of that.”

South Georgia Eye Partners, with locations in Tifton, Valdosta and Douglas, includes Scott Petermann, M.D., board-certified ophthalmologist and Dr. Alan Peaslee, Dr. Eric Kolisz and Dr. Ann Patel, all board-certified optometrists.

Dr. Ross, a member of Tift Regional Medical Center’s medical staff, will perform many surgical procedures at TRMC as well as in Douglas at Coffee Regional Medical Center.  His area of focus is comprehensive ophthalmology including cataract surgery, glaucoma and diabetic eye care, pediatrics, iLasik, and other advanced procedures.

Ross and his wife, Shannon – who has her master’s degree in nursing and was a clinical instructor for USC’s School of Nursing – have two young sons, Jay (4) and Eli (18 months).  These two little reasons factored into the family’s decision to move home.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Ross, call 229. 391.4180.

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Are You EyeSmart? Get an Eye Exam!

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 

Getting an eye exam is an important part of staying healthy.  When should you get an eye exam an what should it cover?  Read up on the basics.

When should you have an eye exam?

The American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Optometric Association recommend that you get a baseline eye exam if you have reached the age of 40 and have no previous eyesight issues.  If you have an eye disease or if you have a risk factor for developing one (such as diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of eye disease) you should see an ophthalmologist or optometrist prior to the age of 40.

What are the basics of an eye exam?

  • Your medical history – assessment of your vision, overall health and family’s medical history
  • Your visual acuity – reading standardized eye charts
  • Your pupils – observing your pupils by shining a bright beam of light
  • Your side vision – loss of side vision can be a sign of glaucoma
  • Your eye movement – this test, called motility, evaluates the movement of your eyes
  • Keratometry – this test measure the curvature of the cornea by focusing a circle of light on the cornea and measuring reflection
  • Your prescription for corrective lenses if you wear glasses or contacts – you will be asked to view an eye chart through a device called a phoroptor which contains different lenses to detect what’s best for your eyes
  • Your eye pressure – this test, called tonometry, measures the pressure within the eye that can detect glaucoma
  • The front part of your eye – a type of microscope called a slit lamp is used to illuminate the front part of your eye and can reveal if you’re developing cataracts or have scars or scratches on your cornea
  • Your retina and optic nerve – your eye doctor will put drops in your eye to dilate, or widen, your eye to allow him or her to thoroughly examine your retina and optic nerve for signs of damage from disease

South Georgia Eye Partners’ Optometrists, Eric Kolisz, O.D., Alan Peaslee, O.D., M.S., and Ann Patel, O.D., perform full service eye exams, and our ophthalmologists, Dr. Scott Petermann and Dr. Wes Ross are board certified and able to meet your ophthalmology needs.  If it’s time to get your eyes checked, call and make an appointment.  Take care of those eyes!

Stuff Your Stockings At South Georgia Eye Partners!

Friday, December 14th, 2012 

From iLASIK gift certificates and designer eyewear to Obagi skin care products – South Georgia Eye Partners has unique stocking stuffer ideas. And, for a limited time, we have an Obagi gift set containing eye cream and eyelash solution in a travel -size jewelry case for the special price of $125 (retail $190). Call or come see one of our “elves” today!

Also, stop by our Optical Shop and take advantage of our ornament promotion. We’ve decorated Christmas trees in our Valdosta, Tifton and Douglas locations, and they’re filled with gifts just for you! Simply pick an ornament and receive it’s coordinating Optical Shop discount. We have some of Santa’s favorite frames including Nicole Miller, Gucci, Ray-Ban and Prada.*

Happy holidays from all of us at South Georgia Eye Partners!

*Discount cannot be used on Costa Del Mar and cannot be combined with other offers. Expires 1/31/13. Other restrictions may apply. Some eyewear brands only available at select locations.