Posts Tagged ‘South Georgia Eye Partners Valdosta’

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

Lynn Chaney: Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery Changed her World

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018 


lynnIf you are considering cataract surgery, you should read this article (and click “Read more”) to learn about another of our amazing patients, Lynn Chaney – through her own words and video – and how Laser-Assisted Cataract surgery changed her life.

In Lynn’s words, she says her reaction the morning after her surgery was this:  “There’s no way to explain it.  Everything’s so bright and so clear!”  Riding her Harley Davidson with her husband, Leon, is Lynn’s passion – now she can see everything during their rides so much clearer…without glasses. Laser-assisted cataract surgery with multi focal lens changed her world.

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.

South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners’ own Dr. Scott Petermann performs LenSx® – a blade-free, laser-assisted cataract surgery which is the latest in cataract correction procedures.

This 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 incisions and fragmenting the clouded lens with LenSx®, the surgeon creates a precise opening for the new lens to be optimally positioned.

Eye Partners performs cataract surgery with LenSx® as an outpatient procedure at our state-of-the-art surgery center in Valdosta.  Pre-op and post-op visits for  Eye Partners patients can be scheduled in Valdosta, Tifton, Moultrie, Douglas and Madison, FL. To learn more, click here.

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.

We’ve Been Nominated!

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 

bestofThe votes are in, and we’ve been selected as one of the Best Eye Care Centers in South Georgia. Thank to our patients and the community for nominating us! We are now in the final stage of competition against two others in the Valdosta Daily Times Best of South Georgia Contest; therefore, if you love South Georgia Eye Partners (and we know you do!), help us claim the “Best Of ” title by casting your final vote. Voting is going on NOW through the the Valdosta Daily Times and continues online at until February 7th.

We strive to provide patients with the best customer experience, so we truly do appreciate the recognition of our physicians and staff!

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.



How can Diabetes affect your vision?

Thursday, May 14th, 2015 

JA7D4769e-sDiabetes.  We probably all have our own reaction to this disease and know at least something about its effects – it is a disease that affects the body’s ability to produce or use insulin effectively to control blood sugar (glucose) levels. But did you know that diabetes also can have devastating effects on your eyes and vision?  Too much glucose in the blood for a long time can cause damage in many parts of the body, including the heart, kidneys, blood vessels and the small blood vessels in the eyes.  South Georgia Eye Partners encourages everyone to have annual eye exams, but for those patients with diabetes – these yearly exams can be critical in preventing vision loss.

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When the blood vessels in the eye’s retina (the light sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye) swell, leak or close off completely — or if abnormal new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina — it is called diabetic retinopathy.

People who are at greater risk of developing diabetic retinopathy are those who have diabetes or poor blood sugar control, women who are pregnant, and people with high blood pressure, high blood lipids or both. Also, people who are from certain ethnic groups, such as African-Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans, are more likely to develop diabetic retinopathy. In fact, a new study confirms that diabetes is a top risk factor for vision loss among Hispanics.

Something to remember: diabetes can cause vision in your eyes to change even if you do not have retinopathy. If your blood sugar levels change quickly, it can affect the shape of your eye’s lens, causing blurry vision, which goes back to normal after your blood sugar stabilizes.

Did you know there is also a link between diabetes and cataracts? Permanent blurring of  vision due to cataracts can also result from changes to the lens due to excess blood sugar. Cataract surgery may be necessary to remove lenses that are clouded by the effects of diabetes and replace them with clear intraocular lenses (IOLs) to restore clear vision. Maintaining good control of your blood sugar helps reduce episodes of temporary blurred vision and prevent the permanent clouding of the lens that would require surgery to correct.

With offices in Valdosta, Douglas, Tifton and Madison, Florida, South Georgia Eye Partners is equipped to perform comprehensive eye exams close to where you live.  SGEP also performs more extensive procedures and surgeries such as cataract surgery, iLASIK and glaucoma treatment.  Call or visit us today to make an appointment.
Source:  American Academy of Ophthalmology

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.

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.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month – What Diabetes Can Mean for Your Vision

Monday, November 3rd, 2014 
header_rht_pic04With November being Diabetes Awareness Month, South Georgia Eye Partners wants you to know how diabetes can affect your vision.  As you may know, diabetes is a disease that interferes with the body’s ability to use and store sugar, which can cause many health problems.  One such health issue is the effect that diabetes has on the circulatory system of the retina.  
Diabetic retinopathy is a condition that causes progressive damage to the retina, the light sensitive lining at the back of the eye.  It can be a serious sight-threatening complication of diabetes and usually affects both eyes.  If left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can cause blindness.
What are the symptoms of diabetic retinopathy?
  • Seeing spots or floaters in your field of vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Having a dark or empty spot in the center of your vision
  • Difficulty seeing well at night
How is diabetic retinopathy treated?
Treatment depends on the extent of the disease.  It may require laser surgery to seal leaking blood vessels or to discourage new leaky blood vessels from forming.  Injections of medications into the eye may be needed to decrease inflammation or stop the formation of new blood vessels.  In more advanced cases, a surgical procedure to remove and replace the gel-like fluid in the back of the eye, called the vitreous, may be needed.  A retinal detachment, defined as a separation of the light-receiving lining in the back of the eye, resulting from diabetic retinopathy, may also require surgical repair.
If you are a diabetic, the American Optometric Association recommends that you have a comprehensive dilated eye exam once a year to detect any issues.  Please call any of South Georgia Eye Partners four locations to schedule your exam today.  The earlier problems are detected, the better off you are.  
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

Beware Counterfeit Contact Lenses this Halloween

Thursday, October 30th, 2014 

403965_357454560963573_1904478921_nSource WVUE (Washington, D.C.)

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.