Posts Tagged ‘South Georgia Eye Partners’


Optomap® Benefits and Features: Take a Closer Look

Thursday, August 1st, 2019 
   

If you have ever taken a panoramic photo of a beautiful sunset which was much wider than what a normal-sized photo could capture, well, on a much smaller scale, you essentially see just what we see when we use Optomap® retinal imaging technology and view your retina. With traditional retinal imaging, only 10-100° of the retina can be captured with a single image. Optomap is an ultra-wide field retinal image that captures 82% or 200° of the retina. The technology of Optomap allows the physicians at South Georgia /North Florida Eye Partners to see more of their patients’ retinas, which allows them better and earlier insight into eye health concerns.

Benefits of Optomap:

  • Early detection of eye issues or diseases, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal detachment, and others can be detected, along with overall eye health. 
  • Early detection of non-vision related health concerns might also be identified, including cancer, stroke and cardiovascular disease.
  • The majority of people do not need dilation. 
  • Instantaneous image is available for interpretation.

This technology allows our team to take preventative measures against eye issues, diagnose problems, and thoroughly educate patients about their vision health concerns as well as detect significant vision issues much earlier. 

Eye Partners’ team of ophthalmologists diagnose and treat diseases of the eye including macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, retinopathy, conjunctivitis (pink eye), dry eyes and other medical concerns with Optomap technology. Comprehensive eye exams by our full-time, board-certified optometrists Dr. Eric Kolisz, Dr. Melanie Hill, Dr. Jodie Norman, Dr. Lauren Rowe, and Dr. Valerie Ferrell are available in our Valdosta, Tifton, Moultrie and Douglas, Georgia offices as well as our Madison, Florida office. 

If it has been a while since your last eye exam, contact Eye Partners today to schedule your eye exam and ask about Optomap! 


Importance of Sunglasses: Six Things to Consider

Thursday, June 27th, 2019 
   

Whether you are on the road or on the water, everyone knows sunglasses make it easier to see on a sunny day. Not only are sunglasses another fun accessory to express your style, they are a great defense against ultraviolet (UV) rays which can really damage your eyes, both short-term and long-term. When purchasing your next pair, there is more to consider than just the shape and style of the frames! Here are six tips to keep in mind:

  • Accept nothing but 100%!The most important thing to look for is the sticker on the frame (or bullet point in the description – if purchasing online) indicating the pair of sunnies block 100% of UV rays.
  • Bigger is best!The more coverage from sunglasses, the less damage caused to the eyes. Oversized glasses or a wraparound-style cut down on the UV rays entering the eye from the side.
  • Just because the lenses are darker, doesn’t mean they are more protective.While darker lenses may look cooler, they do not necessarily block more UV rays. 
  • The color of the lens doesn’t matter.These days, the lens of sunglasses come in a variety of colors. 
  • Polarized lenses cut glare, not UV rays.A common misconception is that polarized lenses protect your eyes from the sun. This is half-way true. Polarization reduces the glare coming off reflective surfaces like water or pavement. However, it does not offer more protection from the sun. 
  • More expensive, doesn’t always mean better. In order to do their job, your sunglasses don’t have to break the bank. Less expensive pairs marked as 100% UV-blocking are just as protective as the pricier ones. 

Remember to enter our Contest Giveaway!

Ready to win a new pair of Costa Del Mar shades? Enter our #SunglassSelfie contest! Just take a selfie in any sunglasses, post to our Facebook or tag us on Instagram for your chance to win a new pair of sunglasses! One winner will be pulled from all entrants on Friday, June 28th.

Not a social media user?

No worries! Instead of posting a selfie, you can enter the contest by visiting one of our locations and filling out a form at the sign-in counter. Good luck!


Sunglass Selfie Contest!

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 
   

Win a new pair of shades! Sunglasses offer way more benefits than accessorizing your outfit of the day! The right pair of sunnies can protect your eyes from the harsh ultraviolet rays of the sun. Because sunglasses are so important and also because June 27this National Sunglasses Day – we are giving you the chance to win a pair! Ready to win a new pair of Costa Del Mar sunglasses? Enter our #SunglassSelfie contest! 

  1. Take a selfie in any sunglasses.
  2. Post your selfie to our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram for your chance to win a new pair of sunglasses! Include #SunglassSelfie in the caption. 

One winner will be drawn from all entrants on Friday, June 28th.

Not a social media user?

If Facebook and Instagram aren’t for you – don’t worry, you can still enter! We have forms to fill out at out sign-in counters at all of our locations! Just drop by, complete the form, and you are entered! 


Educator LASIK Special – $400 Off*!

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 
   

Introducing our Educator LASIK Special! Celebrate Summer with $400 off LASIK*. This fun summer special is for anyone who works in a school system, college, or technical college. Just schedule your surgery in June or July; call for your free consultation today at Eye Partners location nearest you.

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 per eye/ Valid school ID required


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


Eye Care for the Entire Family

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 
   

Regardless of your age or physical health, it’s important to have regular eye exams. South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners provides vision care for the entire family – toddlers to seniors.

During a complete eye exam, your eye doctor will not only determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, but will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.

A comprehensive eye exam includes a number of tests and procedures to examine and evaluate the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision. These tests range from simple ones, like having you read an eye chart, to complex tests, such as using a high-powered lens to examine the health of the tissues inside of your eyes.

Eye care experts recommend you have a complete eye exam every year to assess your risk for potentially damaging eye conditions, as well as to keep on top of any changes in vision you may be experiencing.

Children. Some experts estimate that approximately 5% to 10% of pre-schoolers and 25% of school-aged children have vision problems. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), all children should have their eyes examined at 6 months of age, at age 3 and again at the start of school. Children without vision problems or risk factors for eye or vision problems should then continue to have their eyes examined at every year throughout school.

Children with existing vision problems or risk factors should have their eyes examined more frequently. Common risk factors for vision problems include:

  • premature birth
  • developmental delays
  • turned or crossed eyes
  • family history of eye disease
  • history of eye injury
  • other physical illness or disease

The AOA recommends that children who wear eyeglasses or contact lenses should have their eyes examined at least every 12 months or according to their eye doctor’s instructions.

Adults. The AOA also recommends an annual eye exam for any adult who wears eyeglasses or contacts. If you don’t normally need vision correction, you still need an eye exam every year. Doctors often recommend more frequent examinations for adults with diabetes, high blood pressure and other disorders, because many diseases can have an impact on vision and eye health.

If you are over 40, it’s a good idea to have your eyes examined every one to two years to check for common age-related eye problems such as presbyopia, cataracts and macular degeneration. Read more about Vision after 40.

Because the risk of eye disease continues to increase with advancing age, everyone over the age of 60 should be examined annually. Read more about Vision after 60.

Call South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners today to schedule an appointment for all the members of your family.  Preventative vision care is the key to seeing well for years to come.

Source: AOA


Give the Gift of Costa this Mother’s Day!

Friday, May 3rd, 2019 
   

We can think of few better gifts than a brand new pair of designer sunglasses – and Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Give the gift of style to the one that inspires your life on the water… give the gift of Costa del Mar!   South Georgia/ North Florida Eye Partners has Optical Shops in Valdosta, Tifton, Douglas, Moultrie and Madison, Florida.

All optical shop locations have a huge sunglass wall full of the latest nonprescription sunglasses for your eye protection and eye health.  Our shops carry many brand names as well as basic frames – something for every budget.  Some name brands we carry in addition to Costa del Mar are:  Tom Ford, Persol, Prada, Tiffany & Co., Tory Burch, Coach, Miu Miu, Versace, Ray Ban, Oakley, Jimmy Choo, Moncler, Silhouette, Tommy Hilfiger, Brooks Brothers, BCBG, and many others.

We’d love to help you find that perfect Mother’s Day gift!  Come on in today – see you there!


State-of-the-Art Surgery Center: Convenient and Close

Sunday, April 28th, 2019 
   

Delivering the latest eye care technology to our patients is important to the physicians at South Georgia / North Florida Eye Partners. We specialize in advanced eye surgeries – such as LASIK surgery and laser assisted cataract surgery – and stay on the cutting edge of technology that results in better care for our patients. We achieve the optimal experience for our patients through our surgeons, staff and our state-of-the-art surgery center in Valdosta.

Our surgery center – dedicated solely to ophthalmologic procedures – was completed in 2017 and is outfitted with the latest in surgical technology. With a surgery center in Valdosta, patients can receive pre-op and post-op care as well as undergo their actual procedures without having to be admitted into the hospital.

“Being able to perform the types of surgeries that we do for our patients in a state-of-the art facility and in a location that is convenient for them means everything,” says ophthalmologist Dr. Wes Ross. “The patient is the most important part of our practice, and I love knowing we provide top notch service and care.”

Eye Partners provide the expertise, experience, and technology to our patients in South Georgia and North Florida who would otherwise have to travel a much greater distance. Eye Partners’ team of ophthalmologists, Dr. Scott Petermann, Dr. Wes Ross, and Dr. Garrett Webster, perform LASIK surgery and cataract surgery with LenSx® as outpatient procedures at our state-of-the-art surgery center in Valdosta. Pre-op and post-op visits for our patients can be scheduled at any of our locations: Tifton, Valdosta, Douglas, Moultrie, and Madison, FL. Call us today to learn more!


Why Wait? Our Optical Shop Can Have you In New Frames in No Time!

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 
   

Have you noticed?? That sun is shining, and it’s time to break out the shades!  South Georgia/ North Florida Eye Partners has Optical Shops in Valdosta, Tifton, Douglas, Moultrie and Madison, Florida, that carry tons of designer sunglasses as well as frames for your everyday glasses. And with our in-house lab, we can get your lenses fitted in the frames of your choice in no-time. In fact, in most cases there’s only a one-day turnaround!

All optical shop locations have a huge sunglass wall full of the latest nonprescription sunglasses for your eye protection and eye health.  Our shops carry many brand names as well as basic frames – something for every budget.  Some name brands we carry are:  Tom Ford, Persol, Prada, Tiffany & Co., Tory Burch, Coach, Miu Miu, Versace, Ray Ban, Oakley, Jimmy Choo, Moncler, Silhouette, Tommy Hilfiger, Brooks Brothers, BCBG, Costa del Mar and many others.

We’d love to help you get sunshine-ready!  Come on in today – see you there!


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.