Posted on February 11, 2014
Cataract surgery is one of the most common surgical procedures performed in the United States. A cataract is when the natural lens in the eye becomes clouded. The cataract can cause one’s vision to become so blurry that it affects that individual’s life style. During cataract surgery, the clouded lens is surgically removed and replaced by an intraocular lens implant. The cataract surgery procedure has actually changed dramatically over a relatively short period of time. Today’s cataract surgery procedure is performed as outpatient surgery. First, topical anesthetic drops are applied to the surface of the eye usually eliminating the use of needles. In regard to intraocular lens implants, there are a number of options today. A basic monofocal intraocular lens implant may be used which allows one to focus at only one distance without glasses. If a good candidate, one may choose a multifocal lens implant, which allows you to focus at both near and distance and will give the best chance possible to be spectacle free after surgery. It is possible for some patients to still need glasses after surgery. Finally, if one has a significant amount of astigmatism, a toric lens implant which reduces or eliminates astigmatism, may be a good option. At Eye Center South, Dr.’s Zsolt Bansagi, William Bennett, Marnix Heersink and Sebastian Heersink, have extensive experience with diagnosing and treating cataracts, so contact our office today at 800-467-1393 to make your appointment with one of our Board Certified Ophthalmologist.
Posted on January 17, 2014
January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month!
With January being National Glaucoma Awareness month, now is the time to spread the word about this vision threatening disease. Currently over 2 million Americans over the age of 40 have been diagnosed with Glaucoma. Glaucoma is a disease that gradually steals sight with little or no warning. It is estimated that 30 million people worldwide have glaucoma and do not know they have it. Vision loss is caused by damage to the optic nerve. The damage is permanent and vision cannot be restored once it is lost. There currently is no cure for glaucoma, but there are many different treatment options that can be discussed with your eye doctor. Early detection is vital to stop the progression of this disease.
If you or someone you know might be a Glaucoma suspect, call Eye Center South to schedule an appointment with one of our Fellowship Trained/Board-Certified Glaucoma Specialists in one of our five locations – Dr. Sturridge and Dr. Leoncavallo. Eye Center South Dothan, Panama City, Destin, Albany or Andalusia at 800-467-1393
Posted on November 27, 2013
Floaters and Flashes of Light
Many patients call Eye Center South with complaints of floaters or flashes of light in their vision. The vitreous body is the fluid that fills the back of the eye. The vitreous occupies the space between the retina and the lens of the eye. As we age, the vitreous degenerates and becomes more watery. This is a natural process of aging.
Many patients have floaters that look like small dark objects that move as we move our eyes. Floaters are usually seen during the day because they are easier to see when there is more light. When you see a floater, you are actually seeing a shadow of a particle in your eye. Floaters are not usually visually dangerous.
When a patient sees a sudden increase in floaters or flashes of light that occur in their peripheral vision, this can be the sign of a posterior vitreous detachment. A posterior vitreous detachment occurs when the vitreous gel separates from the retina suddenly. The flashes of light represent the areas of gel that are still attached to the retina and when the gel pulls against the retina, the traction creates a flash of light. It is important to immediately call your eye doctor when these symptoms occur because new floaters and flashes can be associated with a retinal tear. The retina is similar to the film in a camera. It is a delicate tissue that lines the back of the eye. If a tear in the retina is discovered by one of our Board Certified Retina Specialists, one way it can be treated is with a laser. A retinal tear left untreated can become a retinal detachment over time by fluid getting under the retina and lifting it up. A retinal detachment is a more serious eye problem that may need immediate eye surgery.
Posterior vitreous detachments are serious, but usually benign in nature. It is important to have a thorough eye exam, if you have experienced any of the above symptoms, call Eye Center South at 334-793-2211 to schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Retina Specialists, Dr. Fortin or Dr. Peddada.
Posted on October 1, 2013
Fall Allergies Are Here!
Allergic conjunctivitis occurs when the conjunctiva (the white part of the eye) becomes irritated or swollen due to an allergy, such as mold, dust, pet dander, or pollen. As fall season approaches, we start to see an increase in systemic allergies and allergic conjunctivitis because many of us are allergic to fall weeds. Typical symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis include redness, itching and watering eyes. When our eyes are exposed to anything we are allergic to, histamine is released and the blood vessels in the conjunctiva become swollen. Pollen tends to stay in the air heavily on warm, windy, dry days and can increase our chances of developing allergic symptoms. However, on cool, rainy days, the pollen is washed to the ground and we are less symptomatic. Allergic conjunctivitis can be diagnosed by an eye doctor based on history, duration of symptoms and appearance of the eyes on examination. Usually small bumps are seen on the inside of the eyelids and or the conjunctiva. There are many treatments available for allergic conjunctivitis that include over the counter artificial tears for mild cases, antihistamine eye drops or oral antihistamines for moderate cases and cortisone eye drops for severe cases. Over the last several years many new antihistamines eye drops have been developed that give quick relief and also help prevent further allergic flare ups. Unfortunately, on days when pollen counts are high and we can visibly see pollen in the air, it is very difficult to avoid contact. Using air filtration systems and keeping windows closed at home and in the car can help reduce allergens as much as possible. If you or anyone you know is suffering with allergies, call today to make an appointment with one of our Board-Certified Ophthalmologists at Eye Center South to determine your best treatment options. Eye Center South, Dothan, AL, Panama City, FL, Destin, FL, Albany, GA and Andalusia, AL. Call 1-800-NEW-EYES to be seen this week.
Posted on September 5, 2013
Have I Waited Too Long to Have LASIK Surgery? Are There Other Options For Me?
Generally, those patients that have LASIK under age 40 are able to see great without the use of glasses or contacts. When presbyopia sets in during our 40s, anyone with great distance vision begins to have trouble with close up vision. For those patients that have had laser eye surgery or laser vision correction, they will need reading glasses just like a patient with great distance vision who has not had LASIK. There is currently no procedure to prevent presbyopia or to correct presbyopia. Some patients who are over 40 desire monovision where one eye sees for distance and one eye sees for close. If this is acceptable to the LASIK patient, it is reasonable to proceed this way. But even with monovision, one eye functions for one distance and the other for near. The surgeons at Eye Center South recommend that patients use trial contact lenses to see if monovision is a fit for them before they proceed with this option. Dr. Marnix Heersink, Dr. Zsolt Bansagi and Dr. Sabastian Heersink at Eye Center South perform many LASIK procedures on patients who are over the age of 40, but it is extremely important that those patients keep in mind that while their distance vision will be great, at some point in life they may need help for near. Everyone is affected by presbyopia at different stages, so it is unpredictable when the need for reading glasses might arise. LASIK after 40 is still a great trade off for many patients. For patients who defer LASIK after 40, don’t be discouraged! There is still a great permanent solution for you to have a greater than 90% chance to be glasses free after surgery with advanced Lifestyle Lenses. So, what procedure is right for you? To determine this, call today to schedule a FREE evaluation with one of our Board-Certified Refractive Surgeons, Dr. Marnix Heersink, Dr. Zsolt Bansagi or Dr. Sabastian Heersink here at Eye Center South at 1-800-NEW-EYES.
Posted on August 21, 2013
Do you suspect that you have Dry Eye?
Are you suffering with unbearable symptoms such as; burning, tearing, foreign body sensation, and blurred vision? If so, than you might be suffering with chronic dry eye.Chronic dry eye can be an unbearable eye condition that can potentially become very difficult to treat. It’s secondary to a decrease in the amount of tears, increased loss of tears, and never-ending inflammation, which causes a decrease in the quality of tears. All of these factors add to a poor tear film. In order for your eyes to be functioning properly, they require a healthy tear film and without it, you will not see your best.
If you feel you have been living with dry eyes, call our Eye Center South to schedule an appointment with one of our Board-Certified Ophthalmologist in one of our five locations – Eye Center South Dothan, Panama City, Destin, Albany or Andalusia at 800-467-1393
Posted on August 15, 2013
What Type of Glaucoma Are You Suffering From?
The common awareness is that glaucoma refers to just one form, but the term actually describes a group of eye diseases that can distress the optic nerve and damage your vision. Understanding and diagnosing the different types of glaucoma allows our Eye Center South Team to set up an effective treatment plan and protect your vision from further deterioration. It is important to note, however, that glaucoma is not a curable disease, but can be delayed or the further progression can be stopped through treatment. The type of glaucoma diagnosed will affirm the treatment method that is necessary and how closely patients will continue to be monitored. Because early onset glaucoma typically has no symptoms, it’s vital that you undergo routine eye examinations to ensure that you maintain the health of your eyes. Through a glaucoma evaluation, we can determine the degree and type of eye disease that you are suffering from. If you are experiencing symptoms associated with glaucoma, including loss of peripheral vision or tunnel vision, please contact Eye Center South at 800-467-1393 to schedule an appointment with one of our Board-Certified Glaucoma Specialists, Dr. Kirk Sturridge or Dr. Anthony Leoncavallo. The earlier treatment is sought, the better the chance of preserving your vision.– Eye Center South Dothan, Panama City, Destin, Albany or Andalusia.
Posted on August 8, 2013
Eye Injuries Associated with Sports
There are many different causes for vision loss other than common eye diseases. One type of vision loss is through ocular trauma caused by sports injuries. Did you know that the sport most associated with eye injuries is basketball? Abrasions to the face and eyes are quite common, although more serious, retinal tears and detachments can also occur. Accidents can be avoided with the use of goggles, although they are seldom used unless the athlete has had a previous injury. The next sport most associated with ocular trauma is soccer due to direct kicks to the eye resulting in corneal abrasions, orbital fractures, and sometimes damage to the retina. Basketball and soccer are just two examples of sports that involve injuries, but accidents can occur with many sports activities. Remember that prevention is key and it is very important to protect your vision by wearing protective sport goggles. If you are someone you know experiences any type of eye injury, please call Eye Center South at 800/467-1393 to schedule an appointment with one of our Board-Certified Ophthalmologist in one of our five locations – Eye Center South Dothan, Panama City, Destin, Albany or Andalusia.
Posted on August 6, 2013
What Cataract Package Is Right For You?
Another advantage of having your cataract procedure performed at Eye Center South is access to the latest breakthroughs in Intraocular Lenses (IOL) designs used in cataract surgery. Thanks to recent approvals in Medicare and the insurance industry, cataract patients can now choose to enhance their vision with a number of exciting new lens implants. There are three main categories – or packages – for cataract patients to choose from at Eye Center South:
Our Standard Cataract Package, our Custom Cataract Package and our Premium Cataract Package. Below is a brief description of each package.
Standard Cataract Surgery provides patients conventional cataract measurements and the basic single focus lens implant. Most patients choosing our Standard package will require prescription glasses to see clearly up close and in the distance after surgery
Our Custom Cataract Package includes special testing, measurements, surgical techniques and lens implants designed to improve your night driving ability, correct your astigmatism, fine tune your surgical result and reduce or eliminate your need for glasses for distance vision. This category is ideal for patients who want to restore their confidence to drive at night or have been told they have astigmatism.
Our Premium Cataract Package at Eye Center South includes additional testing and measurements and specially designed lens implants to help you see clearly at both near and distance with little or no dependence on prescription eye wear. This package also includes laser vision enhancement to fine tune your result if necessary and make you as independent from prescription eye wear as possible.
Our staff will work together with you to help you decide which one of our cataract packages best suits your needs. Although your general health and the overall condition of your eyes play a critical role in lens selection, your lifestyle – and the role your eyes play in the activities you enjoy most – should also play into your selection.
At Eye Center South, Dr.’s Zsolt Bansagi, William Bennett, Marnix Heersink and Sebastian Heersink, have extensive experience with diagnosing and treating cataracts, so contact our office today at 800-467-1393 to make your appointment with one of our board certified Ophthalmologist.