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Blepharitis: Chronically Red Eyelids

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Blepharitis: Chronically Red Eyelids

Do you have chronically red eyelids? If so, you may have a condition known as Blepharitis. Blepharitis is caused by an inflammation of the eyelid that can result in itchiness, redness, crusting, and discharge of the eye. This inflammation is a result of an overgrowth of bacteria on the eyelid. Although we all have this type of harmless bacteria on our skin, it becomes a problem when a large amount of it accumulates in one specific area. Blepharitis is closely related to Rosacea, which is a common skin disease that affects areas of the face. Blepharitis can also be compared to dandruff, since it often results in dandruff-like scales around the eyelashes. Some ways to cope with this disease are to use warm, damp compresses on the eyelid followed by a light scrub to remove bacteria and loosen debris. There are also ointments and drops for the eye that are very effective in treating this condition.

To discuss your symptoms and find out more about your options in dealing with this condition, call us at Eye Center South to schedule your evaluation. 334-793-2211 or 800-467-1393


Dry Eyes and Winter Months

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Dry Eyes and Winter Months

Chronic dry eye is a problem for many individuals that can often become very uncomfortable. As many who struggle with this condition are aware, it has the tendency to worsen in the winter months.  This is because during winter months the air is much drier than in summer months. Also, during winter months, many people use heating devices, which can worsen the condition of chronic dry eyes. Some symptoms of chronic dry eyes are burning, blurred vision, and feeling like you have something in your eye. In order for your eyes to be functioning properly, they require plenty of moisture. 

If you feel that this may be a problem for you, we suggest that you schedule a dry eye evaluation. Dr. Sebastian Heersink at Eye Center South has various ways of diagnosing and treating chronic dry eye to meet the needs of each individual patient. If you would like to make an appointment with Dr. Sebastian Heersink for a dry eye evaluation, call our offices today at 334-793-2211 to see what the Eye Care Professionals of Eye Center South can do for you.


How Diabetes Affects Eye Health

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How Diabetes Affects Eye Health

Diabetic Macular Degeneration predominantly affects people between the ages of 20 and 74. In the United States, this condition has been named the leading cause of blindness due to a disruption of blood flow to the eye. When the eye is lacking in blood supply the cells of the retina which are responsible for normal sight become damaged.

 Damage to the retina due to insufficient blood flow is known as diabetic retinopathy. This condition is very common in those individuals who do not properly monitor and control their blood sugar levels. Studies have shown that 33% of all diabetics suffer from mild diabetic retinopathy while 10% of these cases severely threaten the patient’s vision.

 Non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy is the term used to describe the early stages of diabetic retinopathy. During this phase blood vessels are weakened to the extent that they may bleed into tissues of the retina and cause swelling of the macula. The macula is the part of the eye that provides us with clear, detailed visual images. Any damage to this part of the eye can lead to macular oedema.

 The later, more severe stages of diabetic retinopathy are known as proliferative diabetic retinopathy. When the retina is deprived of blood flow, it is also deprived of oxygen. This deprivation causes the retina to create new, even more fragile blood vessels in order to generate a greater blood supply. Unfortunately, these new vessels are extremely likely to rupture and cause even more swelling of the surrounding tissues of the retina. In some very severe cases this swelling can cause the retina to completely detach from the inside of the eye leading to blindness.

Symptoms of this condition may not appear in the earlier phases so it is very important that those who are at high risk of diabetic macular degeneration undergo regular screenings by an eye care professional to prevent unknown progression of this condition.

 If you would like to contact one of the eye care specialists of Eye Center South to schedule your routine screening please call 334-793-2211.


Blepharoplasty with Oculoplastic Specialist, Dr. Richard Bryant

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Blepharoplasty with Oculoplastic Specialist, Dr. Richard Bryant

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a medical and cosmetic surgical procedure performed here at Eye Center South by Oculoplastic Specialist, Dr. Richard Bryant that is designed to eliminate excess tissues from the eyelids in order to enhance the look of the eyes. As time passes, eyelids have a tendency to stretch as the supporting muscles become weak. Because of this, unwanted fat deposits may collect either above or below the eyelids resulting in sagging eyebrows, drooping eyelids, and the appearance of bags under one’s eyes. While the listed conditions are not only cosmetically undesirable; they can also affect one’s peripheral vision. Blepharoplasty is a great way to improve such issues.  Most people are not aware that Blepharoplasty is also a medical procedure that is covered by most insurance companies if deemed necessary.  A full evaluation with Dr. Richard Bryant is needed to determine whether it is medical or cosmetic.  To find out more about the risks and benefits of this surgery or to schedule an evaluation in our Dothan, AL or Destin, FL office, please contact us at 334-793-2211 or 800-467-1393.


National Cataract Awareness Month

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National Cataract Awareness Month

Cataracts continue to be one of the world’s leading causes of preventable blindness. That’s why each Fall, Eye  Center South celebrates National Cataract Awareness Month by encouraging patients to schedule a complimentary cataract screening. If you’re experiencing changes in your vision,  call Eye Center South today and schedule your complimentary cataract screening.


Welcome Home and to Eye Center South, Dr. Amanda Matthews

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Welcome Home and to Eye Center South, Dr. Amanda Matthews

Eye Center South, Albany, is proud to ‘welcome home’ Dr. Amanda Mathews, a Georgia native who has returned home to work in our Albany practice. Dr. Mathews specializes in cataract and LASIK surgery and  is  now accepting new patients. From the latest breakthroughs in cataract care – to recent advancements in LASIK – look to Dr. Amanda Mathews at our Albany, GA location.


Free Cataract Screenings at Eye Center South-Dothan, Albany, Panama City, Destin and Andalusia

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Free Cataract Screenings at Eye Center South-Dothan, Albany, Panama City, Destin and Andalusia

Cataracts continue to be one of the world’s leading causes of preventable blindness. That’s why each Fall, Eye  Center South celebrates National Cataract Awareness Month by encouraging patients to schedule a complimentary cataract screening. If you’re experiencing changes in your vision,  call Eye Center South today (800/467-1393) and schedule your complimentary cataract screening.


Spring Allergies and Your Eyes

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Spring Allergies and Your Eyes

Spring time can be a time of discomfort for allergy sufferers.  These seasonal allergies brought on by dust and pollen in the air can be a true nuisance.   Just as the weather improves and people want to open their windows to let the fresh air in people suffering with allergies find it necessary to keep the windows closed relying on their air conditioners to filter the incoming air.  Luckily the symptoms are fairly short lived, at least until the fall when symptoms may resume.  Some people are unfortunate in that they may suffer from allergies all year round.  Many of these people can be helped by going to an allergist who may be able to determine the cause of their allergies which are often caused by animal dander and dust mites.  Others may have a more difficult time as they may suffer from chronic atopic allergies such as eczema.

While allergies can be associated with nasal symptoms and generalized malaise, the ophthalmologists at Eye Center South with offices in Dothan, Andalusia, Panama City, Destin and Albany see many people with severe ocular complaints.  Many of the sufferers are contact lens patients.  Ocular complaints may consist of severe itching and burning often associated with a mucus discharge.  In these cases the lids may be swollen and the conjunctiva which lines the inside of the lids and the white part of your eyes may be involved.  Those wearing contact lenses must stop using them while they are symptomatic.  Proteins secreted while patients are allergic stick to the lenses blurring vision and causing the lenses to dislocate from their normal position on their eye.  All this causes significant visual impairment as well as increased discomfort.

While stopping lens wear is a first step there are many good medications now available that can afford considerable relief.  Because dryness results from inflammatory changes associated with allergies artificial tears can bring significant relief by washing out allergens and offering comforting lubrication.  There are now many excellent steroid drops that can give quick relief and when used for a short time are perfectly safe.  Finally there are many new antihistamine-mast cell stabilizer drops now available that give 24 hour relief.


Welcome!

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Welcome!

Welcome to the ECS blog!  We hope you find our blog to be informational and entertaining.  If there are any specific topics you would like to hear about, please let us know.  We look forward to sharing information with you and hearing your feedback and comments!


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