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Did you Know that Diabetes is One of the Leading Causes of Vision Disturbances?

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Did you Know that Diabetes is One of the Leading Causes of Vision Disturbances?

Diabetes is a widespread disease that affects millions of Americans.  Aside from raised blood sugar, diabetes is also associated with visual disturbance.  When first diagnosed with diabetes, a dilated examination with a Retina Specialist is highly recommended. Following your initial evaluation, a yearly examination is also encouraged to monitor the disease to take preventative measures to lessen the risk of complications that can come along with diabetes.

Here at Eye Center South our Retinal Specialists, Dr. John Fortin and Dr. Ram Peddada have extensive experience with diagnosing and treating this disease, so contact our office today at 334-793-2211 to make your appointment  with one of our Board-Certified Ophthalmologist.   Eye Center South, Dothan, Albany, Panama City, Destin and Andalusia.


“Happy July 4th from the Physicians and Staff of Eye Center South”

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“Happy July 4th from the Physicians and Staff of Eye Center South”

Each July 4th, thousands of Americans are injured using fireworks. Eyes are among the most injured body parts, and one in six fireworks-related eye injuries results in permanent vision loss or blindness. Please remember to wear safety eye wear if fireworks are a part of your families celebration!

On behalf of the Physicians and Staff of Eye Center South, we would like to wish our patients and their families a safe and fun 4th of July!


Four Very Common Eye Diseases Diagnosed by Ophthalmologists Today

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Four Very Common Eye Diseases Diagnosed by Ophthalmologists Today

Cataracts are one of the most common eye diseases diagnosed by ophthalmologist today.  Cataracts are when the natural lens of the eye becomes clouded and causes vision to deteriorate.

Another common eye disease is glaucoma. Glaucoma is a disease in which pressure within the eye becomes elevated causing the optic nerve to sustain serious injury.

The third common eye disease is diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy is when the circulation of the retina in the back of the eye becomes compromised, generally due to poor control of blood sugar. This may in turn, cause swelling and hemorrhaging in the retina which can cause loss of vision.

Lastly, ARMD is an eye disease that causes deterioration in the part of the retina called the macula. The macula is responsible for your central vision, in which allows for reading, driving, and facial recognition. It is not rare for an individual to be diagnosed with all four of these diseases at the same time, and for that reason, the physicians of Eye Center South encourage individuals to have a thorough eye exam yearly.

To make your appointment today with one of Board Certified Ophthalmologist, please contact us at 334-793-2211.  Eye Center South – Dothan, Andalusia, Albany, Panama City and Destin.


“Surprising Medical Causes of Hearing Loss”

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Surprising Medical Causes of Hearing Loss

There are many health conditions that are not directly connected to the ears that you wouldn’t think would result in hearing issues.  Some of the health conditions are quite common, such as diabetes and hypertension, both of which affect one-third of the U.S. population. Because diabetes and hypertension impair the cardiovascular system, the nerves and blood vessels of the inner ear can become damaged and hearing diminished.

This kind of hearing loss, which occurs due to problems with the inner ear (cochlea), is called sensorineural. Sensorineural hearing loss also encompasses hearing loss that results from damage to the nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain (the auditory nerve) or to the central processing centers of the brain.  Usually permanent and irreversible, sensorineural hearing loss can generally be treated with the use of hearing aids or cochlear implants.

By contrast, conductive hearing loss is mechanical in nature, stemming from problems in the outer or middle ear.  This includes damage to the three tiny bones of the ear or to the eardrum.  For example, health conditions that  cause fluid in the middle ear can lead to conductive hearing loss. Conductive hearing loss can often be reversed medically or surgically.

It is possible to have both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss, or what is called mixed hearing loss.  So make a conscious effort to have your hearing checked every year.

To schedule a hearing evaluation with Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist, Gene Smith, please call 334-793-2211.  Eye Center South, Dothan, AL.


“Hearing Loss Claims In The Work Place & Preventative Ways To Minimize Noise Exposure”

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Hearing Loss Claims in The Work Place & Preventative Ways to Minimize Noise Exposure

Hearing loss remains a significant problem in certain noisy industries. In particular, federal data shows the average rate of job related hearing loss among private sector employees has steadily declined in recent years.  That trend may reflect the exclusion of certain industries from the calculation, or it could be a sign that ongoing efforts to reduce excessive noise exposure, train workers about the dangers of  high levels of noise, and provide them with hearing protection.

Noisy work environments can cause hearing loss that is compensable under state and federal workers’ compensation laws.

Preventing or minimizing noise exposure, of course, is the best way to reduce rates of hearing loss and presumably, the claims it generates.

To schedule a hearing evaluation with Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist, Gene Smith, please call 334-793-2211.  Eye Center South, Dothan, AL.


Did You Know That Over 360 Million People Have Hearing Loss?

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Did You Know That Over 360 Million People Have Hearing Loss?

According to new global estimates on the prevalence released by the WHO, more than 360 million people in the world have disabling hearing loss.  One in three persons over the age of 65 years old live with hearing loss and another 32 million affected are children under the age of 15.

Did you know that infections of the ear are the leading cause of children affected with hearing loss?  Some of the infectious diseases that cause hearing loss is rubella, meningitis, measles and mumps.  Most of these diseases can be prevented through vaccination. Some other common causes of hearing loss consist of being exposed to excessive noise, injuries to the head or ear, aging, genetic causes and problems during pregnancy.

Half of most cases of hearing loss could have been easily prevented, while many can be treated if caught in the early stages and diagnosed.

To schedule a hearing evaluation with Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist, Gene Smith, please call 334-793-2211.  Eye Center South, Dothan, AL.


May is Better Hearing Month: Discover Your Hearing!

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May is Better Hearing Month: Discover Your Hearing!

It Is National Better Hearing Month!

Among the five senses we rely on, hearing allows us to not only enjoy life but also to perform the necessary things we need to live safely.  It is essential to most work and recreational activities and permits us to communicate more fully.  The ability to hear is a fundamental part of life that many people take for granted.

More than 2.5 million cases of hearing impairment are reported annually in the United States.  However, most hearing loss goes undiagnosed and untreated.  Permanent hearing loss can result from repeated exposure to noise at hazardous levels such as noise from firearms, rock music, portable MP3 players with headphones, jet airplanes, lawn mowers, power tools and many others. Approximately 30% of the people over age 65 and 70-80% over 75 years of age have significant hearing impairment.  Baby boomers (49-66 years of age) are showing increased hearing loss at earlier ages.

Many people are aware that their hearing has deteriorated but are reluctant to seek help. There are many reasons why they choose to wait.  Maybe they are embarrassed to admit that they have a problem.  Maybe they feel like they can get by without it and wait years, even decades to get help.

There are considerable negative social, psychological, cognitive, and health issues associated with untreated hearing loss.  Hearing loss can affect quality of life. Elderly people with a hearing impairment experience reduced mobility, reduced involvement in social activities, and loneliness.

Call Gene Smith, Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist, to schedule your FREE HEARING SCREENING in celebration of National Better Hearing Month. Eye Center South, Dothan, AL 334-793-2211.


Cataract Surgery Can Improve Night Time Driving!

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Cataract Surgery Can Improve Night Time Driving!

Click the link to check out our new commercial highlighting our Custom Cataract Care Package including a new lens to provide patients with BETTER NIGHT TIME DRIVING!

Call our office at 334-793-2211 to schedule a cataract evaluation with one of our Eye Center South Cataract Specialist, Dr. Marnix Heersink, Dr. William Bennett or Dr. Sebastian Heersink, and learn more about the freedom you can experience after cataract surgery at Eye Center South.  At Eye Center South in Dothan, Panama City, Destin, Albany and Andalusia, Your Vision is our Mission!


Can Hearing Loss Lead to Depression?

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Can Hearing Loss Lead to Depression?

Studies have shown that individuals who suffer from hearing loss are much less likely to engage in social activities than those who are able to hear clearly. This degree of isolation from social interaction can very often lead to depression. Unfortunately, 1 in every 10 people (which exceeds more than 34.5 million Americans) experience hearing loss to some degree. Hearing loss is currently thought to be one of the most commonly ignored health conditions in the United States. However, hearing aids have proven to be a great solution to this issue. In individuals who regularly wear hearing aids, significant increases in mood and quality of life have been noted. Hearing aids have also been said to improve confidence, sense of safety, and have allowed people to become more actively engaged in social events.

If you would like to make an appointment with our Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist, Gene Smith,  please call our office at 334-793-2211.


Drastic Increase in Nearsightedness

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Drastic Increase in Nearsightedness

Recent studies have found that the number of individuals living with nearsightedness is on the rise. In the 1970s, statistics showed that approximately 25% of people were nearsighted. Today that percentage has grown to 42%. Nearsightedness is also known as myopia and prevents individuals from seeing objects at a distance clearly. This condition has not only been recognized in the United States, China also has a large number of individuals who are nearsighted- up to 80% of the total population. The cause of this drastic increase is believed to be the all of the close-up work used in modern society including the use of computers, smartphones, reading, and video games.

Nearsightedness can be easily corrected with laser vision correction known as LASIK and with ICL Procedure (Implantable Contact Lens). Both of these Vision Improvement Procedures are offered at Eye Center South.  If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for this procedure, please contact our office at 334-793-2211 to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Marnix Heersink, Dr. Sebastian Heersink and Dr. Zsolt Bansagi.