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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.


Do You Suffer From Ocular Migraines?

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Do You Suffer From Ocular Migraines?

Although ocular migraines are more common in women, this neurological condition can happen to anyone. Some symptoms of these migraines are visual, such as seeing lightning bolts, kaleidoscope images, or zig zag lines. However, other symptoms can also include nausea, light sensitivity, and vomiting associated with severe head pain. Unfortunately, it is not known what exactly causes ocular migraines. Scientists believe that it could be a result of an abnormality in the transmission of serotonin which could cause blood vessels to constrict and reduce oxygen supply to the brain. There are also certain foods that are believed to trigger these migraines including cheese, alcohol, aspartame, chocolate, and caffeine. Ocular migraines can be treated by either avoiding specific triggers or with medications such as Imitrex, Maxalt, Amerge, and Zomig.

If you are experiencing symptoms of ocular migraines it is important to see your primary care physician as well as your ophthalmologist. If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of the Board-Certified Ophthalmologists at Eye Center South, please call 334-793-2211 today.


New Dr. Bryant Billboard!

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New Dr. Bryant Billboard!

We hope you all have been able to check out our new Dr. Bryant billboard on the Ross Clark Circle!  Dr. Bryant is an Oculofacial Plastic Surgeon who specializes in eyelid surgery, facelifts, neck lifts, brow lifts, Botox, Juvederm and Restylane.  Call 334-793-2211 to schedule your cosmetic evaluation.


How to Prevent Ocular Injuries

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How to Prevent Ocular Injuries

Athletes are especially susceptible to ocular injuries, or injuries of the eye. Surprisingly, basketball results in the most ocular injuries of all sports. Bruising of the face is common and does not result in a serious injury; however, serious injuries such as retinal tears and detachments can occur. Soccer and baseball also account for a great deal of ocular injuries. These are typically caused by direct kicks to the eye or a direct hit from a baseball which can lead to corneal abrasions and orbital fractures. Skiers must also be cautious of eye injuries. UV eye protection is essential when skiing at high elevations. Without this protective eyewear, temporary blindness called Solar Keratitis can occur. Chronic exposure to UV rays can lead to more complicated diseases such as cataracts, macular degeneration, and growths on the eye.

If you experience any of these ocular injuries, you should be seen immediately by an Eye Care Professional. To make an appointment with one of the Board-Certified Ophthalmologists at Eye Center South, please call 334-793-2211.


Vision Changes During Pregnancy

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Vision Changes During Pregnancy

Many changes take place in a woman’s body during pregnancy; changes in vision are no exception to this rule. Fortunately, these changes are rarely serious.

The cornea, or main lens, is most often affected by pregnancy. During pregnancy, a woman’s body holds more water than it typically would. This can cause the cornea to become swollen which may slightly change the shape of your lens. For this reason, a pregnant woman may notice a change in her prescription if she currently wears corrective lenses. Also, since the lens shape may be temporarily altered, it is not recommended that women undergo laser corrective surgery during pregnancy or while nursing.

Some of the more severe vision changes are seen in women who develop preeclampsia. When suffering from preeclampsia blood vessels become narrow, including those in the eye, causing women to see spots or have darkened vision.

These changes usually reverse themselves after pregnancy. However, it is important to maintain healthy eyes before pregnancy so that if these changes occur you can properly assess the differences. If you would like to schedule an appointment with an Eye Care Professional of Eye Center South, please call our office at 334-793-2211 or 800-467-1393.


What is Conjunctivitis?

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What is Conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis is more commonly known as Pink Eye. Pink Eye causes a great deal of redness and itching in the eye, sometimes accompanied by drainage and a burning sensation. The three types of Pink Eye are Allergic Conjunctivitis, Bacterial Conjunctivitis, and Viral Conjunctivitis.

Allergic Conjunctivitis typically occurs in the Spring and Fall when allergens such as pollen, ragweed, and grasses are most productive. If you suffer from Allergic Conjunctivitis, it is helpful to filter as many allergens from the home as possible and take an over the counter antihistamine.

Bacterial conjunctivitis is relatively easy to treat with antibiotics, usually in the form of an eye drop. When taken as prescribed the symptoms of Pink Eye should subside in just a few days.

Viral Conjunctivitis is more difficult to treat, but there are medications that can be given to ease the discomfort of the symptoms.

If you develop symptoms such as redness with itching, burning, or drainage you should make an appointment to see an Eye Care Professional right away. To schedule an appointment with one of the Eye Care Professionals at Eye Center South in our Dothan, Albany, Andalusia, Panama City, or Destin locations please call 1-800-467-1617.


The Dangers of High Eye Pressure

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The Dangers of High Eye Pressure

High eye pressure is a key indicator of the medical condition known as Glaucoma. In individuals with Glaucoma, there is an abnormally high amount of pressure placed on the optic nerve. This, however, can be diagnosed very easily by an instrument called a tonometer. Once the level of pressure is assessed an individualized treatment plan can begin.

Although Glaucoma typically has no early warning signs, if you are experiencing symptoms such as loss of peripheral vision or tunnel vision you should schedule an eye pressure evaluation immediately. Prevention is always the best medicine and regular eye exams are imperative in maintaining healthy eyes. If you are interested in scheduling a Glaucoma Evaluation with Dr. Sturridge, Eye Center South’s Glaucoma Specialist, please call 334-793-2211.


Are You a Candidate for LASIK?

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Are You a Candidate for LASIK?

LASIK is a surgical procedure that is very effective in correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. In order to be a candidate for LASIK, a patient must have an adequately thick cornea with proper shape and healthy eyes. The best method of determining these factors is with a LASIK evaluation. Once a patient becomes a qualified candidate for LASIK the procedure may be scheduled. During the procedure, the patient and equipment are put into position and a laser is used to reshape the cornea. This laser greatly improves one’s vision in only a matter of seconds. After LASIK antibiotic eye drops are applied and the procedure is complete. The entire procedure often takes less than 30 minutes!

At Eye Center South we have Board-Certified Ophthalmologists who are highly qualified to help with your vision correction needs. If you would like to schedule a FREE LASIK evaluation with Dr. Bansagi, Dr. Marnix Heersink or Dr. Sebastian Heersink to see if you are a candidate for surgery,  please call our office today at 334-793-2211.


Have you noticed a change in your vision? Are you a candidate for cataract surgery?

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Have You Noticed a Change in Your Vision? Are You a Candidate for Cataract Surgery?

Cataract surgery does not only restore lost vision, it typically will allow patients to see even better than they did before. The term cataract is used to describe a condition where the lens of the eye becomes “clouded”. Over time this lens can become yellowed, spotted, and very difficult to see through. Cataract surgery is performed to remove the old “clouded” lens and replace it with a new clear plastic lens. Because an artificial lens is implanted, the new lens has the ability to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism. At Eye Center South, we offer the newest technology in lenses for cataract surgery that allow you to see at near, distance and in between. Over 90% of patients who elect a Lifestyle lens, do not wear glasses after surgery.

Let the Board-Certified Ophthalmologists of Eye Center South show you just how easy this procedure can be. Call us today to schedule your Cataract surgery evaluation to see if you are a candidate for surgery and to see if you are a candidate for the Lifestyle lens. For your convenience, you can schedule your evaluation in our Dothan, Panama City, Destin, Albany or Andalusia office. Call us today at 800/467-1393.