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April is Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month

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April is Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month

Eye injuries can occur at any time, but the frequency of those related to sports and recreation are at much higher rates.  According to the U.S. Eye Injury Registry, fishing is the number one cause of sports-related injuries.  However, 90 percent of serious eye injuries can be prevented by using appropriate protective eyewear.  Regular eyeglasses do not provide adequate protection.  Keep in mind that all eye injuries are not sports related alone and can happen even at home while doing yard work, home repairs, cleaning, etc…  Therefore, it is important that the type of eye protection one uses is appropriate for the specific activity.


March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month and Eye Donor Awareness Month

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March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month and Eye Donor Awareness Month

In the Workplace

While working each day, almost 2000 people injure their eyes.  One third of these injuries require a visit to the emergency room.  Three out of five workplace eye injuries occur because proper eye protection is not being worn. When working in or around a harmful environment, proper eye protection should be worn at all times to help prevent eye injury, no matter how minor or serious.

Being an Eye Donor

Have you ever considered becoming an eye donor upon death?  Anyone can be an eye donor regardless of age, quality of vision or a history of cataracts.  If you wish to give someone else the gift of sight, it is important to inform family members of your wishes.  Below is a website that contains additional information about being a donor.

http://www.eyedonation.org/

 


What is Astigmatism?

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What is Astigmatism?

Astigmatism is a condition that causes your vision to be blurry at any distance and is a very common condition. The causes are either due to irregular shaped corneas or the curvature of the lens inside the eye, which prevents light from focusing properly on the retina. Slight amounts of astigmatism don’t usually affect a person’s vision and don’t require treatment. Larger amounts cause the vision to be distorted or blurred. Astigmatism often occurs with other vision conditions like nearsightedness and farsightedness; these conditions are referred to as refractive errors. Treatment for astigmatism includes wearing corrective eyeglasses, specially designed hard or soft contact lenses or by LASIK surgery.  Astigmatism can also be treated during cataract surgery by two different options.  One option is a Limbal Relaxing Incision or LRI, which is a small incision(s) made to help relax the cornea and help correct its misshaping.  Another option is a special cataract lens called a Toric Lens, which is an intraocular lens that corrects for astigmatism.

If you have astigmatism and have considered treatment, please call Eye Center South at 1-800-NEW-EYES, to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Marnix Heersink, Dr. Sebastian Heersink, Dr. Zsolt Bansagi, Dr. William Bennett or Dr. Amanda Matthews to see if you are a candidate for treatment.  Eye Center South, Dothan, Andalusia, Panama City, Destin and Albany.


Blepharitis

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Blepharitis

Do you have red, swollen eyelids?  If so, you may have inflammation of the eyelid, known as Blepharitis.  It is a common and ongoing condition where the eyelid can have itchiness, redness, crusting and discharge of the eye. This inflammation is a result of an overgrowth of bacteria on the eyelid.  Blepharitis can also resemble dandruff, since it often results in dandruff-like scales around the eyelashes.  A close examination of your eyelids and eyelashes is usually all that is needed to diagnosis blepharitis.  To discuss your symptoms and find out more about treatments offered for this condition, call Eye Center South to schedule your evaluation at 334-793-2211 or 800-467-1393.


Cataract Surgery

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Cataract Surgery

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.


Have I Waited Too Long to Have LASIK Surgery? Are There Other Options For Me?

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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.


Do you suspect that you have Dry Eye?

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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


Eye Injuries Associated with Sports

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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.


What Cataract Package Is Right For You?

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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.


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.