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“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.


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.