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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.


Surge in Nearsightedness

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Surge in Nearsightedness

Around the world there is a rise of nearsightedness (myopia) due to the increase of smart phones, computers, and video games.

Over a billion people worldwide are now nearsighted and it is anticipated by 2020 that a third of the world’s population will be nearsighted. Percentages are higher in industrialized nations like the US. The largest increases in nearsightedness were in African Americans.

University of California researchers are concerned with young children and the use of ipads and tablets since their eyes are still evolving. Eyes interpret near activity as the normal state, thus resulting in the advancement of nearsightedness. According to the “Japan Times” the Japanese City of Kariya has banned the use of smart phones for all elementary and junior high school students after 9 p.m.

Studies from around the world, including the US, show spending time outdoors has a preventative effect on nearsightedness. At least spending two hours a day outside is all that maybe required, but there are no studies that prove this for sure. It is believed this may be due to higher light levels, compared to indoors, hormonal changes, or simply engaging in activities requiring better distance vision.

Development of nearsightedness is also related to genetics, it is unsure which plays a greater role: lifestyle or parents genes. The earlier people become nearsighted, the greater the risk their nearsightedness can be. People with moderate to severe nearsightedness have a much higher risk of developing retinal tears, retinal detachments and macular degeneration.  All of these can lead to permanent vision loss as well.

A persons eyes typically become stable in their late teens or early 20’s and the vision can be corrected by LASIK. To determine if you are a candidate for LASIK, call to schedule an evaluation with one of our Board-Certified Refractive Surgeons, Dr. Marnix Heersink, Dr. Zsolt Bansagi or Dr. Sebastian Heersink at Eye Center South at 1-800-NEW-EYES.


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.


January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month!

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January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month!

With January being National Glaucoma Awareness month, now is the time to spread the word about this vision threatening disease. Currently over 2 million Americans over the age of 40 have been diagnosed with Glaucoma. Glaucoma is a disease that gradually steals sight with little or no warning. It is estimated that 30 million people worldwide have glaucoma and do not know they have it. Vision loss is caused by damage to the optic nerve. The damage is permanent and vision cannot be restored once it is lost. There currently is no cure for glaucoma, but there are many different treatment options that can be discussed with your eye doctor. Early detection is vital to stop the progression of this disease.
If you or someone you know might be a Glaucoma suspect, call Eye Center South to schedule an appointment with one of our Fellowship Trained/Board-Certified Glaucoma Specialists in one of our five locations – Dr. Sturridge and Dr. Leoncavallo. Eye Center South Dothan, Panama City, Destin, Albany or Andalusia at 800-467-1393


Floaters and Flashes of Light

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Floaters and Flashes of Light

Many patients call Eye Center South with complaints of floaters or flashes of light in their vision. The vitreous body is the fluid that fills the back of the eye. The vitreous occupies the space between the retina and the lens of the eye. As we age, the vitreous degenerates and becomes more watery. This is a natural process of aging.

Many patients have floaters that look like small dark objects that move as we move our eyes. Floaters are usually seen during the day because they are easier to see when there is more light. When you see a floater, you are actually seeing a shadow of a particle in your eye. Floaters are not usually visually dangerous.

When a patient sees a sudden increase in floaters or flashes of light that occur in their peripheral vision, this can be the sign of a posterior vitreous detachment. A posterior vitreous detachment occurs when the vitreous gel separates from the retina suddenly. The flashes of light represent the areas of gel that are still attached to the retina and when the gel pulls against the retina, the traction creates a flash of light. It is important to immediately call your eye doctor when these symptoms occur because new floaters and flashes can be associated with a retinal tear. The retina is similar to the film in a camera. It is a delicate tissue that lines the back of the eye. If a tear in the retina is discovered by one of our Board Certified Retina Specialists, one way it can be treated is with a laser. A retinal tear left untreated can become a retinal detachment over time by fluid getting under the retina and lifting it up. A retinal detachment is a more serious eye problem that may need immediate eye surgery.

Posterior vitreous detachments are serious, but usually benign in nature. It is important to have a thorough eye exam, if you have experienced any of the above symptoms, call Eye Center South at 334-793-2211 to schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Retina Specialists, Dr. Fortin or Dr. Peddada.


Fall Allergies Are Here!

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Fall Allergies Are Here!

Allergic conjunctivitis occurs when the conjunctiva (the white part of the eye) becomes irritated or swollen due to an allergy, such as mold, dust, pet dander, or pollen. As fall season approaches, we start to see an increase in systemic allergies and allergic conjunctivitis because many of us are allergic to fall weeds. Typical symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis include redness, itching and watering eyes. When our eyes are exposed to anything we are allergic to, histamine is released and the blood vessels in the conjunctiva become swollen. Pollen tends to stay in the air heavily on warm, windy, dry days and can increase our chances of developing allergic symptoms. However, on cool, rainy days, the pollen is washed to the ground and we are less symptomatic. Allergic conjunctivitis can be diagnosed by an eye doctor based on history, duration of symptoms and appearance of the eyes on examination.

Usually small bumps are seen on the inside of the eyelids and or the conjunctiva. There are many treatments available for allergic conjunctivitis that include over the counter artificial tears for mild cases, antihistamine eye drops or oral antihistamines for moderate cases and cortisone eye drops for severe cases. Over the last several years many new antihistamines eye drops have been developed that give quick relief and also help prevent further allergic flare ups. Unfortunately, on days when pollen counts are high and we can visibly see pollen in the air, it is very difficult to avoid contact. Using air filtration systems and keeping windows closed at home and in the car can help reduce allergens as much as possible. If you or anyone you know is suffering with allergies, call today to make an appointment with one of our Board-Certified Ophthalmologists at Eye Center South to determine your best treatment options. Eye Center South, Dothan, AL, Panama City, FL, Destin, FL, Albany, GA and Andalusia, AL. Call 1-800-NEW-EYES to be seen this week.


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.