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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.


February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month

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February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month

Patients who have diabetic retinopathy may also develop macular degeneration at some point in their life.  This condition affects the center of the retina known as the macula, which is the “window” to your central vision. Macular degeneration can be either wet or dry. Dry macular degeneration is directly related to the deterioration of the macula. Treatment is generally done to help slow the deterioration. Research has shown a diet rich in certain antioxidants may be beneficial. Wet macular degeneration is defined as the development of abnormal blood vessels.  These blood vessels can easily hemorrhage which can result in severe, sudden vision loss.  If you are diabetic or have a family history of one of these eye conditions, please call 800.467.1393 to schedule an appointment with one of our board certified Retina Specialists, Dr. John Fortin or Dr. Ram Peddada, at Eye Center South Dothan, Andalusia, Albany, Destin, Panama City.


Age-related Macular Degeneration Awareness month

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Age-related Macular Degeneration Awareness month

February is Age-related Macular Degeneration Awareness month. 

What Are the Symptoms of AMD?

The early stages of age-related macular degeneration may not have any symptoms.  However, the first sign of macular degeneration is usually distortion of straight lines. This may progress to a gradual loss of central vision as seen in the pictures below.

Who is most at risk?

This disease is more common in Caucasians. The risk doubles if you smoke, according to research.  Also, anyone who has a family history of AMD is at higher risk.

How is AMD treated?

AMD has no known cure, but treatment may prevent severe vision loss or slow the progression of the disease considerably. The type of treatment should be determined by your ophthalmologist.

To find out more about Age-Related Macular Degeneration or if you feel you may be at risk, call 800/467-1393 today to schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Retina Specialisits in Dothan, Andalusia, Destin, Panama City and Albany.


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.


What are Flashes and Floaters?

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What are Flashes and Floaters?

Do you sometimes see small specks or clouds moving in your field of vision? If so, you may have floaters.  Floaters can appear as different shapes, like dots, circles, lines, clouds or cobwebs. This is caused by tiny clumps of material inside the vitreous, the clear gel-like fluid that fills the inside of the eye, which pulls free of its attachments to the back of eye.  When this happens, what you are seeing are the shadows that are cast on the retina.  Sometimes you may see what looks like flashing lights or lightning streaks, which are known as flashes. This is caused when the vitreous gel pulls on the retina.  As you grow older, it’s common to experience floaters and flashes.  You should seek medical attention if you experience a shower of floaters and spots, occasionally followed by light flashes.  This sudden appearance could mean that the vitreous is pulling away from the retina or the retina is becoming displaced from the inner back of the eye. When the retina is torn, vitreous can penetrate the opening and push out the retina – leading to a detachment. 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. John Fortin or Dr. Ram Peddada.


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


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.