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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/

 


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.


Free Cosmetic Event! ‘Face to Face’ with Dr. Richard Bryant

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Free Cosmetic Event! ‘Face to Face’ with Dr. Richard Bryant


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.


Best of Wiregrass

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Best of Wiregrass


We Are Honored…

Thank you for voting us ‘Best Eye Care Office’ and Dr. Sebastian Heersink, ‘Best Doctor of the Wiregrass.’

The doctors and staff of Eye Center South are proud to have been voted as ‘Best’ by people throughout the Wiregrass. Since our founding more than 30 years ago, Eye Center South has been focused on providing our friends and neighbors the quality patient care they deserve in an environment that is warm and caring. We look forward to continuing our tradition of eye care excellence and extend our sincere thanks to everyone who voted us ‘Best of the Wiregrass.’


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.


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.


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