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The Dangers of High Eye Pressure

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The Dangers of High Eye Pressure

High eye pressure is a key indicator of the medical condition known as Glaucoma. In individuals with Glaucoma, there is an abnormally high amount of pressure placed on the optic nerve. This, however, can be diagnosed very easily by an instrument called a tonometer. Once the level of pressure is assessed an individualized treatment plan can begin.

Although Glaucoma typically has no early warning signs, if you are experiencing symptoms such as loss of peripheral vision or tunnel vision you should schedule an eye pressure evaluation immediately. Prevention is always the best medicine and regular eye exams are imperative in maintaining healthy eyes. If you are interested in scheduling a Glaucoma Evaluation with Dr. Sturridge, Eye Center South’s Glaucoma Specialist, please call 334-793-2211.


Are You a Candidate for LASIK?

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Are You a Candidate for LASIK?

LASIK is a surgical procedure that is very effective in correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. In order to be a candidate for LASIK, a patient must have an adequately thick cornea with proper shape and healthy eyes. The best method of determining these factors is with a LASIK evaluation. Once a patient becomes a qualified candidate for LASIK the procedure may be scheduled. During the procedure, the patient and equipment are put into position and a laser is used to reshape the cornea. This laser greatly improves one’s vision in only a matter of seconds. After LASIK antibiotic eye drops are applied and the procedure is complete. The entire procedure often takes less than 30 minutes!

At Eye Center South we have Board-Certified Ophthalmologists who are highly qualified to help with your vision correction needs. If you would like to schedule a FREE LASIK evaluation with Dr. Bansagi, Dr. Marnix Heersink or Dr. Sebastian Heersink to see if you are a candidate for surgery,  please call our office today at 334-793-2211.


Have you noticed a change in your vision? Are you a candidate for cataract surgery?

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Have You Noticed a Change in Your Vision? Are You a Candidate for Cataract Surgery?

Cataract surgery does not only restore lost vision, it typically will allow patients to see even better than they did before. The term cataract is used to describe a condition where the lens of the eye becomes “clouded”. Over time this lens can become yellowed, spotted, and very difficult to see through. Cataract surgery is performed to remove the old “clouded” lens and replace it with a new clear plastic lens. Because an artificial lens is implanted, the new lens has the ability to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism. At Eye Center South, we offer the newest technology in lenses for cataract surgery that allow you to see at near, distance and in between. Over 90% of patients who elect a Lifestyle lens, do not wear glasses after surgery. 

Let the Board-Certified Ophthalmologists of Eye Center South show you just how easy this procedure can be. Call us today to schedule your Cataract surgery evaluation to see if you are a candidate for surgery and to see if you are a candidate for the Lifestyle lens. For your convenience, you can schedule your evaluation in our Dothan, Panama City, Destin, Albany or Andalusia office. Call us today at 800/467-1393.


Narrow Angle vs. Open Angle Glaucoma

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Narrow Angle vs. Open Angle Glaucoma

Contrary to popular belief, Glaucoma does not describe one specific condition, but a group of conditions that correspond to one another and can cause blindness. Because the term Glaucoma describes many different things, there are two common variations of this disease.

The first is called Open Angle Glaucoma. In patients suffering from Open Angle Glaucoma, there is an increased pressure in the eye resulting from improper draining of liquid in the eye where the cornea and iris meet. Symptoms of this condition often include moderate eye pain, nausea, redness of the eye, and blurred vision. Typical treatments for Open Angle Glaucoma are eye drops, laser treatments, or Glaucoma surgery.

However, if you feel a sudden onset of these symptoms you may be experiencing Narrow Angle Glaucoma which is caused by a complete blockage of the duct that drains liquid from the eye and causes eye pressure to rise very quickly causing severe eye pain, nausea, redness of the eye, and blurred vision. In this instance you should see a doctor right away. These symptoms left untreated can cause permanent blindness.

Since Glaucoma has no noticeable symptoms in the early stages, it is very important that you get regular eye exams to monitor the health of your eyes. If you are interested in scheduling a Glaucoma evaluation with Eye Center South’s Board-Certified and Fellowship-Trained Glaucoma Specialist, Kirk Sturridge, MD, please call 334-793-2211.


What is Astigmatism?

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What is Astigmatism?

Astigmatism is caused by an irregularly shaped cornea and impairs one’s ability to focus on images either close up or far away. In individuals with astigmatism, the cornea, or surface of the eye, is steeper in one direction than the other. Ways to treat astigmatism include corrective glass lenses, hard or soft contact lenses, or LASIK surgery.

If you have astigmatism and have considered having LASIK surgery for correction, please call Eye Center South to schedule your FREE LASIK evaluation with Dr. M. Heersink, Dr. Sebastian Heersink or Dr. Zsolt Bansagi, to see if you are a candidate for surgery.   Call 1- 800-NEW-EYES or 800-467-1393.


Blepharitis: Chronically Red Eyelids

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Blepharitis: Chronically Red Eyelids

Do you have chronically red eyelids? If so, you may have a condition known as Blepharitis. Blepharitis is caused by an inflammation of the eyelid that can result in itchiness, redness, crusting, and discharge of the eye. This inflammation is a result of an overgrowth of bacteria on the eyelid. Although we all have this type of harmless bacteria on our skin, it becomes a problem when a large amount of it accumulates in one specific area. Blepharitis is closely related to Rosacea, which is a common skin disease that affects areas of the face. Blepharitis can also be compared to dandruff, since it often results in dandruff-like scales around the eyelashes. Some ways to cope with this disease are to use warm, damp compresses on the eyelid followed by a light scrub to remove bacteria and loosen debris. There are also ointments and drops for the eye that are very effective in treating this condition.

To discuss your symptoms and find out more about your options in dealing with this condition, call us at Eye Center South to schedule your evaluation. 334-793-2211 or 800-467-1393


Dry Eyes and Winter Months

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Dry Eyes and Winter Months

Chronic dry eye is a problem for many individuals that can often become very uncomfortable. As many who struggle with this condition are aware, it has the tendency to worsen in the winter months.  This is because during winter months the air is much drier than in summer months. Also, during winter months, many people use heating devices, which can worsen the condition of chronic dry eyes. Some symptoms of chronic dry eyes are burning, blurred vision, and feeling like you have something in your eye. In order for your eyes to be functioning properly, they require plenty of moisture. 

If you feel that this may be a problem for you, we suggest that you schedule a dry eye evaluation. Dr. Sebastian Heersink at Eye Center South has various ways of diagnosing and treating chronic dry eye to meet the needs of each individual patient. If you would like to make an appointment with Dr. Sebastian Heersink for a dry eye evaluation, call our offices today at 334-793-2211 to see what the Eye Care Professionals of Eye Center South can do for you.


How Diabetes Affects Eye Health

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How Diabetes Affects Eye Health

Diabetic Macular Degeneration predominantly affects people between the ages of 20 and 74. In the United States, this condition has been named the leading cause of blindness due to a disruption of blood flow to the eye. When the eye is lacking in blood supply the cells of the retina which are responsible for normal sight become damaged.

Damage to the retina due to insufficient blood flow is known as diabetic retinopathy. This condition is very common in those individuals who do not properly monitor and control their blood sugar levels. Studies have shown that 33% of all diabetics suffer from mild diabetic retinopathy while 10% of these cases severely threaten the patient’s vision.

Non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy is the term used to describe the early stages of diabetic retinopathy. During this phase blood vessels are weakened to the extent that they may bleed into tissues of the retina and cause swelling of the macula. The macula is the part of the eye that provides us with clear, detailed visual images. Any damage to this part of the eye can lead to macular oedema.

The later, more severe stages of diabetic retinopathy are known as proliferative diabetic retinopathy. When the retina is deprived of blood flow, it is also deprived of oxygen. This deprivation causes the retina to create new, even more fragile blood vessels in order to generate a greater blood supply. Unfortunately, these new vessels are extremely likely to rupture and cause even more swelling of the surrounding tissues of the retina. In some very severe cases this swelling can cause the retina to completely detach from the inside of the eye leading to blindness.

Symptoms of this condition may not appear in the earlier phases so it is very important that those who are at high risk of diabetic macular degeneration undergo regular screenings by an eye care professional to prevent unknown progression of this condition.

If you would like to contact one of the eye care specialists of Eye Center South to schedule your routine screening please call 334-793-2211.


Spring Allergies and Your Eyes

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Spring Allergies and Your Eyes

Spring time can be a time of discomfort for allergy sufferers. These seasonal allergies brought on by dust and pollen in the air can be a true nuisance. Just as the weather improves and people want to open their windows to let the fresh air in people suffering with allergies find it necessary to keep the windows closed relying on their air conditioners to filter the incoming air.  Luckily the symptoms are fairly short lived, at least until the fall when symptoms may resume. Some people are unfortunate in that they may suffer from allergies all year round. Many of these people can be helped by going to an allergist who may be able to determine the cause of their allergies which are often caused by animal dander and dust mites. Others may have a more difficult time as they may suffer from chronic atopic allergies such as eczema.

While allergies can be associated with nasal symptoms and generalized malaise, the ophthalmologists at Eye Center South with offices in Dothan, Andalusia, Panama City, Destin and Albany see many people with severe ocular complaints. Many of the sufferers are contact lens patients. Ocular complaints may consist of severe itching and burning often associated with a mucus discharge.  In these cases the lids may be swollen and the conjunctiva which lines the inside of the lids and the white part of your eyes may be involved. Those wearing contact lenses must stop using them while they are symptomatic. Proteins secreted while patients are allergic stick to the lenses blurring vision and causing the lenses to dislocate from their normal position on their eye. All this causes significant visual impairment as well as increased discomfort.

While stopping lens wear is a first step there are many good medications now available that can afford considerable relief. Because dryness results from inflammatory changes associated with allergies artificial tears can bring significant relief by washing out allergens and offering comforting lubrication. There are now many excellent steroid drops that can give quick relief and when used for a short time are perfectly safe. Finally there are many new antihistamine-mast cell stabilizer drops now available that give 24 hour relief.


Tomorrow is the Big Day!

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Tomorrow is the Big Day!

Don’t miss out on the excitement of watching LIVE LASIK, the chance of winning FREE LASIK and meeting the experiecned LASIK surgeons of Eye Center South.  Hope to see you tomorrow, March 22, at 5:30 PM.  The event is happening at our surgery center so look for the Surgery Center South entrance. 

Hope to see you there!


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