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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/

 


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.


The cosmetic event of the year, just 2 days away!

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The cosmetic event of the year, just 2 days away!

Ladies, we are only 2 days away from the Dr. Bryant Face-to-Face Event! Don’t miss out on the cosmetic event of the year this Thursday, October 30th, 6-8PM! Call 793-2211 to register to attend.


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.


Children’s Eye Care

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Children’s Eye Care

August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month!   It’s also that time again for kids to return to school, and with all the preparation, have you stopped to think about your child’s vision?

 Good vision is essential for proper physical development and educational progress in growing children. Early detection of treatable eye disease in infancy and childhood can have far reaching implication for vision and in some cases, for general health. Young children might not be able to tell you if they are having eye problems, but parents are usually able to recognize the signs of eye problems.  Here are some common signs to be aware of:  If your child fails to notice new things around them, squints when the light is not bright or turned on, rubs their eyes when they are not tired, has excessive tearing when not crying, holds a book too close or sits too close to the TV screen, their eyes look crossed, have pupils that are not the same size or appear white instead of black.  These are just some of the signs that a child might be having problems with their vision. During regular pediatric appointments your child’s eyes should be examined and a vision test should be preformed around age three.  If you suspect that your child is having vision problems, please schedule an appointment with your optometrist or contact Eye Center South at (334)793-2211, for an examination with our Board-Certified Pediatric Ophthalmologist, Dr. Irene Ludwig.


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.