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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.


Do you suspect that you have Dry Eye?

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Do you suspect that you have Dry Eye?

Are you suffering with unbearable symptoms such as; burning, tearing, foreign body sensation, and blurred vision? If so, than you might be suffering with chronic dry eye.Chronic dry eye can be an unbearable eye condition that can potentially become very difficult to treat.  It’s secondary to a decrease in the amount of tears, increased loss of tears, and never-ending inflammation, which causes a decrease in the quality of tears.  All of these factors add to a poor tear film.  In order for your eyes to be functioning properly, they require a healthy tear film and without it, you will not see your best.

If you feel you have been living with dry eyes, call our Eye Center South to schedule an appointment with one of our Board-Certified Ophthalmologist in one of our five locations – Eye Center South Dothan, Panama City, Destin, Albany or Andalusia at 800-467-1393


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.


“Happy July 4th from the Physicians and Staff of Eye Center South”

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“Happy July 4th from the Physicians and Staff of Eye Center South”

Each July 4th, thousands of Americans are injured using fireworks. Eyes are among the most injured body parts, and one in six fireworks-related eye injuries results in permanent vision loss or blindness. Please remember to wear safety eye wear if fireworks are a part of your families celebration!

On behalf of the Physicians and Staff of Eye Center South, we would like to wish our patients and their families a safe and fun 4th of July!


“Four very common eye diseases diagnosed by Ophthalmologists today”

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“Four very common eye diseases diagnosed by Ophthalmologists today”

Cataracts are one of the most common eye diseases diagnosed by ophthalmologist today.  Cataracts are when the natural lens of the eye becomes clouded and causes vision to deteriorate. Another common eye disease is glaucoma. Glaucoma is a disease in which pressure within the eye becomes elevated causing the optic nerve to sustain serious injury. The third common eye disease is diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy is when the circulation of the retina in the back of the eye becomes compromised, generally due to poor control of blood sugar. This may in turn, cause swelling and hemorrhaging in the retina which can cause loss of vision. Lastly, ARMD is an eye disease that causes deterioration in the part of the retina called the macula. The macula is responsible for your central vision, in which allows for reading, driving, and facial recognition. It is not rare for an individual to be diagnosed with all four of these diseases at the same time, and for that reason, the physicians of Eye Center South encourage individuals to have a thorough eye exam yearly.  To make your appointment today with one of Board Certified Ophthalmologist, please contact us at 334-793-2211.  Eye Center South – Dothan, Andalusia, Albany, Panama City and Destin.


“Surprising Medical Causes of Hearing Loss”

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“Surprising Medical Causes of Hearing Loss”

There are many health conditions that are not directly connected to the ears that you wouldn’t think would result in hearing issues.  Some of the health conditions are quite common, such as diabetes and hypertension, both of which affect one-third of the U.S. population. Because diabetes and hypertension impair the cardiovascular system, the nerves and blood vessels of the inner ear can become damaged and hearing diminished.

This kind of hearing loss, which occurs due to problems with the inner ear (cochlea), is called sensorineural. Sensorineural hearing loss also encompasses hearing loss that results from damage to the nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain (the auditory nerve) or to the central processing centers of the brain.  Usually permanent and irreversible, sensorineural hearing loss can generally be treated with the use of hearing aids or cochlear implants.

By contrast, conductive hearing loss is mechanical in nature, stemming from problems in the outer or middle ear.  This includes damage to the three tiny bones of the ear or to the eardrum.  For example, health conditions that  cause fluid in the middle ear can lead to conductive hearing loss. Conductive hearing loss can often be reversed medically or surgically.

It is possible to have both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss, or what is called mixed hearing loss.  So make a conscious effort to have your hearing checked every year.

To schedule a hearing evaluation with Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist, Gene Smith, please call 334-793-2211.  Eye Center South, Dothan, AL.


“Hearing Loss Claims In The Work Place & Preventative Ways To Minimize Noise Exposure”

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“Hearing Loss Claims In The Work Place & Preventative Ways To Minimize Noise Exposure”

Hearing loss remains a significant problem in certain noisy industries. In particular, federal data shows the average rate of job related hearing loss among private sector employees has steadily declined in recent years.  That trend may reflect the exclusion of certain industries from the calculation, or it could be a sign that ongoing efforts to reduce excessive noise exposure, train workers about the dangers of  high levels of noise, and provide them with hearing protection.

Noisy work environments can cause hearing loss that is compensable under state and federal workers’ compensation laws.

Preventing or minimizing noise exposure, of course, is the best way to reduce rates of hearing loss and presumably, the claims it generates.

To schedule a hearing evaluation with Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist, Gene Smith, please call 334-793-2211.  Eye Center South, Dothan, AL.


Did You Know That Over 360 Million People Have Hearing Loss?

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Did You Know That Over 360 Million People Have Hearing Loss?

According to new global estimates on the prevalence released by the WHO, more than 360 million people in the world have disabling hearing loss.  One in three persons over the age of 65 years old live with hearing loss and another 32 million affected are children under the age of 15.

Did you know that infections of the ear are the leading cause of children affected with hearing loss?  Some of the infectious diseases that cause hearing loss is rubella, meningitis, measles and mumps.  Most of these diseases can be prevented through vaccination. Some other common causes of hearing loss consist of being exposed to excessive noise, injuries to the head or ear, aging, genetic causes and problems during pregnancy.

Half of most cases of hearing loss could have been easily prevented, while many can be treated if caught in the early stages and diagnosed.

To schedule a hearing evaluation with Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist, Gene Smith, please call 334-793-2211.  Eye Center South, Dothan, AL.


May is Better Hearing Month: Discover Your Hearing!

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May is Better Hearing Month: Discover Your Hearing!

It Is National Better Hearing Month!

Among the five senses we rely on, hearing allows us to not only enjoy life but also to perform the necessary things we need to live safely.  It is essential to most work and recreational activities and permits us to communicate more fully.  The ability to hear is a fundamental part of life that many people take for granted.

More than 2.5 million cases of hearing impairment are reported annually in the United States.  However, most hearing loss goes undiagnosed and untreated.  Permanent hearing loss can result from repeated exposure to noise at hazardous levels such as noise from firearms, rock music, portable MP3 players with headphones, jet airplanes, lawn mowers, power tools and many others. Approximately 30% of the people over age 65 and 70-80% over 75 years of age have significant hearing impairment.  Baby boomers (49-66 years of age) are showing increased hearing loss at earlier ages.

Many people are aware that their hearing has deteriorated but are reluctant to seek help. There are many reasons why they choose to wait.  Maybe they are embarrassed to admit that they have a problem.  Maybe they feel like they can get by without it and wait years, even decades to get help.

There are considerable negative social, psychological, cognitive, and health issues associated with untreated hearing loss.  Hearing loss can affect quality of life. Elderly people with a hearing impairment experience reduced mobility, reduced involvement in social activities, and loneliness.

Call Gene Smith, Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist, to schedule your FREE HEARING SCREENING in celebration of National Better Hearing Month. Eye Center South, Dothan, AL 334-793-2211