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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.


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.


Drastic Increase in Nearsightedness

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Drastic Increase in Nearsightedness

Recent studies have found that the number of individuals living with nearsightedness is on the rise. In the 1970s, statistics showed that approximately 25% of people were nearsighted. Today that percentage has grown to 42%. Nearsightedness is also known as myopia and prevents individuals from seeing objects at a distance clearly. This condition has not only been recognized in the United States, China also has a large number of individuals who are nearsighted- up to 80% of the total population. The cause of this drastic increase is believed to be the all of the close-up work used in modern society including the use of computers, smartphones, reading, and video games.

Nearsightedness can be easily corrected with laser vision correction known as LASIK and with ICL Procedure (Implantable Contact Lens). Both of these Vision Improvement Procedures are offered at Eye Center South.  If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for this procedure, please contact our office at 334-793-2211 to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Marnix Heersink, Dr. Sebastian Heersink and Dr. Zsolt Bansagi.


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.


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.


The 20th Anniversary of LASIK

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The 20th Anniversary of LASIK

Did you know that during the past 20 years, more than 10 million people globally have had their vision corrected through LASIK.  At Eye Center South, we’re proud to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of LASIK with special savings and affordable financing.  Join the millions of satisfied LASIK patients around the world by calling Eye Center South today for your complimentary LASIK screening.


Blade-Free LASIK Comes to Dothan

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Blade-Free LASIK Comes to Dothan

Blade-Free LASIK comes to Dothan. We are happy to report that  we are now performing a safer, customized  version of LASIK called Z-LASIK. This exciting technology combines the safety of the Ziemer Femtosecond Laser with the precision and accuracy of the VISX Excimer Laser. If you’ve been considering LASIK, call Eye Center South about our new Z-LASIK procedure.