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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.


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.


Welcome Home and to Eye Center South, Dr. Amanda Matthews

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Welcome Home and to Eye Center South, Dr. Amanda Matthews

Eye Center South, Albany, is proud to ‘welcome home’ Dr. Amanda Mathews, a Georgia native who has returned home to work in our Albany practice. Dr. Mathews specializes in cataract and LASIK surgery and  is  now accepting new patients. From the latest breakthroughs in cataract care – to recent advancements in LASIK – look to Dr. Amanda Mathews at our Albany, GA location.