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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/

 


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.


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.


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.


“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!


Do You Suffer From Ocular Migraines?

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Do You Suffer From Ocular Migraines?

Although ocular migraines are more common in women, this neurological condition can happen to anyone. Some symptoms of these migraines are visual, such as seeing lightning bolts, kaleidoscope images, or zig zag lines. However, other symptoms can also include nausea, light sensitivity, and vomiting associated with severe head pain. Unfortunately, it is not known what exactly causes ocular migraines. Scientists believe that it could be a result of an abnormality in the transmission of serotonin which could cause blood vessels to constrict and reduce oxygen supply to the brain. There are also certain foods that are believed to trigger these migraines including cheese, alcohol, aspartame, chocolate, and caffeine. Ocular migraines can be treated by either avoiding specific triggers or with medications such as Imitrex, Maxalt, Amerge, and Zomig.

If you are experiencing symptoms of ocular migraines it is important to see your primary care physician as well as your ophthalmologist. If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of the Board-Certified Ophthalmologists at Eye Center South, please call 334-793-2211 today.


Vision Changes During Pregnancy

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Vision Changes During Pregnancy

Many changes take place in a woman’s body during pregnancy; changes in vision are no exception to this rule. Fortunately, these changes are rarely serious.

The cornea, or main lens, is most often affected by pregnancy. During pregnancy, a woman’s body holds more water than it typically would. This can cause the cornea to become swollen which may slightly change the shape of your lens. For this reason, a pregnant woman may notice a change in her prescription if she currently wears corrective lenses. Also, since the lens shape may be temporarily altered, it is not recommended that women undergo laser corrective surgery during pregnancy or while nursing.

Some of the more severe vision changes are seen in women who develop preeclampsia. When suffering from preeclampsia blood vessels become narrow, including those in the eye, causing women to see spots or have darkened vision.

These changes usually reverse themselves after pregnancy. However, it is important to maintain healthy eyes before pregnancy so that if these changes occur you can properly assess the differences. If you would like to schedule an appointment with an Eye Care Professional of Eye Center South, please call our office at 334-793-2211 or 800-467-1393.