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January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month!

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January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month!

With January being National Glaucoma Awareness month, now is the time to spread the word about this vision threatening disease. Currently over 2 million Americans over the age of 40 have been diagnosed with Glaucoma. Glaucoma is a disease that gradually steals sight with little or no warning. It is estimated that 30 million people worldwide have glaucoma and do not know they have it. Vision loss is caused by damage to the optic nerve. The damage is permanent and vision cannot be restored once it is lost. There currently is no cure for glaucoma, but there are many different treatment options that can be discussed with your eye doctor. Early detection is vital to stop the progression of this disease.
If you or someone you know might be a Glaucoma suspect, call Eye Center South to schedule an appointment with one of our Fellowship Trained/Board-Certified Glaucoma Specialists in one of our five locations – Dr. Sturridge and Dr. Leoncavallo. Eye Center South Dothan, Panama City, Destin, Albany or Andalusia at 800-467-1393


Floaters and Flashes of Light

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Floaters and Flashes of Light

Many patients call Eye Center South with complaints of floaters or flashes of light in their vision. The vitreous body is the fluid that fills the back of the eye. The vitreous occupies the space between the retina and the lens of the eye. As we age, the vitreous degenerates and becomes more watery. This is a natural process of aging.

Many patients have floaters that look like small dark objects that move as we move our eyes. Floaters are usually seen during the day because they are easier to see when there is more light. When you see a floater, you are actually seeing a shadow of a particle in your eye. Floaters are not usually visually dangerous.

When a patient sees a sudden increase in floaters or flashes of light that occur in their peripheral vision, this can be the sign of a posterior vitreous detachment. A posterior vitreous detachment occurs when the vitreous gel separates from the retina suddenly. The flashes of light represent the areas of gel that are still attached to the retina and when the gel pulls against the retina, the traction creates a flash of light. It is important to immediately call your eye doctor when these symptoms occur because new floaters and flashes can be associated with a retinal tear. The retina is similar to the film in a camera. It is a delicate tissue that lines the back of the eye. If a tear in the retina is discovered by one of our Board Certified Retina Specialists, one way it can be treated is with a laser. A retinal tear left untreated can become a retinal detachment over time by fluid getting under the retina and lifting it up. A retinal detachment is a more serious eye problem that may need immediate eye surgery.

Posterior vitreous detachments are serious, but usually benign in nature. 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. Fortin or Dr. Peddada.


Fall Allergies Are Here!

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Fall Allergies Are Here!

Allergic conjunctivitis occurs when the conjunctiva (the white part of the eye) becomes irritated or swollen due to an allergy, such as mold, dust, pet dander, or pollen. As fall season approaches, we start to see an increase in systemic allergies and allergic conjunctivitis because many of us are allergic to fall weeds. Typical symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis include redness, itching and watering eyes. When our eyes are exposed to anything we are allergic to, histamine is released and the blood vessels in the conjunctiva become swollen. Pollen tends to stay in the air heavily on warm, windy, dry days and can increase our chances of developing allergic symptoms. However, on cool, rainy days, the pollen is washed to the ground and we are less symptomatic. Allergic conjunctivitis can be diagnosed by an eye doctor based on history, duration of symptoms and appearance of the eyes on examination.

Usually small bumps are seen on the inside of the eyelids and or the conjunctiva. There are many treatments available for allergic conjunctivitis that include over the counter artificial tears for mild cases, antihistamine eye drops or oral antihistamines for moderate cases and cortisone eye drops for severe cases. Over the last several years many new antihistamines eye drops have been developed that give quick relief and also help prevent further allergic flare ups. Unfortunately, on days when pollen counts are high and we can visibly see pollen in the air, it is very difficult to avoid contact. Using air filtration systems and keeping windows closed at home and in the car can help reduce allergens as much as possible. If you or anyone you know is suffering with allergies, call today to make an appointment with one of our Board-Certified Ophthalmologists at Eye Center South to determine your best treatment options. Eye Center South, Dothan, AL, Panama City, FL, Destin, FL, Albany, GA and Andalusia, AL. Call 1-800-NEW-EYES to be seen this week.