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Age-related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month

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Age-related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month

February is Age-related Macular Degeneration Awareness month. 

What Are the Symptoms of AMD?

The early stages of age-related macular degeneration may not have any symptoms.  However, the first sign of macular degeneration is usually distortion of straight lines. This may progress to a gradual loss of central vision as seen in the pictures below.

Who is most at risk?

This disease is more common in Caucasians. The risk doubles if you smoke, according to research.  Also, anyone who has a family history of AMD is at higher risk.

How is AMD treated?

AMD has no known cure, but treatment may prevent severe vision loss or slow the progression of the disease considerably. The type of treatment should be determined by your ophthalmologist.

To find out more about Age-Related Macular Degeneration or if you feel you may be at risk, call 800/467-1393 today to schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Retina Specialisits in Dothan, Andalusia, Destin, Panama City and Albany.


The cosmetic event of the year, just 2 days away!

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The Cosmetic Event of The Year, Just 2 Days Away!

Ladies, we are only 2 days away from the Dr. Bryant Face-to-Face Event! Don’t miss out on the cosmetic event of the year this Thursday, October 30th, 6-8PM! Call 793-2211 to register to attend.FREE Cosmetic Event with Dr. Bryant


Free Cosmetic Event! ‘Face to Face’ with Dr. Richard Bryant

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Free Cosmetic Event! ‘Face to Face’ with Dr. Richard Bryant

Free Cosmetic Event


Eye Center South opens new Destin office

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Eye Center South Opens New Destin Office

On Sept. 23, Destin Area Chamber of Commerce ambassadors and staff gathered to celebrate Eye Center South’s new Destin office with a ribbon cutting. Eye Center South, which has been in business for 34 years, is a multi-specialty ophthalmology practice. Its services include cataract surgery and care, LASIK laser vision correction, glaucoma and retinal treatments, pediatric ophthalmology, and cosmetic surgery.

“Eye Center South is one of the largest and most comprehensive medical and surgical eye care clinics in the Southeast with physicians trained and experienced in every aspect of eye care and a support staff of dedicated, caring professionals,” explained marketing directory Amy Kennedy. “We promise to give you and your family a lifetime of care, using the most advanced techniques and state-of-the-art equipment. We are dedicated to helping you achieve the best eyesight possible.”

You may visit the new office at 151 Regions Way, Building 1, in Destin. Office hours are Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, call (850) 650-6550 or visit www.EyeCenterSouth.net.

Eye Center South Destin


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.


Best of Wiregrass

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Best of Wiregrass


Best Eye Care Office of Wiregrass

We Are Honored…

Thank you for voting us ‘Best Eye Care Office’ and Dr. Sebastian Heersink, ‘Best Doctor of the Wiregrass.’

The doctors and staff of Eye Center South are proud to have been voted as ‘Best’ by people throughout the Wiregrass. Since our founding more than 30 years ago, Eye Center South has been focused on providing our friends and neighbors the quality patient care they deserve in an environment that is warm and caring. We look forward to continuing our tradition of eye care excellence and extend our sincere thanks to everyone who voted us ‘Best of the Wiregrass.’


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.