LASIK, Lids, Labradors and National Police Week

Last week was National Police Week! Coincidentally, we had a very nice patient visit the office to inquire about LASIK who happens to be an officer for the Columbus Police Department. He shared some stories of situations where his glasses were a barrier to performing his best on the job. At West Georgia Eye Care Center one of our favorite patient services is helping our patients see better with LASIK or other procedures! Another service that goes hand-in-hand is offering our patients affordable payment options! To this end, we offer 24 months interest FREE financing for qualified patients who would like to access this easy money-management tool through CareCredit!

LASIK is not the only service where CareCredit may come in handy for our patients. This option can also be used for Eyelid Rejuvenation and other oculoplastic procedures. Some patients choose financing for their cataract surgery. Premium lenses that correct astigmatism provide near vision (multifocal implants) can be financed this way for qualified patients. Some patients choose the financing option so that they can have the enhanced procedure they desire with an affordable way to pay. If you are interested in learning more about CareCredit with WGECC you can click on the iLASIK tab at the top of the page and follow the CareCredit link, or call Misty at 706-507-7528 and she will gladly answer your questions!

The CareCredit logo can be found around town in other offices too! The same card that makes your LASIK or eyelid surgery affordable may help with paying for your dental implants or your Labrador’s vet bill! CareCredit is available at participating providers of medical, dental, veterinary, hearing and pharmacy services! Different providers offer different plans, and at West Georgia Eye Care Center we have kept it simple by offering all of the plans available through CareCredit. You may not be in a high risk line of work like our brave police officers, but whichever procedure you may need and for whatever reason… we want to help make it more affordable!

Blessings in the Storms

A weather front filled with electrical storms and tornadoes wreaked havoc across the southeastern states the first week of last month.  Columbus was not spared and many residents had damage to trees and property.  One of those trees was especially dear to Margie Tanner.  If you have been a patient at our Main Office on Warm Springs Rd., then you have probably been blessed by Margie as you checked out from your visit.  She has been with West Georgia Eye Care Center for over 25 years and she is a patient favorite. She is appreciated for her kind words and warm heart and she is loved by doctors, staff and patients alike!

Margie wrapped all that love around her to help her get through a time that no grandmother should have to go through.  6 years ago her precious granddaughter, Tiffany, passed away from a chronic illness.  She was just 14 years old.  Many of Margie’s WGECC family attended a special memorial in the garden that Tiffany loved at her Grandmother’s home.  A tree was planted in her memory.  These were the words Margie posted on Facebook on April 3, 2017:

“Very sad tonight. Six years ago my Granddaughter Tiffany passed away and I planted this tree for her. Today the storm took it out. But I know Tiffany is telling me that she has a much bigger one in Heaven waiting for me to see. So as sad as I am I thank God I had Tiffany for 14 years and her tree for 6 years. Love and miss you TIFFBUG and thank God for wonderful memories we have together.”

The physicians at WGECC heard about the post and they wanted to help. This is Margie’s Facebook post from May 8, 2017:

“I am so excited Thanks to the Dr’s. at West Ga Eye Care Center for their generosity in buying a tree for Tiffany after hers was destroyed by the storm and my Grandson’s Jack and Josh for planting it for us. We got a Japanese Maple tree so it will grow big and strong in Tiffany’s Garden. I am so proud we could get it planted before the Anniversary of her home coming with our Lord on May 12th 2017 it has been 6 years it seems like yesterday. We all miss you Tiffany and Love you with all our Heart.

The storms took out a special tree but God had special blessings hidden in the storm… the blessings of love and kindness!

Some Pictures Tell the Story Better Than Words!

You really can hear the story behind these pictures by just looking at this 13 year old patient’s precious face after surgery! Her before and after eye photos speak loudly.  See her diseased and opaque cornea that offered her only a life of blindness and view all of the potential her new clear cornea offers her today!  The Georgia Eye Bank, the Lighthouse for Christ, and Dr. James Brooks, MD were all essential in creating this happy ending!

More of the Story:

Dr. Brooks returned to Kenya last month for his annual mission with Lighthouse for Christ. He is able to take healthy donated corneal tissue thanks to the generosity of the Georgia Eye Bank and the UT Southwestern Transplant Center.  This recipient of a cornea was blind from corneal haze caused by a genetic metabolic disorder.  Read below, in her Mother’s words, what this life-changing, sight-giving surgery means to her.

A Mother’s Words:

“I hope you are doing well. I’m well and very grateful to the entire team that saw my daughter get cornea transplant and hardly 2 weeks later she’s able to tell 2 different paints in the house we have lived in for the last three years, God is indeed good. Thank you so much, my heart is full of gratitude and I can only pray that God enlarge your boundaries and may any hand that gave towards this course or participated in one way or the other be bountifully blessed. Kindly pass my regards to Dr. Brooks!”

 

If you would like to be a part of writing more stories like this one, visit the website for Lighthouse for Christ to learn more:

https://lighthouseforchrist.org

www.georgiaeyebank.org

 

Fun Fact Friday… A Hummingbird’s Wing Flap

Spring has arrived in West Georgia! The signs are everywhere from blooming flowers and budding trees to the return of hummingbirds! We are blessed in this area to be the spring and summer home for some species of these jewel-like, colorful creatures! If you want to invite them to your home, offer them homemade nectar substitute. It is inexpensive and simple to stir up some sweet offerings from two ingredients you probably have on hand.

 

Here is an easy recipe:

HUMMINGBIRD NECTAR RECIPE

1 part white granulated sugar to 3 parts water.

 

A Hummingbird is able to flaps its wings up to 70 times per second; its heart rate can reach 1,260 beats per minute. It is one of the speediest flyers of the bird kingdom! This sets us up for our FUN FACT FRIDAY…

The LASIK technology at West Georgia Eye Care Center is faster than the flap of a hummingbird’s wings! Our iLASIK laser suite includes the iFS femtosecond laser. It is one of the speediest lasers in the medical technology industry. It uses an infrared beam to generate up to 60,000 pulses per second. Speed is not it’s only attribute. The iFS laser prepares a precise corneal architecture to give our patients optimal LASIK results!

Vision of a Different Kind

Happy Easter – Vision of a Different Kind

Yesterday, a patient and her husband were praying together very quietly in a corner of our waiting room before her surgery. She was both excited and anxious about her pending procedure to improve her vision.  It seems she already has the most valuable vision which is vision of a different kind than eyesight.

Spiritual vision is defined many ways. The Bible describes the conviction of things not seen as Faith:

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen

Hebrews 1:1

One of the experiences our patients comment on the most is when their eye surgeon has offered to have prayer with them. Patients frequently post that they appreciate the opportunity to pray as much as they appreciate their eye care.  Studies have shown that for some people prayer lowers their blood pressure and heart rate… without side effects!

Today is Good Friday. This date is celebrated by Christians as the day that Jesus Christ suffered and died upon the cross to pay the price for our sins.  This Sunday is Easter Sunday!  This is the day that we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from death to eternal life.  Scripture tells us that believing on Him offers eternal life to us all!

The physicians and staff of West Georgia Eye Care hope that you have a very, Happy Easter and the blessing of vision of a different kind!

West Georgia Eye Care Center and Cataula Community Come Together!

The local weather was perfect this past Saturday as a community of friends came together early in the morning to help one of their own. WGECC was pleased to be a part of the fund-raising yard sale for our sweet patient, Ms. Mahaley Lowe.  The event was held in Cataula, under a blue sky and atop a grassy knoll on property that was generously offered for use by the American Sand and Gravel Company.  Even the Easter Bunny showed up for the fun!

Cataula has a well-known history of its residents looking out for one another. Ms. Lowe has lived there for nearly all of her 78 years in the same home that she was born in.  Glaucoma has robbed Ms. Lowe of her vision and other health issues have slowed her down.  She maintains most of her independence but her home has become unsafe.  Without the critical renovations that are needed, Ms. Lowe may not be able to remain in her beloved home.  Her community has rallied to keep that from happening!

The big-hearted staff and physicians of West Georgia Eye Care Center and The Eye Surgery Center of West Georgia did some spring cleaning and collected gently used items for donation to the cause. Misty Kearney (LASIK coordinator for WGECC) made it a family event and recruited her husband (Columbus Police Department Officer, Fred Kearney) to volunteer with her to man the sell tables.  Many of our patients stopped by and purchased something, 100% of the money received went to the fund.  Our physicians also made donations to the Go Gund Me page set up for Ms. Lowe.  If you would like to visit that page to donate or to read more about her, the link is posted below:

 

APRIL Fool’s DAY Love In Action!

No Fooling! We Love Our Patients!  On April Fool’s Day and Everyday!

Mahaley Lowe, one of our dear patients, needs our help. She is blind from glaucoma and her home is not safe to live in. Her friends are having a yard sale to raise money for repairs on her home.

  • When: Saturday, April 1st from 8 to 3
  • Where: American Sand and Gravel  at 12 E. Bonacre Rd. Cautaula, GA

Click Below to read more…

https://newsone.com/3635930/georgia-community-launches-homebuilding-project-for-elderly-blind-woman/

Or, to see Mrs. Lowe’s Go Fund Me Page…

https://www.gofundme.com/blog/2017/01/05/mahaley-lowe-building-fund/

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from WGECC

You don’t need to find the pot of gold at the end of the St. Patrick’s Day rainbow to afford Laser Vision Correction! You might think that paying for the most advanced iLASIK surgery technology would take a lot of green, but we offer financing options in order to make it more affordable! We believe that you shoudn’t have to sacrifice quality to gain affordability! West Georgia Eye Care Center is committed to providing our patients with expert medical and surgical eye care with the latest and most advanced FDA approved options.

We are happy to offer CareCredit as a payment option for our qualified patients. Qualified applicants may choose up to 24 months of No Interest payments if paid in full within the promotional period. Or, if you are looking for a lower payment you might choose up to 60 months to pay with reduced APR and fixed monthly payments. Make your payments on time and your final payment is equal to or less than your previous payments… no balloon payment and no blarney!

For more information call 800 – 365 – 8295 , apply online using the LASIK tab on our website, or click on the link below:

http://www.wgecc.com/lasik-ilasik/

FDA approves new vision treatment to eliminate need for reading glasses

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – The FDA has approved a new vision correction treatment for those who need reading glasses.

The West Georgia Eye Care Center on Whittlesey Boulevard in Columbus will be the first providers in our region…

Click here to read the rest of the story and watch the video.

The Award for Best Eye Care Goes To…

You may have never heard of the gift bag company in Los Angeles, Distinctive Assets.   But chances are, you would most likely recognize the names of their award winning recipients. Some of this year’s Oscar nominees were treated to goody bags prepared by Distinctive Assets.  The company’s clients provide a variety of high-end, desirable items and services hoping for some celebrity endorsement.  Included in the bags handed out this past weekend were gift certificates for LASIK eye surgery!

We agree that LASIK is a desirable procedure with amazing benefits for patients who are good candidates. We also believe that patients should be treated with ‘star’ service, but you certainly don’t have to be a ‘star’ to have the best technology available.  You most certainly do not have to travel to Hollywood, Atlanta, or anywhere else!  West Georgia Eye Care Center offers the most advanced technology from fellowship-trained and expert surgeons right here in Columbus!

The value of the LASIK gift certificates in the goody bags was reportedly $4,400.   That makes our LASIK prices an even better value! And though providing the very best laser equipment is costly, we do offer financing options in order to make it more affordable.  Patients are invited to apply for 24 months interest-free financing by visiting our website using the following link:    http://www.wgecc.com/lasik-ilasik/

There are no awards for best patient and no red-carpet leading into our offices.  However, our goal will always remain that of giving our patients a red-carpet reception and service. Our patients are ‘stars’ in our eyes, and deserve to have a stellar LASIK experience!