West Georgia Optical Offers Complimentary Solar Eclipse Viewing Glasses!

West Georgia Optical Offers Complimentary Solar Eclipse Viewing Glasses!

We care about protecting your vision and the health of your eyes from the potential hazards of solar eclipse viewing! There are inherent risks to viewing the sun.   Eclipse gazing without protection can lead to permanent retinal damage known as solar retinopathy.  We are offering a safe alternative to view the August 21, 2017 eclipse.  While supplies last, complimentary Solar Eclipse viewing glasses will be available in both locations of West Georgia Optical! 

Come visit us at West Georgia Optical in the front of our main location at 2616 Warm Springs Road or at our new, north location at 6600 Whittlesey Blvd.!

For more information on protecting your vision during the eclipse, view Dr. Mayfield’s segment on WTVM by clicking the link below:

http://www.wtvm.com/story/36057765/solar-eclipse-best-places-to-view-it-and-how-to-protect-your-eyes#.WYSDSv3KHjs.facebook

The Golden Rule of Glaucoma Treatment (and eye care!)

The Golden Rule

For many, the diagnosis of glaucoma can be anxiety provoking. The average person may not be able to define ‘glaucoma’, but they have a pretty good idea that they do not want it! In general, glaucoma is a disease of progressive vision loss characterized often by higher than normal eye pressure. The physicians at West Georgia Eye Care Center who specialize in the medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma understand the anxiety associated with being told that you have eye disease, and if there is a Golden Rule in eye care, it is to treat our patients the way we would like to be treated. Our doctors and staff have families, and their goal is to treat you and your family the way they would want their own to be treated. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with glaucoma, we want to be here for you.

Specialists

WGECC is fortunate to have two board-certified glaucoma specialists (Dr. Bret Crumpton and Dr. Casey Geringer). These doctors provide medical or surgical treatment that is directed at meeting the needs of the individual patient. To that end, they stay current on technological advancements in medical and surgical glaucoma treatment options. They are the first in our region to offer some amazing new innovations. Today, there are tiny microscopic devices that can be implanted to treat glaucoma. One of those devices now being utilized is called the CyPass.

CyPass

The CyPass is an implantable stent (stent = tube). It is inserted at the time of cataract surgery in the appropriate patient, thus 2 for 1 in a sense! The stent fits into the natural drainage canal, and occupies that space without any maintenance. The Cypass does not have as its goal any improvement in vision, but is meant to improve the eye pressure, thus limiting the progressive damage and vision loss that glaucoma can cause.

Trust and the Golden Rule

Whether it is innovative new surgical options or a child’s first pair of glasses, West Georgia Eye Care Center appreciates your trust in us! We will continue to strive to honor your trust by providing excellent eye care with attention to the Golden Rule!

Three-Year Old Child Learns to Walk after Cataract Surgery!

Three-Year Old Learns to Walk after Cataract Surgery!   That’s not a headline that you are likely to see to describe a child in the United States!

Technological Advances:

Technologically advanced cataract surgery with lens implants is relatively easy to access in this country,   and we are fortunately blessed in that surgical intervention is commonly available far before cataracts disable vision.  Intervention is especially important for congenital cataracts (infant cataracts) so that children have adequate vision to reach critical developmental milestones; unfortunately, in many parts of the world cataracts remain the  leading cause of blindness.

Called to Serve:

That is one of the reasons that the surgeons at West Georgia Eye Care Center answer the call to serve. Some serve across the globe and some serve closer to home. This week Dr. Stephen Beaty is serving again with his close friend and long-time associate (and one of the founders of WGECC) Dr. Charles Calhoun.  Dr. Beaty and his wife Jane return regularly to serve the people of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and Dr. Calhoun (now retired from WGECC) is serving beside them on this trip.  Both doctors will be teaching as lecturers to provide instruction for local physicians, and they will also work in numerous medical camps to screen and diagnose patients for glasses, medical treatment and surgery.

Eye Care for the Needy:

What kind of change does this type of service make for the people of Bulawayo? Well, we can only imagine how the mother of the three-year old child would answer that question! Her child was confined to sit because of mobility limitations from his impaired vision.  Dr. Beaty was able, through cataract surgery, to restore the child’s sight on his March 2017 Mission Trip.  Returning this week, they learned that the child is now walking!  Restored physical sight certainly can change lives, yet it also has the potential to restore spiritual sight as the Good News (Gospel) of Jesus is shared.   Eye Care for the Needy, the non-profit organization that sends the team, appreciates your prayers and support to make these changes possible, all to the glory of God.

Thank You, IT Insider!

Netsystems of Columbus has launched a monthly newsletter, the IT Insider, to provide “insider tips on how to make your business run faster, easier and more profitably”.   We were excited to see that they picked up a West Georgia Eye Care Center blog as a feature in their client spotlight!  Thank you, Netsystems for helping us get the message out about cross-linking!

From the IT Insider:

Client Spotlight

Corneal Cross-Linking, WGECC First to Offer New Innovative Treatment!

West Georgia Eye Care Center is excited to be the first in our region to offer Corneal Cross-Linking (KXL)! We have been the first in the region with multiple technologies, including multifocal premium lens implants, iFS and iLASIK technology, and elective Clear Lens Exchange among others, but being first is not the goal unto itself!

What is Corneal Cross-Linking?

Also called KXL, this procedure combines Vitamin B2(riboflavin) eye drops and ultra-violet (UV) light to strengthen corneas that have been weakened by disease. The treatment is indicated for selected patients with Keratoconus or Corneal Ectasia who may have previously had no therapeutic options for their disease. KXL is minimally invasive and is performed on an outpatient basis in the office.

Who decides if KXL is right for me?

West Georgia Eye Care Center has the only corneal fellowship trained specialists (James Brooks, Jr., MD and Cynthia Nix, MD) in our region; and, as its name indicates, Corneal Cross- Linking, is a procedure involving the cornea. Your eye doctor may refer you to one of our corneal specialists or you can call for an evaluation. After a complete and thorough eye examination with corneal testing, our physicians will advise you if KXL is recommended for you!

The Mesmerizing Blue Eye

Our mesmerizing blue eye post has been getting a lot of attention on Facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/WestGeorgiaEyeCareCenter/

Trusted Words…

We appreciate all of your “LIKES”!   Posts like this one are created to share relevant and accurate information with our patients.  Just like ‘It matters who you see’ for your eye care, it also matters that you can trust what you read on the web and on social media. West Georgia Eye Care Center is diligent to do our best to confirm that every post and blog we share is a fair and truthful representation of the subject matter.   For over 60 years, West Georgia Eye Care Center has been dedicated to the highest standards of medical service and ethics.  Those same standards apply to the information that we post because our integrity is the foundation of our relationships with our patients.

Who’s Blue Eye?

We can’t divulge the identity of the eye but some have speculated that it might belong to our own Dr. Cynthia Nix! She is known for her beautiful blue eyes, but more importantly, she is known for her intense attention to detail and expert treatment of her patients.  Dr. Nix is a fellowship trained, board certified corneal specialist.  This means that she is an expert in the diagnosis, treatment and surgery of the cornea and anterior segment.   LASIK is  laser vision correction of the cornea, and if you have been considering LASIK in order to be free from the inconvenience of contact lenses and glasses, you can trust Dr. Nix to provide an expert evaluation and surgery (if you are a qualified candidate).

 

If our mesmerizing blue eye and the information it shares helps you make a decision to choose the most advanced LASIK available, from one of the best qualified surgeons in our region, then it is a post that we “LIKE”!

Fireworks Eye Safety First This July Fourth!

July 4th is only a few days away and West Georgia Eye Care Center wishes you the happiest and safest of Independence Days! How are planning on celebrating? If your plans include fireworks, make certain the plans are to enjoy a professional display and stay away from consumer fireworks (the off-the-shelf buy them yourself type). There is no such thing as safe consumer fireworks and we have some links to the experts so you can research it yourself!

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) reports that “Americans spend hundreds of millions of dollars annually on consumer fireworks, which cause more than 9,000 injuries a year. With the Fourth of July holiday just a week away, they are reminding the public that fireworks are not toys but incendiary devices that can cause devastating eye injuries.”

The AAO has prepared a short animated video to remind kids that fireworks may look like toys but are really dangerous and potentially blinding device. Gather the kids around and click below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIu1jFLf5Qg&t=1s

“Fireworks may be advertised like toys. You may think you know how to handle them safely. But fireworks injure thousands of Americans every year. Playing with fireworks can blind you or your loved ones. Leave fireworks to the professionals this year.”

ALERT:  The links below from the AAO are for adults. They have sobering messages to help keep us mindful of fireworks risks:

Real People, Real Injuries from Fireworks:

We Love Blogging For YOU!

Why We Blog? Our Patients Inspire Us!

At our clinics, our patients are why we do what we do, including our blog. That sounds like a marketing phrase but it is true.  It is fitting that our patients are not only the targeted recipients of our blogs, but they are also the primary inspiration for it.  We always have stories for and about our patients so subject matter is easy to come by.  Last week’s blog was on a recently FDA approved treatment (Crosslinking) for a previously untreatable disease (Keratoconus).  That is a message that we enjoyed sharing and it brought to mind several patients.  Some of our patients who have progressed forms of the disease will not benefit from the new treatment, but their children (genetic inheritors of the same disease) may have a better life because of it.

West Georgia Eye Care Center has been blogging for over two years, now.   We are convinced that there is value in this blogging and we appreciate the benefits of how blogging makes us more connected to our patients and to the community we serve.  Last week, the local ABC affiliate picked up our Crosslinking story and came to one of our locations to interview Dr. Brooks (one of our corneal fellowship trained surgeons).  How wonderful that the message of this promising new treatment is being shared!  We want everyone who may benefit from it to receive the message.  Blogging helps us connect that way!

Follow this link to view the WTVM story!

http://www.wtvm.com/story/35676594/west-ga-eye-care-center-first-to-treat-certain-eye-disease

Corneal Cross-Linking, WGECC First to Offer New Innovative Treatment!

West Georgia Eye Care Center is excited to be the first in our region to offer Corneal Cross-Linking (KXL)! We have been the first in the region with multiple technologies, including multifocal premium lens implants, iFS and iLASIK technology, and elective Clear Lens Exchange among others, but being first is not the goal unto itself!

Why is being first important?

When we decide to be first, it is only after our surgeons have studied and reviewed the FDA clinical trials, discussed the new technology with colleagues across the country, and have attended courses and lectures by the experts involved in those studies. Being first indicates that we are following the FDA and medical community’s  approval of the most advanced treatments available, and then carefully considering if they are best for our patients.  Being first shows that we are ready to invest in the technologies, training and expertise that offers the best eye care options to our patients.

What is Corneal Cross-Linking?  

Also called KXL, this procedure combines Vitamin B2(riboflavin) eye drops and ultra-violet (UV) light to strengthen corneas that have been weakened by disease. The treatment is indicated for selected patients with Keratoconus or Corneal Ectasia who may have previously had no therapeutic options for their disease.  KXL is minimally invasive and is performed on an outpatient basis in the office.

Who decides if KXL is right for me?

West Georgia Eye Care Center has the only corneal fellowship trained specialists (James Brooks, Jr., MD and Cynthia Nix, MD) in our region; and, as its name indicates, Corneal Cross-Linking, is a procedure involving the cornea.  Your eye doctor may refer you to one of our corneal specialists or you can call for an evaluation.  After a complete and thorough eye examination with corneal testing, our physicians will advise you if KXL is recommended for you!

To learn more about KXL: http://avedro.com/en-us/

Camp Abilities… A Camper Can Do Anything!

“What is a visually impaired camper able to do?……Anything!”

~ Dr. Jeanine Fittipaldi-Wert, PhD

 

Columbus State University recently hosted a very special camp for some amazing young people at the 6th annual Camp Abilities!

We all know that summer and camp just go together, but youth who are visually impaired face unique challenges in attending traditional camps.

Under the directorship of CSU’s 2016 Educator of the Year, Dr. Jeanine Fittipaldi-Wert, Camp Abilities breaks down those barriers. Camp Abilities provides a safe and encouraging environment for its visually disabled campers, but it is still packed with activity!  Riding on a six-seater bike is one counselor’s favorite, while other recreational activities include beep soccer, beep baseball, rock-climbing, tennis and more.   But it’s not the array of sports that makes this camp special, it is the attitude, as exemplified by the camp motto: “Loss of sight, never a loss of vision!”   On the informational video from the Camp Abilities webpage, https://hpex.columbusstate.edu/camp_abilities/ , a smiling camper enthusiastically proclaims, “This camp doesn’t judge you!”

Low vision is also no longer a roadblock to camp fun thanks to the generous support from sponsors like: CSU, West Georgia Eye Care Center, Country’s BBQ, CSU Spring Swing, Zaxby’s, Georgia Society of Ophthalmology, Georgia Blind Sports Assoc., Run Across Georgia, Dr. & Mrs. James Brooks, Ride on Bikes, Christopher Scott Special, and Beep Kick Ball.

Education, awareness, and management of visual impairments has made great strides; just like the advances in treating eye disease. New technologies allow for the treatment of many eye diseases that were previously deemed untreatable.   At West Georgia Eye Care Center we are dedicated to providing Columbus, Georgia and surrounding region with the most advanced eye care available.  To that end, we have recently invested in the only FDA approved therapeutic treatment for progressive Keratoconus.  Check out next week’s blog for details!

Memorial Day and a Georgia Contribution

Congress has named Waterloo, New York as the “birthplace of Memorial Day” (House Resolution 587 ). It was there, on May 5th 1866, that the Waterloo community began an annual service to commemorate fallen soldiers. It is estimated that 620,000 soldiers across the United States gave their lives in the Civil War conflict. Every community in the nation had reason to grieve and the commemoration ministered to the need of the living to honor those lost. The early ceremonies included elaborate decorating of graves which led to the popular name “Decoration Day”. Federal law declared “Memorial Day” the official name in 1968.
Georgia also has a Memorial Day contribution to the history books. Georgia native Moina Michael, a teacher and volunteer war worker, began the successful fundraiser of selling poppies in order to benefit veterans in 1915. The idea of the poppy was inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields” by Lt. Col. John McCrea, a WWI officer who composed the poem on the battlefields of Belgium on May 3, 1915.

 

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

 

Memorial Day is a somber reminder of the great price that has been paid for us to enjoy our freedoms; West Georgia Eye Care Center considers it a privilege and an honor to provide eye care to our area veterans and their families. We are pleased to offer military discounts for many services, and to be a participating TRICARE provider. If you are a veteran with questions about our services, please contact our VA specialist, Kathy Wagner, at 706-323-3491 ext. 7536. We appreciate your service!