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!

Could There Be Aliens, NASA?

Yesterday, NASA announced a new discovery and expanded our knowledge of the Universe! Could there be Aliens?  Well… maybe? According to scientists, atmospheric studies still have to be done before determining if the new discovery is capable of supporting living organisms and that will take years.   No actual extraterrestrial life or aliens have been confirmed.  So, Science Fiction (and its many fans) will not have to change to the nonfiction section…yet.  All science fiction implications aside, the science facts of the new discovery are still really exciting.

A new solar system has been discovered with seven planets orbiting their star (named TRAPPIST-1). They are our new-found neighbors, about the size of earth, 235 Trillion Miles away.  In Ophthalmology, we measure vision based on how you see 20 feet in the distance.  How did NASA see 235 Trillion Miles in the distance from earth?  You may be surprised that the same branch of physics, optics, applies to both!  Which highly advanced optics tool has such awesome vision?

Today’s Google Doodle contains the answer! It features earth viewing through a telescope to see the new found planets.  While this is a fun artistic styling of the true science behind the discovery, it shares a common bond with the real science.  The Spitzer Space Telescope gets the credit for the images of the new solar system.  Refracting telescopes use lenses to bend light and make images appear closer than they really are.  The lenses you wear to see well, whether glasses, contact lenses, implants or inlays have a common bond with NASA’s most advanced technologies!

https://g.co/doodle/ybt9k4

We Have A Winner! Eye Exams Can Be A Win – Win!

Thank you for sharing our blog last week! You helped pass along the news that an eye exam can be heart healthy.  We drew a random name from the list of those who shared and we have a winner!

                                                                                         Congratulations to Diane Brock!

                                                                                                                   Winner of a Free Eye Exam!

Eye Exams can be a win – win in more ways than one! Beyond eye and heart health, a routine eye exam may lead to the detection of health issues that can be lifesaving. If that sounds dramatic, it is!  A simple internet search of “my eye doctor saved my life” generated pages and pages of listings. Take a moment and search it for yourself.  The stories are inspiring!

One story by freelance writer Ann Pietrangelo, on Care2.com, tells how an eye exam detected a brain tumor in an 8 year old Atlanta resident. After a month-long hospital treatment, she is now a healthy 2nd grader.  Her mother gives her eye exam credit for possibly saving her life!  Want to read more?

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/eye-exam-detects-golf-ball-size-brain-tumor-and-saves-8-year-olds-life.html

 

Happy Valentine’s Day! The Eye Really Can Be a Window to the Heart!

This Valentine’s Day consider giving your sweetheart something that could be heart saving… an eye exam!  The amazing network of blood vessels that nourish the eye share common characteristics with the vessels of the heart.  An ophthalmologist is able to view the vascular network of the retina by looking through the pupil of the eye with relative ease. Because of the similarities, a look into the eye can offer a limited view into the heart and vascular system.

Arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), Hypertension (high blood pressure) and Diabetes are chronic, systemic health issues that can commonly cause changes in the blood vessels of the retina. For this reason, the ophthalmologist can occasionally be the first one to diagnose these diseases.  If your eye exam reveals signs of a chronic, systemic disease then your eye doctor will refer you to the appropriate medical provider for follow-up.

West Georgia Eye Care Center wants to celebrate Valentine’s Day with you by offering a free eye exam to one lucky winner!! To enter, simply share this blog through one of the social media links below.  You will be sharing important health information and you may win an exam for yourself or a loved one!  We will randomly draw a winner from the list of eligible shares, and the winning name will be announced in our next blog post on Friday, February 17th.

An eye exam may not be on the ‘Top 10’ list for romantic Valentine’s Day gifts, but it may be one of the best things you’ve ever done for your Valentine’s heart!