Help With Debt (Medical or otherwise) Is Available In Columbus for FREE!

According to a recent study, debt is the rule more than the exception in Georgia and Alabama. A report released by the popular credit report and financial advice website, WalletHub, ranked states according to their money management, and both Georgia and Alabama ranked near the bottom of the list. At West Georgia Eye Care Center we hear patients share concerns about managing their medical bills. Often we hear that accumulated debt makes it difficult to manage another payment, no matter how emergent the need.

Emergency reserves are a wise plan for all of us, but sometimes difficult to put in to place. This raises the question of how to be able to manage your money in a way that allows one to meet present needs and still save for unexpected needs such as medical bills? Thankfully, answers are available for Columbus and the surrounding area, and those answers are FREE!

Synovus partners with OPERATION HOPE to offer financial help at no charge to the people they serve! (https://www.operationhope.org/hicolumbus ) They invite anyone interested to join them to learn about establishing or increasing a credit score. Help is available for learning how to create a budget, read a credit report, and they even offer advice on what can be done to correct errors that affect your credit rating. The next credit and money management workshop is scheduled for October 26 at 6 pm, and workshops are located at the Highland Community Church at 3408 5th Ave. in Columbus.

West Georgia Eye Care Center offers options to help patients manage their eye care needs. We recognize that medical care in the US may be technologically advanced, but that technology also comes at a price. To try to alleviate the up-front cost we offer interest-free financing plans through CareCredit for qualified applicants. Information about CareCredit is available on our website at www.wgecc.com .

OPERATION HOPE CALL CENTER (888) 388-4673

Mark Holloway Live on WTVM 10/5/17 at 6:00pm

WTVM News Leader 9 will cover an interview with Mr. Holloway @ 6pm tonight!

Mr. Holloway was well informed on the history of the National Wildlife Federations’ Registered Wildlife Habitat program.   He shared the physician’s vision for a sustainable wildlife habitat at the North Sattelite Office;  and he spoke on the importance of green spaces in the area that was once the Adam’s farmland.  Tune in if you are able, or check our Facebook page for video highlights tomorrow!

West Georgia Eye Care Center Receives National Wildlife Federation Recognition

The National Wildlife Federation has recognized West Georgia Eye Care Center’s North Satellite Office as a Registered Wildlife Habitat!  Mark Holloway, Administrator, said that he hopes patients will enjoy the wildlife that frequents the areas around the buildings.  Patients can catch glimpses of the birds and butterflies from vistas in the buildings’ open areas and from some hallways and rooms.  “Everyone loves the hummingbirds”, Holloway says “and squirrels, chipmunks, and our raccoon ‘Bandit’ are a common sight, too.”  This month marks the one year anniversary of the opening of the 6600 Whittlesey Blvd. location.

The National Wildlife Habitat program allows for privately owned locations to become part of a united effort to sustain wildlife in the United States.  Individual homes are the most commonly registered habitats.  Columbus has 71 certified habitats but only a few of those are awarded to businesses.  Holloway explained that the doctors at West Georgia Eye Care Center made a strategic decision to create a courtyard that would enhance the available green space and support the wildlife habitat.   Visitors to the adjacent Royal Café will be able to enjoy this beautiful outdoor setting.  He adds that the property selected for the office expansion made the decision to apply for registration a simple one.  “We already had the trees, and we added more specific pollinating plants to attract the butterflies.”  A four-season water source is provided by a pair of streams on the property, and the addition of two birdbaths brings the birds in for patients to get a closer view.

Viewing, of course, is what West Georgia Eye Care Center is all about!  The medical and surgical treatment of eye disease is our specialty, and we are the region’s only multi-specialist eye care provider.  WGECC is committed to the community we serve.   We are invested in protecting and enhancing vision while supporting the quality of life in Columbus and the surrounding areas as well.  To become a haven for sustainable wildlife, WGECC planted, pruned, and placed feeders, habitats, brooding spaces and more.  If you are interested in creating a wildlife habitat that meets the criteria for national registration you may learn more at: http://www.nwf.org/Garden-For-Wildlife/Water.aspx

Eyes and Zippers and Getting Rid-Of Readers… When You Need Closure!

Zipper Closure

Zippers don’t have eyes but they have a featured MSN story from the Business Insider. Apparently, one company on earth manufactures an estimated one-half of all the zippers used on the entire globe!  That is more than 7 billion zippers a year.  And while you won’t find an eye on a zipper, you will likely find a marking “YKK” which are the letters of the manufacturer.  In a quick search of zippers around the office we found them on COACH and KATE SPADE products.  These are high-end zippers!  Go ahead, take a look, you will be surprised at how many of your zippers have this common marking!

 

Hook & Eye Closure

Eyes are not completely left out of the closure gadget category. An early (14th century) device that is still widely used today is the Hook and Eye Clasp.  These fasteners were made by hand for hundreds of years until their first machine-manufacture began in England.  The area recorded with the first manufacturing of Hook and Eyes is in the city of Redditch.  The area was already famous for manufacturing needles and we all know that needles, indeed, do have eyes!

 

Closure on Reading Glasses Hassles

Whether it is searching for small markings on zippers just for the fun factoid appeal of it, trying to manage a hook through an eye, or focusing on the eye of a needle to thread it… you may have trouble bringing these into view if you are over the age of 40. This is almost always related to Presbyopia which is a normal aging change that reduces our ability to bring near objects into focus.  In fact, reading glasses were needed to take the photograph above.  Tired of your reading glasses?  There may be something you can do to get closure from the need for them permanently!  West Georgia Eye Care Center offers the newest inlay technology (RAINDROP).  To find out if you are a likely candidate for the Raindrop Inlay procedure:

 

Call for a free RAINDROP consultation: 706 507 7528

Or, email us: misty@wgecc.com

 

 

Tourette’s Syndrome, Lexicographers and Google Doodles

“Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.”

Samuel Johnson

Google Doodle

Monday’s Google Doodle honors the birthday of Samuel Johnson (author of A Dictionary of the English Language). He single-handedly compiled the dictionary over a period of seven years and it was published in 1755. It was the preeminent English dictionary for over 150 years. His achievement made him welcome in literary circles and he additionally contributed as an accomplished essayist, journalist, biographer, poet and playwright.

Tourette’s Syndrome

His vast journalistic successes have made him a model of the abilities that can be mastered by people facing physical challenges; however, his particular challenge (Tourette’s syndrome) was not defined or diagnosed during his 75 years lifetime. It was only posthumously, through details in biographies and other descriptions of Johnson’s mannerisms that a diagnosis of Tourette’s was applied.

Eyelid Blinking

Today, we recognize Tourette’s syndrome as a common neuropsychiatric disorder that presents in childhood. It is classified along the spectrum with other tic disorders; and patients with Tourette’s characteristically have motor tics and vocal tics. A common eye related tic is eyelid blinking; and vocal tics are unplanned outbursts of grunts or words (sometimes profane). As Samuel Johnson proves, Tourette’s does not affect either life-expectancy or intelligence.

Follow-Up

If you have concerns about a child that has excessive eye blinking or any other questionable eye related habits, it is probably not Tourette’s! If excessive blinking is noted, a trip to the pediatrician is the first order of business. If the child is squinting to see, then it is more likely caused by the child compensating for refractive error (the need for glasses). Of course, it is important to know as early as possible if a child needs glasses to prevent the condition of amblyopia or “lazy-eye”. Children who fail vision screenings in school or during a pediatrician’s exam should follow-up with an eye exam.

Google more or link to:

https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/s/samueljohn121576.html, https://www., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tourette_syndrome

Hurricane Irma, Power Outages, and Dedicated Workers

Hurricane Irma changed many plans as she surprised forecasters and altered her course toward the west.   Her eventual route took her through Columbus and the surrounding areas and over the homes and businesses of our physicians, staff, patients and their families.  West Georgia Eye Care Center made the conscientious decision to close our clinics, optical shops and surgery center on the day of the storm (Monday, September 11th).  Our first priority was safety.

Closing unexpectedly (even for just one day) is never convenient. We understand that patients make arrangements around their appointments.  We want to minimize the inconvenience as much as possible, especially for our patients who have to reschedule their eye surgeries.  We are busy creating surgery availability on days when we would not normally schedule procedures.  Our goal is to reduce the inconvenience to our patients and their families.  To that end, staff is working diligently to contact patients as quickly as possible.  A special effort was made to get notices posted on social media and on our website as soon as decisions were made regarding our closing.

Thankfully today (the day after Hurricane Irma’s visit) our offices have full power and our doors are open to serve patients.  Many across Georgia are not able to say the same.  As of 1:55 pm today (Tuesday, September 12, 2017) there remain 9,853 customers without power across the state.  According to Georgia Power’s website, this outage affects an estimated 657,274 people.  For one of our employees, Jenny Powers, the storm’s inconvenience is a double whammy.  Jenny has been scheduling surgeries for our WGECC patients for 16 years and she knows what has to be done in these circumstances.  She came in before 7:30 am today to start contacting her patients right away.  She also knows that the power outages mean she will be extra busy at home with her teenaged daughter and two young boys while her husband, Scott, is working overtime for Georgia Power.  The picture above tells the story best.  Talon Powers is proudly wearing his electrician’s hat the day of the storm, ready to go and help his daddy turn power back-on for all of us!

TEXAS, We Love You and You Are Not Alone!

Texas, You’re Not Alone

Yes, Texas, you are in the thoughts and prayers of the nation! Strangers across the United States are rallying for you because brotherly love transcends state boundaries.  In times of crises, the American spirit is to answer the call for help and to render aide to those in need.  Columbus, Georgia is over 700 miles from the destruction of Hurricane Harvey but we are your neighbors!

Cooperation

Nursing students from Columbus Technical College are putting action to their desire to help. They will be collecting items to send to the areas in need.  West Georgia Eye Care Centers, The Eye Surgery Center of West Georgia, and West Georgia Optical Shops will be supporting their efforts!  We will have collection bins at each location for receiving non-perishable food items, paper products, bottled water and medical supplies. Physicians, staff and our patients are all encouraged to participate!

Team Spirit

In traditional Southern style, we will have some fun while we go about the serious business of collecting for this important cause. Our collection bins will be designated according to SEC Football Team Favorites:  Alabama, Auburn and Georgia.  Your donated item is also a vote for your favorite team.  Let’s see which team has the most generous fans!

Just Play It By Ear Because It’s Beep Ball!

Beep Ball was THE sporting event of the weekend (and you thought it was some boxing match!). The 17th Annual Country’s Beep Ball Tournament saw a lot of “Newbies” on the RibStix team!  Many of the sponsors and volunteers who showed up Friday night to take on the World Champion Indy Thunder were new to the game.  Some of the biggest hearts and worst hitters in Columbus gathered on the fields of the beautiful CSU campus to support awareness of the blind and visually impaired.  Thankfully, there is no shame in your game for being a bad hitter when you are wearing a blindfold.  In fact, there is quite a lot of pride in losing for such a great cause!

When do the losers come out the real winners? When they are willing to put on a blindfold to be led out to a home plate and strike out!  A series of endless strike outs is not much of a challenge for the World Champion Indy Thunder in the field, so to allow the champs the opportunity to show off their skills, the opposing newbies get to remove the blindfold for their last hit.

West Georgia Eye Care’s own Tosheka Williams made one of the rare blindfolded hits in Friday’s game! The catch though, is that she had to run to base blindfolded!  A World Champion Indy team fielder had her out before she could make it, but she was undaunted and ran all the way for the glory!  Team spirit like hers is what makes these expositions so much fun to watch!

The annual Beep Ball game is great fun, but the fun of it pales in comparison to its great purpose. Beep Ball is named for the beeping sound the ball makes, which allows players to hear the location of the ball.  It is an adapted version of America’s favorite pastime, and allows people with low vision (legally blind and the blind) to rock the sport!  Events like this one raise awareness of the abilities of the visually impaired to participate in and even dominate alternate sports and other arenas.

Sadly, according to the National Federation of the Blind, the unemployment rate among blind persons is 70 percent.   Misperceptions of the limitations of visual impairment can be part of the problem.  The visually impaired community endeavors to be seen by the sighted community for their abilities, not their disabilities, and those abilities were showcased at Friday’s event!

To view WRBL’s coverage click here: http://wrbl.com/2017/08/25/beep-baseball-game-promotes-blind-awareness/

Safely Watch the Eclipse LIVE today at 2pm on WTVM!

Safely Watch the Eclipse –  

News Leader 9’s, Barbara Gauthier, will be interviewing West Georgia Eye Care Center’s Clinical Manager (Melissa Wells, COT) on WTVM’s Special Live Coverage of the Solar Eclipse.

During the past weeks, WTVM and West Georgia Eye Care Center have been getting the message out to protect your vision and eye-health during the Solar Eclipse. Dr. Mayfield, MD (our board certified, fellowship trained retinologist) spoke on a WTVM segment outlining the risks of eye exposure to the eclipse.  He made the important point that any viewing of the sun can be dangerous.  The interest in the Solar Eclipse may make more people inclined to want to view the sun.  Also, during the eclipse, it may be more comfortable to view the sun because the brightness is diminished.  However, the dangerous rays are still very present! 

Important Eclipse Questions –

We have received questions like the following:

Q: Will my Raybans protect my eyes during the eclipse?

A: NO! Regular sunglasses, even top-of-the-line sunglasses will not protect your eyes from direct sun gazing!

Important Links –

For safe eclipse viewing guidelines click the link below to the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s post on the subject:

https://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/solar-eclipse-eye-safety

And, to tune in to the Channel 9’s Live Coverage, follow the link below:

http://www.wtvm.com/story/36169996/news-leader-9s-special-eclipse-coverage#

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