As the holiday season approaches and we take a moment to reflect on the past year, all of us at Georgia Eye Physicians and Surgeons would like to express our deepest gratitude to our amazing patients, many of whom have shared their stories in our regularly featured Spotlight Patient blogs. It has been our honor and privilege to be able to serve this fine community, and we look forward to being able to do so for many years to come.
This past year has seen many exciting developments, as well as a number of new breakthroughs in optical and vision enhancing technology. Using our state-of-the-art LenSx® cataract laser, in concert with the Verion™ image guided system, board certified ophthalmologist Dr. William Segal has performed numerous intraocular lens replacement procedures with unparalleled levels of precision. Similar advancements in LASIK vision enhancement surgery have made it possible to customize each procedure to the specific contours of each individual eye, consistently providing exceptional results. Finally, we are also proud to report that our on-site Optical Center, headed by our Comprehensive Consultative Optometrist Dr. Marc Lay, has been able to help many overcome visual difficulties with eyeglasses or contact lenses to achieve a more satisfying quality of life.
On a more personal note, this past May the entire Georgia Eye team had the opportunity to once again take part in the annual Walk to End Lupus Now, which was held in Piedmont Park by the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA). This last year’s Atlanta Walk, which proved to be one of the largest LFA-sponsored walks in the nation, was a rousing success and we are grateful to all of those who contributed to the cause and came out to support our efforts.
The future has never looked brighter at Georgia Eye Physicians and Surgeons, and we thank you all for your support. We hope that we have been able to bring just a little bit more light into your worlds as well. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more information on how to keep your vision healthy, and from all of us here at Georgia Eye, may you enjoy a safe and happy holiday season!
The eyes are one of the most intricately structured parts of the body, second only to the brain in overall complexity. Made up of more than 200 million working parts, the human eye constantly processes visual information to be interpreted by the brain. But even though we rely on them every day, most don’t appreciate how amazing these little organs really are. Here are some fun facts you may not know about your eyes.
FACT: The average human eyeball is about 24 millimeters wide. By comparison, a gumball from a grocery store gumball machine is about 27 to 28 millimeters wide. The lens itself, which sits right behind the pupil and focuses light that enters the eye like the lens of a camera, is almost exactly the same size as a plain M&M candy. The eyes grow in length throughout childhood but then, unlike the nose and ears, remain stable for the remainder of a person’s life.
FACT: The human eye can distinguish about 10 million different colors and, in the right conditions and lighting, can see the light of a single candle from 14 miles away. If the eye was a digital camera, it would have 576 megapixels. The camera on the IPhone 6 has 8 megapixel resolution and the highest quality professional digital cameras have, at most, around 80.
FACT: There is really no such thing as “perfect” vision. Having 20/20 vision in a routine eye exam means that you can see at 20 feet what an average person can see at 20 feet. A hawk, on the other hand, can see at 20 feet what an average human would have to be three feet away to see, giving them effectively 20/3 vision.
FACT: The eyes blink about 12 to 17 times every minute, spreading oils and mucus secretions across the surface of the eyes in order to keep them clean and moist. That’s about 10,000 to 14,000 times in a 14-hour day, and between 3.6 and 5.2 million times a year. The average blink lasts for about 1/10th of a second. Chronic dry eye is a potentially serious condition that can be treated in a number of different ways.
FACT: The eye muscles are the most active muscles in the human body and are actually 100 times stronger than they need to be to perform their function. However, they can become fatigued and experience eye strain, particularly when reading or staring at a computer, because the intense focus causes them to blink less often. When working at a computer, you should follow the 20-20-20 rule – look at something twenty feet away from your computer every twenty minutes for twenty seconds.
If you have questions about diseases of the eye, or would like to schedule an appointment for an eye exam, please contact Georgia Eye Physicians and Surgeons today to make an appointment. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more tips for healthy eyes.
Happy Holidays from all of us here at Georgia Eye Physicians and Surgeons! As this year comes to a close, we would like to express our deepest gratitude to all of our wonderful patients, many of whom were kind enough to share their stories in our Spotlight Patient blogs. It has been our honor and privilege to be able to serve this fine community, and we look forward to being able to do so for many years to come.
The coming year promises to be an exciting one, with many new breakthroughs in optical and vision enhancing technology just around the corner. The addition of our new LenSx® cataract laser this year has allowed board certified ophthalmologist Dr. William Segal to create consistent incisions and openings in the lens capsule that are up to 10 times more precise than those that can be made during a manual procedure. This unparalleled level of precision combined with sophisticated, real-time image guidance and computer assisted control allows for every intraocular lens replacement procedure to be customized to the specific contours of each individual eye.
We are also pleased that our on-site Optical Center, headed by our Comprehensive Consultative Optometrist Dr. Marc Lay, has been able to help so many people overcome visual difficulties with eyeglasses or contact lenses and achieve a more satisfying quality of life.
The future has never looked brighter at Georgia Eye Physicians and Surgeons, and we thank you all for your support. We hope that we have been able to bring just a little bit more light into your worlds as well. From all of us here at Georgia Eye, may you enjoy a safe and happy holiday season!
With almost 20 million procedures performed in the United States alone, LASIK laser vision correction surgeries have become an extremely popular way for people to decrease or eliminate their dependence on glasses or contact lenses and treat common vision problems like myopia, hyperopia, and even astigmatism. At Georgia Eye Physicians and Surgeons, P.C., we talk to patients about LASIK surgery almost every day. Here are answers to five of the questions we are asked most often about this treatment.
Am I a candidate for LASIK surgery? Ultimately, whether you are a good candidate for LASIK surgery is determined by the strength and thickness of your glasses or contact lenses, as well as the shape and health of your cornea. Those over the age of 18 who are seeking good uncorrected vision, but are tired of the hassle and ongoing expense of contact lenses can usually benefit from LASIK surgery. However, about 20% of potential patients may be deemed ineligible for LASIK due to preexisting health conditions, such as severe dry eye, certain corneal diseases, previous eye injuries, or diseases that may affect wound healing. Additionally, because LASIK surgery involves the creation of a flap in the outer cornea, physical trauma to the eye can, in some cases, cause significant complications to those who have had the procedure. Photorefractive keratectomy, or PRK surgery, is often performed as an alternative to LASIK surgery for patients in law enforcement or the military, or who regularly participate in boxing, wrestling, martial arts, or other activities in which blows to the face and eyes are a normal occurrence. I recommend that you come in for a free evaluation and bring your old glasses or contact lens prescription for our review in order to determine which procedure is right for you.
Does LASIK surgery hurt? LASIK corrective surgery itself is not painful and extremely convenient. The eyes are numbed with eye-drops prior to the procedure, although patients may experience some pressure on the eye and the eyelids. Afterwards, most experience little or no discomfort, but in some cases the eyes may feel scratchy, gritty, or watery. These symptoms are usually temporary and pose only a minor inconvenience for most patients. The procedure itself takes only about 15 to 20 minutes. Both eyes are most frequently treated at the same time, however it is possible that the second eye may be done anywhere from one day to a few days to months after the first eye, depending on the circumstances.
What is the recovery time for LASIK surgery? Many patients notice improved vision immediately after the procedure, and most are functional without their corrective lenses at the one day post-operative exam. The majority of patients are able to return to their normal activities the next day, and continue to see a gradual increase in their visual acuity during the first five to seven days after the procedure.
What are the possible complications of LASIK surgery? In an extremely small percentage of patients, undesirable side effects can arise which include chronic dry eye and problems with night vision and halos. The majority of these symptoms usually subside, and some patients say that the night vision or halos are no worse than they experienced with their contact lenses. For reasons that are not completely understood, the eyes do tend to be drier than normal for up to six months after LASIK, requiring frequent use of lubricating drops and sometimes temporary punctual plugs to keep the eyes better lubricated.
What are the results of LASIK surgery? The vast majority of patients (well over 95%) have reported satisfaction with the results of their procedure, with most achieving uncorrected vision of 20/40 or better. In some cases, minor enhancement procedures may be required in order to optimize the final outcome. Although laser vision correction is considered a permanent procedure, it does not prevent any age related conditions that may develop later, such as presbyopia or cataracts. Such conditions, if they occur, would need to be treated in their normal matter.
If you are interested in any of the many services offered at Georgia Eye Physicians and Surgeons, or would like to make an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam, please contact Georgia Eye today. Be sure to follow Dr. William Segal and Dr. Marc Lay on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more tips for healthy eyes.
Roswell native, US army veteran, and retired Chevron Oil employee Roger is no stranger to visual issues. With poor eyesight for as long as he can remember, Roger got his first pair of glasses back when he was only seven years old. As the years went on, his astigmatism became more and more severe, until Roger was officially diagnosed nearsighted in one eye and farsighted in the other.
But it wasn’t until his granddaughter was diagnosed with a scratch on her cornea that he met Dr. William Segal. Impressed with the office’s friendly and congenial atmosphere, Roger began using Georgia Eye Physicians and Surgeons for all of his family’s eye care needs. Eventually, Roger underwent treatment for glaucoma with Dr. Segal, and it was during the follow-up checks that Roger’s growing cataracts were first discovered.
“For years, Dr. Segal told me that I would have to get them taken care of sooner or later, but he never pressured me. I always figured that since I had managed for most of my life with glasses it wasn’t that big a deal. But Dr. Segal was right. My eyes just kept getting worse.”
Still, it wasn’t until Roger’s wife underwent cataract surgery with Dr. Segal and had the lenses in both of her eyes replaced with top of the line ReSTOR® premium intraocular lenses that Roger finally decided to have the procedure himself. Dr. Segal removed the damaged lenses from Roger’s eyes and replaced them with artificial intraocular lenses in an outpatient procedure that lasted less than an hour.
“I felt reborn!” Roger said. “The entire experience was excellent and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve worn heavy glasses for almost all of my life, and now I only need them for reading. It’s like living in a new world. Dr. Segal is a very good man.”
If you are interested in sharing your experience with Dr. William Segal, Dr. Marc Lay, or the Georgia Eye family, or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us. Be sure to follow Georgia Eye Physicians and Surgeons, P.C. on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more patient stories and tips for healthy eyes.
At Georgia Eye Physicians and Surgeons we’re committed to exceptional eye care for our patients and their families. We know how much the health of your eyes means for your quality of life. We’re committed to serving your complete eye care needs with the respect and care we would use in treating our own family.