At Georgia Eye Physicians and Surgeons, we believe social media is a great way stay connected with our patients beyond their scheduled appointments. Our goal is to create an extension of dialogue by staying socially active with patients to help them feel more connected to us. We also value educating them on eye facts, news, and procedures they may otherwise not be aware of. Through frequent sharing of social media content on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, we are able to further establish relationships and effectively engage with our patients.
On our Facebook page, we love to remind our patients about our ongoing blog, which covers eye conditions, procedures, and surgeries performed by board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. William Segal. We have also begun a featured patient series, in which patients can share the experiences that they have had at Georgia Eye Physicians and Surgeons. We utilize our Twitter and Google+ as additional ways to remind patients with additional eye insights that directly reflect who we are as a practice. By following us on social media, you can also learn some interesting eye facts on #FactFriday and eye saving tips in our #HealthyEyes posts, to name a few.
Are you following us yet? We encourage you to follow us on all of our social media profiles, including Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. We would love to hear from you and look forward to providing further resources on topics we love, so please engage! If you are interested in learning more about any procedure at Georgia Eye Physicians, please visit our website or contact us for an appointment.
Often, we don’t notice our vision declining until we are squinting at computer screens or struggling to read street signs. When vision problems are not addressed, other uncomfortable issues can arise in the form of eye strain, headache, blurred vision, and the inability to focus or clearly see short or long distances. Fortunately, our board certified Ophthalmologist and our licensed optometrist at Georgia Eye Physicians and Surgeons can help you find a tailored option to correct your vision by providing different options to suit your needs.
Glasses and Contacts for easily removable, temporary correction: Glasses are a very popular option to improve or correct vision problems, including nearsightedness (myopia) and farsightedness (hyperopia). They are made of glass or plastic that is ground into lenses, which correct refractive errors by adding or subtracting focus to the eye’s cornea and lens. To determine the type of glasses needed, our optometrist, Dr. Marc Lay, will speak with you about your vision changes and perform an eye exam.
Eyeglass lenses are concave, convex, or cylindrical. Concave lenses, which are marked by a minus (-) symbol, are thinnest at the center and correct nearsightedness. Convex lenses, which are marked by a plus (+) symbol, are used to correct farsightedness. Cylindrical lenses are used to correct astigmatism and curve more in one direction than the other. Georgia Eye Physicians and Surgeons also provides a wide array of optical and designer eyeglass frames to suit your personal taste.
Contact lenses can also be used to correct or improve vision. Contacts correct vision likewise to eyeglasses: they change the power of the eye front allowing images to come into focus. Contact lenses are small, plastic discs that are placed on the eye’s surface and are safe when used with proper care. Depending on eye health and lifestyle, some patients prefer contact lenses over eyeglasses. We offer a variety of types of contact lenses depending on the patient’s needs, including disposable, gas permeable, toric, multifocal, and bandage contacts.
LASIK and PRK Surgery for permanent vision improvement: Board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. William Segal performs LASIK eye surgery, a common type of refractive surgery, for patients looking for permanently improved vision.In most cases, patients who have had LASIK surgery eliminate the need for contacts or glasses until vision begins to decline because of increased age, when people often naturally need reading glasses. Dr. Segal performs the surgery by using a microkeratome or femtosecond laser/Intralase cutting device to cut a flap in the cornea, vaporizing and removing a previously determined thickness of excess corneal tissue with a laser. Intralase is used depending on the patient’s eye shape and can create a more customizable shape when the corneal flap is cut, fitting back over the eye precisely. The number of people who choose LASIK surgery to correct their vision increases every year, as does technology, accuracy, precision and follow up care.
Performed as an alternative to LASIK surgery, PRK surgery adjusts the cornea to properly focus light onto the retina and improve vision. During this treatment Dr. Segal reshapes the surface of the cornea with an ultraviolet laser. This highly effective surgery is especially helpful for patients with nearsightedness.
Through consultation and eye exam, Georgia Eye Physicians and Surgeons can help determine the method of vision correction that is right for you. To schedule an appointment, please contact us and be sure to follow Georgia Eye Physicians and Surgeons on Facebook and Twitter.
Back to School season is in full swing! Being the responsible parent you are, you’ve likely already gathered all the new school supplies, met with teachers, and taken the kids for fresh haircuts. One thing you may have forgotten is a back to school eye exam.
Eye exams are important to stay on top of for children because they often cannot verbalize or gauge how well they may or may not be seeing. Eye exams by a pediatrician should begin at six months and reoccur at three years and before first grade. Regardless of age, if squinting or signs of headaches are noticed, an exam by a board certified ophthalmologist or optometrist is recommended to determine if your child’s eye sight is at a lower level than it should be. Additional signs of early vision problems in children include poor focusing or visual tracking, eye rubbing, and light sensitivity. Early detection may prevent life-long visual loss in one eye, called amblyopia, by differentiating prescription error between eyes before eight years old. Because young eyes change constantly and eye issues can begin at any time, staying consistent with exams is a critical step in healthy routine eye care.
School age children can suffer unnecessarily when vision goes uncorrected. When they can’t see the whiteboard, they can’t take notes. When they can’t focus on a page to read, comprehension is nearly impossible. As a result, test scores can plummet, leading to reduced achievements and academic confidence for your child.
When taking your child to the eye doctor like those at Georgia Eye Physicians and Surgeons, explain the importance of healthy vision and all of the things they couldn’t do without it. Without glasses, which are recommended to be plastic for younger children, they wouldn’t be able to read their favorite story or see the stairs to climb up to the tallest slide at the playground. In addition, allowing your child to pick their own frames increases the chances that they will adhere to wearing them as needed.
For older kids and teenagers, contact lenses are a popular vision correction option. Dr. Marc Lay and Dr. William Segal will meet with you and your child to discuss the best vision correction method based on your child’s symptoms and lifestyle. Typically, contacts are reserved for patients middle-school aged and older to ensure that proper use, cleaning, and disinfecting can be performed.
Healthy eyes mean a healthier school year for your child. Schedule a back-to-school eye exam at Georgia Eye Physicians and Surgeons, P.C. with our board certified ophthalmologist or resident trained optometrist by calling (678) 584-0400
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.