What is Operation Sight?

Beyond serving patients and making their health our number one priority, Georgia Center for Sight strives to support charitable organizations with similar values to our own. In efforts to do so, we are hosting a food truck next month, Biggum's BBQ, and giving some of the proceeds to a program called Operation Sight. 

What is Operation Sight? 

Operation Sight is the ASCRS Foundation’s U.S. based charitable cataract surgery program. The program hopes to match patients who are eligible for cataract surgery with volunteer surgeons who are part of the Operation Sight Network. Their goal is to provide care to eligible patients in their home communities. The network of volunteer surgeons comes from both the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) and many other charitable organizations. 

Operation Sight helps those in need by providing free, humanitarian cataract surgery to those in the U.S. and other developing countries. Additionally, they increase the ability of physicians to treat cataracts in patients using education and support. They work hard to maximize the benefits of modern ophthalmology and to treat thousands of patients all over the country. In an attempt to reduce cataract blindness, Operation Sight is having a huge impact on patients in need. As an eye care center, Georgia Center for sight is happy to support Operation Sight in any wall possible. 

What sparked Operation Sight?

    Cataracts happens to be the second leading cause of visual impairment globally. On top of that, they are the leading cause of preventable blindness in many developing countries. Sadly, many patients are unable to afford care to put them back on the right track to healthy eyes. 

The procedure itself is quick and painless, yet so many people suffer around the world due to cataracts. More than 85 million people in this world are visually impared, and Operation Sight wants to help decrease that number. Georgia Center for Sight is inspired by their cause and hopes to make a contribution with the proceeds from the Biggum's BBQ food truck. Be sure to come out and support Operation Sight at our office on Saturday, October 19th.

We’re Selling Game Day Parking for a Good Cause!

Georgia Center for Sight cares about the Athens community. This Saturday, we are donating all the proceeds we receive from parking spot sales for the UGA vs. Murray State game to the Athens Community Council on Aging, better known as ACCA. If you’re not familiar with the organization, it is a private, nonprofit institution committed to enhancing and prolonging the lives of elderly people in the Athens area. It serves 27 counties in Georgia, and is one of the chief agencies of its type in the Southeast. 

ACCA began over 50 years ago in July of 1967, when a group of locals realized the dire need for elderly assistance in the community. With the help of over 200 volunteers, it provides visitation and recreation programs to more than 7,000 older people in Athens and surrounding areas. Elderly folks can receive meals, companionship, and access to healthcare at ACCA. It also provides exercise and wellness classes, as well as social trips and gatherings. If a member simply needs a ride to the grocery store, ACCA provides door-to-door transportation services. Also, if any members want to be employed again, the Senior Community Service Employment Program at ACCA connects adults 55 years and older with job training and education. Its purpose is to help those who still can and want to work find jobs that they would not have been qualified for before training.

ACCA’s mission is simple: “to promote a lifetime of wellness through engagement, advocacy, education and support.” The organization values a strong community, and is proud of its core values:innovation and imagination, kindness and respect, quality and commitment, generosity and gratitude, and learning and sharing. Without all of these ideals, there would not be the support needed to ensure that elders in the community are aging well. It is a great agency that we are happy to be supporting here at Georgia Center for Sight.

We are proud to help raise money for such a wonderful organization, and our hope is to help spread the word about their kind and noble service.

To learn more about how you can purchase a game day parking spot on 9/7 to support the ACCA, call us today at 7065469290.

UGA games we're most excited for and why

It’s hard to deny the excitement brought by Saturdays in Athens during the fall. Approaching uga football season, we’ve got more than enough games to look forward to. It seems like this 2019 team will have us standing amongst college football’s elite once again. Beyond serving patients, performing LASIK and cataract surgery, and checking eyes, we are major dawg fans. After looking at the uga football schedule, we wanted to share the 3 games we are most excited for: 

  1. Notre Dame: September 21st marks the time for Georgia to tackle the Fighting Irish once again, aka Notre Dame. Flashing back to the second week of the 2017 season, we witnessed the dawgs defeat their team with a score of 20-19. Notre Dame may have been undefeated in the regular season and earned a spot in the College Football Playoffs, but UGA is ready to face them once again. The game is expected to be one of the best this season. Coming out of what we anticipate to be a victory in Nashville (for UGA) and in Louisville (for Notre Dame), this should be an interesting game. With high rankings and tension on both ends, we look forward to the rematch. 

  2. Florida: There’s nothing better than some good ole Georgia/Florida rivalry. Beyond being named World’s Largest Cocktail Party, the rivalry and fun dates back to 1933. Amongst the absurdly large amount of tailgating, we look forward to watching UGA football put the Gators in their place just as they have done in the past. 

  3. Auburn: The dawgs might have won the last couple of games against Auburn, but we can’t deny one of our oldest southern rivals. Auburn stands as one of our biggest SEC foes since they first battled in out in 1892. Hopefully the 2019 game goes better than the 2017 game, keeping the dawgs on top. 

At Georgia Center for Sight, we cheer on our patients AND the dawgs. We can’t wait to serve our fellow UGA football fans this fall. Call us today to schedule an appointment whether you need a general checkup, cataract surgery, LASIK, or more.


Are Blue Light Glasses Legit?

In the past year or so, the fad of blue light glasses has been sweeping through schools, homes and offices everywhere. Many people who spend a significant amount of time in front of screens (computers, phones, tablets, etc.) purchase or consider purchasing blue light glasses to protect their eyes.

So what exactly are these glasses claiming to protect you from? And do blue light glasses work?

The light spectrum of the sun contains many different colors that combine to make white light, what we know as sunlight. Each color (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, etc) has a different wavelength, which affects the degree of energy. Blue and violet light has the shortest wavelength and therefore highest energy of all colors in the visible light spectrum. Basically, this type of light is pretty intense.

What most people don’t realize is that the most significant amount of blue light that our eyes are exposed to actually comes from the sun. So any time you are outdoors without protective eyewear, you are being exposed to blue light.

Though the sun gives off the greatest intensity of blue light, television screens and other electronic devices do emit a great amount. However, the concern isn’t the amount of blue light emitted from these devices, it’s the time spent staring at these screens that has eyecare professionals concerned about the long-term effects.

If you are experiencing headaches, blurry vision or other signs of eye strain after being exposed to screens for an extended amount of time during the day, it’s most likely not being caused by blue light emission, but digital eye strain from concentrating your vision on the same thing for so long.

While you can take precautions from blue light emission with blue light glasses, the best thing you can do for your eyes is let them rest by taking regular breaks from all screens throughout the day.


For more information, contact Georgia Center for Sight at (706) 546-9290.

The LASIK Procedure

Been wearing glasses or contacts for years? Tired of the upkeep that comes with troubled eyes? Georgia Center for Sight can put your annoyance to rest and bring you peace of mind with LASIK Eye Surgery! LASIK is a process used to treat both near and far sighted patients, along with those who struggle with astigmatism. 

LASIK eye surgery is not only pain-free, but also quick. The entire process only takes about 15 minutes per eye. Essentially, you are spending half an hour in surgery for a lifetime of better vision. Can’t imagine anything better than that! Your vision will thrive without glasses or contacts immediately after the procedure and will continue to improve and stabilize a few days following the surgery. 


What does a typical LASIK eye surgery Athens look like? At Georgia Center for Sight, our professionals ensure a smooth, painless process. Before your LASIK Athens begins, numbing eye drops are applied to prevent any and all discomfort from the procedure. Most patients feel very little to no pressure during the process. As soon as your eyes are numb, you will be asked to lie down on a bed under the WaveLight® workstation. Your eye will be positioned under the laser, and an instrument called a lid speculum is used to keep your eyelids wide open. 

Once the patient is positioned, the first step is flap creation. Dr. Dong at Georgia Center for Sight then uses the innovative WaveLight® FS200 Femtosecond Laser to make a precise flap/door in each cornea, which exposes the underlying tissue so he can correct your vision. After the flaps are made, you will be moved to the advanced WaveLight® Refractive Suite for reshaping. Dr. Dong uses small, rapid bursts of the laser to reshape your cornea with grace and precision. All you have to do is focus on a small blinking light! And don’t worry if you can’t keep your eyes perfectly still- our technology has advanced eye-tracking that can keep up with your movements.

 

As soon as the eye is reshaped to perfection, Dr. Dong ends the procedure by placing the flap into normal position where it can serve as a natural bandage. All it takes is a couple of minutes and you will be enjoying the life of solid vision! 

 

No need to worry about LASIK surgery recovery time. In fact, you typically only need a single day of rest at most. Although you may experience itching, haziness, or blurriness immediately after surgery, it will go away within a few hours or by the next morning. Your vision will stabilize over the next couple of days and your quality of life will be improved. Take advantage of this procedure and call Georgia Center for Sight to obtain clear, comfortable vision.

How Summer is Different with LASIK

Although we love Georgia summers, the hot season brings added difficulty for those of you with troubled eyesight. Lounging by the pool might be fun, but not when you’re squinting into the sun with your prescription eyeglasses. Your glasses and contacts may seem like a necessity, but you can change that with LASIK eye surgery. Do you want to enjoy summer without the constant upkeep of your glasses and contacts? Still hesitant? Read a little bit about how LASIK Athens can improve your summer: 


1. Say Goodbye to Sweaty Adjustments

With summer comes the relentless Georgia heat, and we all know what that means. Double the sweat. There’s nothing more frustrating than having your glasses slide around on your sweaty face and constantly having to push them back up.  After LASIK eye surgery Athens, you can lounge by the pool or get active without this persistent annoyance.

2. Poolside Relaxation

Nothing beats reading a good book by the pool, but it can be difficult with bright sunlight.  Sunglasses aren’t even an option unless you wear contacts, and regular eye glasses don’t block the sunlight. It’s hard to enjoy a book if you’re constantly having to squint and readjust your glasses. And for those of you working on a tan, you may get some unwanted tan lines. With lasik eye surgery, you can get rid of the hassle and soak up the heat in peace! 

3. Swimming

Tanning is nice, but sometimes you need to cool off. However, you can’t swim in your glasses and you certainly don’t want to get in the pool with contacts. Doing so, you take the risk of getting an eye infection or causing major irritation. With LASIK Athens, you can swim laps without feeling unsafe! 

4. Sports 

Playing sports with friends during the summer is a great way to stay active and have fun, but glasses and contacts can make it difficult. Your glasses are constantly falling off when you run around and contacts cause dry eyes. If you’re looking to improve your athletic performance and increase enjoyment, you should consider LASIK eye surgery. 

If you want to learn more about LASIK eye surgery, LASIK cost, or LASIK surgery recovery time, contact us at Georgia Center for Sight. We are here to help you have the best summer possible and a lifetime of great eyes!


Tips to Keep Your Eyes Safe This Summer

Most people are aware of the sun’s harmful rays and the damage it causes to our skin. However, people rarely consider the danger to one’s eyes brought by the powerful UV rays. Beyond sunscreen, it’s important to keep your eyes protected from the strong summer sun. Summer eye safety should be a top priority, but it is commonly disregarded. Here’s a few tips on how to protect your eyes in summer: 

  1. Choose your sunglasses wisely

    Although any pair of sunglasses are better than none at all, there is a scale. Picking up a cheap pair in the dollar section isn’t going to block UV rays efficiently. Although they may help your eyes slightly, they do not necessarily provide adequate blockage. A good rule of thumb to follow is finding a pair that blocks at least 98 percent of UV radiation.The ozone layer blocks the majority of ultraviolet radiation, but UV-C rays are still very likely to cause damage. UV-A and UV-B rays can get through the ozone and cause unfixable damage that slowly develops as we age. Look out for pairs that protect against both of these harmful rays. If you are hesitant, it is wise to ask an expert when looking for the safest pair. 

    Additionally, it is important not to make assumptions when handling protection for summer eye safety. For example, a lighter shade of tinted sunglasses does not mean less protection. Dark glasses could be blocking visible light without providing enough UV protection. Additionally, cloudy days are not an excuse to leave your eyes exposed. Sunlight is less evident, but the UV rays are still in action. Make sure to keep your summer eye safety a priority. 

  2. Watch out for eye sunburn

    Sunburn on your body is painful, especially when it hits your eyes. Not only does it hurt, but it can harm your vision in the future. Photokeratitis, aka eye sunburn, refers to an overexposure of the eyes to ultraviolet radiation.There are 2 serious forms of eye sunburn that you can experience. Pterygium, for example, is a pink or red colored growth sitting in the whites of your eyes. Pinguecula is another, which causes yellow colored bumps on the eye surface. Make sure to find eye doctors in athens ga if you are starting to develop either of these conditions. Long term exposure can cause permanent damage that results in cloudy, dull, discolored vision or cataracts. Sometimes it is treatable with drops, but occasionally, surgery could be needed. Early signs to watch out for are: blurriness, light sensitivity, severe pain, lots of tears, and bloodshot eyes/extreme redness.

Taking the necessary precautions to prioritize summer eye safety is helpful, but sometimes it is not enough. Eye doctors in athens ga are here to assist you beyond sunglasses and sunscreen. If you are concerned about your summer eye safety, need some tips, or a general check up, Georgia Center for Sight has the best team in town. Do not hesitate to give us a call or schedule an appointment. Keeping your vision in check is our top priority, especially in the Georgia heat!

Cataract Awareness Month: When Should you Consider Cataract Surgery?

June is Cataracts Awareness Month! Did you know that cataracts are the leading cause of poor vision and vision loss in adults over 40?

What is a cataract?

A cataract is a clouding of the lens in an eye, which occurs when proteins in the lens clump together. They tend to affect 1 in 6 Americans over the age of 40 and over half of Americans by 70. A cataract can be caused by smoking, sun exposure to eye, family history, steroids, and obesity, and they can be detected and diagnosed during a comprehensive eye exam.

Symptoms include:

  1. Blurred or double vision

  2. Dull colors

  3. Glare around lights or a sudden feeling of film covering the eyes

  4. Frequent need to change glasses/difficulty reading

Cataracts can not be treated with a simple medication, they must be surgically removed. On the bright side, this is one of the safest and most common surgeries in the United States. Throughout the laser cataract surgery, the lens is removed and replaced with an artificial prescription lens called an intraocular lens. After the surgery, most patients experience 20/20 vision.

Here at Georgia Center for Sight, cataract surgery is performed by Dr. Dong using a no needle, no stitch procedure. Cataract surgery recovery is often very quick and heals within a few days, and your sight may tend to gradually improve over the following weeks after the cataract surgery. Normal activities such as driving and work can be resumed 2 to 3 days after your laser cataract surgery.

Schedule your consultation today! Call (706) 546-9290 or visit our website for more information.


5 Reasons Summer is the Best Time to get LASIK

To borrow a phrase from Leslie Knope of Parks and Recreation, we definitely have the best eye doctors in Athens, Georgia; probably the country, possibly the world. And one of the procedures we’re known for is LASIK surgery. A lot of people consider LASIK but never get around to it. Here are 5 reasons there is no time like the present!

  1. Class is out

    Whether you’re a student or a townie, getting LASIK Athens style is better when there are fewer people around. We love living in a college town, who doesn’t? But you can’t deny that in the summer downtown is safer, the reckless jaywalkers are fewer, and all the lines are shorter. Not to mention the shorter wait time to schedule your free LASIK consultation!

  2. More time for recovery

    LASIK is a great choice for students taking the summer off or working an internship. Asking for a few days off from a part time employer is going to go a lot better than asking it from a professor. A lot of you professors are also enjoying some well-deserved respite. But even if you’re not affiliated with academia at all, the Athens lifestyle tends to ebb and flow with the school year making summer the perfect time for LASIK recovery.

  3. It’s cheaper

    This summer, Georgia Center for Sight is offering $500 off LASIK eye surgery in Athens, and $550 off for teachers. Add that to your free consultation and we’re knocking down as many financial barriers as we can! This will hopefully make it easier to take the plunge for anyone concerned about LASIK cost.

  4. Excuse to stay inside

    Another thing about Athens in the summer is the nice cool breezes, or rather, the utter lack thereof. It gets hot okay? And even though you typically only need a few days to recover after LASIK surgery, those are days that you have a great excuse to stay inside with the AC and order in.

  5. Free sunglasses

    After most eye procedures, we will give you a pair of highly stylish sunglass goggles to protect your eyes for the first few hours, but once it is safe to take them off they are yours to keep for trips to the beach and driving with the top down in your convertible!

The bottom line is we want you to have healthy eyes, clear vision, and a great summer. Let us give you all three! Schedule your free consultation today!


Laser Cataract Surgery

Georgia Center for Sight is proud to host the best eye doctors in Athens, GA. And Cataract surgery is actually one of the most common procedures they perform. The surgery is typically completed as an outpatient procedure and only takes between 10 to 15 minutes.

Did you know that half of blindness in the world is caused by the improper use of handheld surgical instruments? While our surgeons are highly trained and boast masterful use of all eye surgery equipment, we have begun to implement robotic instruments which provide even more safety to patients.

One of the tools at our disposal is the LenSx® Laser which dramatically improves upon the precision and accuracy of traditional eye surgery equipment. The laser uses femtosecond pulses to create incisions (that’s a millionth of a billionth of a second!)

What makes this laser perfect for eye surgery is the fact that surgeons can program the size, shape and location of each incision with stunning accuracy. This ensures there is virtually no damage to the surrounding tissue. LenSx® has a number of other state-of-the-art features that make cataract surgery easy and safe.

The actual procedure involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial one. The artificial lens (called an IOL) is typically made from a material that is very flexible. This means the surgeon can fold it and insert it through a very small incision. This is one of the methodologies Georgia Center for Sight uses to ensure the most minimally invasive experience.

Patients rarely ever feel anything during the procedure because of topical numbing drops and other medications to help you relax. You will need someone to drive you home, but patients usually resume their normal activities after only 2 to 3 days of recovery.

If you or a loved one are considering laser cataract surgery contact Georgia Center for Sight today to schedule a consultation. Our skilled staff looks forward to helping you in any way we can.


Top 5 things to know about LASIK

LASIK eye surgery is a popular solution for anyone wearing glasses or contacts on a regular basis. LASIK, or laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis, is a refractive eye surgery that works to give patients better vision. While it is extremely successful in many cases, many patients will still need glasses for reading or driving at night as they age. If you’re considering the surgery check out the top things to know to help inform your decision:

  1. Are you eligible?

    LASIK isn’t for everyone. In general, it is best for people who have bad eyesight, but no unusual vision problems. If you have any of the symptoms below, LASIK might not be the best fit for you:

    • Eye injuries

    • Lid disorders

    • Dry eye

    • Glaucoma

    • Cataracts

    • Large pupils

    • Depression

    • Diabetes

  2. Can you afford it?

    Since LASIK is often considered an elected procedure by many insurance companies, they don’t cover it.

  3. Potential side effects

    Vision complications or loss of sight are a rare result of LASIK, however side effects such as dry eye or temporary visual disturbances are fairly common. Side effects often dissipate after several weeks, and rarely become a long term problem.

  4. The procedure

    The surgery is essentially pain free and takes only about 15 minutes. The improved vision begins immediately and continues to stabilize over the first several days.

  5. LASIK surgery recovery time

    The full recovery time after the procedure is about 3 months to let the eyes fully heal. Eyes will most likely feel normal the day after surgery though.

Are you a LASIK eye surgery candidate? Take the quiz here to find out.

Call Georgia Center for Sight today for the best LASIK surgery in Athens! (800) 287-2519

Women's Eye Health and Safety Month

April has been designated as Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month in an effort to educate women about the steps they can take today to help preserve vision in the future.

Did you know that women are more likely to contract eye diseases than men? Women live longer, are affected by hormonal factors and tend to have age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma.

It is critical that women receive eye exams regularly to ensure healthy vision. Eating a well-balanced diet and getting regular exercise also contribute to good eye health.

Take a look at the top 10 nutrient-rich foods to boost eye health.

  1. Fish: many fish contain rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids

  2. Nuts and Legumes: contain omega-3 and vitamin E

  3. Seeds: have high sources of vitamin E, which can protect from age-related damage

  4. Citrus fruits: rich in vitamin C

  5. Leafy green vegetables: contain both lutein and zeaxanthin

  6. Carrots: rich in both Vitamin A and beta carotene

  7. Sweet potatoes: great source of vitamin E and beta carotene

  8. Beef: has high levels of zinc, which aids in long-term eye health

  9. Eggs: excellent source of lutein and zeaxanthin, as well as vitamins C and E, and zinc

  10. Water: prevents dehydration and reduces symptoms of dry eye

Other ways to keep eyes healthy include investing in good sun glasses or wearing blue-light glasses when looking at a screen. Avoiding mascaras that have harmful chemicals in them and washing your makeup off each night will keep bacteria from getting into your eyes. Make sure to get your eyes checked regularly to ensure optimal health.

Schedule an appointment today! Call (800) 287-2519 or visit us online at www.GeorgiaCenterforSight.com.

The Georgia Center for Sight delivers the highest quality vision care to residents all over north and central Georgia.

Is LASIK my only option?

If you have explored the option of LASIK eye surgery and aren’t quite convinced that it is the perfect solution for you, there is no need to worry. LASIK is not the only option. If you are still looking for a vision correction that will be effective and work with your eyes, PRK could be an option for you.

Here are some of the key differences between LASIK and PRK to help you determine which procedure is best for you.

PRK:

  • Fast procedure

  • Minimal feeling of pressure during procedure

  • Irritation commonly felt up to 3 days after procedure

  • Clear vision happens gradually as your eye heals

LASIK Eye Surgery:

  • Can feel pressure while procedure happens

  • Eyes experience sensations up to 3 hours after procedure

  • Results of clear vision happens about 24 hours after procedure

  • Possible complications with corneal flap, though rare

Both procedures are able to obtain the same visual results by treating nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatisms. With PRK, the outer layer is removed using an alcohol-based application to the cornea, and with LASIK eye surgery, the cornea is reached by lifting the flap to reach the sub-layer of the cornea.

So, if you are still asking “Is LASIK the only option for me?” The answer is no, there are other options that offer the same low-risk treatment to provide the visual results you are longing for!


Why You Should Get LASIK Before Spring Break

Are you tired of wearing glasses or having to deal with the hassle of contacts on vacation?

Imagine laying on the beach with no glasses tan or worries about whether or not you packed a spare set of contacts. Imagine wearing that cute pair of non-prescription sunglasses you’ve been admiring. Imagine snorkeling or skiing without compromising  your vision when you have to wear a mask.

We have a solution that can provide that kind of relaxation while also saving you a lot of money...

Georgia Center for Sight specializes in LASIK eye surgery. From start to finish, the surgery only takes a few minutes and does not require bandages. Simply put, you could walk out of the office with the vision you’ve always dreamed of.

While LASIK is still a surgical procedure, thanks to the advanced technology of the WaveLight® system, the entire LASIK process is fast, safe and precise. And while the cost of LASIK can seem daunting, it is actually a hugely successful investment in your eye care because it will save you large amounts of money you would have spent on glasses, eye appointments, contacts, etc. in the future.

Scheduling your LASIK appointment before spring break means you could spend your next vacation with perfect vision and without stress of eye care.

Learn more about the procedure on our website, and contact us today if you have any questions or concerns!

Age-Related Macular Degeneration Month

Did you know that February is Macular Degeneration Awareness Month? Here’s a better question… have you ever even heard of it?

Macular Degeneration is the most common cause of irreversible loss of central vision for senior citizens. There are some rare forms of macular degeneration that occur early in life, but, most cases begin to develop around the age of 50. Given that information, you would think the term would be more commonly known.

If left untreated for too long, the disease can result in total loss of central vision, which is irreversible. Luckily, Georgia Center for Sight specializes in treating and preventing this disease.

So what is ARMD?

The macula is located in the center of the retina. It is a micro-thin membrane that lines three-fourths of the back inside of the eye. The retina is embedded with millions of light-sensitive nerve cells that capture images focused on the retina by the cornea and the inner lens of the eye. The captured images are transmitted to the brain by the optic nerve, and thus the miracle of sight is created.

Central vision is required for highly focused, straight on requirements, such as reading, driving a car, operating a computer or engaging in face-to-face conversation. All central vision originates in the macula. Any damage to the macula will result in some loss or even total loss of central vision.

There are two forms of macular degeneration.

  • Dry form: This type affects approximately 90% of those diagnosed with ARMD. It is simply a case of deterioration of the macula. The process is gradual and for a period of time it may only affect one eye. People often perceive that one eye doesn’t see as well as the other. Some straight line objects may appear distorted. It is also possible that small, dark spots may appear in the field of vision. The dry form of macular degeneration is more prevalent, but comparatively less serious. There are only a few effective medical treatments, and the best is learning to use the remaining peripheral vision powers to compensate for loss of central vision capabilities.

  • Wet form: This type only affects about 10% of ARMD, yet it accounts for approximately 90% of the most serious loss of vision cases. The wet form occurs when tiny blood vessels in the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), the micro-thin layer of tissue that lies beneath the retina and provides it with nourishment; begin to degenerate with age causing tiny leaks. This can cause the development of swellings, breaks or lesions in the retina, thereby creating damage to the retina?s light-sensitive nerve cells. If any of this damage occurs within the macula, serious and rapid deterioration of the person’s central vision capabilities can result.

How can Georgia Center for Sight help?

The wet form of ARMD can sometimes be treated with lasers. This is done to slow down the deterioration process. The laser is used to cauterize leaking blood vessels and/or tack the detached retina back into place. Another procedure known as a fluorescein angiogram can be done to determine if there is any hemorrhaging occurring in the retina.

How do I know if I’m developing ARMD?

There is a simple home test for early detection of ARMD called an Amsler Grid. It is especially useful if macular degeneration has already been detected in one eye. The odds are, sooner or later, the other eye will also become affected.

Remember...

Early detection increases chances for treatment that will help preserve central vision capabilities.

Contact Georgia Center for Sight today if you have any questions or concerns!

Prep for Your Wedding with LASIK

Wedding season can be a very busy time -- so many appointments and details to plan as you are making every effort to ensure your big day goes smoothly. With all of this preparation, you don’t want something as pesky as your contacts or glasses to hinder you from having a perfect day. 

LASIK is a great way to ensure that your wedding is carefree without having to worry about your eyes drying out or your contacts not fitting right. LASIK eye surgery provides you with clear vision in a matter of minutes. We understand that wedding planning takes up much of your time, especially in the few months leading up to the wedding, but at Georgia Center for Sight, LASIK takes only a moment and then you are on your way to a beautiful wedding day with clear vision. 

If you are looking for LASIK eye surgery in Athens GA, you found us! Georgia Center for Sight’s experienced doctors perform the procedure using wavelight mapping to ensure unbeatable precision to provide you with improved vision. 

Are you worried about the cost of LASIK? Weddings can be quite expensive, so we understand that another large payment can seem daunting. However, LASIK eye surgery can be very affordable, and you should think of it as an investment that will provide you with clear vision for many years. Plus, in the long run, you will save money, time and energy by not having to use contacts every morning. 

Here at Georgia Center for Sight, we want you to have the wedding of your dreams, and we think it starts here with LASIK. Our wedding gift to you is clear vision for your big day so you can enjoy it as much as possible! 

New Year, New You

January is often a time of anticipation and excitement for what the new year will hold for you. It is also a time of planning and getting motivated to make this the best year yet. We think there is no better way to start off your year and really make it the best one yet, than by signing up for a free LASIK consultation.

Why should I consider LASIK?

First of all, it is a free LASIK consultation, meaning that you are just exploring an option. This makes it even easier to discover what the process looks like and if it is right for you. LASIK Eye Surgery Athens also provides you with clear vision, ridding you of those pesky contacts or glasses that can just be such a pain. Imagine waking up every morning and getting to start your day without the hassle of putting in contacts, with LASIK Athens, this morning routine could become a reality for you.

What does the LASIK free consultation entail?

At Georgia Center for Sight, a consultation includes a full eye exam, to analyze the refractive area and to check the health of the surface and the back of the eye. Another key aspect to the consultation is looking at how both of your eyes work together. What we look for in terms of your eyes during the consultation, is whether or not you have a stable refraction, so it is a good idea to bring your old contact lenses or glasses to the consultation to help our doctors better determine if you are a good candidate.

What is the cost of LASIK?

We understand that LASIK can be a hefty cost, and we want to work with you to make LASIK possible, so that you can live easy this year. The good news is that the LASIK cost includes the pre and post operative care. There are also financing options for LASIK to make it more affordable for you this year.

How do I choose the right eye doctors in Athens GA?

When searching for a LASIK surgeon, it is important to look at their level of experience and find a doctor you trust. Another factor to consider is the transparency of the doctor, and the level of importance that has for you. It can be very helpful for some patients to know exactly what is going on in every step of the LASIK procedure. At Georgia Center for Sight, our doctors are knowledgeable, experienced and here to help you get perfect vision for 2019.

New Year's Resolutions for Healthy Eyes

Happy New Year! The new year is an exciting time of bettering yourself and oftentimes creating a healthier lifestyle. If you are looking to make a few more New Year’s resolutions at the start of 2019, we have a few resolutions to add to your list to keep your eyes healthy and happy all year long.

  1. Schedule an annual eye exam- If you want to make the most out of your year, make sure you are able to see it! Scheduling an eye exam is so important to keep your eyes healthy and your vision clear. If you don’t get an annual check up on your prescription, you might find that your vision is becoming blurry or causing headaches. The eye doctors in Athens GA can help you by examining your eyes at the start of the year to make sure that your prescription is right for you.

  2. Wear sunglasses- When the sun is out, your shades should be on! Sunglasses really do offer protection from those harmful UV rays and can protect your eyes to keep them healthy. Even on overcast days when you don’t think the sun is shining bright, put on those shades and protect your eyes from the rays you can’t see. If you are exposed to an excess of UV rays, it can cause cataracts or macular degeneration, which can lead to bigger problems down the road. This new year, protect your eyes by bringing out your fashionable sunglasses, even on those cloudy days.

  3. Exercise- Did you know that exercise really does help keep not only your heart healthy, but it also can work to keep your eyes healthy too! There have been many studies that have found that active lifestyles can help prevent cataracts from developing and can improve the overall health of your eyes. If you’ve already added exercise to your New Year’s resolutions, now you have one more reason to get active!

  4. Eat eye-healthy foods- Ever heard the phrase “You are what you eat?” Although this might not necessarily be true, what you eat really can have an influence on the health of your eyes. That is why it’s important to fuel your body with eye-healthy foods like kale, eggs, carrots, oranges and veggies. Eating healthy foods can decrease your risk for eye issues in the future.

  5. Drink more water- You probably hear this one all the time, but drinking more water has tremendous effects on your body. Drinking 8 glasses of water a day not only fuels and energizes your body, but it also moistens your eyes to keep them functioning properly and to avoid irritation.

  6. Avoid smoking- Studies have shown that smoking increases the likelihood of degeneration in the eyes and this can lead to greater problems. Smoking can also lead to the development of cataracts in the eyes, so avoiding smoking can really help keep your eyes healthy.

  7. Get LASIK- LASIK eye surgery corrects your vision, giving you clear vision with no pain, as the surgery is pain-free in almost every case. LASIK most likely prevents you from having to wear contacts at all in the future, which can be the cause for eye irritation or infection. Having LASIK surgery not only improves the quality of your vision, but it can contribute to the health of your eyes as well.

Preparing for LASIK During the Holidays

If you have LASIK eye surgery scheduled over the holiday season, you are in for a treat. You get to say goodbye to those pesky contact lenses and glasses. As the new year rolls in, you will start it off fresh with clear, crisp vision!

The even better news is that your LASIK surgery doesn’t have to complicate your holiday plans! Here are some tips and good things to know before you get you surgery so you can know exactly what to expect.

Be prepared for LASIK eye surgery:

With contacts: Make sure to stop wearing your contacts 2-4 weeks before the surgery, depending on what type of lenses you wear. Be careful to follow the doctor’s instructions specifically so you don’t interfere with the LASIK process, and you can make the most of your holidays.

Makeup, lotion and perfume can also cause complications or infections after LASIK, so doctors recommend that you stop use of all of these products at least 24 hours before the surgery. Using these cosmetic products around the eyes can increase infection from the surgery.

After the surgery, your vision may be blurry, so it is best to find transportation home from the LASIK surgery for your safety and comfortability.

What should I expect after LASIK?

Once the procedure is finished and you head home, you will sleep with protective eyewear overnight, and you will need to come back to the doctor’s office the next morning. You will also meet with the doctor periodically throughout the following months to make sure everything is going smoothly.

Your eyes will be dry after the surgery, though they might not feel like it, so it is important to use the eye drops that the doctor will prescribe. These drops will keep your eyes moist and also help prevent inflammation and infection. Don’t be alarmed if your vision is a little blurry or foggy at first, as most patients see major improvements in their vision in the first few days following the procedure.

Most patients prefer to relax and recover from the surgery at home, so make sure to give yourself time to rest and recover before the holiday season gets busy.

With Georgia Center for Sight, the LASIK cost is affordable and can prepare you for a fantastic holiday with improved vision to enjoy time with friends and family!

What Causes Cataracts and How Can it be Treated?

Keeping your eyes healthy is important, which is why at Georgia Center for Sight, we recommend getting annual exams. If you think you might have a cataract, let us check it out and help treat it so you can go back to your daily schedule without the hassle of cloudiness or something interfering with your vision! Here are some common causes and treatments for cataracts:

Though the official cause of cataracts is not known, there are many things that doctors have explored that might contribute to the development of cataracts. Some of these common causes include:

  1. Aging

  2. Injury to the tissue in your eye

  3. UV radiation from the sun

  4. Diabetes

  5. Obesity

  6. Previous eye surgery

  7. Family history

  8. Extended use of steroid medication

  9. Smoking

  10. Hypertension

The good news is, although cataracts can be pesky to deal with, you don’t have to live with them forever. We can treat cataracts so you don’t end up losing your vision entirely, as cataracts are a progressive condition, meaning they get worse the longer they go untreated. Cataracts can be treated with cataract surgery that has been called one of the most successful and life-improving surgical procedures. This laser cataract surgery helps restore your vision by replacing your intraocular lenses. In most cases, this cataract surgery clears your vision and the health of your eyes will be restored!