Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Augusta, P.C., is Augusta's
only complete ophthalmic center. Conveniently located at 1330 Interstate
Parkway, off Wheeler Road, just south of the Wheeler Road - I-20 interchange,
the two-story building includes modern, fully-equipped examination suites
for evaluation and treatment of both routine and complex eye problems.
The facility also houses the CSRA's only VISX Excimer laser. This is the
laser used for laser vision correction (LASIK).
Eye Surgery Center of
Augusta, located on the second floor, is a fully equipped, approved and
licensed [GA License #121-167] outpatient ophthalmic surgery center, and is
accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc..
Dr. Herbert Fechter receives award at AAO meeting
The American Academy of Ophthalmology Board of Trustees presented
Dr. Herbert Fechter with an Achievement Award at the AAO meeting in Orlando in October, 2011.
The award was to recognize "many years of distinguished service in the programs of this society." The program is designed to recognize individuals for their
contributions to the Annual Meeting's scientific program. Dr. Fechter's contributions included teaching instructional courses, proctoring
with the Experts, lecturing at Subspecialty Day, and creating surgical videos.
This is the seventh consecutive year that Dr. Fechter has been honored with a
"top 10%" designation, and will be recognized at the annual meeting in
Chicago, Illinois on November 11, 2012. The Eye Guys are very fortunate to have Dr. Fechter lending his
expertise at our facility!
Do You Know How Diabetes Affects Your Eyes?
Diabetes is a disease that affects the body's ability to produce and/or use
insulin in amounts sufficient to control blood-sugar levels. There are three types of diabetes:
type1, type 2, and gestational, which may develop when a woman is pregrant:
- Type 1: Usually diagnosed in children and young adults and previously known
as juvenile diabetes. In this form, the body does not produce insulin.
- Type 2:The most common form of diabetes. Either the body does not
produce enough insulin or the body's cells ignore the insulin.
- Gestational:Blood-sugar levels (glucose) become elevated during pregnancy in women who have never
had diabetes before. Gestational diabetes starts when the mother's body is not able to make and use all the insulin it needs
People with any type of diabetes can develop hyperglycemia, which is an excess of blood sugar, or serum glucose.
Although glucose is a vital source of energy for the body's cells, a chronic elevation of serum glucose
causes damage throughout the body, including the small blood vessels in the eyes. As a result, if you have
diabetes, you run the risk of developing diabetic retinopathy, in which damage occurs to the delicate
blood vessels inside the retina at the back of the eye. You are also at increased risk for developing
cataracts (clouding of the normally clear lens in the eye), or glaucoma (a disease that results in damage to the optic nerve).
More than 24 million Americans have diabetes and the number is growing, but
only half of them get the recommended annual dilated eye exam. Diabetes is the
leading cause of blindness in working-age adults, but 90 percent of vision loss
can be prevented. An annual dilated eye exam can help prevent vision loss in
people with diabetes.
This article reprinted with permission from the American Academy of Ophthalmology's EyeSmart™ campaign (www.geteyesmart.org).
To watch a video about Diabetic Retinopathy, click here.
To schedule an appointment, please call (706) 651-2020,
or toll free (800) 521-6049.
Eye Physicians & Surgeons of Augusta, P.C. Among First in Nation
to Offer New Cataract Removal Treatment
Eye Physicians & Surgeons of Augusta, P.C. is one of the first sites in
the United States to begin using Alcon's Infiniti™ Vision System with OZil™
torsional ultrasound. This revolutionary technology uses oscillating ultrasound
energy that makes cataract surgery safer and more efficient. A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens
of the eye that can cause
vision problems. Cataract surgery involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing
it with an artificial lens.
To read more, click here...