Whether treating blindness by performing cataract surgery on a poverty stricken person or reading a Bible verse to a patient, the Southern Eye physicians desire to make a difference in people’s lives.
Formed in September 2009, Surgeons for Sight is a Christian non-profit, tax exempt 501(c)3 organization with a mission to help disadvantaged people, both locally and internationally, get the eye care they need to lead productive lives while spreading the gospel in glorification of God. If you are interested in learning more about Surgeons for Sight or helping with a tax deductible financial donation, please visit their website at www.surgeonsforsight.org
Southern Eye now offers a Vision Rehabilitative Service for those who suffer from vision impairment that can not be corrected by medical or surgical interventions. This Service will help each patient cope with their vision loss and maximize their visual function in everyday life. You will learn how to use your remaining vision with and without assistive devices, i.e. Handheld and Video Magnifiers, Telescopes, CCTV, colored filters, large print books, etc. If surgery or regular eyeglasses can not correct your vision loss, our low vision services may help. Please contact us at (864) 269-333 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Steigerwald.
Southern Eye’s Optical Centers are authorized Oakley eyeglasses and sunglasses retailer. “With Oakley, we have even more premium optical products to offer our customers.” said Bob Groover, ABO Certified Optician at Southern Eye Associates. Oakley, Inc. is a sport and lifestyle brand, driven to ignite the imagination through the fusion of art and science. Building on its legacy of innovative, market-leading optical technology, Oakley manufactures and distributes high performance sunglasses, prescription lenses and frames, goggles, apparel, footwear, and accessories. The essence of the brand is communicated through hundreds of professional and amateur athletes who depend on Oakley products to provide them with the very best while they redefine what is physically possible. For more information, see www.oakley.com or come by the Southern Eye Optical Center.
Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in adults over 55. A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens inside your eye. This lens located behind the iris, works just like the lenses of a camera focusing light images on the retina, which sends images to the brain. The human lens can become so clouded it prevents light and images from reaching the retina.
Is your vision blurry or foggy?
Do colors appear dull or muted?
Are your glasses no longer working?
Does sunlight or other light seem overly bright or glaring?
If you experience one or more of these symptoms, you may have cataracts. Fortunately, we live in a time when correcting cataracts is relatively simple and the results can be extraordinary. With today’s advances, some patients enjoy the best vision of their lives.
CATARACT SURGERY: CLARITY IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE
The operation entails making a tiny incision in the eye and inserting an instrument about the size of a pen tip to break up and remove the cloudy lens. Once the cloudy lens is removed, a cataract replacement artificial lens or “IOL” is inserted through the same tiny incision and set into it’s permanent position.
WHAT TO EXPECT BEFORE AND AFTER SURGERY
Most people are surprised to find out just how easy and pain-free cataract surgery is. It usually takes 30 minutes or less and most patients are back to their normal activities the very next day. The following facts will help you prepare for surgery:
An anesthetic will be given to numb the nerves in and/or around the eye.
Before and/or after surgery your doctor may prescribe eye drops to help prevent infection and reduce swelling.
Most patients have improved vision soon after surgery, but your sight may continue to improve for several days or weeks.
WHAT IS AN IOL?
An intraocular lens (IOL) is an artificial lens that’s implanted during cataract surgery. Recent advances have been so significant that new-generation lenses can allow you to see well at all distances without the help of glasses, bifocals, or reading glasses. Following are the three primary types of lenses currently available and what each is designed to do for your vision.
Monofocal lens – have one point of focus and can usually give you clear distance vision. While distance vision is improved, most patients still need to wear glasses for certain tasks, such as reading or working at a computer.
Multifocal lens – designed to give you a full range of clear vision, near to far, and everywhere in between with limited use of glasses.
Toric lens – Helps to correct astigmatism in a manner that cannot be done with monofocal lenses.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CATARACTS AND CATARACT SURGERY IS AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING WEBSITES:
Southern Eye’s Greenville office, completed in March 2012, is one of the first medical offices in the upstate that has achieved LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. This certification is the premier designation for buildings that are designed to use less energy and water, reduce the overall impact on the environment and improve indoor air quality. Energy and water savings are achieved through high efficiency HVAC systems, specialized lighting, low flow plumbing, and low water use landscaping. Various sustainable practices are also in place including recycling stations, use of “green” cleaning products, and facilities in place to encourage less reliance on the use of natural resources.