Monday, March 16, 2020

COVID-19 and Edwards Eye Care

Thursday, April 2, 2020


We are treating eye emergencies in-office and via telemedicine, receiving glasses and contacts orders by phone for curb-side pick-up, as well as providing private in-office eyewear consultations by appointment only. 




Please call us at 770-479-0222






Wednesday, March 25, 2020
During this extremely difficult situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19), nothing is more important to Edwards Eye Care than protecting the health and safety of our patients. If you are running low on contact lenses and/or your contact lens prescription is expiring, we will extend your prescription as needed until May 31, 2020. Please remember, it is still important that you replace your contact lenses on time and as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Over wearing your contact lenses, puts you at risk for infection and other eye health problems.
For your safety and convenience, we are offering curb-side pick-up so that you do not have to enter the office. We can also ship your contact lenses to you free of charge. If you have any questions or want to place an order, call our office at 770-479-0222


Thursday, March 19, 2020


Your safety and well-being are of the utmost importance to us. We see this temporary change to be the best way to maintain the safety and well-being of everyone with whom we come in contact. Our office will remain open at this time for eye emergencies in-office or via telemedicine , receiving prescription refills for glasses and contacts by phone for curb side pick ups, and providing private eyewear consultations by appointment only.  We will be scheduling comprehensive eye exams starting in mid to late April.



If you need to come in for a medical eye emergency, please call to make an appointment as our online schedule is temporarily taken down. We are also happy to meet you curb side to deliver contacts or eyeglasses if needed – just give us a call when you arrive at (770) 479-0222.



We will continue to keep you updated as the situation develops.


We appreciate your business and thank you for your patience as we navigate this situation together. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office.

For more information on the CDC recommendations for COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/healthcare-facilities/index.html .


Edwards Eye Care is committed to the health and safety of each one of our patients and staff. In light of the recent coronavirus outbreak, we wanted to provide an update regarding what our practice is doing to prioritize the health of our patients and staff during this time.

We have always prioritized the cleanliness of our office, equipment and tools, but have added some additional layers of precaution during this time. 
We are trying to remain calm and to learn as much as we can about this virus, even as the information is changing daily.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) have been closely monitoring and responding to the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 caused by the novel coronavirus. Based on guidelines set by the CDC and the DPH, the following protocols will be implemented in our office effective immediately.

-       Patients who believe they are showing signs of infection, or who live with someone with symptoms, will be asked to reschedule their appointments and stay at home.  This is especially true if you have fever, cough, shortness of breath or trouble breathing.  Call your physician’s office before going in for an appointment to minimize exposure risk to those in your community. 

-       Inform us if you have traveled out of the country recently and reschedule your appointment to ensure you are symptom free if you have traveled to a high-risk location within the last 14 days.

-       We ask that you help us prevent the spread of viruses through good hand hygiene.  Wash your hands for 20 seconds with warm/hot water and soap.  Avoid touching your face and placing fingers in your mouths.  Please understand our team will refrain from handshakes. 

-       Hand sanitizer is being used copiously throughout our office by our team, and will be available to patients as well.

-       We are continually disinfecting hard surfaces in our office such as sink faucets, doorknobs, countertops, etc. 

-       When trying on eyeglasses, we ask you to put all frames in the designated bin for disinfecting. We will be cleaning each frame before placing them back on the board.

-       All pens, clipboards and other items used by patients and staff will be disinfected after each use.

-       We will continue our current cleaning protocols in our office in regards to patient rooms, equipment, disposable goods and personal protection. We do this for your safety.  Your health and well-being, as well as that of our team, is our primary concern.

We thank you for your patience, cooperation and understanding during this difficult time.  We are here to serve our community, and will do everything in our power to provide treatment in a safe manner to our patient population. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

WHAT IS KERATOCONUS?
We see through the cornea, which is the clear outer lens or "windshield" of the eye. Normally, the cornea has a dome shape, like a ball. Sometimes, however, the structure of the cornea is just not strong enough to hold this round shape and the cornea bulges outward and downward like a cone. This condition is called keratoconus.
Keratoconus is caused by a decrease in protective antioxidants in the cornea. The cornea cells produce damaging by-products, like exhaust from a car. Normally, antioxidants get rid of them and protect the collagen fibers. If antioxidant levels are low, the collagen weakens and the cornea bulges out. The changes in the shape of the cornea can happen quickly or may occur over several years. The changes can result in blurred vision, glare and halos at night, and the streaking of lights.
Treatment usually starts with new eyeglasses. If eyeglasses don't provide adequate vision, then contact lenses, usually rigid gas permeable or scleral contact lenses, may be recommended. With mild cases, new eyeglasses can usually make vision clear again. Eventually, though, it will probably be necessary to use contact lenses or seek other treatments to strengthen the cornea and improve vision.

Monday, February 3, 2020


AGE RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION (ARMD) AWARENESS MONTH

Millions of people are living with ARMD and many are living full lives by managing their condition. Did you know?

-Late AMD can happen in one eye or both eyes.

-If you have late AMD in only one eye, you may not notice any changes in your vision — but it’s still important to get your eyes checked.

-Having late AMD in one eye puts you at higher risk of developing late AMD in your other eye.

Spread the word - the best way to detect ARMD is through an annual eye exam. If you or someone you know suffers from this condition, schedule an appointment by calling us at 770-479-0222, click on the book now button on top of our Facebook page, or utilize our website on-line scheduler.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

2020: Year of THE EYE EXAM

How often should you get your eyes checked? The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends annual eye exams.   If you don’t get an eye exam every year, your eyes will usually tell you when they need help.  If you find yourself rubbing your eyes a lot or holding things as far from (or as close to) your face as possible to see them clearly, it’s probably time to see your eye doctor. 

Comprehensive eye exams are one of the most important, preventive ways to preserve vision and overall health - make 2020 your year of the eye exam!

Monday, January 6, 2020

HETEROCHROMIA

HETEROCHROMIA: What is it?

Heterochromia is when a person’s irises are different colors. There are a few kinds of heterochromia. Complete heterochromia is when one iris is a different color than the other. When part of one iris is a different color than the rest of it, this is called partial heterochromia. Central heterochromia is when there is an inner ring that is a different color than the outer area of the iris. It doesn't typically affect the person's vision and is benign.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Holiday Hours







Holiday Hours

Closed Tuesday December 24
Closed Wednesday December 25

Closing at 4PM Tuesday December 31
Closed Wednesday January 1


Image may contain: text

Monday, December 16, 2019

Eye Complications and Multiple Sclerosis


Eye Complications and Multiple Sclerosis

Eye and vision problems associated with MS can be frightening, but many times they improve over time.  They're often the first symptom of MS, but can occur later in the course of the disease as well.






Some of the eye complications associated with MS include optic neuritis (inflammation of the optic nerve), diplopia (double vision), nystagmus (involuntary eye movement), and internuclear ophthalmoplegia (impaired horizontal eye movement.


If you have any symptoms affecting your eyes or vision, schedule an appointment with us by calling 770-479-0222, or book on-line at our website:  Edwardseyecare.com.