AcriSof®IQ PanOptix

New Trifocal Intraocular Lens Technology Offered in Northeast Georgia

Gainesville Eye Associates Offers cutting edge technology for cataract surgery patients

Patients in Northeast Georgia now have access to the Alcon AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® trifocal intraocular lens that gives patients improved near (reading), intermediate (computer) and distance vision after cataract surgery.

By improving all three areas of vision, most patients do not have to use glasses after having the surgery.

PanOptix is the first and only FDA approved trifocal lens in cataract surgery. Gainesville Eye Associates is one of the first practices in Northeast Georgia to offer the PanOptix lens, and ophthalmologist Dr. Zach Balest was one of the first surgeons in the area to use the new technology which was released in September.

“Our cataract surgery patients want a replacement lens that delivers the vision they need to live full, active lives without always being dependent on glasses,” Balest said. “PanOptix is an excellent lens option to address these needs and is clinically proven to deliver an outstanding range of vision.”

In addition to Dr. Balest, Gainesville Eye Associates ophthalmologists Dr. Jack Chapman, Dr. Clayton Blehm and Dr. Lori Lebow all use the new technology.

Alcon’s AcrySof IQ PanOptix technology has served cataract patients worldwide for a number of years before receiving FDA approval after field trials in the U.S.

“We are proud to bring this new class of IOLs to the U.S. eye care market,” said David J. Endicott, chief executive officer of Alcon. “We are leveraging Alcon’s years of experience with PanOptix in other countries to provide the best possible training and support for U.S. surgeons. Our goal is to ensure optimal outcomes for cataract patients looking to correct their vision at all distances, with the vast majority of them never needing to wear glasses post-surgery.”

Gainesville Eye Associates has clinics in Gainesville; Braselton; and Cornelia; with consulting offices in Blairsville; Clayton; Hiawassee, Ga.; and Hayesville and Franklin, N.C. Gainesville Eye Associates offers laser cataract surgery, cataract eye surgery, ReSTOR Lens, TECNIS®, cataract education, eyelid plastic surgery, Latisse, eye conditions, dry eye, and contact lenses. To find out more about Gainesville Eye Associates, or to schedule an appointment, contact their office at 770-532-4444. You can also learn more about the services offered by Gainesville Eye Associates by following them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/gainesvilleeye), Twitter (@GainesvilleEye), Instagram (gainesville_eye_associates) or YouTube (www.youtube.com/GainesvilleEyetube).

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EyeCare Associates Has Merged with Gainesville Eye Associates

Dear Patient,

We are happy to announce that EyeCare Associates recently merged with Gainesville Eye Associates (GEA). Due to this merger, EyeCare Associates relocated to GEA’s current offices at 2061 Beverly Road, Gainesville.

GEA has a long history of serving the medical and surgical needs of the community. Over the years, we have referred many of our patients to their office for surgery.

As part of this merger, our focus has transitioned to medical comprehensive eyecare. We continue to accept all major medical insurances such as Blue Cross, Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Aetna, Cigna, Humana, and Medicare. Most major medical now cover well visits, diabetic eye examinations, medical eye examinations, surgery, and emergency visits. We have DISCONTINUED accepting VISION PLANS such as VSP and EYEMED.

GEA has an optical dispensary for your eyeglass and contact lens needs. Our optician, Laurie Carpenter, also transitioned and continues to assist you with spectacle orders, repairs, and adjustments. We will honor any existing warranties on prior purchases from us. The remainder of our staff, Debra Porter, Maegan Hebebrand, and Phyllis Cosey, have also joined the GEA team.

After 39 years of serving the eyecare needs of the community, Dr. Tom chose to take this opportunity to retire and spend more time with his family, travel, and pursue other interests. However, Dr. Jody is seeing our patients at the new location. All current medical records are kept on-site at Gainesville Eye Associates, and you can continue to reach us at 770.532.7246.  

Thank you for the privilege of being your choice for eyecare all these years. We look forward to serving you in this new endeavor.

Sincerely,

Thomas J. Rossi, O.D.

Jody L. Whisenant, O.D.

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Laser Cataract Surgery Now Offered in Franklin and Highlands Region

Franklin and Highlands residents will no longer need to travel far from home to receive advanced cataracts surgery thanks to the addition of ophthalmologist Dr. Clayton Blehm to the Family Eyecare Team of Franklin.

Dr. Blehm, who focuses his practice on laser cataract surgery, has performed thousands of cataract surgeries in the past 10 years. He specializes in the use of the leading laser cataract removal device with all standard and premium implant lens options.

“I look forward to offering cataract removal for patients in the area,” Blehm said. “They will be able to take advantage of new technology that provides less invasive and much more precise removal of cataracts.”

Dr. Blehm earned his medical degree from the University of Texas-Houston Medical School and served his ophthalmology residency there. He has assisted in numerous research projects, presented findings at national ophthalmology conferences and is published in several national medical journals.

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New Braselton Location Featured in The Times

The Times featured the Gainesville Eye Associates move into new Braselton office in a recent article.

https://www.gainesvilletimes.com/news/gainesville-eye-associates-gets-new-braselton-office/

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Gainesville Eye Associates Moves Office in Braselton to RiverStone Medical Plaza

The Times featured the Gainesville Eye Associates move into new Braselton office.

Gainesville Eye Associates has moved its office in Braselton to the RiverStone Medical Plaza.

The new address is 1255 Friendship Road, Suite 160, Braselton, GA 30517. The practice has had an office in Braselton since 2012.

“Our new location provides greater access and convenience for patients in the Braselton area. It’s a fast-growing area and we’re pleased to be part of the community to better serve our patients who live and work there.”

April Adkins, Gainesville Eye Associates’ Practice Administrator

To schedule an appointment with Gainesville Eye Associates, schedule online or call 770.532.4444.

Gainesville Eye Associates has clinics in Gainesville, Braselton, and Cornelia, with consulting offices in Georgia (Blairsville, Clayton, and Hiawassee), and North Carolina (Hayesville and Franklin). Gainesville Eye Associates offers laser and standard cataract surgery, dry eye, diabetic eye care, glaucoma, and routine eye care. To find out more about Gainesville Eye Associates, or to schedule an appointment, contact our office at 770-532-4444. You can also learn more about the services offered by Gainesville Eye Associates on our website at GainesvilleEye.com or by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.

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Gainesville Eye Associates Provides a Wide Range of Services

Gainesville Eye Associates has been a regional leader in laser cataract surgery for many years, but the practice also provides other services including botox, latisse, eyelid plastic surgery, vision correction, and contacts.

Botox

For patients interested in a botox treatment, Gainesville Eye doctors perform a complete facial analysis to determine if a patient has areas that might benefit from treatment. Normal activity may be resumed immediately. Patients begin to see results two to seven days after treatment, and these results usually last for three to six months.

Ophthalmologists are highly qualified to offer Botox treatments because of their specialized understanding of the anatomy of the muscles, bone and connecting tissue around the eyes.

Botox is a muscle-relaxing agent that reduces wrinkles and fine lines by temporarily paralyzing the muscle. The most common areas of treatment are forehead wrinkles, frown lines between eyes, and crow’s feet.

Latisse

Gainesville Eye was the first practice in the southeast to offer Latisse, the only FDA-approved treatment to produce longer, fuller eyelashes. Latisse can help increase eyelash growth, length, thickness and darkness in as little as eight weeks. The treatment is applied at home once nightly directly to the skin of the upper eyelid. Gainesville Eye physicians are experienced and knowledgeable in latisse treatment and give patients detailed instructions and answer questions during an in-office consultation prior to the at-home treatment.

Contacts

For those wearing contacts, Gainesville Eye provides an extensive range of options ranging from astigmatism correction to breathable lenses the patient can sleep in. Brands offered by Gainesville Eye include Focus Night & Day, Pure Vision, Soflens Toric, Soflens Multifocals, Acuvue, Acuvue Advanced, Oasys and Torics.

Blepharoplasty

Another service provided by Gainesville Eye is blepharoplasty, or eyelid plastic surgery. It is a common procedure where excess skin and fatty tissue is removed from around the eyelids. The procedure can also address droopy eyebrows and can be performed on a patient’s upper and lower eyelids.

Excessive upper eyelid tissue can block the upper field of vision. Correction of the overhanging skin folds will improve the function of the upper eyelid and peripheral vision. Even if vision is not affected, blepharoplasty can be performed to improve a sagging, tired appearance or irritation from eyelashes. Most patients enjoy improved peripheral vision and a more youthful, energetic appearance.


Gainesville Eye Associates has clinics in Gainesville, Braselton, and Cornelia, with consulting offices in Georgia (Blairsville, Clayton, and Hiawassee), and North Carolina (Hayesville and Franklin). Gainesville Eye Associates offers laser and standard cataract surgery, dry eye, diabetic eye care, glaucoma, and routine eye care. To find out more about Gainesville Eye Associates, or to schedule an appointment, contact our office at 770-532-4444. You can also learn more about the services offered by Gainesville Eye Associates on our website at GainesvilleEye.com or by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.

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Gainesville Eye Associates Sponsors Chamber’s HealthSmart

Gainesville Eye Associates is a platinum sponsor for the Greater Hall Chamber’s 8th Annual HealthSmart Interactive Wellness Expo on October 8 at the Gainesville Civic Center.

We hope everyone comes out to this community event, scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It is open to the public and provides individuals the opportunity to obtain free health screenings. We will provide vision screenings in our booth.

The Expo starts with the HealthSmart Kickoff Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Anthony Williamson, President of Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton, will be guest speaker at the breakfast. 

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Gainesville Times Article: Laser Imaging Offers Cutting Edge Technology for Cataract Surgery

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Gainesville Eye Associates Adds Image-Guided System for Laser Cataract Surgery

Ophthalmology group continues to invest in technology, bring state-of-the-art procedures to Northeast Georgia

Gainesville Eye Associates has become the first practice in Georgia to use innovative technology, Verion, that aids its ophthalmologists in performing groundbreaking bladeless laser cataract surgeries in Northeast Georgia.

Verion is an image-guided system that guides the laser during laser cataract surgery, eliminating many of the surgical variables and achieving even better results. Ophthalmologists at Gainesville Eye performed the first Georgia surgery with Verion on Tuesday, March 25. 

Gainesville Eye Associates was also the first practice in the state of Georgia to perform laser cataract surgery. LenSx bladeless surgery uses a computer-controlled laser that allows the cataract surgeons to plan and perform the surgery to exact, individual specifications not attainable with other surgical procedures. Laser cataract surgery is safer, more accurate and offers a faster recovery to patients. 

Verion will make cataract surgery even more accurate and add a new level of control to every step of the procedure,” said Dr. Jack Chapman, Gainesville Eye ophthalmologist. “We are focused on bringing new technology and innovations to Northeast Georgia so that our patients can enjoy the very best treatments, and more importantly, outcomes, available.”

The Verion imaged guided system is the only planning and guidance system designed to improve accuracy and efficiency throughout the entire refractive cataract procedure, enabling eye surgeons to consistently achieve their patients’ visual correction goals.

Verion creates a detailed map of the patient’s eye by measuring certain features. This is an important development as eyes are as unique as fingerprints — each one is different. 

The information gathered by Verion follows the patient into the operating room, where ophthalmologists can view the “map” through their microscope. The system tells the ophthalmologists where to make incisions based on the measurements and allows for perfect placement of lenses each time.

Gainesville Eye ophthalmologists were already using the LenSx laser, the LuxOR LX3 ophthalmic microscope and the Centurion vision system to perform laser cataract surgeries. With the addition of the Verion machine, the surgery center is now utilizing the complete Alcon Cataract Refractive Suite.

Cataracts are a clouding of your eye’s natural lens that occurs in people ages 55 years and older. In fact, half of all Americans have them or have had cataract surgery by age 80. Cataracts can make sharp objects appear blurry, make colors look dull, and cause trouble seeing at night.

Gainesville Eye Associates has clinics in Gainesville, Braselton, and Cornelia, with consulting offices in Georgia (Blairsville, Clayton, and Hiawassee), and North Carolina (Hayesville and Franklin). Gainesville Eye Associates offers laser and standard cataract surgery, dry eye, diabetic eye care, glaucoma, and routine eye care. To find out more about Gainesville Eye Associates, or to schedule an appointment, contact our office at 770.532.4444. You can also learn more about the services offered by Gainesville Eye Associates on our website at GainesvilleEye.com or by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.

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Gainesville Eye Associates Is First Practice in Georgia with Image-Guided System for Laser Cataract Surgery

Today, Gainesville Eye Associates became the first practice in Georgia to use the Verion image-guided system to perform bladeless laser cataract surgeries.

The Verion imaged guided system is the only planning and guidance system designed to improve accuracy and efficiency throughout the entire refractive cataract procedure, enabling eye surgeons to consistently achieve their patients’ visual correction goals.

Verion creates a detailed map of the patient’s eye by measuring certain features. This is an important development as eyes are as unique as fingerprints — each one is different. 

The information gathered by Verion follows the patient into the operating room, where ophthalmologists can view the “map” through their microscope. The system tells the ophthalmologists where to make incisions based on the measurements and allows for perfect placement of lenses each time.

Gainesville Eye ophthalmologists were already using the LenSx laser, the LuxOR LX3 ophthalmic microscope and the Centurion vision system to perform laser cataract surgeries. With the addition of the Verion machine, the surgery center is now utilizing the complete Alcon Cataract Refractive Suite.

In 2011, Gainesville Eye Associates was the first practice in Georgia to perform laser cataract surgery.