October 17th, 2016
Category: Takle Eye Group
Tags: Cataract surgery, Cataracts, Eye Care, eye health, eye pain, Glaucoma, griffin eye, griffin eye clinic, Griffin optometrist, Laser surgery, lasik, takle eye group
October 3rd, 2016
When your vision is less than perfect, it’s easy to jump at a popular treatment, expecting it to be the one for you. Lasik, for example, is the most commonly performed vision correction surgery. It is a highly effective procedure, but for people over age 50 with vision issues it might be worth talking to your doctor about cataract surgery before you go in for Lasik. Once you understand how both cataract surgery and Lasik work, it’s easy to see how important it is to choose the right procedure for your condition.
Cataracts are a clouding of the lens of the eye. They can distort or obscure normal vision. Often, patients will complain of a “film” over the eye, or halos forming around light sources. The only effective treatment of a cataract is surgical removal of the lens.
Cataract surgery is one of the most common and successful surgeries performed in America, with nearly 99 percent of outcomes resulting in improved vision. During cataract surgery, the eye’s natural lens is removed and is replaced with an artificial lens.
Lasik, while it can be helpful in conjunction with cataract surgery, can’t be used alone to treat cataracts. During Lasik, the surgeon uses a laser to reshape the clear refractive bump on the front of the eye, called the cornea, so that light coming into the eye is focused correctly.
Cataracts can’t be improved with laser treatment, but Lasik can be used to address poor vision post-surgery. This generally isn’t necessary, however, as the technology for artificial lenses greatly reduces the likelihood of a patient’s vision needing further adjustment.
So which treatment is right for you? Speak to your eye doctor about any vision issues you may be having, and together you can determine the correct treatment for your needs. Takle Eye Group offers patients a state-of-the-art eye surgery facility and the latest no-stitch small-incision surgical techniques. Schedule your appointment online or by calling 770-228-3836 and find out what we can do to improve your vision.
Category: News Takle Eye Group
Tags: Eye Genetics, Family History, Glaucoma, griffin eye, griffin eye clinic, Griffin optometrist, History of Eye Disease, takle eye group, Talking to your eye doctor, What is Glaucoma
August 18th, 2016
Your great-grandmother’s dining room table, your uncle’s old fishing gear, your grandpa’s fried chicken recipe; we inherit a lot of great things from our families. Be aware, though, not everything you inherit from your family is positive. Genetic risk factors are a big part of what your doctor checks for during a regular eye exam, and what you don’t know about your family’s history of eye disease can certainly hurt you. For example, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) says that having one immediate family member with glaucoma makes you four to nine times more likely to develop the disease yourself.
Many eye conditions have genetic factors. Diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), astigmatism, and cataracts can all be genetic, so knowledge of your family’s eye health history is crucial in early detection and treatment or prevention of these and other genetic eye issues. How can you find out about your family’s eye health history? Ask around! Relatives closest on the family tree are your first resource for determining your own risk. Ask your parents, siblings, and grandparents if they know of any eye problems like glaucoma, astigmatism, nearsightedness, farsightedness, or anything else in the family. Reunions also make for a great family history resource, so don’t be shy about asking aunts, uncles, and everyone else about the state of eye health in your family.
Don’t be so quick to have genetic testing done! The AAO has concluded that tests of such kinds don’t tend to be helpful in detecting and treating eye diseases. If you are really interested in genetic testing for congenital eye diseases, talk to your ophthalmologist. They can tell you about different tests and whether or not available tests might be helpful.
Your family history is important; don’t wait to find out what may be lurking in your genetics! If you are diagnosed with an eye health issue, it is also helpful to share that information with family members so they can let their own care providers know. Keep tabs on any eye issues you hear about among your family, and it just might help your care provider prevent problems for you in the future!
Set up an appointment today by calling 770-228-3836 or schedule your visit online, and speak with one of our doctors about your family’s eye health history. You might be surprised at what your family history has to say about your own eyes!
Category: News Takle Eye Group
Tags: Dr. Baumrind, Eye Care, griffin eye, griffin eye clinic, Griffin optometrist, Meet Dr. Baumrind, Meet Takle Eye Group, New doctor, optometry, takle eye group
Dr. Benjamin Baumrind M.D. joined Takle Eye Group in July of 2016, as a valuable addition to our retinal surgery team. Dr. Baumrind is board certified with the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Baumrind comes from a family of dentists and was on track to join the family business. One day after a pre-dentistry class in college, young Ben was removing his contacts and suffered severe corneal abrasions in both eyes. He was rushed to the ER and was unable to see for three days. During that time, Ben fully realized the pain caused by eye injury and the loss of one’s vision. This experience, combined with a suggestion from his uncle to complete a four-week clinical rotation in ophthalmology, led Ben to pursue a career in eye care.
The precision and speed with which most eye issues can be diagnosed and treated inspires Dr. Baumrind in his practice. He chalks that ease up to the straightforward construction of the eye and the power of the microscope. Often, a doctor is able to literally see what is causing the problem on or inside the eye. Having suffered himself, Dr. Baumrind finds satisfaction in being able to alleviate many eye care issues, even serious ones, often in less than an hour of office time.
Dr. Baumrind earned his bachelor’s of science degree from UGA in 2005, and his M.D. from the Medical College of Georgia in 2009. His residency was completed at the Institute of Ophthalmology and Visual Science in 2013. He most recently completed a two-year retinal surgery fellowship at Eye Consultants of Atlanta in 2014.
Our Griffin offices will be Dr. Baumrind’s primary practice location. He is a surgical retina specialist, treating such conditions as diabetic retinopathy, retinal tears and detachment, macular degeneration, vein occlusions, hereditary retinal issues, and more.
An Atlanta native, Dr. Baumrind is especially interested in serving the unique needs of our community. “If I can be connected to the patients down here,” he says of the region that Takle Eye Group serves, “I can use my training to do a lot of good.”
When Dr. Baumrind gets home he likes to spend time with his family, and he works hard to match the energy of his two children.