Seeing is Believing: Palmetto Eye Specialists & Island Medical Spa can help you look as good as you see and feel!
Author: Blanche T. Sullivan
You’ve surely heard the age-old adage regarding the eyes being the mirrors of the soul. If you visit your ophthalmologist or optometrist regularly, you’re also likely aware of the importance of eye exams, which can help identify a variety of ocular concerns, such as poor vision, astigmatism and glaucoma. What you may not be aware of is that your eyes can also, according to the National Institute of Health, reveal critical information regarding more serious health issues such as diabetes, brain tumors and even Alzheimer’s disease.
And while eye health should take precedence over eye appearance, why not do what you can to look as good as you see and feel by addressing the ‘stage’ upon which your eyes are situated? Palmetto Eye Specialists, PA and Island Medical Spa work together to help patients do both!
Palmetto Eye Specialists, PA, founded by Dr. Kenneth Farr in October 2000, has offices on Hilton Head Island, in Okatie and in Ridgeland, and has always been committed to providing professional, comprehensive, individualized and safe medical and surgical care.
Dr. Farr, certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He is also a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery as well as a clinical instructor at Storm Eye Institute, Medical University of South Carolina. He graduated cum laude from the University of Alabama School of Medicine and completed his residency at Storm Eye Institute, where he served as chief resident. Dr. Farr was also an ophthalmologist with the U.S. Air Force and was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal for Excellence.
Dr. Farr is joined in the Palmetto Eye office by two ophthalmologists and one optometrist, including: Dr. Perin W. Diana Jr., Dr. Walter Meier and Dr. Emily Childress Bollin. All are highly qualified and equally committed to providing patients with the most advanced care, procedures and medications available. Among his many achievements, Dr. Diana served in the US Army Medical Corps in Okinawa (1970-1973) and was Chief of the Ophthalmology Dept. at Bradley Memorial Hospital (1977-1999). Dr. Meier, certified through the American Board of Ophthalmology and the American College of Surgeons, completed his residency at the Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital and a corneal fellowship at the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary. In addition to earning a bachelor of science in nutrition from The Ohio State University, Dr. Bollin earned a doctorate degree from The Ohio State University College of Optometry, graduating cum laude, and has won two reserve World Champion titles for competitive horse riding.
In addition to offering comprehensive evaluations of ocular structures, the experts at Palmetto Eye can also identify dry eye, infections, allergic, systemic, neuro, age-related and hereditary diseases. Palmetto Eye can provide a glasses prescription as well as contact lens fittings, including those for bifocal and rigid gas permeable lenses and astigmatism.
Cataracts can cause a variety of symptoms, from blurred and distorted vision to difficulty focusing on objects or seeing colors correctly, which can seriously impact daily activities. If you suffer from cataracts, you may be interested in learning more about Palmetto Eye’s state-of-the-art, no shot/no stitch cataract surgery. Those who battle with astigmatism or abhor bifocals may want to consider ‘intraocular lens implants.’ According to Dr. Farr, this new technology can dramatically improve your vision, correct astigmatism and provide distance and near vision using a multifocal design. Patients who undergo this outpatient surgery can typically resume normal activities the next day!
Palmetto Eye also offers services, such as diabetic retinopathy, LASIK surgery, pediatric eye care, emergency eye care, Botox® and Restylane® and ophthalmic surgery. Dr. Farr underwent extensive post-graduate training in ophthalmic laser and plastic surgery and offers a variety of procedures including: endoscopic brow lifts, laser eyelid surgery and laser skin resurfacing, which have revolutionized cosmetic surgery of the eyes. Endoscopic brow surgery is used to reduce forehead lines and lift tired, heavy eyes. Laser eyelid surgery is implemented to correct sagging eyelids and fatty pouches beneath the eyes. Skin resurfacing diminishes fine wrinkles, revealing more youthful skin. The highly advanced procedures allow patients superior cosmetic results with more rapid recovery.
Dr. Farr, a member of The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and The American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, was the first Certified Botox® Cosmetic Physician in the Lowcountry and also serves as the medical director of Island Medical Spa, a combination day spa and medical clinic, operating under the care of a highly trained, expert staff.
Kathy Cooksey, for example, a cosmetologist for 25 years and a licensed esthetician for the past six, specializes in the care of aging skin, wedding and photography makeup, and is certified in ‘Paramedical Makeup’—used to treat issues such as scars and burns. Shirley Nichols is a licensed massage therapist with more than 10 years of experience, who offers hot stone therapy and cellulite reduction. Brenda Whitlow is a Micropigmentation Specialist, board certified through the American Academy of Micropigmentation, with more than 10 years of experience regarding permanent makeup. Janis Farr, RN earned her BS degree in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has more than 10 years of experience in dermatology and surgery. Janis is the director of laser services at Island Medical Spa and is Cutera laser certified. Barbara Fultz, RN is also part of the laser team at Island Medical Spa. She has extensive experience in surgery and laser therapy and is Cutera laser certified. Barbara also assists Dr. Farr with the surgical procedures. Prior to becoming a licensed esthetician and assuming her role as Island Medical Spa’s office manager, Teresa Kitchings garnered nearly a decade of experience in the beauty industry as an Estée Lauder business manager.
Island Medical Spa, always under the Palmetto Eye “umbrella,” established its own identity in 2006 and offers treatments for facial conditions such as brown spots, redness and broken capillaries—particularly those that are difficult to treat. The spa also specializes in laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, Botox, Sculptra and other injectables, facials, massages and permanent makeup. Island Medical Spa offers its expert cosmetic medical services in a tranquil, pampering and luxurious atmosphere, typically associated with some of the world’s finest luxury spas.
Dr. Farr states the following three elements as top priority at both Palmetto Eye Specialists and Island Medical Spa: training, experience and service. “Our main goal is to provide a safe, positive experience with adequate follow-up and support. Safety is key. Our staff is highly trained and experienced and we offer our patients the best, most advanced services and products available.”
Palmetto Eye and Island Medical Spa offer informative seminars, preferred customer mailings, consultations and expert assistance regarding prioritizing services according to budget. They are ready to help you see well, look good, and feel your best!
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