Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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February 12, 2013

Nancy M. Young: February 12, 2013

ELLAVILLE — Local resident had first eye surgery in Ga.

Jackie Carswell of Ellaville is having vision problems that started in October 2010. She went to an emergency room in Columbus to see about her eyes in 2010. The doctor there transferred her to the West Eye Care Center in Columbus.

When the doctor diagnosed her problem as macular degeneration, he started giving her shots in her eyes.

She had surgery on her eyes in November 2012, at Emory Hospital in Atlanta.

Macular degeneration happens to the older generation.

According to Jackie, she was the first person to have had this kind of eye surgery for macular degeneration that has ever been done in the state of Georgia.

She has to go every Monday to Atlanta for therapy and while there once a month, she sees her doctor.

She has made history. She will be in the Emory Health Magazine that will come out soon. The surgery was done by Dr. Kim of Emory.

Jackie is trying to find a way that she can get herself a MagnifiFactor CCT Machine. She hoping to get some help from the Lions Club and other kinds of assistance that will help with the purchase.

If anyone would like to get in contact with Jackie call her at 938- 8515. Let's all keep Jackie in our prayers.

Be prepared for severe weather

The spring months are about here in Georgia and can bring severe weather, as we've already seen this in a light form this past week.

Today is the day to prepare for tornadoes and other severe weather.

Get your emergency preparedness  kit together with a three-day supply of food and water for each member of your family (and don't forget your pets).

Include flashlights and extra batteries, a weather radio, first aid supplies and essential medications to be in your kit. Have a plan for what to do before, during and after severe weather hits.

Know the your plan at your work place as well your children’s school and practice your home plan and drills at least once a year.

Know where to turn to get severe weather information. Have a NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio with battery back-up and tune into media outlets to know what severe weather is around you. Keep your family and yourself prepared for severe weather.

For more information call the Schley County EMA or Schley County Fire and Emergency Services at 937-9093.

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