It matters who you SEE: a few things to consider when selecting an Eye MD (ophthalmologist)

Posted by: West Georgia Eye Care Center in Frontpage Article on September 4, 2015

Choosing a doctor can be a life-or-death decision, but most people spend more time planning their next vacation than researching the credentials of their physician.

From “Diagnosing you doctor: What should you know?” Web MD online article


Trust is a crucial aspect of medical care. Your eyes are intricate, delicate organs, and you want to be confident in the doctor caring for them. Personalizing the Web MD quote above, we might add a nuance for eye care: Choosing an ophthalmologist can be a vision-saving or vision-threatening decision.

It matters who you choose.

When researching to find a new doctor (or checking up on a physician you’ve been seeing for some time), here are a few basic pieces of information to know (compliments of Web MD):

  • Is he or she licensed to practice medicine in the state where you live?
  • What type of medical training did he or she receive (medical school, residency, internships, and fellowships)?
  • Is he or she board-certified in the specialty you desire (ophthalmology, internal medicine, oncology, etc.)?
  • Does he or she accept your type of medical insurance for payment?


The physicians of West Georgia Eye Care Center believe in offering patients transparent information about their own medical training and qualifications. Do you have questions about your doctor? Give our office a call at 706-323-3491 and we’ll be happy to help answer them!

In the coming weeks, stay tuned as we take you on virtual visits to the teaching hospitals where Dr. James Brooks and Dr. Cynthia Nix, our fellowship-trained corneal specialists, received expert training. Flinders Medical Center in Adelaide, Australia was recently recognized for groundbreaking genetic research to prevent one of the leading causes of blindness in the world. Additionally, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida is routinely ranked the number one ophthalmology program in the country.

It matters where your doctor trained.