We Never Stop Learning… or Teaching!

Posted by: West Georgia Eye Care Center in Frontpage Article on November 7, 2018

“Learning is not a product of schooling but the lifelong attempt to acquire it.”

                                            Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955) Physicist & Nobel Laureate


AAO, IRIDEX, ALCON, JCAHPO and GEM will not pop-up in a search for colleges and universities, but they are institutions of learning in their own right.   These acronyms represent just a few of the sources for continuing medical education that the physicians and staff of West Georgia Eye Care Center routinely utilize.  WGECC is dedicated to being on the mark with current eye care technology and training so that we are able to offer the most progressive treatments with skill and confidence.


Our surgeons are always learning, and often, they are also teaching! Dr. Bret Crumpton, one of our glaucoma specialists, is a leader in the non-incisional, versatile glaucoma device manufactured by IRIDEX… the MicroPulse P3™. Last month, at the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s annual meeting he shared his experience with surgeons from around the globe. On a local note, he lectured on the same technology at a recent meeting of the Greater Columbus Optometric Association.


WGECC staff members also have the opportunity to learn and teach. Teresa Stewart, LDO is the contact lens specialist at the Warm Springs Road location of West Georgia Optical.  She was the only optical technician from the state of Georgia to attend a recent class on contact lens fitting presented at the ALCON training center in Ft. Worth, Texas.  In fact, she was one of only three in attendance that were not doctors.  Teresa reflected after returning from her training; “Being recommended for this training by our ALCON representative was an honor and a great opportunity to learn state-of-the-art advancements to better serve our patients!”


Advancing knowledge through training is also encouraged for the technical para-professionals at WGECC. Certification through the Joint Commission of Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) validates that these technicians have worked, studied and proven themselves to be highly trained to provide high quality ophthalmic patient care!  The Georgia Eye Meeting (GEM) is an annual meeting of the Georgia Society of Ophthalmology, offering advanced learning for both physicians and technicians.  This year’s meeting will be in February in Atlanta and Dr. James Brooks, M.D. (corneal specialist) has been asked (again!) to lecture.

Continually learning and serving others through teaching is another way that West Georgia Eye Care Center honors our commitment to care for our patients with ”a Spirit of Service and a Commitment to Excellence!”