Georgia Eye Partners Offers Medical Treatment, Surgery and a Variety of Procedures
Georgia Eye Partners is a specialty practice, with ophthalmologists and optometrists dedicated to providing patients with the highest-quality medical and specialty surgical eye care. They provide services ranging from medical eye care to complex surgical treatment for conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, and corneal and retinal disease. LASIK, PRK and EVO ICL are offered, as well as oculoplastic surgery and laser aesthetic procedures through a subsidiary, OPAL Aesthetics.
Eye Care Close to Home
With so many specialties available, and locations across metro Atlanta, patients don’t have to go far for medical eye exams, specialized care or a boutique surgical experience with unparalleled quality control.
One location is in Woodstock, which is served by Drs. Parul Khator, Evan Schoenberg, Gagan Sawhney and Amber Zaunbrecher. At this office, patients can receive services ranging from comprehensive medical eye exams to glaucoma, cornea care and cataract surgery evaluations.
Each doctor hired at Georgia Eye Partners is carefully selected by current doctors, a measure that ensures doctors and surgeons come from the best training programs, excel in quality medical practices and really care about their patients. Georgia Eye Partners is proud of its staff retention, with many having been with the practice since its inception. For patients, this means seeing the same faces and being able to develop a rapport with the staff.
Seeing Is Believing
Dr. Khator shares a few patient stories to illustrate the commitment to care that she and other physicians at Georgia Eye Partners offer.
Glaucoma at 23. “Glaucoma is usually genetic but can sometimes be caused by other factors. I had a patient once who was only 23 years old. He developed inflammation in his eye, which led to glaucoma. I had to perform glaucoma surgery on his eye. Glaucoma surgeries are wonderfully effective but can be volatile in the postoperative, or healing, period. It’s a bit of a roller coaster ride, especially when operating on younger patients.
“This patient’s pressure was up and down in the first several weeks after surgery. When the pressure went up, it was severe, creating excruciating pain. As fate would have it, this seemed to occur most often in the middle of the night. I gave this patient my personal cellphone number, and we ended up seeing each other in the middle of the night every night for three weeks, until he stabilized. We saw each other so often, I got to know his entire family. I held his newborn baby at 2 a.m. while the medicines I gave him got to work. I learned about his life story. It was exhausting work for everyone involved, but he had a wonderful family that was committed to his care.
“His surgery finally stabilized and is still working beautifully 11 years later. Without the surgery, he would undoubtedly be blind now. Instead, he has two beautiful children, started a successful business and gets to enjoy seeing the beautiful life he has created. I am still an important part of his family, and they ask after me, which is so special.”
Glaucoma after a fireworks accident. “I saw a patient about 10 years ago who had an unfortunate accident one Fourth of July. He was walking his dog in the neighborhood when one of his neighbor’s fireworks took a 90-degree turn, crossed the street and exploded in his eye. The trauma was catastrophic. The clear front portion of his eye, or cornea, was lacerated. The lens in the front of his eye broke free of its attachments and fell to the back of the eye. His eye filled with blood, and he sustained a retinal detachment. Things were looking grim.
“He proceeded to have multiple surgeries over the next year. Our retinal partners reattached his retina and cleaned the blood out of his eye. Our cornea doctors removed his lens, sewed in a new one and transplanted a fresh cornea on the front of his eye. Not surprisingly, the patient developed severe glaucoma, with a pressure four times higher than normal! I worked on him last, placing a drainage device in his eye to replace his natural drain, which had been decimated by the trauma. Two years after that fateful evening, I am proud to say our patient was 20/20! This was a true success story and a lesson in the importance of collaboration in medicine to address all a patient’s problems.”
The Future Looks Bright
Tremendous growth over the past 10 years is punctuated by exciting plans for the next five. Dr. Khator is proud of what Georgia Eye Partners already has accomplished and is looking forward to future plans, including:
- Adding state-of-the-art technology to enhance refractive cataract surgery offerings. “ I truly believe our practice offers the most thoughtful medical and surgical plans for our patients,” Dr. Khator said.
- Adding doctors to the glaucoma department. “Glaucoma is a vastly underserved subspecialty in Atlanta, and we would like to bolster our glaucoma coverage to all our office locations.”
- Adding a technology called Light Adjustable Lens to the surgical arsenal. With this technology, the power of the intraocular lens that is placed in the eye after the cataract is removed can be adjusted in the office, allowing for fine tuning of patients’ refractive outcomes.
- Offering a third outpatient surgical center to serve the west side of Atlanta, as well as more office locations.
Through this growth, Dr. Khator assures, “We are committed to maintaining our family culture and staying true to our mission statement of providing the highest-quality medical and surgical eye care.”