Thomas Eye Group is a full service eye care provider with eight locations in and around the greater Atlanta area providing routine eye exams, glasses, contact lenses, blade-free LASIK, as well as medical, surgical and cosmetic services. We encourage you to watch our videos to hear what several of our patients have to say about their experience with us, meet our doctors, and learn more about Thomas Eye Group.

Retinal Detachment: Overview

Shows how the retina's layers can separate, resulting in the retina's inability to transmit visual signals to the brain. Emphasizes the severity of this condition, requiring immediate medical attention.

The Importance of Complete Eye Exams

Reviews how complete eye exams can catch problems early, and advises exam schedules for infants, children, adults, and patients over the age of 40.

Vitreous: Floaters

Shows how floaters are caused by shadows on the retina from light hitting tiny pieces of tissue. Notes that while generally harmless, a sudden increase would warrant an eye exam.

Cataracts: Overview

Describes a cataract as being a cloudiness of the crystalline lens, which causes blurred vision. The eye is compared to a camera, and a cataract is compared to a dirty camera lens.

Amblyopia: Overview

Describes the development of amblyopia, or lazy eye.

Amblyopia: Treatment Overview

Describes treatment options for amblyopia, starting with corrective lenses, and eye patches, topical atropine, or possibly surgery for addressing misalignment.

Anatomy: Retina

The retina is the nerve layer that lines the back of your eye. The retina's function is to sense light and create impulses that are sent through the optic nerve and to the brain.

Astigmatism: Overview

Describes how Astigmatism can cause blurred or distorted vision at all distances, caused by an irregularly shaped cornea or lens which focuses light at multiple points in front of or behind the retina. Notes that mild astigmatism can cause blurriness, but severe astigmatism can prevent the performance of daily activities.

Blepharitis: Overview

Describes how blepharitis inflames the eyelids and eyelashes, and details common symptoms and causes, advising sufferers to seek a professional eye exam for treatment options.

Cataract Surgery: Benefits

Overview of the decision to have cataract surgery, and some points on how far the surgery has evolved.

Cataracts: Symptoms

As the cataract grows larger and clouds more of your lens, more noticeable symptoms will develop. These symptoms may include cloudy or blurred vision, faded colors, double or multiple images, and poor night vision.

Cataracts: Treatment Overview

Provides an overview of typical cataract treatments from new glasses, to intraocular lens implants.

Chalazion: Overview

Describes a chalazion as a bulge in the eyelid caused by a blocked opening or infection of the oil producing glands, generally associated with blepharitis.

Children's Eye & Vision Problems

Describes some of the common signs of vision problems in children.

Condition: Eye Anterior - Iritis

This presentation provides a brief overview of Iritis and its impact on vision.

Diabetes: Overview

This narrative is an overview of Diabetes .

Diabetic Retinopathy: Treatment Overview

Various treatments for diabetic retinopathy are presented, with a strong emphasis on prevention, early detection, and maintaining good health.

Glaucoma: Overview

This narrative provides patients with an overview of Glaucoma causes, as well as an introduction to Glaucoma surgery.

Glaucoma: Risk Factors

Provides an overview of some of the most common risk factors for developing glaucoma.

Glaucoma: Treatment Overview

Various treatments for glaucoma are presented, all with an aim to lower pressure inside the eye: eye drops; laser procedures; surgical procedures.

Glaucoma: Type - Closed-Angle

Details how the iris may bow so severely that the eye's angle is completely cut off, preventing any fluid from draining. Describes symptoms, and warns that this condition is a medical emergency, requiring attention within hours.

Glaucoma: Type - Open-Angle

Describes open-angle glaucoma, the most common form of adult glaucoma, as a clog to the eye's drainage sytem which develops slowly, and should be diagnosed and treated following routine eye exams. Details the role of the trabecular meshwork, and how eyesite can become damaged as a result of poor drainage.

Hyperopia: Overview

Description of Hyperopia, a.k.a. farsightedness, or difficulty with near vision. Details how light enters the eye and focuses behind the retina. Possible causes include a cornea that is too flat, an eye that is too short, or a combination of the two. Hyperopia can worsen with age.

Macular Degeneration: Overview

Describes AMD as the deterioration of the center of the retina, or macula, with a further description of the macula's function. Describes early to late stage symptoms, showing how central vision becomes increasingly blurry and dark, while side vision remains unaffected. Urges patients to have regular check-ups to maintain or improve visual acuity.

IOL: Introduction

Shows how intraocular lenses can replace the eye's natural lens to restore focusing power. Emphasizes IOLs superiority over traditional treatments, i.e. thick glasses or contacts.

IOL: Monofocal Lens - Overview

This Topic is an overview of how the natural lens loses its accommodation as we age, and emphasizes the inability of conventional artificial lenses to allow perfect vision following cataract surgery .

IOL: Multifocal Lens - Overview

This Topic is an overview of how the natural lens loses its accommodation as we age, and emphasizes the inability of conventional artificial lenses to allow perfect vision following cataract surgery .

IOL: Premium Lens - Overview

Compares and contrasts multifocal and accommodating intraocular lens implants options, and provides several considerations for patients interested in one of these options, such as an emphasis on near or distance vision, and color and contrast sensitivity.

IOL: Toric Lens - Overview

Describes the nature of astigmatism, and shows how a toric lens implant following cataract surgery can act to neutralize the astigmatism, though near and distance vision will be unaffected.

Macular Edema: Overview

Shows how fluid buildup leads to macula edema, and describes various symptoms.

Macular Pucker: Overview

Shows how the vitreous shrinks over time, and how a macular pucker/epiretinal membrane can develop, leading to possible vision changes. Routine check-ups are advised to avoid severe damage.

Macular Hole: Overview

Shows how a macular hole can develop, and provides examples of common symptoms which can occur, primarily affecting central vision.

Myopia: Overview

Description of Myopia, a.k.a. nearsightedness, or difficulty with far vision. Details how light enters the eye and focuses in front of the retina. Possible causes include a steeply curved cornea, an eye which is too long, or a combination of the two. Describes differences in patients with mild to moderate to severe myopia.

Presbyopia: Overview

Shows how the eye's lens loses flexibility over time, resulting in presbyopia, and details some common symptoms, such as difficulty reading small print.

Ptosis: Treatment Overview

Shows how ptosis can be corrected with simple outpatient procedures.

Refractive Error: Introduction

This narrative provides an introduction to Refractive Errors.

Strabismus: Overview

Describes the various misalignments which characterize strabismus, including esotropia, exotropia, hypertropia and hypotropia.

Strabismus: Treatment Overview

Describes various treatment options from corrective lenses, to eye patches and vision exercises, to Botox injections or eye muscle surgery.

Sunglasses for Children

Describes the benefits of sunglasses for children, and the importance of protection from UV rays.

Augustus T. Stephens, M.D.

Augustus T. Stephens, M.D. is a Board-Certified ophthalmic surgeon who has been in private practice for more than 15 years. Originally from Aiken, S.C., he attended Morehouse College in Atlanta. Dr. Stephens received his medical degree from Morehouse School of Medicine and completed clinical training in ophthalmology at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and the University of California-Davis. After completing his residency in 1995, Dr. Stephens served as an instructor and assistant residency director at Howard. Dr. Stephens began in private practice at a large multi-specialty clinic in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and subsequently worked with Tulsa Eye Group in Tulsa, Okla. He founded Stephens Eye Associates in Atlanta in 2001. In addition to his work with ocular diseases, he has extensive experience with small-incision, suture-free cataract surgery, glaucoma surgery, and refractive laser procedures.

Dana J. Wallace, M.D.

Jeffrey A. Carlisle, M.D.

Jeffrey A. Carlisle, M.D. is a Board Certified ophthalmologist specializing in comprehensive ophthalmic care, LASIK and refractive surgery. His background includes: B.A. degree from Emory University with majors in Music and Chemistry, the Medical College of Georgia with a summer externship in Neuro-Ophthalmology, internship with additional Internal Medicine training in Memphis, TN, and research fellowship in ophthalmology while in TN and SC. Dr. Carlisle completed his ophthalmology training in Columbia, SC, and after his final year as Chief Resident, joined Thomas Eye Group. He practices at the Lilburn office and sees laser vision correction patients at the Atlanta office.

Jerry E. Berland, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.P.

Jerry E. Berland, M.D. is a fellowship-trained, Board Certified pediatric ophthalmologist in practice since 1994. His specialty is comprehensive medical and surgical eye care for children, including surgery to correct eye muscle imbalance, tear duct obstruction, cataracts, glaucoma and abnormalities of the eyelid. Eye muscle surgery in adults is also his specialty.

Jessica D. McCluskey, M.D.

Dr. Jessica D. McCluskey, M.D. is a board-certified ophthalmologist, and fellowship-trained retina specialist, and has been recognized throughout her career for compassionate patient care, surgical skill, and excellence in teaching. She sees patients in both our Atlanta and Newnan locations. After earning a Bachelor of Science at Boston College she returned to her home state of Mississippi to complete her Medical Degree. During Medical School at the University of Mississippi she received Awards in Excellence in the fields of Ophthalmology and Neurosurgery. Dr. McCluskey followed with a four year Ophthalmology residency at the University of Mississippi where she served as Chief Resident.

John T. Cobb, M.D.

Dr. John T. Cobb is an ophthalmologist who has worked with Thomas Eye Group since 1982. He practices general ophthalmology with a specialty in small incision "no-stitch" cataract surgery and medical treatment of glaucoma. Dr. Cobb earned a bachelor's degree at Emory University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. A graduate of the medical school at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Cobb served as an ophthalmology resident at Emory University and Grady Memorial Hospital. He interned at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi.

Kenneth Neufeld, M.D.

Kenneth R. Neufeld, M. D. is a Board Certified ophthalmologist and oculoplastic surgeon with specialized training in cosmetic and functional procedures around the upper face, brows and eyelids. He received his medical degree from the State University of New York at Syracuse and completed his ophthalmology residency at The New York Hospital -- Cornell Medical Center. His fellowship training in oculoplastic, reconstructive and laser surgery was completed at the Duke University Medical Center.

Leon R. Gross, M.D.

Leon R. Gross, M.D. is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist specializing in cataract and refractive surgery. In his career, he has performed over 15,000 cataract and refractive surgical procedures. He is a pioneer in cataract and lens implant surgery and LASIK, having served as a clinical investigator for 3M intraocular lenses and the FDA LASIK clinical trial. He was among the earliest to perform multifocal implant surgery in the U.S. He is listed in the Consumers ' Research Council of America Guide to America's Top Ophthalmologists. He is devoted to providing state of the art eye care to the community in a setting of compassion and trust.

Paul L. Kaufman, M.D.

Paul L Kaufman, M.D. is board-certified in ophthalmology and fellowship-trained as a specialist in retina/vitreous medicine and surgery. A native of Atlanta, Dr. Kaufman joined the Thomas Eye Group in June 2004. Dr. Kaufman sees patients in our Atlanta location. He provides care for children and adults with a wide variety of retinal conditions, including retinopathy of prematurity, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, macular pucker/hole, and retinal vascular occlusions, among many others.

Paul Patel, M.D.

Paul Patel, M.D. is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in cataract surgery in Newnan, Georgia. Prior to joining Thomas Eye Group at its Newnan location, Dr. Patel practiced comprehensive eye care in LaGrange, Ga. for nine years.

Stephen N. Lipsky, F.A.A.O., F.A.A.P., M.D.

Stephen N. Lipsky, M.D. is a Board Certified, fellowship-trained ophthalmologist specializing in pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus. He treats eye misalignment, tear-duct obstruction, eyelid abnormalities, cataracts and glaucoma. He is certified in Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT) and also does routine eye care including glasses and contact lenses.

M.D. Stuart J. Newman

Stuart J. Newman, M.D. is a Board Certified ophthalmologist who specializes in comprehensive medical and surgical care of the eye including eye exams, contact lenses, diagnosis and treatment of eye disease and refractive surgery. CRT (Corneal Refractive Therapy) is a device used to reshape the surface of the eye, to nonsurgically eliminate the need for glasses and contact lenses. Dr. Newman brought CRT to the Thomas Eye Group in 2002.

Vidya P. Phoenix, M.D.

Vidya P. Phoenix, M.D., is a Board Certified, fellowship-trained pediatric ophthalmologist. She specializes in comprehensive medical and surgical pediatric eye care. Her special interests include early diagnosis and treatment of amblyopia and strabismus. Prior to joining Thomas Eye Group, Dr. Phoenix practiced pediatric ophthalmology in southeast Atlanta where her hospital affiliations included Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston and Southern Regional Medical Center.

Alan Brown, O.D.

Alan D. Brown, O.D. is a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry. He joined the medical staff of Thomas Eye Group in 1998. Dr. Brown specializes in pediatric and adult medical eye care. He provides eye exams, contact lenses and the diagnosis and treatment of medical eye problems for adults and children.

Garrick Layman, O.D.

Garrick Layman, O.D. is a primary eye care provider offering comprehensive eye examinations, diagnosis of eye diseases and other vision conditions, as well as fitting of contact lenses and eyeglasses for Thomas Eye Group in Newnan, Georgia.

Glenda G. Brown, O.D.

Glenda B. Brown, O.D., specializes in pediatric and family eye care and has practiced in metro Atlanta for more than 30 years. She cares for patients at Thomas Eye Group's Suwanee office. Prior to her current position with Thomas Eye Group, she practiced with Pediatric EyeCare of Atlanta, a division of Thomas Eye Group and later with another Alpharetta eye care practice before returning to Thomas Eye Group.

Jeff Mellom, O.D.

Jeff Mellom, O.D. is a primary care optometrist at Thomas Eye Group in Atlanta, Georgia. He has deep knowledge and experience in a wide variety of vision services including comprehensive eye examinations and contact lens fitting.

Lakhvir Singh, O.D.

Lakhvir Singh, O.D., is an optometrist specializing in comprehensive eye examinations, with an emphasis on contact lens fitting. He is dedicated to the most current knowledge as it relates to his patients specific ocular needs.

Mindabeth Jacobs, O.D., F.A.A.O.

Mindabeth Jacobs, O.D. has joined the healthcare professionals at Thomas Eye Group, a leading metro Atlanta eye care provider that offers comprehensive services including LASIK and medical, surgical and cosmetic eye care. Dr. Jabobs will serve patients in the Atlanta Medical Center and Dectur Clinics for Thomas Eye Group.

Nhora C. Abril, O.D.

Nhora C. Abril, O.D. is a Board licensed, bilingual (Spanish/English) speaking Optometrist with 15 years of experience in Georgia. She received her Doctor of Optometry from Pennsylvania College of Optometry and completed her pre-Optometry studies at the Universidad de la Salle in Bogota, Colombia and Elizabethtown College in PA.

Sari Gruber, O.D.

About Us

Aesthetics & Oculoplastics

Pamela Stephens was referred to Dr. Kenneth Neufeld from her dermatologist because of cancer of the eyelid.

Aesthetics & Oculoplastics

Mary Hager was recommended to Dr. Kenneth Neufeld from her ophthalmologist. Watch as she describes her wonderful experience with Dr. Neufeld.

Aesthetics & Oculoplastics

Greg Horton found Dr. Kenneth Neufeld after conducting research about his eyelid situation. Hear about his experience with Dr. Neufeld and the team at Thomas Eye Group.

Aesthetics & Oculoplastics

Donella Fiore had her post-Mohs reconstructive surgery performed by Dr. Kenneth Neufeld. Watch her incredible story here


Sharon Connelly describes how attentive Dr. Kenneth Neufeld and the team at Thomas Eye Group were following Bilateral Upper & Lower Lid Blepharoplasty & Bilateral Lower Lid Laser Resurfacing.

Brow Lift

Geneva Hewett discusses her brow lift procedure and shares her wonderful experience with Dr. Kenneth Neufeld and the staff at Thomas Eye Group.

Cataract Surgery

Patient Teri Moore thought she was permanently losing her vision. See how cataract surgery with Dr. Heit in our Roswell Office completely changed her life for the better.

Cataract Surgery

Mike McCarthy had his cataract surgery performed by Dr. Leon Gross at Thomas Eye Group in Atlanta. He shares his excellent experience in this video.

Cataract Surgery

Charles Ahern Jr. describes how his cataract surgery with Dr. Leon Gross changed his life in a very positive way.

Cataract Surgery

Roy Burke details his experience with Dr. Paul L. Kaufman and Dr. Robert Blasberg after having cataract surgery and retina surgery performed on both eyes.

CRT Lenses

Thomas Eller wears CRT lenses at night to reshape the cornea while he sleeps and then removes them in the morning.


John Sharpe describes how Dr. Paul Kaufman was able to completely restore his right eye after complications with diabetes.


Pat Johnson has been a patient at Thomas Eye Group for over 30 years. She describes her experience with doctors and staff over the years in this video.


Shirley Schmuhl has been a patient at Thomas Eye Group since its original location in Sandy Springs. She describes her experience at Thomas Eye Group in this video.


Camelia Miron-Camy shares her courageous story about her daily struggle with vision and how Thomas Eye Group was able to help her.


El paciente Mario Guevara tuvo una experiencia excellente con el Dr. Paul Kaufman.


Joe Beaudoin describes the phenomenal service and care he experienced during his procedure with Dr. Paul L. Kaufman.


Angel Banks describes her wonderful experience with Dr. Larry Heit and the staff at the Thomas Eye Group Roswell Office.


A Thomas Eye Group patient describes his LASIK experience with Dr. Jeffrey Carlisle at Thomas Eye Group in Sandy Springs.


Soraya Adish discusses her LASIK Surgery experience at Thomas Eye Group in Atlanta.


U.S. Army Soldier Marjorie Kindelan-Ray had her LASIK surgery performed by Dr. Jeffrey Carlisle. See the results.


Barbara Burns from "Atlanta's Frugal Mom" blog had her LASIK procedure performed by Dr. Jeffrey Carlisle.


Nancy Flaherty had LASIK surgery at Thomas Eye Group in Atlanta at the end of 2012. Her experience was so amazing with Dr. Carlisle that she brought her daughter in for a LASIK consultation.


A LASIK patient at Thomas Eye Group describes her experience. For more information on LASIK in Atlanta at Thomas Eye Group, visit or call 855.ATL.LASIK.


A Thomas Eye Group LASIK patient describes his LASIK experience. Thomas Eye Group was voted best LASIK doctor in Atlanta this year by JEZEBEL Magazine.


A patient at Thomas Eye Group in Atlanta describes his LASIK experience. Thomas Eye Group was voted Best LASIK Doctor in Atlanta (2015) in JEZEBEL Magazine.

Multi-focal Lens Implant

A Thomas Eye Group patient describes his vision after Multifocal lens implants with Dr. Larry Heit in Roswell, GA.

Macular Pucker

William Gambrell describes his experience with Dr. Kaufman and how pleased he is at the results of the surgery.


Alexandra has been seeing Dr. Lipsky at Thomas Eye Group in Atlanta since she was 11 months old. Her Mom describes her experience with Dr. Lipsky and the importance of children's eye exams in this video.

Refraction Repair

Thomas Eye Group patient Oteria Jackson describes her Eyelid Retraction Repair performed by Dr. Kenneth Neufeld and the wonderful results.

Eye Injection Procedure | Patient 2

An Eye Injection is described and performed.

Eye Injection Procedure | Patient1

An Eye Injection is described and performed.


Patients describe their LASIK experience at Thomas Eye Group. Thomas Eye Group offers Atlanta’s most precise, advanced bladeless LASIK technology. The LASIK Center is located in Sandy Springs, Georgia. For more information on LASIK Surgery at Thomas Eye Group.

About Thomas Eye Group

Founded in 1974, Thomas Eye Group has served the greater Atlanta community by providing eye care services to patients ranging in age from infants to seniors. Thomas Eye Group has 8 offices in the greater Atlanta area including Atlanta Medical Center, Decatur, Lilburn, Newnan, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Suwanee, and Woodstock.

Careers at Thomas Eye Group

Founded in 1974, Thomas Eye Group has served the greater Atlanta community by providing eye care services to patients ranging in age from infants to seniors.

Thomas Eye Group - New Suwanee Office

Thomas Eye Group Kiosk Introduction

Thomas Eye Group PatientPay Tutorial

What does 20/20 vision mean?

We've all heard the term 20/20. Do you know what it mean? Dr. Leon Gross at Thomas Eye Group explains in this video.

Are cataracts only found in older people?

Dr. Leon Gross at Thomas Eye Group in Sandy Springs answers the question, "Are cataracts only found in older people?"

Bienvenidos amigos Hispanos a Thomas Eye Group

Clearwave Check-In Kiosk

Eye Infections and Makeup

This is a common question at Thomas Eye Group: "How soon can I wear makeup after an eye infection?" Dr. Leon Gross answers the question in this video.


One of the common questions that our doctors get at Thomas Eye Group is "What should I do if I have a new floater?" Dr. Leon Gross in our Sandy Springs office answers this common question.

Over the Counter Readers

Are over the counter reading glasses okay to use? Dr. Leon Gross at Thomas Eye Group in Sandy Springs provides some insight.

Ptosis Surgery & Blepharoplasty Risks

Dr. Kenneth Neufeld at Thomas Eye Group in Atlanta discusses Ptosis Surgery & Blepharoplasty Risks.

Ptosis Surgery and Blepharoplasty

Dr. Kenneth Neufeld at Thomas Eye Group in Atlanta answers more questions relating to Ptosis Surgery & Blepharoplasty including, "Will I have pain following the procedure?"

Ptosis Surgery and Blepharoplasty / 2

Dr. Kenneth Neufeld at Thomas Eye Group answers questions relating to Ptosis Surgery and Blepharoplasty including, "When can I return to work?"

Ptosis Surgery and Blepharoplasty / 3

Dr. Kenneth Neufeld discusses his experience with Ptosis Surgery and Blepharoplasty at Thomas Eye Group in Atlanta.