Patient Testimonials

During a routine exam by Dr. Matzkin, he found a problem when my vision was fading in and out. He thought it was due to my left carotid artery being blocked, and he recommended that I see my heart doctor. He wrote a letter to my heart doctor. He saw me, and he didn't find anything wrong, but, he recommended that I have an echo of the carotids done, just to be sure. During my echo, they found my left carotid artery to be 99% blocked, and found right to be 80% blocked. Dr. Matzkin then sent letters to my heart doctor and my regular physician. At that time, things picked up in a hurry. Then I was told that they had found a complete blockage, and that if I didn't get it corrected, it could break off and go straight to my eye and cause complete blindness in the left eye. Dr. Sprouse, my heart surgeon, placed a stent in my left side, and placed me on medication to control the right side.

If it hadn't been for Dr. Matzkin, I would have lost my eye. He may have even saved my life, as thanks to him, we found the blocked artery. But he definitely saved my eyesight.

I think the world of him and I always will.

Robert Pippenger

February 2016

I don’t like to go to doctors and wouldn’t have normally done anything like [multifocal lens implant cataract surgery], except for my wife told me I should. I’m glad that she did. I’m well pleased with the outcome of the surgery and can now read without having to carry around two sets of glasses. I enjoy the Allied Eye staff and cutting up with them. Dr. Matzkin is extremely likeable and very competent. I appreciate what he did for me. I’m well pleased and tickled to death with the services I’ve received and the outcome of the surgery. I have recommended Dr. Matzkin to friends and family and encouraged them to have this surgery if they need it and are able.

Waymon "Larry" Rose

July 2016

Dr. Matzkin and Staff,

I do not have a personal Facebook account and do not particularly care to have one but I wanted to thank you for your assistance over the last several weeks. Your care and professionalism during my operations and follow-up on my cataract surgery was superb. Although a patient for several years, I basically was a walk-up in March. I explained to the counter staff that my left eye had deteriorated significantly from the previous October 2015 annual exam. I was very concerned about it and I suppose the counter staff quickly recognized the seriousness of the situation and within a couple of hours I had been examined by the staff, by Dr. Matzkin and had an appointment for surgery.

The surgery and follow-up procedure went extremely well and the results on the left eye is that I now see 20/20. In discussions with the staff and Dr. Matzkin during my subsequent follow-up checkup it was determined that I would be a good candidate at this point in time for surgery on my right eye. The results are that I now see 20/20 out of my right eye also. Is that not a miracle.

The surgical success and the follow-up care has just been incredible. I am very grateful to all of you, the whole team has made such a positive difference in my life.

Thanks to all of you.

Steve Leach

Dear Dr. Matzkin,

Wow! I'm impressed with you and your staff. You have done an excellent job on both of my eyes. The cataracts are gone, and I am left with this great vision - the tech "clocked" me at 20/15 today in your office. It was neat too, sir, that both of my eyes could be scheduled two weeks apart - I really did appreciate that. My world is brighter now, and about colors - I had no idea that my stove was so white, or that my dear friend's car had so much pink in it, or that my skin had so much yellow in it.

I'm really impressed with your staff: They move around and help each other, and they've all been very helpful to me, very kind, and very gracious, and I am very thankful for all of you.

May the Lord Jesus Christ receive all the glory. Dr. Matzkin, I thank you for all of the talents and skills He has blessed you with.


January 2015

It took me many years to decide to have LASIK. Now, like everyone I know who had it done, I wonder why I didn't do it years ago. The pre- and post-procedure check-ups were professional and all of my questions were answered truthfully and with patience. I love Dr. Matzkin and everyone who works there. The entire process was problem free and being able to see clearly all the time is a constant joy. My experience couldn't have been better.

Perhaps my highest compliment is that I recommended them to my brother and my dearest friend. Raising a four year old boy and counting on them to help, I definitely need them both healthy and very sharp-sighted!

Amy Carter

Daughter of President Carter

When I was told I must have cataract surgery, I did my homework and chose Dr. Matzkin. At all times he made me feel comfortable and at ease with what would be done during surgery. The surgery itself was fast and without any pain or after effects. My vision after multifocal implants has never been so good. My clarity is phenomenal. The ability to read small print and not have halos around the words or lights is better than I expected. I highly recommend Dr. Matzkin and his staff for implant surgery.

Sharon O'Neal

Premium IOL

I am pleased to write this wonderful story about Dennis Matzkin, M.D and tell you how he changed my life forever in January 2012. Dr. Matzkin was a physician in Atlanta, where I was hired as his front desk receptionist. Little did I know when I accepted the job how blind I actually was! Part of working for a team of optometrists and ophthalmologists is that I got a complimentary eye exam. I knew my vision had been fading over the past year or so, but just thought I needed a new prescription. I could not see the television at all without sitting extremely close to it. I could no longer read small print or insurance cards and driver’s license. Also, I had completely gotten to the point where I would no longer drive at night because I could not see where I was going to get home or anywhere else. I also had to rely on my 10 year-old daughter and 6-year-old son to help me read signs when I was driving. At the time, I was only 39 years old, so having cataracts never crossed my mind.

Shortly after starting to work for Dr. Matzkin I realized that I was struggling to do my job. I was completely in shock when I was told that I was “legally blind”. I had cataracts in both eyes that had severely affected my vision. Dr. Matzkin immediately put it into action for me to have cataract surgery. We had extensive conversations along with checking my vision over and over again to decide which lens would be best for me. We decided on the multifocal lens, and I was set up for surgery the following week. As per protocol, only one eye was operated on at a time, and then the following eye was set up for the next week. Immediately after surgery on my first eye I was completely amazed at how much I could see and how vibrant colors were. Dr. Matzkin followed with the second eye the following week, and then I was really amazed at how well I could see!

I had to have LASIK one month after my surgery because I had an astigmatism that the lens could not correct.

I am forever grateful to Dr. Matzkin for restoring my vision to 20/20 now in both eyes! The beauty about the multifocal lens is that I can now see both distance and near without needing reading glasses.

Throughout the entire process he was very patient and extremely accommodating with any questions or concerns I had.

I would recommend Dr. Dennis Matzkin to restore your vision if you are suffering from cataracts or need LASIK surgery. You will be amazed at how it will change your life forever.

Rene Campbell

Premium IOL Patient

It has been a month since my cataract surgery with the ReSTOR multifocal replacement lenses and I am thrilled with the outcome! I now have great vision for near, mid-range, and distance – and NO GLASSES! In the days immediately following my surgery, I did not need glasses to be able to function without restriction in my day to day life. Reading for work and reading for pleasure are essential in my life. While it took a few days for my near vision to learn to focus well with my new lenses, and while I can see better in well lit settings, words on pages now appear crisp, bright, and clear. In my role as an Information Technology professional, I am working at a computer my whole workday. From the day that I returned back to work – even while my eyes were healing – I had no problem with brightness, contrast, or focus in using the computer and doing whatever I needed to do to accomplish my tasks. As an artist, visual accuracy and correct color recognition are so important. With my new ReSTOR lenses, I can now see shapes and colors crisply and vividly. I do see star bursts on lights that shine directly into my eyes, especially when driving at night, but these are not debilitating or overwhelming, nor do they interfere with me being able to see everything else that I need to see to remain fully functional. Best of all, I have noticed that with each passing day I am becoming less aware of the star bursts, or of any eye surgery related phenomena, and am becoming more accustomed to my great new way of seeing things!

While the cost of the multifocal lenses was significant, a future with perfect vision for the rest of my life is priceless! Thank you so much, Dr. Matzkin, for your expertise, skill, care, and the great outcome on my cataract surgery! Certainly this is one of the best investments I have ever made!

Susan Jalalian

Premium IOL Patient

I wanted to drop you a note about how pleasant my experience at Eyesight Laser was recently. Your entire staff, from the waiting area to the OR, were just great to my wife, Karen, and me. They were prompt, efficient and respectful during our entire treatment period. Thank you, Dr. D, for taking time to answer all of our questions about LASIK, explaining my situation and allowing me to make the decision that has allowed me to witness the world around me more clearly now! I can read the exit signs now from the Skycopter Lounge and I have not picked up a magnifying glass to look at my map since you worked your magic. Thank you also for the patience you displayed when trying to get those contacts in! You all are the best!

Capt. Herb Emory

Newstalk 750 WSB Radio - Skycopter/Skyplane Traffic

I wanted to let others know how wonderful LASIK is for anyone with a disability. I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis back in 2002 and have had my share of ups and downs. This year, during an exacerbation, I lost my ability to use my hands. I could not put my glasses on, much less clean them. My vision was so bad the only time I did not wear my glasses was in the middle of the night to use the restroom. Any other time I had my glasses on. During this exacerbation I did not know if I would ever be able to use my hands again. That's when I looked to Dr. Matzkin to see if he could help me. I was fortunate enough not to have Optic Neuritis, which LASIK can not fix to my understanding.

We went in to see if I qualified and the wonderful staff was able to set up the procedure the next day. The procedure went great! Dr. Matzkin and his staff are one of a kind. They make you feel so welcomed and truly care about you. I felt so grateful to have Dr. Matzkin perform the surgery. It was such a wonderful blessing. My eyesight is great and I couldn't recommend a better place to trust with your sight. With MS you never know what's going to happen next, but I know you should never take for granted what you are able to do. And during the times when I am in the bed a great deal of the day, it sure is nice not to have to worry about my vision. So if you or a loved one has a disability of any type, I would definitely recommend Dr. Matzkin.

Katie McLaughlin

LASIK Patient

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Avoid Workplace Eye Injuries | Allied Eye
Posted on Friday September 15, 2017

Have you ever thought about where most eye injuries take place? While you might think they mostly happen in sports, that’s actually not true. In fact, more than 25,000 Americans visit the emergency room due to a workplace eye injury each year.

As a result, the team at Allied Eye want to remind you about the importance of wearing certified and approved eye protection, as well as taking the proper precautions to avoid eye injuries while at work.

Protect Your Vision

Of the total amount of work-related injuries, about 10 to 20 percent will cause temporary or permanent vision loss. Therefore, it’s important to do all you can in order to prevent injury or vision loss from an incident at work.

First and foremost, you want to wear the proper eyegear for your job. While every job is different, there are some jobs that require certain safety glasses or goggles to be worn. Take some time to learn about OSHA regulations related to protective eyewear while on the job.

Second, you also want to be aware of your surroundings. Will there be dust particles on the construction site today? Will you be working around machinery in a factory that could possibly cause sparks? Are the sun’s rays going to be particularly strong today? You want to know what your environment will be day in and day out in order to know the best protective gear for the job that day.

When an Eye Injury Occurs…

When an eye injury does occur at work, action is needed as soon as possible in order to help save your vision and protect your eye health. As a result, it’s important to know the signs to look for when considering whether to visit an eye doctor.

Signs you need medical attention include:

  • Blood in the eye
  • A cut or torn eyelid
  • A foreign object in the eye
  • Difficulty seeing out of one or both eyes
  • Pain

Did you recently get hurt on the job? Contact Allied Eye for an appointment today to ensure there’s nothing serious affecting your vision due to the accident.

What You Should Know About Age-related Eye Conditions | Allied Eye
Posted on Friday September 01, 2017

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 3.4 million people living in the United States age 40 or older are either legally blind or visually impaired. The team at Allied Eye wants you to learn about the age-related eye diseases that plague older Americans the most.

The Facts on Glaucoma and Cataracts

There are two major age-related eye diseases that affect older adults.


According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness within the United States.

When glaucoma occurs, the eye’s optic nerve is damaged. Because there are rarely early signs of glaucoma (which is why eye exams are so important), it usually isn’t treated in its earliest stages, which can lead to vision loss or blindness.

Risk factors of glaucoma include:

  • Being older than age 40
  • Having a family history of the condition
  • Having high blood pressure
  • Having diabetes or problems with blood circulation
  • Being farsighted or nearsighted
  • Being of African or Hispanic heritage

Glaucoma can be treated in multiple ways, including eye drops, oral medications, or either laser or traditional surgery.


According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens, which is normally clear.

Symptoms of cataracts include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Double vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Difficulty seeing at night

The only way to help correct the damage and vision loss caused by cataracts is through cataract surgery. During the procedure, the cataract is removed and replaced with an artificial lens. This helps to restore vision to the eye.

The best part about cataract surgery is that it can typically be performed on an outpatient basis.

While age is the biggest risk factor for cataracts, women are also at a slightly higher risk than men of suffering from this eye disease. In addition, adults who have a family history of cataracts are more likely to have cataracts.

Are you age 40 or older? Has it been a while since your last eye exam? Call Allied Eye for an appointment today!

Build Strong Eyes | Allied Eye
Posted on Tuesday August 15, 2017

The team at Allied Eye wants you to remember that while you are focusing on building healthy bones and boosting your brain power this school year that you are also adding one more focus to your day—building strong eyes.

How to Strengthen Your Eyesight

While some might have it in their minds that people are born with the eyes they have and there’s nothing anyone can do about it, our team wants you to know that’s not exactly true. In fact, there are many things that you can do to help better care for your eyes, especially as you age.

First, start by making sure you and your family have regular eye exams. Sadly, many families are missing out on the critical eye exams they need in order to ensure their eyes remain healthy. Therefore, if it has been over a year or two since your last eye exam, be sure to make an appointment with our office immediately so we can help get your eyesight back on the healthy track.

Second, be sure your daily diet consists of fruits and vegetables, such as carrots, leafy vegetables, blueberries, tomatoes, etc. These foods help provide antioxidants that can help in reducing the risk of age-related macular degeneration.

Third, while staring at a computer screen all day isn’t dangerous to your eyesight, it can cause some pretty unpleasant symptoms. Therefore, try and take breaks when you can since your blinking rate goes way down when you are in front of a computer screen, which increases your chances of dry eyes and blurred vision. In fact, it goes from 18-20 times each minute to 4-7 times—a huge difference! Try and take at least a 20-seconds to a minute break for every hour that you are in front of a computer screen in order to give your eyes some rest.

Our team at Allied Eye is here to help our community maintain a healthy vision for years to come! Make an appointment with our office today.

Is Your Child's Vision Ready to Go Back to School? | Allied Eye
Posted on Tuesday August 01, 2017

The team at Allied Eye wants you to remember the importance of good vision when it comes to a successful school year. Make sure your child’s vision is ready to go back to school, especially during Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month in August.

Eye Health Is Important

Read on for some tips to help ensure your child has an eye-healthy school year.

Have Regular Eye Exams

Your child’s vision is always changing. Therefore, it’s important to make sure your child’s eye health is being checked on a annual basis to ensure any childhood eye conditions are caught and treated as early as possible. Also, even if your child has been checked within the last year, always be sure to make an appointment with Dr. Matzkin if your child is experiencing vision problems, including having trouble seeing the board at school.

Know Your Family Eye Health History

In addition, it’s also important to share any and all family eye health history with your doctor, since some conditions have a genetic component. Both nearsightedness and farsightedness are often hereditary, meaning they’re passed down, as is color blindness.

Watch for Eye Problems

It’s important that when you’re trying to keep your child as healthy as possible this school year, that you also pay attention to subtle signs that there may be issues with his or her vision. If your child is complaining of headaches, squinting or suddenly having difficulty in school, vision might be to blame. An eye exam can help determine whether your child would benefit from glasses or contact lenses.

Also, if your child plays a sport, be sure he or she is wearing the right protective gear. Without appropriate helmets and eye protection, the eyes can be at risk during a practice or game.

Has it been a year since your child had an eye exam? Schedule an appointment with Allied Eye today to help ensure he or she is ready for school.

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