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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What You Should Know About Eyelid Cysts | Allied Eye
Posted on Saturday July 15, 2017

Have you ever had a bump on your eyelid? The team at Allied Eye wants you to know that you are not alone—these eyelid cysts, also called chalazions, are common.

A chalazion can occur at any time and happen at any age. Some people may be able to feel the cyst forming, but aren’t quite sure what’s happening. Read on for a look at some signs that you might have a chalazion.

Regain Your Vision

A chalazion is a harmless bump on the upper or lower eyelid that occurs when the eyelid’s oil glands are blocked. While chalazion is the medical term used for the condition, these bumps are often simply called eyelid cysts. The inside of the cyst is filled with pus and lipids that usually lubricate the eye but have formed a bump because they can no longer drain out.

Although having one of these cysts can cause worry, there’s no harm associated with a chalazion, especially since it’s a temporary condition. The medical condition is actually more common than you might think, and it can usually be treated without the need of surgery.

Symptoms of a chalazion include:

  • A painless bump on the upper or lower eyelid
  • Blurred vision, especially if the chalazion is pressing against the cornea
  • Redness, swelling or tenderness of the eyelid

Fortunately, most chalazions will go away on their own and can be treated at home. Your ophthalmologist may recommended placing a warm compress on your eyelid several times a day to help the blocked oil gland open and drain. Gently massaging the area with a clean finger may also help.

For more severe cases where the eyelid cyst is impacting your vision, your eye doctor may also prescribe an antibiotic drop or ointment to help the healing process. In the most severe cases, where the chalazion doesn’t go away on its own, a surgical procedure to drain the cyst may be necessary.

If you think you’ve developed a chalazion, visit Allied Eye so that our knowledgeable and experienced ophthalmologist can make a diagnosis and provide you with a plan for healing.

Attention, Diabetics—Maintain a Healthy Weight for Better Vision | Allied Eye
Posted on Saturday July 01, 2017

The team at Allied Eye wants those who are living with diabetes to enjoy a life that includes great vision! Unfortunately, sometimes in those with diabetes, elevated blood sugar can lead to blood vessels being restricted, which can cause vision loss.

But by taking steps to keep blood sugar levels in check—such as with a healthy weight—diabetes symptoms can be lessened and vision can be protected. Read on for a look at how to maintain a healthy weight—even if you don’t have diabetes.

How to Reach—and Keep—a Healthy Weight

First, add regular exercise into your routine. The best part? Exercise can be any type of physical activity you want to do. If you don’t like running, don’t go running. Instead, choose an activity you enjoy, such as walking your dog around the neighborhood, going for a bike ride with friends or attending a yoga class. Now that it’s summer, take advantage of the pool and swim some laps. Remember, the important part is making exercise a part of your daily routine.

Second, try to reduce screen time as much as you can throughout the day. Let’s face it—our smartphones have basically become an extension of our fingertips. Wouldn’t you agree? Now’s a great time to start cutting back your use of the smartphone—and all electronic devices for that matter. This isn’t to say you can’t use them at all, but you should try to limit your time with them. You can’t control the number of hours you spend sitting in a front of a computer at work, but you can limit your time with devices at home. And you can take regular breaks at work to walk around.

Finally, don’t skip breakfast. Just don’t do it. You need breakfast in order to wake your body up, kickstart your metabolism and keep your energy going throughout the day. Plus, by eating breakfast, you are setting yourself up for better eating habits throughout the day.

Did you know that systemic diseases like diabetes may manifest in the eye? That’s one reason why regular eye exams are so important. Make an appointment at Allied Eye so that our knowledgeable ophthalmologist can help ensure your vision and your health are in a good place.

The Ultimate Nighttime Routine for Your Eyes | Allied Eye
Posted on Thursday June 15, 2017

The team at Allied Eye understands the importance of getting a good night’s sleep. However, do you know how vital adequate sleep is to your eyes? Give this nighttime routine a try to get a decent night’s sleep—and protect your eye health.

Good Night!

Take a moment to think about your nighttime routine. Does it involve reading a bedtime story to your kids? Packing a lunch for work tomorrow? Setting out your clothes that you are going to wear the next day? Brushing your teeth? Chances are that it involves all these things. However, you might be neglecting something that needs to be added to your nightly routine, which is making sure your eyes are protected.

First, if you wear contacts, it’s vitally important that you take out your contacts before going to sleep. While some contact lenses are marketed as being safe to sleep in, it’s still best to take them out. When you sleep in your contacts, you are preventing your eyes from getting enough oxygen. As a result, you increase your risk of infection, inflammation and even permanent eye damage. Therefore, it’s important that you take your contacts out every night before bed!

Second—and this is going to be a hard one for most of us—you need to put away your smartphone. You may already know that smartphones emit a “blue light” that throws off our sleep cycle by making our bodies think it is time to be awake and not sleep. However, smartphones pose a different risk to our eye health. Ever rolled over during the night and while unable to sleep grabbed your phone and started scrolling? You could risk damaging your vision. A phenomenon called “transient smartphone blindness,” which was discussed in the New England Journal of Medicine, can occur when you squint one eye closed and keep the other eye open while reading in the dark. The best option? When it’s time for bed, put your smartphone on the charger across the room or in another room altogether.

Is your eyesight giving you problems? Make an appointment at Allied Eye so that our knowledgeable ophthalmologist can examine your eyes to find the root of the problem and prescribe a treatment plan.

June Is Cataract Awareness Month | Allied Eye
Posted on Thursday June 01, 2017

In recognition of Cataract Awareness Month this June, the team at Allied Eye wants to give you the facts on this common condition that affects more than 24 million Americans.

Get the 411 on Cataracts

According to the National Eye Institute, by age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. Cataracts occur when the lens in your eye become cloudy. Due to the fact that cataracts can form slowly, some people may not even realize they suffer from the condition, which is why yearly eye exams are so important, especially for those age 65 and older.

Other signs of cataracts include:

  • Frequent changes in contact or glasses prescriptions (particularly more than once within a year)
  • Colors that appear faded or washed out
  • Sensitivity to light and glare

Typically, cataracts occur in both eyes. However, there can be worsening symptoms in one eye compared to the other. Therefore, it’s important to make sure you see an ophthalmologist as soon as possible if you are suffering from any of the aforementioned symptoms.

While there are some risk factors you can’t control when it comes to cataracts, such as your age and family history, there are some ways to help lower your risk, including:

  • Avoiding alcohol
  • Maintaining healthy blood pressure
  • Not smoking
  • Maintaining a healthy weight

If you are diagnosed with cataracts, our ophthalmologist is able to perform cataract surgery that will allow you to see things more clearly. Dr. Matzin performs cataract surgery on a regular basis using the Alcon LenSx Laser System and selects implants that will help provide the best vision and safety for your eyes.

If you feel like you might be experiencing cataracts, visit Allied Eye for a comprehensive eye exam to ensure your eye health is where it needs to be.

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