Your vision is our mission.

Jackson Eye Associates offers complete comprehensive eye exams, vision treatments, and eye surgery for adult and pediatric patients. We want to be your first choice for vision care. From comprehensive eye exams to complicated eye surgeries or cosmetic procedures, we solve what you can’t see.


Our board-certified ophthalmologists are highly trained and experienced and offer complete eye care for your whole family. Visit one of our three convenient locations, each with an optical boutique offering the latest designer glasses, sunglasses and contacts.  

Clinic News

Jackson Eye Associates is open and all locations are ready for patient visits! Schedule your appointment today.

We will continue to take all necessary precautions to ensure safety for our patients and staff, so please plan to wear your mask when you visit.

Jackson 601.353.2020, Clinton 601.924.9750, Madison 601.853.2020

Monday – Thursday: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Friday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm (Clinton location closed)

JEA is Helping Patients Connect to Physicians with New TeleHealth Service

JEA is now offering TeleHealth Services for patients who need us but aren’t able to visit us in person due to the recommended guidelines by the CDC, the Mississippi State Department of Health, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Although JEA has temporarily reduced our hours and the types of patients we are seeing, your eye care remains our highest priority.

 Call us at 601.353.2020 and one of our board-certified ophthalmologists will call you back to discuss your eye issue personally in the comfort of your home. We don’t suggest this service take the place of your regular visits in the future, but this will serve as a much-needed service at this time.

 Don’t hesitate to call our office for any eye care issues. As always, we are here for you and your family and hope to see you soon.



JEA is Focused onPatients, Staff, & Physicians Safety

Jackson Eye Associates will continue to serve patients and focus on keeping patients, staff, and physicians safe during this COVID-19/Coronavirus awareness phase.

Please continue to your scheduled appointment unless you meet the criteria listed below. JEA is asking patients who have the following conditions to contact us to determine if it is appropriate for you to continue to your appointment or reschedule your appointment:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Respiratory Infection
  • Recent Travel


JEA will assess no penalty if you need to cancel your appointment due to these symptoms. It is our goal to continue serving patients while keeping everyone safe and aware of the situation.

The safety and health of our patients, staff, and physicians is our highest priority during this COVID-19 awareness phase.

Glaucoma is the Leading Cause of Irreversible Blindness

According to The National Eye Institute, more than 3 million Americans suffer from glaucoma and is projected to reach 4.2 million by 2030. An individual can lose more than 40% of his/her vision before noticing. Approximately 120,000 cases of blindness are a direct result of glaucoma.

Known as the “thief of sight,” the American Academy of Ophthalmology declared January National Glaucoma Awareness Month to aid in spreading awareness of the disease.

Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes damage to the optic nerve, which results in vision loss. The most common forms of glaucoma primarily affect middle-aged to elderly individuals. Although there is no cure for glaucoma, early detection is vital in stopping the progression of the disease.

There are two main types of glaucoma, primary open-angle glaucoma and angle-closure glaucoma. Open-angle glaucoma accounts for about 90% of all cases and is caused by clogging in the drainage canals, resulting in increased eye pressure. Angle-closure glaucoma is less common and develops very quickly. It is caused when the drainage canals are blocked and results in a sudden rise in intraocular pressure.

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world. The best course of action to combat this disease is to have an annual comprehensive eye exam. Although incurable, there are medications and procedure options available to assist in slowing and preventing further vision loss.

Diabetic Retinopathy is the Leading Cause of New Cases of Blindness in Adults

Approximately 1 in 20 individuals with diabetes suffer from proliferative diabetic retinopathy, which is the primary cause of new cases of blindness in adults 20 to 65 years old. According to Prevent Blindness America, all people with diabetes are at a higher risk for vision loss and blindness.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology has designated November as National Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month to spread knowledge of the many vision complications that stem from the disease as well as preventative measures.

“Early diagnosis is critical in successfully managing diabetic eye disease,” said Taylor Smith, M.D., Jackson Eye Associates. “Many cases of diabetic-related vision loss occur because the diagnosis is made late in the course of the disease, when treatment options are less likely to work well.”

Diabetic retinopathy occurs when the small blood vessels in the retina are damaged. Typically, there are no early warning signs with diabetic retinopathy but can easily be detected through a comprehensive eye exam conducted by an ophthalmologist. Signs a physician may observe are leaking blood vessels, macular edema, fatty deposits within the retina and damaged nerve tissue. If symptoms remain untreated the result could be permanent and irreversible vision loss.

“If detected early during a routine eye exam by an ophthalmologist, diabetic eye disease can often times be managed effectively, and permanent vision loss can be avoided,” stated Dr. Taylor Smith.

Individuals with diabetes are more likely to develop cataracts at a younger age and are twice as likely to develop glaucoma. Also, recent studies have concluded that people of African American and Hispanic ethnicities are at higher risk of acquiring a diabetic eye disease. The most effective step that you or a loved one can take to combat vision loss due to diabetes is to schedule an annual comprehensive eye exam.

Share JEA with Your Friends

Jackson Eye Associates believes that vision health should be easily accessible to everyone. JEA not only provides patients with top-of-the-line and cutting-edge medical care but a wide range of stylish glasses and sunglasses from JEA Optical Boutique. With all of these services under one roof, why wouldn’t you want to share JEA with your friends?

There are multiple digital outlets that JEA utilizes to communicate our services and advancements in eye health to the masses. Our website is user-friendly regardless if you are looking at it from a computer or phone screen. Direct from the site our patients can book an appointment, refill a glasses or contact prescription or find additional information regarding services or diagnosis, and even meet our physicians. Also on our website, you can find some of the newest frames available at JEA Optical Boutique. You can also share Jackson Eye Associates with your friends through social media. With both Facebook and Instagram pages, JEA is continuously updating followers on best practices and new technologies as well as spreading awareness of vision symptoms relating to certain diseases or disorders.

JEA wants to be everyone’s first choice in vision care and steadily strives to surpass the expectations in patient care. Whether you are a patient of Jackson Eye Associates or a regular visitor to JEA Optical Boutique, don’t keep us a secret from your friends because, after all, sharing is caring.

August is Children’s Eye Health & Safety Month

More than 174,000 children aged 3 to 5 years in the U.S. are visually impaired. From infancy to the age of seven when the eyes are fully developed, children are developing their focus, tracking, depth perception and other aspects of vision growth. To encourage child screenings and spread awareness of the importance of early intervention, the American Academy of Ophthalmology has established August as Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month.

“On a routine basis around age three is a good time to check most children’s vision,” said John H. McVey, M.D., JEA physician. “If there’s any family history of ‘lazy eye,’ crossed eyes, childhood cataracts, childhood glaucoma or retinal issues children need to be checked much sooner.”

For a child, healthy and clear vision is vital for the learning process and any undiagnosed eyesight condition could result in developmental delays or academic struggles. Regular vision screenings and comprehensive eye exams are important in identifying vision issues and determining effective treatment plans. Routine eye exams should begin by the age of 3 years old.

Also, parents can aid in their child’s vision health and protection by knowing their family history. If there is a hereditary eye disease or condition that traces back over multiple generations, be informed and proactively look for early symptoms. Common conditions, such as nearsightedness, crossed eye or lazy eye, are not life-threatening, but if untreated could lead to permanent vision loss.

Wearing eye protection when participating in sports is another recommendation in maintaining a child’s vision health. On average there are about 42,000 eye-related sports injuries every year in the U.S. When purchasing eye protection, whether goggles or glasses, to ensure maximum safety from injury, verify that they are certified.

May is National Healthy Vision Month

Established in 2003, National Healthy Vision Month was designed to raise awareness of the importance of making vision health a priority. There are currently millions of Americans living with undiagnosed vision problems, eye diseases and conditions. The first step to combat this statistic is to make an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam regardless of age and health history.

“Routine eye exams can tell a lot about our eye health as well as our overall health,” said Alex C. Whittington, M.D., JEA physician. “From diabetic control to high blood pressure, these systemic diseases can affect the eyes and an exam can determine if damage is occurring or not.”

Here are a few everyday tips you can implement to help preserve healthy vision.

• Wear Sunglasses – Even on cloudy days, the sun’s UV rays can damage your vision. Look for sunglasses that block out at least 99% of UVA and UVB radiation.

• Eat Healthy – Carrots are great for your vision, but it is vital to incorporate a variety of fruits and vegetables into your diet.

• Get Plenty of Physical Activity – Regular physical activity can assist in protecting your eyes from serious diseases.

• Rest Your Eyes – Staring at a computer screen or phone for long periods of time can tire your eyes very quickly, so it is imperative to practice the 20-20-20 rule throughout the day. The 20-20-20 is looking away from the screen every 20 minutes and focus on something about 20 feet in front of you for at least 20 seconds.

• Protect Your Eyes – Whether for work or play, it is essential to wear the necessary protective eyewear, such as safety glasses, goggle and safety shields.

With 80% of vision complications being avoidable and curable, it is never too early to begin taking preventative measures to protect your vision. If you have noticed a change in your vision or have never received an eye exam, use National Healthy Vision Month as motivation to call and make an appointment.

Clarion Ledger's Best Eye Care Provider of 2018

Jackson Eye Associates is honored to announce that we have been chosen as Clarion Ledger’s Best Eye Care Provider of 2018. Now we’re not only the largest ophthalmology practice in Mississippi, but we’re also one of the best! JEA couldn’t have achieved this award without our amazing doctors, staff and patients. Thank you to Clarion Ledger, and we look forward to another great year!

Diabetes is the Leading Cause of New Cases of Blindess

According to a 2011 study conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Preventions, diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in people 20 to 74 years old in the United States. November is National Diabetes Awareness Month with the purpose of increasing knowledge of the disease and its multitude of complications.


“Our providers are medical doctors who thoroughly examine patients’ eyes looking for early signs of diabetic eye disease,” said Taylor Smith, M.D., Jackson Eye Associates. “Early diagnosis is key to successful treatment and management of potential vision-threatening problems.”


Diabetes is a complex metabolic disease where your body is unable to produce insulin, produce enough insulin, or is incapable to effectively use it. Chronic high blood sugar, an unavoidable consequence of diabetes, can lead to a number of different diseases resulting in temporary or permanent vision loss. Cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic macular and diabetic retinopathy are the most common vision complications related to the disease.


“Diabetic retinopathy affects the eyes by damaging the small blood vessels in the retina, the part of the eye that senses light and send signals to the brain to see our surroundings,” said Alex Whittington, M.D., Jackson Eye Associates. “Many times, patients don’t know that they have diabetic retinopathy, which can be picked up on a routine eye exam.” An annual comprehensive eye exam is the first line of defense when detecting and preventing vision loss.


Jackson Eye Associates is the largest ophthalmology practice in Mississippi. JEA offers comprehensive eye care, as well as an optical boutique at each of its three locations in Jackson, Clinton, and Madison. For more information, visit or find JEA on Facebook or Instagram.

Jackson Eye Associates is open and all locations are ready for patient visits! Schedule your appointment today.

We will continue to take all necessary precautions to ensure safety for our patients and staff, so please plan to wear your mask when you visit.

Jackson 601.353.2020, Clinton 601.924.9750, Madison 601.853.2020

Monday – Thursday: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Friday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm (Clinton location closed)

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JEA offers blade-free iLASIK. This procedure is extremely high in patient satisfaction and has proven very effective in treating nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Make an appointment for a consultation with one of our ophthalmologists to find out if this procedure is right for you. Want to know more? Learn more now.