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.  

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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.

JEA Goes Against the Grain

Jackson Eye Associates “Goes Against the Grain”… Your vision is important to us. Whether you need a routine eye exam, a contact lens fitting, or laser cataract surgery, Jackson Eye Associates will go against the grain to ensure the best possible care for you and your family.

Similar to other organs in your body, your eye health is impacted by your lifestyle, such as eating habits, exercise, and other routine physical exams. With six different muscles controlling eye movement, receiving an annual comprehensive eye exam is extremely important in maintaining your overall health.

During a comprehensive eye exam, our eye care experts at Jackson Eye Associates will not only determine your prescription, but will also check for common eye diseases and assess your overall eye health. If there are decisions to be made regarding Lasik, glasses, contacts, or laser cataract surgery, our physicians will walk you through every step of the procedure.

JEA wants to be your comprehensive eye care provider, and is prepared to serve you and your family with individualized care depending on your needs.

If you or a loved one is due for an annual eye exam, call one of our three Jackson Eye Associates locations to make an appointment today.

BOTOX® Treatments

As you age, is the skin around your eyes beginning to impede your vision? Well, Dr. Alex Whittington of our Jackson Eye Associates’ Madison location has a great, easy and nonsurgical treatment, BOTOX®!

When you hear the term BOTOX®, where does your mind begin to wander? You may begin to envision the popular and cosmetic ways of its use nowadays. Also, your mind might start to roam towards the desire to look younger or to being another unnecessary procedure, but the truth is that these treatments are able to prevent and rectify optical issues that may occur during the aging process.

As individuals age, his/her skin begins to sag and can eventually impair their vision by way of eyebrow creases, frown lines, forehead creases, and crow's feet. BOTOX® is a highly effective procedure that can dramatically reduce these problem areas within one to two weeks of the injections, and the effects can last up to four months.

BOTOX® is FDA-approved, and during the procedure, very low doses of the botulinum toxin are administered via a few tiny injections. The serum relaxes the muscles by blocking the release of a chemical called acetylcholine, which helps to improve the appearance of these wrinkles and trouble areas.

Also, if you are suffering from other eye disorders, such as uncontrolled blinking (blepharospasm) and other muscle spasms or eye movement disorders (cervical dystonia, torticollis), BOTOX® could be a viable and noninvasive treatment option.

With any medical procedure, there are side effects, and BOTOX® is no different. Possible side effects include headache, respiratory infection, flu syndrome, temporary eyelid droop, and nausea. If you are interested and would like to learn more, please contact JEA and Dr. Whittington will breakdown all the risks and benefits, as well as help determine if you are a great candidate.

JEA Recognizes Cataract Awareness Month

JEA recognizes June as Cataract Awareness Month. If cataracts are limiting your vision, schedule a visit with JEA. Whether you need glasses or surgery, our physicians will make sure your vision is the best it can be.

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JEA Offers Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery

By age 75, half of all Americans have had cataracts. Jackson Eye Associates now offers the most advanced technology to perform cataract surgery, resulting in greater precision with no surgical blades.

A cataract forms when the natural lens of the eye becomes cloudy, and occurs naturally as we age. Traditionally, surgeons use a surgical knife to make tiny incisions to break up and remove the cloudy lens of the eye, which is then replaced with an artificial intraocular lens.

Using the LensX ® Laser, JEA’s cataract team maps the unique contours of each patient’s eye, providing precise measurements and data for a completely customized procedure. Then, using advanced 3-D imaging, the computer-assisted surgery is performed with the laser and no surgical blades. In a space as small as the pupil of an eye, the improved data and accuracy can make a dramatic difference. Those with astigmatism are the best candidates for this procedure.

Thanks to this innovative technology, laser cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure, with improved vision as soon as two weeks and optimal vision as soon as two months after the procedure. We get you back to doing the things you love.

The JEA laser cataract team includes Dr. Robert Mallette, Dr. Philip Smith, Dr. Taylor Smith and Dr. Ken Toler. They are all board-certified ophthalmologists with extensive training in the LensX® Laser system.

If you or someone you love is suffering from poor eyesight due to cataracts, contact Jackson Eye Associates today to learn about your options using the most advanced technology available. Laser cataract surgery, now available at JEA.

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. .. Read More
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Lasik Right For You?

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.