Since 2011, Georgia Ophthalmologists has provided the most comprehensive range of eye care services available in Northeast Georgia.
With three convenient office locations in Covington, Athens, and Jackson, we cover everything from routine eye exams to the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of eye health problems, including retinal disorders, glaucoma and dry eye. Our surgical services include LASIK, cataract removal, correction of common eyelid disorders such as drooping or sagging eyelids, and pterygium removal.
Georgia Ophthalmologists has earned a strong reputation as a patient-centered practice, providing our patients outstanding personalized ophthalmic care. Our physicians and medical staff are highly trained in the latest techniques in vision correction, diagnostic screening, and surgical procedures, and will work diligently to ensure that you receive the very best in ophthalmic care.
Unlike most eye care professionals, Georgia Ophthalmologists performs many surgical procedures in our own in-house outpatient surgery center, located in our Covington office, thereby eliminating the inconvenience and added expense of a hospital visit. (LASIK surgeries are performed in our Athens office.) Our state-of-the-art outpatient surgery center is accredited by The Joint Commission.
We also offer a full-service optical shop in both our Covington and Jackson locations, with a broad range of styles and brands priced to fit any budget. We cut, edge and assemble our glasses onsite in our Covington lab, and take pride in our craftsmanship and commitment to quality. We also specialize in the fitting of contact lenses at our Covington and Jackson locations.
Georgia Ophthalmologists is passionate about eyes. We look forward to partnering with you for #VisionForLife.
Jose Bigles-Geigel, M.D.
Dr. Jose Bigles-Geigel graduated from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, with a Bachelor of Science in biological science. He then graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, and completed his medical training in ophthalmology at the renowned Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, where he served as chief resident. Dr. Bigles is a fellowship-trained refractive surgeon who, through his work at the New Jersey Eye Center, has perfected the Blade-free Lasik Technique.
In 2009, Dr. Bigles brought his ophthalmology skills to Covington, where he treated a wide variety of ophthalmic disorders, and worked to restore vision through cataract and Lasik correction. In December 2011, Dr. Bigles purchased Pulliam Eye Group, fulfilling his life-long goal of opening his own practice, and introduced Georgia Ophthalmologists to the metro Atlanta community. With the acquisition of Blue Laser Group in 2018, he expanded his practice with the addition of Lasik services to his already extensive program of vision care, opening Bigles Laser
Vision with an office in Athens.
Dr. Bigles is fluent in Spanish and English, and served as an interpreter for the Grady Health System. He has held several leadership positions in the Covington community, and worked as youth minister with his local church. Dr. Bigles believes in the importance of community and values our senior citizens. He actively participates in local health fairs offering complimentary vision screenings, and makes regular rotations at local nursing homes to assist residents who are unable to travel for care.
He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons.
Outside of the office, Dr. Bigles enjoys spending time with his wife and four children and is an avid baseball fan. He and his family are active in community Little League, and have sponsored both local baseball, soccer and cheerleader organizations. He enjoys any activity where he can spend time with his family outdoors.
Jaymini Nayee, O.D.
Dr. Jaymini Nayee graduated from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in biopsychology, then graduated with honors from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. She has been with Georgia Ophthalmologists for nearly three years, where she specializes in contact lens fittings for patients with keratoconus, astigmatism, and other challenging ophthalmic conditions.
Dr. Nayee’s current memberships include Georgia Optometric Association, American Optometric Association, and Greater Atlanta Optometric Association.
Dr. Nayee volunteers at several organizations in and around the Atlanta area, including the Atlanta Community Food Bank and Books for Africa. She enjoys running outdoors and spending time with friends and family.
Camilla Donald, O.D.
Dr. Donald is a board certified optometrist who specializes in comprehensive eye care. Her goal as a practitioner is to improve the quality of life by preserving or enhancing the quality vision. Dr. Donald is an expert in the management of systemic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension, as well as managing dry eyes and red eyes, fitting contact lenses and glasses, and co-managing refractive (LASIK) and cataract surgery.
Dr. Donald graduated with honors from the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry. She then completed a challenging residency at the St. Louis VA Medical Center with an emphasis in primary care and geriatric optometry.
She is a distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry as well as a member of the American Optometric Association and Georgia Optometric Association.
In her free time, Dr. Donald enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Joseph D. Walrath, MD
Dr. Joseph Walrath is a board-certified ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained oculoplastic surgeon. He specializes in providing a full spectrum of oculoplastic care, including management of epiphora and nasolacrimal disease, orbital inflammatory disease, orbital tumors, eyelid tumors, eyelid malposition, and pediatric oculoplastic disease. In addition to cosmetic treatments, he has developed a strong reputation in the repair of surgically induced problems of the eyelids, often because of poorly-performed previous cosmetic surgeries. Dr. Walrath is a member of the Woolfson Eye Institute and provides his oculoplastic services at our Covington office.
Before joining Woolfson Eye Institute, Dr. Walrath was an assistant professor at Emory University and an oculoplastic surgeon with Paces Plastic Surgery. He is the author of numerous papers, reviews, and chapters in ophthalmology and oculoplastic surgery publications. Within the past year, he has written a chapter on blepharoplasty techniques, a review on the use of implant materials in cosmetic and functional oculoplastic surgery, a review on the nonsurgical management of eyelid tumors, a perspective piece on eyelid mechanics (co-authored with Dr. Clinton McCord), a review on blepharoplasty complications, and a review on open brow lifting.
Originally from Ohio, he graduated summa cum laude from Case Western Reserve University with a B.S. in chemistry, then completed an M.S. in chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Walrath attended medical school at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. He completed his residency training in ophthalmology at The Harkness Eye Institute at Columbia University, where he was elected chief resident for 2006-2007. After practicing in Manhattan and training ophthalmology residents at Columbia University, he relocated to Atlanta to complete an oculoplastics fellowship at Emory University. After completing his fellowship, Dr. Walrath was invited to join the medical faculty at Emory University as an assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology, Division of Oculoplastics.
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