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Georgia Retina Has Been a Supporter of Lighthouse Foundation for 15 Years

Georgia Retina ophthalmologist Dr. Jay Stallman and his wife, Jane, have recently assumed the positions of Chairs of the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation’s 2011 Night of Spectacles event, which will take place in spring.

The Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation has served the people of Georgia for almost 60 years. They provide full eye exams, eyeglasses, eye surgeries, digital hearing aids, and vision and hearing screenings to over 7,500 uninsured and low-income Georgians every year through free clinics, as well as a van-based mobile clinic, throughout the state.

The Night of Spectacles is a unique event that features a fashion show and competition. Local design students from Brenau University, Georgia Southern University, and Savannah College of Art and Design create one-of-a-kind dresses made from recycled eyewear and lenses. Local celebrity judges as well as fashion experts evaluate the dress designs. The student with the winning design receives a $1,000 scholarship. The event also features both a silent and live auction.

Dr. Stallman, who has been on the Night of Spectacles organizing committee for three years, will lead the effort to develop sponsorships and community involvement with the event, which will be sponsored in part by Georgia Retina. Last year, the event raised more than $105,000. The doctors of Georgia Retina regularly donate their services to work with Lighthouse to provide these surgeries for patients who may have conditions of their retina such as retinal detachment or damage to the back of the eye from diabetes.

“There is a great un-met need in Georgia for these services among people who have not qualified for Medicaid but who cannot afford private insurance,” Dr. Stallman said. “We feel that part of our obligation as physicians is to try to help these people when we can.”

Dr. Stallman was selected by his peers as the 2010 recipient of the Lions Lighthouse Beacon of Hope Award, which is recognition by his peers of outstanding service to the underserved community in Georgia, and dedication to providing medical eye care to those in need. This award was presented at the winter meeting of the Georgia Society of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Stallman is a board-certified ophthalmologist and has been in private practice as a vitreo-retinal specialist since 1990. After his residency in ophthalmology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio, he completed a two-year fellowship in vitreo-retinal surgery at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans.

Dr. Stallman is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American College of Surgeons, and is also a member of the American Society of Retinal Specialists. He has published articles in several professional journals, and regularly serves as an advisor to several journals to select articles submitted for publication. Dr. Stallman has also served as the principal investigator of a number of large multicenter clinical trials conducted at Georgia Retina.

Dr. Stallman and his wife, Jane, live in Sandy Springs. Dr. Stallman practices at the Georgia Retina offices in Decatur, Atlanta (Northside), and Lawrenceville.

Georgia Retina is an Atlanta-based private practice physician group that was founded in 1994 by the merging of two retina-only medical practices, and since has become the largest retina-only medical practice in the southeastern United States.

Georgia Retina focuses their care specifically on conditions of the retina, macula, and vitreous, making them experts in addressing retinal disorders. As retinal specialists, the doctors of Georgia Retina have the extra training and experience to provide their patients with state-of-the-art treatment.

At Georgia Retina, patients’ vision needs are the top priority. As one of the largest retina-only medical practices in the southeastern United States, Georgia Retina specializes in treating diseases of the retina, macula, and vitreous. Its nine board-certified ophthalmologists have received special Fellowship training in vitreo-retinal diseases and surgery, and are engaged in clinical trials with the goal of advancing research into retinal diseases, their causes, and their cures.

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