Dr. Dong is a vision correction expert. There are a variety of options to enhance your vision to the extent that your body or condition will allow. Most people are great candidates for the LASIK procedure which Dr. Dong is happy to perform because it almost always yields such fantastic results. Patients with cataracts also have great options when it comes to vision correction. There are other options like PRK, LASEK, and Phakic for patients who are not good candidates for LASIK.

Unfortunately, all LASIK procedures are NOT created equal. Every surgeon uses different equipment - different lasers - which may lead to different results. With WaveLight?refractive technology, Dr. Dong can now perform the fastest and most precise laser vision correction available in the United States to work with your eyes? unique attributes. It?s the fastest, most precise, most personalized treatment available. Dr. Dong is the only doctor in our area who performs LASIK using the advanced technology of the WaveLight? Refractive Suite.

LASIK surgery is the most common form of laser vision correction. It is a surgical procedure in which a laser is used to reshape the eyes, so that they are closer to their ideal shape for focusing light. Studies have also shown that the LASIK procedure is safer than a lifetime wearing contacts.

The FDA has extensively evaluated and approved the safety and effectiveness of laser vision correction and more than 17 million people worldwide have had some form of it, LASIK surgery or otherwise.

While LASIK is still a surgical procedure, thanks to the advanced technology of the WaveLight? system, the entire LASIK process is fast, precise and safe by all medical standards.

Patients with astigmatism are often among the happiest LASIK patients. Almost everyone has some level of astigmatism and astigmatism is a problem that is easily addressed with LASIK surgery. With WaveLight? refractive technology, Dr. Dong will perform laser vision correction designed to work with your eyes? unique attributes.

LASIK is a trusted procedure that yields life-changing results. And while the overwhelming majority of patients interested in LASIK are indeed great candidates, not every patient is the right fit for the procedure. Unfortunately, many patients have been told by someone other than a LASIK specialist that they aren?t good candidates for the procedure. ONLY a trained LASIK specialist like Dr. Dong using the right equipment is qualified to make that determination. Dr. Dong and his staff are experts at evaluating and determining just who is and isn?t a good LASIK candidate.

In addition to performing an intensive array of tests to determine if your eyes are right for the LASIK procedure, Dr. Dong will make sure that your prescription has been stable for at least the past year. If your vision is still changing, he may recommend waiting to perform the LASIK procedure. This is most common in patients under the age of 25.

Certain physiological conditions such as having a thin cornea can also affect your surgical options. Dr. Dong will ask you about any other medical conditions you may have as well as any medications you might be taking, all of which may affect your options.

Finally, and most importantly, Dr. Dong will make sure you are comfortable and knowledgeable about LASIK, answering any questions you might have and helping you understand what you can expect from the procedure. As with any surgical procedure, there can be risks, complications and side effects that come with LASIK surgery, although serious and/or lasting side effects are rare. Dr. Dong will discuss these concerns with you and help you decide if the LASIK procedure makes sense for you.

If you need contacts or glasses at all, you are most likely a good candidate. The LASIK procedure can allow you to free yourself from the burden of wearing glasses or contacts. We suggest you meet with Dr. Dong and discuss your lifestyle and vision needs to determine your LASIK candidacy.

Cataracts develop differently for everyone, and most people won?t even notice them at first.  Gradually, your lens will become cloudier, until it causes:

  • Blurry or cloudy vision
  • Glare, halo, and increased difficulty with night driving
  • Decreased comfort with reading, even with proper-strength reading glasses
  • Difficulty seeing clearly even after updating your glasses prescription

When you have the LASIK procedure, your cornea is reshaped to provide the perfect angle for light to enter your eye in near perfect focus. Around the age of 40, most people experience a different condition called presbyopia in which close up vision becomes a problem. This has nothing to do with the shape of the eye, which is what LASIK corrects, but rather with the loss of flexibility of the natural lens inside the eye. For our patients over the age of 40, Dr. Dong may discuss the option of monovision to minimize the need for reading glasses. Monovision corrects your dominant eye for distance correction and provides the fellow eye with a comfortable amount of near vision. A good candidate for monovision is determined based on a number of personal factors including your prescription, occupation and hobbies.

Recovery after cataract surgery is generally quick and usually occurs within only a few days. Most patients have improved vision soon after surgery and your sight may continue to improve for several days or weeks.

All surgery has risk, however cataract surgery is one of the safest and most common surgical procedures performed. The actual procedure involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL), such as the AcrySof? IQ Toric IOL.

Cataract surgery is typically an outpatient procedure. The surgery takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

Rarely do patients feel anything since topical numbing drops will be placed in your eye and medications may be administered to help you relax.

Typically, you will be able to return to normal activities within several days. You should be able to resume driving and return to work within 2 to 3 days.

Monovision is a vision correction procedure in which one eye is corrected for distance and one eye is corrected for optimal close-up vision. Monovision correction is often used in both the LASIK procedure and with glasses or contacts. If you are not a candidate for monovision, you may still need reading glasses. This is a personal decision that Dr. Dong can discuss with you so that you may make the best decision for your lifestyle.

With newer, more precise technology of the WaveLight? Refractive Suite, Dr. Dong has been able to correct prescriptions of up to -10. Everyone is different and only a free LASIK evaluation with a LASIK specialist such as Dr. Dong can give you a definitive answer, but high prescriptions are often correctable with the LASIK procedure.

HIPAA Privacy Statement


Georgia Center for Sight and its affiliated entities (collectively "Georgia Center for Sight") use health information about you for treatment, to obtain payment for treatment, to evaluate the quality of care you receive, and for other administrative and operational purposes. Your health information is contained in a medical record that is the physical property and responsibility of Georgia Center for Sight. Georgia Center for Sight is required by law to maintain the privacy of health information about you and provide you with this notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your health information ("Notice of Privacy Practices" or "Notice"). We must abide by the terms of this Notice currently in effect. Georgia Center for Sight reserves the right to change the terms of this Notice, our privacy practices, and to make the new provisions effective for all protected health information we maintain. You may contact your local Georgia Center for Sight location or Georgia Center for Sight's Chief Privacy Officer at the address or phone listed below to obtain a revised Notice of Privacy Practices.

Your Health Information Rights: You have the following rights with respect to health information about you.

Right to Copy of Notice of Privacy Practices. You have the right to a paper copy of our Notice at any time. Please contact your local Georgia Center for Sight location or Georgia Center for Sight's Chief Privacy Officer at the address or phone listed below to obtain a copy.

Right to Inspect and Copy. You have the right to inspect and/or obtain a copy of the health information about you that we maintain. Your request must be in writing. We will charge you a fee to cover the costs of copying and mailing that are necessary to fulfill your request. In very limited circumstances, we may deny your request. If we deny your request, we will explain our reasons in writing. Under certain circumstances, you have the right to request that another person at Georgia Center for Sight review the decision. We will comply with the review outcome.

Right to Amend. If you feel that health information about you that we maintain is inaccurate or incomplete, you have the right to request that we amend the information. You may request an amendment as long as we maintain the information. We may ask that you submit it in writing and include a reason supporting the request. In certain circumstances, we may deny your request. If your request is denied, we will explain our reasons in writing. You may submit a statement explaining why you disagree with our decision to deny your amendment request. We will share your statement when we disclose health information about you that we maintain in certain groups of records.

Right to an Accounting of Disclosures. You have the right to request an accounting or detailed listing of certain disclosures of health information about you. The time period covered by the accounting is limited to six years prior to the date of your request. Your request must be in writing. If you request an accounting more often than once every twelve (12) months, we may charge you a fee to cover the costs of preparing the accounting.

Right to Request Restrictions. You have the right to request a restriction or limitation on the health information about you that we use or disclose. Your request must be in writing. We are not required to agree to your request. However, we must agree not to disclose health information about you to your health plan if the disclosure is for payment or health care operations and relates to a health care item or service which you paid for in full out of pocket. If we agree to your request, we will comply with it unless the information is needed for emergency treatment. We will notify you if we are unable to agree to a requested restriction.

Right to Revoke Authorization. You have the right to revoke your authorization to use or disclose health information, except to the extent that action has been taken in reliance upon your authorization. Your request must be in writing.

Right to Request Alternative Method of Communication. You have the right to request that we communicate with you about medical matters in a certain way or at a certain location. Your request must be in writing. We will accommodate all reasonable requests.

Right to Notification of Breach. You have a right to be notified if you are affected by a breach of unsecured health information about you.

Right to Opt Out of Fundraising Communications. We may contact you for fundraising purposes. You have the right to opt out to receiving these communications.

Complaints: If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may complain to Georgia Center for Sight and to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. You may make a complaint to us by contacting Georgia Center for Sight's Chief Privacy Officer at the address or phone listed below. You will not be retaliated against for filing a complaint.

Uses or Disclosures of Your Health Information That May Be Made Without Your Authorization

Treatment. We may use and disclose health information about you to provide you with pharmacy care or other medical treatment or services. For example, information related to your treatment may be communicated with and obtained by a health care provider, such as a pharmacist, nurse, or other person providing health services to you, and will be recorded in your medical record. This information is necessary for health care providers to determine what treatment you should receive.

Payment. We may disclose health information about you for payment related purposes. For example we may contact your insurer, payor, or other entity, for purposes of receiving payment for treatment and services that you receive or to determine whether the entity will pay for the particular product or service. The billing information may identify you, your diagnosis, and treatment or supplies used in the course of your treatment.

Health Care Operations. We may use and disclose health information about you for administrative and operational purposes. For example, members of the risk management or quality improvement teams may use health information about you to assess the care and outcomes in your case and others like it. The results will be used internally to continually improve the quality of care for all patients.

Organized Health Care Arrangement. An organized health care arrangement is a clinically integrated care setting in which individuals typically receive health care from more than one health care provider. We may participate in organized health care arrangements with long-term care facilities, hospice, or other health care facilities in connection with the services we furnish to patients in such settings. Health information may be shared between the participants in the organized health care arrangement for the health care operations of the arrangement.

Individuals Involved in Your Care or Payment for Your Care. We may disclose to a family member, other relative, close personal friend or any other person you identify, health information about you directly relevant to that person's involvement in your care or payment related to your care. In addition, we may disclose health information about you to a public or private entity assisting in a disaster relief effort (such as the Red Cross) so that your family can be notified about your condition, status, and location.

Business Associates. We provide some services through contracts with business associates, such as accountants, consultants, and attorneys so that they can perform the tasks that we have assigned to them. To protect your health information, we require the business associate to appropriately safeguard health information about you.

Appointment Reminders. We may use health information about you to provide you with appointment or prescription reminders.

Alternative Treatments. We may use health information about you to provide you with information about alternative treatments or other health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to you.

Future Communications. We may communicate with you via newsletters, mailings, or other means regarding treatment options, health-related information, disease-management programs, wellness programs, or other community-based initiatives or activities in which we are participating.

Required by Law. We may use and disclose health information about you as required by federal, state, or local law. For example, we may disclose health information for the following purposes: (1) for judicial or administrative proceedings pursuant to legal authority; (2) to report information related to victims of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence; and (3) to assist law enforcement officials in their law enforcement duties.

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Research. We may use or disclose health information about you to researchers if an institutional review board or privacy board has reviewed and approved the research proposal, and established protocols to ensure the privacy of your health information.

Health and Safety. We may use or disclose health information about you to avert a serious threat to your health or safety or any other person pursuant to applicable law.

Medical Examiners and Others. We may use or disclose health information about you to medical examiners, coroners, or funeral directors to allow them to perform their lawful duties. If you are an organ or tissue donor, we may disclose health information about you to organizations that help with organ, eye, and tissue donation and transplantation.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA). We may use or disclose health information for purposes of notifying the FDA of adverse events with respect to food, supplements, product, and product defects, or post marketing surveillance information to enable product recalls, repairs, or replacements.

Information Not Personally Identifiable. We may use or disclose health information about you in ways that do not personally identify you or reveal who you are.

Government Functions. We may use or disclose health information about you for specialized government functions, such as protection of public officials, national security and intelligence activities, or reporting to various branches of the armed services.

Workers Compensation. We may use or disclose health information about you to comply with laws and regulations related to workers compensation.

Correctional Institutions. If you are an inmate of a correctional institution or under the custody of a law enforcement official, we may use or disclosure health information about you. Such health information will be disclosed to the correctional institution or law enforcement official when necessary for the institution to provide you with health care and to protect the health and safety of others.

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Uses or Disclosures of Your Health Information Based Upon Your Written Authorization

Psychotherapy Notes. We must obtain your written authorization for must uses and disclosures of psychotherapy notes.

Marketing. We must obtain your written authorization to use and disclose health information about you for most marketing purposes.

Sale of Your Health Information.We must obtain your written authorization for any disclosure of health information about you which constitutes a sale of such health information.

Other Uses. Other uses and disclosures of health information about you, not described above, will be made only with your written authorization. You may revoke your authorization, at any time, in writing, except to the extent that we have taken action in reliance on the authorization.

Other Applicable Laws

This Notice is provided to you as a requirement of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ("HIPAA"). There are other laws that may apply and limit our ability to use and disclose health information about you beyond what we are allowed to do under HIPAA.

State Laws. We will comply with your state's laws if they provide you with greater rights over your health information or provide for more restrictions on the use or disclosure of your health information.

Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records. The confidentiality of alcohol and drug abuse patient records by us is protected by Federal law and regulations. Generally, we may not say to a person outside our alcohol and drug treatment program that you attend the program, or disclose any information identifying you as an alcohol or drug abuser, unless:

      You consent in writing;
      The disclosure is allowed by a court order; or
      The disclosure is made to medical personnel in a medical emergency or to qualified personnel for research, audit, or program evaluation.

Violation of the Federal law and regulations by the program is a crime. Suspected violations may be reported to appropriate authorities in accordance with Federal Regulations. Federal law and regulations do not protect any information about a crime committed by a patient either at the program or against any person who works for the program or about any threat to commit such a crime. Federal laws and regulations do not protect any information about suspected child abuse or neglect from being reported under State law to appropriate State or local authorities. For more information, see 42 U.S.C 290dd-3 and 42 U.S.C. 290ee-3 for Federal laws and 42 C.F.R Part 2 for Federal regulations.

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Chief Privacy Officer
Georgia Center for Sight
3320 Old Jefferson Road,
Bldg. 100
Athens, GA 30607
p: (706) 549-3203