Dr. Crymes

Dr. Crymes

Dr. DeMarco

Dr. DeMarco

Dr. Sams

Dr. Sams

Dr. Patterson

Dr. Patterson

Dr. Wilson

Dr. Wilson

Our Mission

With offices across Northeast Georgia, our partners have over 70 years of experience providing treatment for a broad range of conditions affecting the eye and its surrounding structures. Our mission is to provide the best medical and surgical care possible using the newest technological advances in ophthalmology. Whether it’s a new technology intraocular lens being implanted in our own ambulatory surgery center or the newest treatment for wet age related macular degeneration, we can provide all of your eye healthcare needs.


All of our physicians are Clinical Assistant Professors at the MCG/UGA Medical Partnership Campus and in the Department of Ophthalmology at the Medical College of Georgia.

Our Physicians

Brent M. Crymes, M.D.


Dr. Crymes is a graduate of the University of Georgia . He attended Georgia on a tennis scholarship and was captain of the 1981 tennis team. He earned his medical degree from the Medical college of Georgia in 1986. Dr. Crymes' training includes an internship at Georgia Baptist Hospital and an oph... Read more

Walter A. Sams IV, M.D.


Dr. Sams, an Athens native, joined the practice in August, 2008. He graduated as Valedictorian of Presbyterian College with a B.S. in Biology. After receiving his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia where he graduated with highest honors in Alpha Omega Alpha, he completed an intern... Read more

Andrew A. Wilson, M.D.


Andrew A. Wilson, M.D. is a comprehensive ophthalmologist. He is a native of Georgia and was born in Athens. He graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Biological Sciences at Mississippi State University where he was also a pitcher on the baseball team.... Read more

Anthony L. DeMarco, M.D.


Dr. DeMarco earned his engineering and medical degrees from the University of Iowa . He served an ophthalmology residency at Georgetown University in Washington . DC. Prior to coming to Athens , Dr. DeMarco gained a fellowship in cataract surgery and eyelid plastic surgery. He is trained in refra... Read more

Emory G. Patterson, M.D.


Dr. Patterson is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is a native of Georgia, raised in Valdosta, and first came to Athens to attend the University of Georgia. Four years later he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in microbiology from the Honors Program at UGA. He earn... Read more

Robert Penland, OD


Dr. Robert Penland grew up in nearby Watkinsville.  He attended the University of Georgia where he graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry in 1996.  In 2001 he completed his doctorate of optometry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry.... Read more

Our subspecialists 

Ghazala A. Datoo O’Keefe, MD


Dr. O’Keefe brings expertise in medical retina and uveitis who sees patients in Athens on a part time basis. She is an 

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Section of Vitreoretinal Surgery and Diseases. Dr. O’Keefe received her MD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2010. She completed a residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Southern California (USC) and the Doheny Eye Institute, followed by a medical retina and uveitis fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the Doheny Eye Institute..... Read more

Matt Fabrizio, M.D.


Matt Fabrizio, M.D. is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist specializing in glaucoma and related diseases who sees patients in Athens on a part time basis. His undergraduate and medical school degrees are from the University of Illinois. He completed residency training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and his fellowship training at Emory University.... Read more

George Baker Hubbard, III


Dr. Hubbard is a retinal specialist who sees patients in Athens on a part time basis. He is an associate professor of Ophthalmology at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Hubbard is chief of Vitreoretinal Surgery at the Emory Eye Center and is a former president of the Georgia Society of Oph... Read more

Daniel Hwang, M.D.


Dr. Hwang is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist specializing in oculoplastics (reconstructive and eyelid surgeries), Asian eyelid surgery, and orbital surgery who sees patients in Athens on a part time basis. His undergraduate degree is from Johns Hopkins University and graduate degree is from Harvard University. His medical school degree is from Columbia University...... Read more

Stephen M. Hamilton, M.D.


Stephen M. Hamilton, M.D.’s mission is to provide the most advanced ophthalmologic care in a compassionate and highly skilled manner. He takes a personal interest in the well-being of each of his patients. He has completed thousands of LASIK, cataract, and refractive procedures. .... Read more

Our Staff

Paul A. Provenzano, MPA, CMPE


I have been privileged to work for top notch organizations. I started in healthcare with the Geisinger Healthcare System in Pennsylvania working as the Geisinger Clinic Scranton Division's Operations Manager. After 10 years with Geisinger, we relocated to Charleston, South Carolina. I was the... Read more

Jonathan Mize, RN

Surgery Center Manager

I have been working in the nursing field for almost 20 years. As a registered nurse I specialize in the ICU, ER, and the operating room. Working in the operating room has always been my preference. My career started with Ty Cobb healthcare systems in the Royston/Hartwell... Read more

Laura Roberts

Clinical Services Manager

I started in the ophthalmic field some 27 years ago first with an optometric group Drs. Clason, Miller, Nichols and Nimmons from Columbus Georgia. Through the years I have had the privilege of working with such ophthalmology groups such as Central Georgia Eye Center of Macon Georgia as a technic... Read more

Jennifer Jenkins, OCS

Billing and Front desk Manager

I have been in the Healthcare Industry for 17 years coming to Athens Eye Doctors and Surgeons from Sarasota Florida in 2007. In Sarasota I worked for Partners In Practice, a full service Physicians Management Company. During my time there I served as the Electronic Claims Department Manager, overseeing medical billing charges for 60-75 clinics throughout the state covering a wide array of medical specialties.... Read more

Latest Clinic News:

Latest coronavirus updates for eye patients!

August 31st, 2020


Athens Eye Doctors and Surgeons is growing to better serve you!

April 12th, 2018


Dr. Andrew A Wilson, M.D. will begin seeing patients exclusively at

Athens Eye Doctors and Surgeons 

beginning May 14th, 2018.


We are excited for Dr. Wilson to be joining our staff here at Athens Eye Doctors and Surgeons.

For an appointment or for additional information please call us at:

(706) 549-9993


Cataract Surgery May Prolong Your Life:

January 1st, 2018



Co-Pays now accepted at Check-In

January 30th, 2014


Due to the Affordable Care Act and insurance company agreements, we will now accept your co-pays and other appropriate time-of-service payments as you Check-In at our front desk.

We continue to accept cash, personal checks, and credit cards.

Non-emergent patients may be re-scheduled should he/she not have their co-pay available for the visit.