Professor of Ophthalmology
Director Oculoplastics Service
Dr. Thomas completed a combined 6-year BA/MD medical program at Lehigh University and the Medical College of Pennsylvania (MCP). He remained at Allegheny General Hospital/MCP for his internship year and then completed his ophthalmology residency at Brown University School of Medicine / Rhode Island Hospital.
Dr. Thomas completed fellowship level training in oculoplastic & orbital surgery, as well as neuro-ophthalmology at the W.K. Kellogg Eye Center at the University of Michigan. He gained additional exposure to cosmetic facial plastic surgery with Dr. Robert Flowers at Aesthetic Plastic Surgery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is the only subspecialty trained oculoplastic surgeon in the surrounding region.
Dr. Thomas' subspecialty practice focuses on diseases involving the eyelid, orbit and lacrimal system caused by tumors, trauma, neurologic or age-related changes. He also provides skilled management and treatment of patients with lacrimal system disease, orbital fractures or prosthetic eyes. He also has an interest and experience in aesthetic eyelid and facial surgery, including botulinum toxin, facial fillers, endoscopic brow and mid-facial surgery, and laser skin resurfacing. He has been named one of "America's Top Ophthalmologists" and to the "Best Doctor's" list multiple times.
Dr. Thomas sees oculoplastics patients both at the MCG Department of Ophthalmology main campus, as well as a community office at Wilkes Eye Center in Washington, Georgia (23 East Square, Washington, Georgia). He also offers eye and facial cosmetic services and consultations at Eye Care One located at 3152 Washington Road in Augusta.
Summary: The oculoplastics specialist addresses disorders and aesthetic enhancements of the eyelid, face and orbits.
Care areas: Thyroid eye disease, surgical rehabilition of prosthetic eyes, surgical correction of age related/traumatic/cancerous lesion of the eyelids, orbit and tear drainage system; aesthetic facial surgery (browlift/blepharoplasty/cheek lift/skin resurfacing), Botox injections and facial fillers (Restylane, Radiesse); eyelid and facial spasms.
Key symptoms: Eyelid and facial aging; heaviness or eyelid droop; excessive tearing; orbital/eyelid injuries or cancer.
B.A. Pre-Medical Science --Lehigh University --1990
M.D. --Medical College of Pennsylvania --1992
Internal Medicine Internship --Allegheny General Hospital, Medical College of Pennsylvania --1993
Ophthalmology Residency --Brown Alpert Medical School, Brown University --1997
Neuro-ophthalmology Fellowship --University of Michigan, Kellogg Eye Center --1998
Oculoplastics / Orbital Surgery --University of Michigan, Kellogg Eye Center --1999
Board Certification --American Board of Ophthalmology --1999