ESG in the News

April 2019


3 members of Eye Specialty Group

The Visian Implantable Contact Lens with Astigmatism Correction, also known as the Visian Toric ICL, is now available in Memphis. Dr. Cathy Schanzer of the Eye Specialty Group is one of the first surgeons in Tennessee and the first surgeon in Memphis to perform the latest Visian Toric ICL procedure.

The Visian Toric ICL can be a great option for patients who don’t like wearing glasses or contacts, but don’t want to have LASIK surgery or aren’t a good candidate for it. Both myopia (nearsightedness) and astigmatism can be corrected in one simple 15-minute procedure. Benefits of the Visian Toric ICL include:

  • High patient satisfaction;
  • Lower risk of side effects, such as halos, glare, or dry eyes, compared to other procedures;
  • Reversibility—if your vision changes, the Visian Toric ICL is completely removable and replaceable;
  • Improved night driving with improved contrast sensitivity;
  • Built in UV protection filter;
  • Freedom from the expense and hassle of glasses and contact lenses;
  • Correction for severe levels of myopia and astigmatism that can’t be fixed with LASIK.

Possibly the biggest advantage of the Visian Toric ICL is that more patients than ever before are able to undergo surgical vision correction. People, who cannot undergo LASIK, such as those with thin corneas, chronically dry eyes, or extreme refractive error, can now enjoy the benefits of a Visian Toric ICL.

Dr. Schanzer is an Ophthalmologist Partner with the Eye Specialty Group, specializing in cataract, LASIK and refractive surgery. She has been performing Visian ICL procedures for over ten years, since the Visian ICL technology received its initial FDA approval. Dr. Schanzer is also the Medical Director of Southern Eye Institute, a non-profit organization that operates a free full-time eye clinic in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Dr. Schanzer travels there twice a year to perform hundreds of eye surgeries for this needy population.

For more information about the Visian Toric ICL, contact the Eye Specialty Group at 901.685.2200.

August 2016


Dr. Dennis Mathews, O.D., featured on “Eye on Vision”

WYPL-FM 89.3’s show for those with visual impairment, “Eye on Vision” hosts Dr. Dennis Mathews to explain the fields of neuro-optometry and medical glaucoma. Click below to listen.

July 2016

Live-streamed eye surgeries benefit Memphis optometry students.

Eye Specialty Group (ESG) is teaming up with Southern College of Optometry (SCO) to provide another way of educating the area’s young doctors, helping them to better understand the latest surgery techniques… click to read more on the Memphis Daily News.

Future optometrist learn procedures through advanced technology

Southern College of Optometry students were the first group of students in the state of Tennessee to witness live LASIK surgeries performed by Ophthalmologists from the Eye Specialty Group… click to read more on High Ground News.