About Us
Welcome to Athens Eye Associates, an ophthalmology and optometry practice, where we are dedicated to providing high quality service, standards of excellence and expertise to care for your vision needs. Athens Eye doctors and office personnel are here to help you by offering a variety of eye care services including routine eye examinations, ocular disease management, laser therapy, and other surgical procedures in our office to help you reach your optimal vision. We also have a low vision rehabilitation/training suite and an optical lab for your convenience.

Our mission is to care for patients not only within the scope of ophthalmology but extending beyond. We aim to accomplish this goal exemplifying our core values of compassion, integrity, and respect.


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Michael S. Jacobs, M.D.

Michael S. Jacobs, M.D., is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and specializes in comprehensive ophthalmology as well as cataract and implant surgery.

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He received his Doctorate of Medicine from the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Jacobs then completed an internship in general surgery followed by a residency in ophthalmology at the Medical University of South Carolina’s Storm Eye Institute.

While completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia, Dr. Jacobs was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and graduated Summa Cum Laude with highest honors. Dr. Jacobs is now a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology practicing in the Athens area with affiliations at St. Mary’s Hospital, Athens Regional Medical Center, and the Surgery Center of Athens, where he served as Medical Director from 2016 to 2019. Outside of work, Michael cherishes being a father and husband, trail running, reading in solitude, and grilling on his Weber kettle.

Taylor K Ficek, O.D.

Taylor K. Ficek, OD is board certified by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry and specializes in primary care optometry and contact lenses.

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Dr. Ficek received her Doctorate of Optometry from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. Due to high academic and clinical achievements, she graduated Cum Laude and was inducted into the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society. In optometry school, Dr. Ficek was involved in Student Volunteers in Optometric Services to Humanity (SVOSH) where she served on the executive board and was passionate about going on mission trips internationally in order to provide eyecare to those in need. She is originally from Nebraska and completed her undergraduate degree at The University of Nebraska – Lincoln with a Bachelors in both Nutrition Sciences and Psychology.

Dr. Ficek completed her clinical training with an emphasis in refractive surgery and ocular disease at Woolfson Eye Institute in Atlanta, and Coastal Vision Center in Fernandina Beach, Florida. At Coastal Vision Center she interned closely with cornea and cataract specialists. Dr. Ficek enjoys traveling, watching Husker (and Bulldog) football and trying new foods.

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Shop for eyewear and contact lenses while you are here to receive seamless, expert care in one appointment. For a personal touch, our licensed, certified opticians offer one-on-one service from beginning to end.