Dr. McKinley is a fellowship-trained glaucoma specialist who has practiced in the Wiregrass area since 2008. He graduated from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and completed his Ophthalmology residency at the University of Mississippi. He completed his fellowship training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. McKinley has extensive experience in the diagnosis, medical and surgical management of glaucoma. He also provides comprehensive eye care and specializes in state-of-the-art refractive cataract surgery, anterior segment surgery, eyelid surgery, and laser vision correction.
Skill and compassion go hand in hand when providing exceptional patient care. As an eye care professional, I stay up to date on the latest advancements in ophthamology in order to provide the most current treatment options for my patients. As a doctor, I recognize that my patients are unique individuals who have placed a great deal of trust in me and my team. That is just one reason why I value each and every patient relationship.
Dr. Aric Aldridge was born and raised in Folkston, Georgia. Dr. Aldridge is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Mercer University where he earned a bachelor's degree in Biology. He earned his Medical Degree from Mercer University School of Medicine and completed his residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham at the Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital where he was Chief Resident. He has worked the past 16 years in Bainbridge, Georgia with Memorial Hospital and Manor where in addition to providing exceptional and individualized eye care through his practice at Bainbridge Ophthalmology, he has also served as the Chief of Surgery and Chief of the Medical Staff.
Dr. Aldridge has been a solo practitioner of Ophthalmology since 2004, and has gained extensive experience in caring for major medical and surgical diseases of the eye. As a board certified ophthalmologist by the American Board of Ophthalmology, his special interests are in cataract and glaucoma surgery as well as neuro-ophthalmic disorders of the eye. He is well known for his genuine compassion for his patients, great attention to detail, and his perfectionist approach. He has a great love for God and his family which carries over into his care for his patients.
Dr. Aldridge looks forward to the privilege of continuing to provide eye care for patients in the Wiregrass Region.
Eye exams are recommended periodically, with the interval differing for various age groups. In the first three years of infancy, a child should have vision checked along with normal pediatric checkups. Between the ages of three and six (the most crucial period of eye development) an eye exam should be scheduled every year or two. After that period, until adulthood, exams should be scheduled as necessary. During the twenties one should have at least one exam. During the thirties one should have at least two exams. In the forties, fifties, and early sixties, one should schedule an exam every two to four years. For seniors, an exam every year or two is recommended.
In addition to these basic guidelines, people with a family history of eye problems, those monitoring a diagnosed eye disease, or those with certain high risk diseases such as diabetes, it is recommended that exams should be performed at least once a year. Regular eye exams are the best way to keep you seeing your world clearly.
Any abnormal phenomena or changes in your vision can indicate a variety of possible problems. The key to preserving vision in the face of most eye diseases is early treatment. Thus it is important to consult an ophthalmologist if you notice anything unusual or any change in your vision. It could be a serious problem, or it could be inconsequential, but the peace of mind and the possibility of catching a serious problem early are certainly worth it.
Many serious eye diseases often have little or no symptoms until they are well developed. The only way to diagnose a problem early in such a case is to schedule periodic eye exams. This is the best way to preserve the clearest vision possible for life.
Dr. Aaron Brent McKinley and the staff at Dothan Eyecare are dedicated to providing you with the personalized care you deserve using only the latest, most innovative techniques in eye care. We offer a variety of refractive surgery and general ophthalmology treatments to help restore and maintain your optimal vision health.
As a practice, we are true believers that excellence in performing all eye procedures is derived from both education and experience. We strive to keep current on the latest techniques and standards so we can provide our patients with the safest treatments and procedures with the most optimal results. That’s why we focus on thorough exams – checking your total health before performing any procedures. We also know that surgery, if needed, is never routine, no matter how many thousands of times we have performed such procedures. We never take for granted that you have placed a great deal of confidence in us. For this reason, a review of your medical history and your current health are taken into consideration before we begin any procedure.
As eye care professionals, we want you to be confident knowing that we are a team of highly trained and skilled clinicians. We pride ourselves in providing the care you need to keep your eyes healthy and your vision at its best. To give you the best possible service and results, we are committed to continual education and learning. We regularly attend relative lectures, meetings, and conventions to stay informed of new techniques, the latest products, and the newest equipment that a modern eye care practice can utilize to perform the latest state-of-the-art procedures. Also, being members of various professional associations help us to stay abreast of the changes and recommendations for our profession.
We would love to hear from you, so please contact us via telephone by calling 334-479-0043 or email us with any questions, comments, or concerns that you might have.