Your vision is our mission.

Jackson Eye Associates offers complete comprehensive eye exams, vision treatments, and eye surgery for adult and pediatric patients. We want to be your first choice for vision care. From comprehensive eye exams to complicated eye surgeries or cosmetic procedures, we solve what you can’t see.


Our board-certified ophthalmologists are highly trained and experienced and offer complete eye care for your whole family. Visit one of our three convenient locations, each with an optical boutique offering the latest designer glasses, sunglasses and contacts.  

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Clarion Ledger's Best Eye Care Provider of 2018

Jackson Eye Associates is honored to announce that we have been chosen as Clarion Ledger’s Best Eye Care Provider of 2018. Now we’re not only the largest ophthalmology practice in Mississippi, but we’re also one of the best! JEA couldn’t have achieved this award without our amazing doctors, staff and patients. Thank you to Clarion Ledger, and we look forward to another great year!

Diabetes is the Leading Cause of New Cases of Blindess

According to a 2011 study conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Preventions, diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in people 20 to 74 years old in the United States. November is National Diabetes Awareness Month with the purpose of increasing knowledge of the disease and its multitude of complications.


“Our providers are medical doctors who thoroughly examine patients’ eyes looking for early signs of diabetic eye disease,” said Taylor Smith, M.D., Jackson Eye Associates. “Early diagnosis is key to successful treatment and management of potential vision-threatening problems.”


Diabetes is a complex metabolic disease where your body is unable to produce insulin, produce enough insulin, or is incapable to effectively use it. Chronic high blood sugar, an unavoidable consequence of diabetes, can lead to a number of different diseases resulting in temporary or permanent vision loss. Cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic macular and diabetic retinopathy are the most common vision complications related to the disease.


“Diabetic retinopathy affects the eyes by damaging the small blood vessels in the retina, the part of the eye that senses light and send signals to the brain to see our surroundings,” said Alex Whittington, M.D., Jackson Eye Associates. “Many times, patients don’t know that they have diabetic retinopathy, which can be picked up on a routine eye exam.” An annual comprehensive eye exam is the first line of defense when detecting and preventing vision loss.


Jackson Eye Associates is the largest ophthalmology practice in Mississippi. JEA offers comprehensive eye care, as well as an optical boutique at each of its three locations in Jackson, Clinton, and Madison. For more information, visit or find JEA on Facebook or Instagram.

JEA Goes Against the Grain

Jackson Eye Associates “Goes Against the Grain”… Your vision is important to us. Whether you need a routine eye exam, a contact lens fitting, or laser cataract surgery, Jackson Eye Associates will go against the grain to ensure the best possible care for you and your family.

Similar to other organs in your body, your eye health is impacted by your lifestyle, such as eating habits, exercise, and other routine physical exams. With six different muscles controlling eye movement, receiving an annual comprehensive eye exam is extremely important in maintaining your overall health.

During a comprehensive eye exam, our eye care experts at Jackson Eye Associates will not only determine your prescription, but will also check for common eye diseases and assess your overall eye health. If there are decisions to be made regarding Lasik, glasses, contacts, or laser cataract surgery, our physicians will walk you through every step of the procedure.

JEA wants to be your comprehensive eye care provider, and is prepared to serve you and your family with individualized care depending on your needs.

If you or a loved one is due for an annual eye exam, call one of our three Jackson Eye Associates locations to make an appointment today.

BOTOX® Treatments

As you age, is the skin around your eyes beginning to impede your vision? Well, Dr. Alex Whittington of our Jackson Eye Associates’ Madison location has a great, easy and nonsurgical treatment, BOTOX®!

When you hear the term BOTOX®, where does your mind begin to wander? You may begin to envision the popular and cosmetic ways of its use nowadays. Also, your mind might start to roam towards the desire to look younger or to being another unnecessary procedure, but the truth is that these treatments are able to prevent and rectify optical issues that may occur during the aging process.

As individuals age, his/her skin begins to sag and can eventually impair their vision by way of eyebrow creases, frown lines, forehead creases, and crow's feet. BOTOX® is a highly effective procedure that can dramatically reduce these problem areas within one to two weeks of the injections, and the effects can last up to four months.

BOTOX® is FDA-approved, and during the procedure, very low doses of the botulinum toxin are administered via a few tiny injections. The serum relaxes the muscles by blocking the release of a chemical called acetylcholine, which helps to improve the appearance of these wrinkles and trouble areas.

Also, if you are suffering from other eye disorders, such as uncontrolled blinking (blepharospasm) and other muscle spasms or eye movement disorders (cervical dystonia, torticollis), BOTOX® could be a viable and noninvasive treatment option.

With any medical procedure, there are side effects, and BOTOX® is no different. Possible side effects include headache, respiratory infection, flu syndrome, temporary eyelid droop, and nausea. If you are interested and would like to learn more, please contact JEA and Dr. Whittington will breakdown all the risks and benefits, as well as help determine if you are a great candidate.

JEA Recognizes Cataract Awareness Month

JEA recognizes June as Cataract Awareness Month. If cataracts are limiting your vision, schedule a visit with JEA. Whether you need glasses or surgery, our physicians will make sure your vision is the best it can be.

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JEA Offers Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery

By age 75, half of all Americans have had cataracts. Jackson Eye Associates now offers the most advanced technology to perform cataract surgery, resulting in greater precision with no surgical blades.

A cataract forms when the natural lens of the eye becomes cloudy, and occurs naturally as we age. Traditionally, surgeons use a surgical knife to make tiny incisions to break up and remove the cloudy lens of the eye, which is then replaced with an artificial intraocular lens.

Using the LensX ® Laser, JEA’s cataract team maps the unique contours of each patient’s eye, providing precise measurements and data for a completely customized procedure. Then, using advanced 3-D imaging, the computer-assisted surgery is performed with the laser and no surgical blades. In a space as small as the pupil of an eye, the improved data and accuracy can make a dramatic difference. Those with astigmatism are the best candidates for this procedure.

Thanks to this innovative technology, laser cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure, with improved vision as soon as two weeks and optimal vision as soon as two months after the procedure. We get you back to doing the things you love.

The JEA laser cataract team includes Dr. Robert Mallette, Dr. Philip Smith, Dr. Taylor Smith and Dr. Ken Toler. They are all board-certified ophthalmologists with extensive training in the LensX® Laser system.

If you or someone you love is suffering from poor eyesight due to cataracts, contact Jackson Eye Associates today to learn about your options using the most advanced technology available. Laser cataract surgery, now available at JEA.

JEA Doctors Named Sightpath Medical Top Surgeons

Dr. Robert Mallette and Dr. Kenneth Toler of Jackson Eye Associates were recently named Top Surgeons by Sightpath Medical, the leading U.S. provider of on-demand equipment and services for cataract and refractive surgery. This recognition was given to only 65 surgeons nationwide.

The Sightpath Top Surgeons award is based on the demonstration of surgical expertise and a continued pursuit of exceptional patient care through the use of the most advanced technology and surgical techniques.

Jim Tiffany, president of Sightpath Medical, says, "Our Top Surgeons are leaders in the refractive industry and general ophthalmology. They know that having the latest training and technology is critical to achieving the best possible eye care results for their patients. We are proud to help support their efforts to provide superior eye care in their communities.”

Dr. Mallette and Dr. Toler are board-certified ophthalmologists who practice in JEA’s Jackson location. Dr. Toler is a founding partner of JEA and Dr. Mallette joined the practice in 2005.

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Plan for pink on Tuesday, September 25th at JEA Optical Boutique, 1200 North State Street, Suite 100, Jackson.

It's our annual trunk show of the trendiest eyewear and sunglasses collections. And, we are presenting this event to benefit fund for the girls. Door prizes all day and 25% off eyewear by our featured Trunk Show designers:

Tory Burch, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Prada, Coach, Polo, Tiffany & Co., Bvlgari, Valentino, Persol, Armani, and Versace

Lasik Right For You?

JEA offers blade-free iLASIK. This procedure is extremely high in patient satisfaction and has proven very effective in treating nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Make an appointment for a consultation with one of our ophthalmologists to find out if this procedure is right for you. Want to know more? Learn more now.