Seeing clearly through the eyes of professionals

Posted By | August 29, 2002 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
Convenience and professional service are the two goals Dr. Colby Stewart provides for his patients. Those reasons are why White County Community Hospital is proud to have Stewart as a new addition to the services they provide for the community.
Stewart moved to Putnam County from Galveston, Texas, in 1996. While in Galveston, he worked with Vision America and moved to Cookeville as a part of their company. Regrettably, Vision America had financial problems and eventually filed bankruptcy. At this point is when the young and energetic doctor decided to venture out and begin his own company.
Tennessee Lasik Associates, in Cookeville, is one of the two companies owned by Stewart. According to Stewart, the Lasik Associates only specializes in one thing, which is laser refractive correction.
Middle Tennessee Eye Associates, Stewart’s second business in Cookeville,
deals specifically with cataract surgery, glaucoma testing and other vision related surgeries.
“I have based my practice strictly around optometric referrals,” said Stewart.
Stewart was excited recently about his newest endeavor at White County Community Hospital. He performed the first cataract surgery in the history of the hospital on Paul Bartlett, and he received a lot of wonderful responses from Bartlett and the other patients. “My goal is to provide local residents with a more convenient and less stressful way of having their cataract surgery,” said Stewart. “I have leased office space in Sparta, and I am available one day a month at that location. I see referral patients from optometrists on that day.”
Rex Buckner, business administrator for Stewart, is equally excited about the new undertaking. “We are leasing office space at 455 Vista Drive,” said Buckner, “and we feel this arrangement will be wonderful for our patients. We provide our own staff and we have state-of-the art equipment.”
Stewart will be performing surgery at White County Community Hospital once a month. Along with local office hours once a month and the surgical schedule, he said his patients will not have to wait an extended length of time before their visual problems can be corrected. Stewart emphasized he can provide services to any doctor of opthamology in the area.
“All my patients will receive their after-surgical care from their own doctor,” said Stewart. “They don’t have to worry about driving any distance to get to my office. That is what makes this program unique and great for seniors. The patient is immediately returned to the direct care of his or her primary care doctor.”
Stewart said senior citizens are especially concerned with driving out-of-town or inconveniencing family members to provide transportation if they are not able to drive themselves. “We just want to make life a little easier for our patients,” said Stewart, ” and with this plan, I feel we have created a a great plan.”
According to the surgical nursing staff at White County Community Hospital, six patients received laser surgery for cataract removal on last week, and approximately five more are already scheduled for September. “All I can say is today was a tremendous success,” said Stewart.

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