Welcome to Jackson Eye Institute, where we provide complete eye care from trained professionals. We have two convenient locations in Jackson and Kosciusko, and we have the experience and knowledge to give our patients the most competent and comprehensive eye care. The services we provide include:
Originally from Kosciusko, MS, Dr. Bruce completed his undergraduate education at Mississippi State University and received his medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. He completed a straight surgery internship in Houston, TX, then joined the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam with the U.S. Special Forces. There he wrote the Cambodian Village Hamlet Medical Program and the Cambodian Medic Manual. Dr. Bruce was in charge of training Cambodian combat medics and also helped his unit train the Cambodian army in tactical operations and government affairs. For this, he received the Legion of Merit award from the U.S. government.
After leaving the military service, Dr. Bruce completed his residency in Memphis, TN, and following that was board certified in ophthalmology by the American Board of Ophthalmology.
1975 to 1986 – Practiced Ophthalmology in Oxford and Greenwood, MS.
1976 – Became one of the first ophthalmologists in Mississippi to use intraocular lenses.
1986 – Moved to Jackson to join Omega Health Systems and served as the National Medical Director and on the Board of Trustees. Omega Health Systems became one of the largest ophthalmologist referral networks in the country. During this time, he assisted in training optometrists in Mississippi, Iowa, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Oregon as they became certified to use ophthalmic medications.
1992 – Re-introduced phaco-emulsification in Mississippi for small incision cataract surgery.
1993 – Obtained the Jackson Eye Institute from Omega Health Systems.
1997 – Started one of the first single specialty ambulatory surgical centers in Mississippi.
Many people who experience these symptoms attribute it to allergies or climate conditions. However, people who experience two or more of these symptoms regularly should be checked for Dry Eye.
Jackson Eye Institute’s TearLab
Jackson Eye Institute is one of a handful of eye care practitioners in the Mid-Mississippi area to be TearLab certified. This allows us to diagnose and monitor dry eye disease with the latest tools and equipment. Our TearLab Osmolarity test is the best indicator of whether a patient has Dry Eye Disease. The Osmolarity test is painless and quick, and an accurate diagnosis allows us to treat patients more effectively. Learn more about TearLab here.
All technicians in our TearLab have been trained and certified to perform the TearLab Osmolarity test, and our lab is accredited through CLIA (the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of the U.S. government).
How Does Jackson Eye Institute Treat Dry Eye?
If a patient is diagnosed with Dry Eye, there are several methods we can use to treat the symptoms.
If you frequently suffer from itchy, watery, or red eyes, there is a good chance that you are experiencing eye allergies. Jackson Eye Institute offers an FDA-approved skin scratch test from Doctor’s Allergy Formula that accurately and quickly diagnoses specific eye allergies. This pain-free test is covered by most major medical insurance and will help us identify what you are allergic to, so that we can treat your particular allergies.
Who Should be Tested?
If you suffer from any of the following allergy-related symptoms, you should make an appointment for an Eye Allergy Test.
• Itchy, watery, swollen, or bloodshot eyes
• Dark circles under eyes
• Runny or itchy nose
What Causes an Allergic Reaction?
Our eyes are very sensitive to airborne allergens, which often cause irritation and discomfort. Allergy symptoms occur as a reaction to environmental allergens such as trees, grasses, dust, pollen, pet dander, and mold spores.
How is the Allergy Eye Test Performed?
A skin scratch test is a simple, shot-free, non-invasive procedure in which tiny pricks are made on the arm. The device contains small amounts of the 58 most common allergens in this geographical area. If you are allergic to a particular allergen, a small bump similar to a mosquito bite will appear.
How Are Eye Allergies Treated?
Over-the-counter antihistamines can help treat some symptoms of allergies, but often they simply mask the problem without providing a long-term solution. At Jackson Eye Institute, we utilize several treatments to effectively manage allergies. These include:
• Avoidance – Once your specific allergens have been identified through our thorough testing, you will know what substances or situations to avoid. Approximately 75% of patients experience greatly reduced symptoms by simple avoidance measures.
• Oral and/or Topical Medication – This can include antihistamines, NSAIDS, or steroids. When we ascertain your particular allergy issues, we will determine if medication can help your symptoms. We will then prescribe the best medication for you, whether it is a daily or seasonal treatment.
• Allergy Shots – Some types of allergies can be treated with a shot that desensitizes the patient and corrects the underlying allergy.
• Alternative Therapies – In some cases, we recommend that a patient take an all-natural nutritional supplement that has been clinically proven to be as effective as prescription medication. These supplements can offer the same benefits as prescription meds or over-the-counter antihistamines, without the side effects.
If you think you are suffering from eye allergies, do not hesitate to seek relief! Contact us at the Jackson Eye Institute and let us properly test you so that treatment can begin.