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Achord Eye Clinic

Written by: Jill Martinez

The most effective advertising we do, to tell you the truth, is not anything we pay for or can even control to a certain extent,” reports Dr. Shonda Achord. “We get a lot of our business from patients who refer their friends, family members or co-workers to us because they’ve had a positive experience here.” True to form, the moment I entered Achord Eye Clinic the staff offered ample amounts of smiles, assistance and freshly brewed coffee. I even noticed them greeting patients by their first name and immediately delving into enthusiastic bouts of spirited conversation. The friendly atmosphere coupled with Dr. Achord’s sixteen years of experience and laid back charm are enough to inspire hope in those of us who have been worn thin by the crassness of the modern health care industry.

“Here’s the difference,” begins Dr. Achord. “ I have always made it a point to spend the same amount of time with each patient, even if they are just here for a routine eye exam.” And that is, in fact, a big difference. “Often times, patients will say that they’ve never had such a thorough eye exam before. And I take that as a huge compliment,” she says, smiling all the while.

Dr. Achord first became interested in optometry while working at a local optometrist’s office in Gonzales as a college freshman. There began her journey into what has now become her life’s work and passion. After obtaining her degree from LSU, she continued her studies at the University of Houston College of Optometry, one of the top ranked optometry programs in the nation. But home is where the heart is, and Dr. Achord knew she wanted to return to Louisiana to set up shop and settle down.

It’s been nine years since Dr. Achord launched her own full service optical business, and she hasn’t looked back since. In addition to offering the best in name brand designer eyewear such as Gucci, Fendi, Kenneth Cole, Silhouette, Kate Spade, Coach, Dior, and Vera Wang to name a few, Dr. Achord specializes in hard to fit contact lens cases, most notably patients with keratoconus.

Keratoconus is a condition that causes the cornea to bulge forward resulting in a raised peak on the surface of the eye. In these cases, normal soft contacts will not fit, and unfortunately most doctors don’t want to invest the time or resources to stock and fit the rigid contacts necessary for these patients to retain their vision. This is where Dr. Achord can and does help. She’s established her business by serving those who’ve been turned away because their conditions are deemed too labor intensive and are not cost effective enough to treat. Patients who visit Achord Eye Clinic are never turned away, and usually after meeting Dr. Achord they never want to venture far from her care.

Achord Eye Clinic
12726 Perkins Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

A Vision for Living: Eye Care Surgery Center

Written by: Simonette Berry

“Restoring someone’s vision is one of the most gratifying things you can imagine. Patients have an immediate improvement in the quality of their lives. If you tell someone you’ve controlled their blood pressure, they can’t tell the difference, but when they can immediately see again, the patient is very excited and appreciative,” says Dr. Scott Nelson, MD of the Eye Care Surgery Center in Baton Rouge.

Dr. Nelson, who has been in private practice for 21 years, is a Baton Rouge native and a groundbreaker in his field. He is well known in south Louisiana for his integrity and professional demeanor. In 1995, he was the first ophthalmologist in Baton Rouge to perform LASIK surgery, a procedure that corrects vision impairments, freeing countless patients of their need for glasses. After he graduated from the LSU Medical School and completed his residency at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Dr. Nelson and his wife Penny, another LSU alum, moved back to the city to raise their four children. Dr. Nelson’s sons are following in his footsteps, with Steven at LSU Dental School, and Daniel and Matthew who are undergrads at LSU. Their daughter Sarah is still in high school at St. Joseph’s Academy. Dr. Nelson, likewise, had followed in his father’s footsteps; he was a professor at LSU and has created a family legacy of scholarship.

Dr. Nelson’s decision to become an ophthalmologist grew from his desire to help the visually impaired. In 2006, Dr. Nelson, along with Dr. Henry Haley, Jr. and Dr. Jeffrey Singer, purchased and revamped the practice at the Eye Care Surgery Center. These doctors have created a state-of-the-art practice committed to bringing affordable care and the best technology on the market to their patients. Since its inception, the doctors at the Eye Care Surgery Center have performed more LASIK surgery than any other practice in the Baton Rouge region. They are also the fastest growing clinic in the area, having gained three new doctors in just the past year. Thousands of satisfied patients each year see proof of the amazing results made possible by Dr. Nelson and his associates.

“In our Ambulatory Surgery Center, we take the personal approach with our patients. We offer both quality medical care and emotional reassurance. Our goal is to make patients comfortable and offer the best care possible.” The services offered at Eye Care Surgery Center include retina and vitreous surgery, corneal surgery, glaucoma surgery, cataract surgery, LASIK, cosmetic surgery, general exams, and glasses and contact fittings. At this time, Eye Care Surgery Center has four locations: Baton Rouge, Hammond, Gonzales, and Covington. “We’re looking to continue to expand our practice and grow into other surrounding regions,” Dr. Nelson says.

“I specialize in cataract and refractive surgery,” explains Dr. Nelson. “Cataract surgery allows us to restore sight to patients that have clouded vision. We have the latest technology on the market available here. With traditional cataract surgery, we used an implant that reduces farsightedness and nearsightedness, but couldn’t correct astigmatism or allow a patient to see both far and near in the same eye. They would still need reading glasses, in other words.”

“Now, that has all changed with the new premium intraocular lens implants. I am able to offer a new type of lifestyle improvement implant that not only corrects the cataracts but also helps people function without any glasses at all. We can basically take people who had strong glasses and correct their vision so they can see without them.”

Not everyone in Baton Rouge offers the kind of advanced vision repair technology that the Eye Care Surgery Center makes available for its patients. The team at Eye Care Surgery Center also uses the most state-of-the-art LASIK equipment: the VISX Star 4 Laser and the Intralase.

“I went into ophthalmology because I like operating under a microscope and being able to diagnose most things through direct observation, as opposed to relying on a lot of ancillary testing,” says Dr. Nelson. “I believe in the hands on approach to my patients’ care and in fostering relationships with my patients. I want them to feel confident and continue to return to me for their eye care needs year after year.”