Dr. James Hays, MD

Dr. James Hays, MD

Ophthalmology  |  
Male  |  
Age 66
Insurances AcceptedSave
Dr. James Hays, MD is an ophthalmology doctor who practices in Atlanta, GA. He is 66 years old and has been practicing for 40 years.

800 Mount Vernon Hwy NE Ste 125

Atlanta, GA 30328

Contact Information

(404) 256-1125

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Top Care Areas


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Ocular Surface Reconstruction
more than 90% of peers
Corneal Diseases
more than 85% of peers
Cataract Removal Surgery
more than 83% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Hays "We treat the most challenging and difficult eye cases, most of which are referred by other eye doctors. We restrict our practice to only surgical and serious medical eye conditions. We don't do routine eye care."


  • Ophthalmology

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

Conditions Treated

  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Astigmatism
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Blepharitis
  • Cataract
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Erosion
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Diplopia
  • Dry Eyes
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Herpetic Keratitis
  • Hyphema
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Keratitis
  • Keratoconus
  • Macular Edema
  • Nearsightedness
  • Progressive High Myopia
  • Pterygium
  • Retina Diseases
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Trichiasis
  • Ulcer
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis


  • Astigmatic Keratotomy
  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Cornea Surgery
  • Cornea Transplant
  • Excision of Chalazion
  • Excision or Destruction of Lesion of Cornea
  • Eye Surgery
  • Foreign Body Removal from Eye
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Ocular Surface Reconstruction
  • Pterygium Surgery
  • Radial Keratotomy
  • Removal of Foreign Body from External Eye
  • Removal of Intraocular Foreign Body
  • YAG Laser Capsulotomy

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Georgia.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Michigan Sate University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1973
  • University Of Michigan Medical School
    Medical School | Graduated 1977
  • Henry Ford Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1978
  • Henry Ford Hosp
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1982
  • McGee Eye Institute
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1984
  • Auburn University School Of Business
    Other Education | Completed 2009
  • University Of Michigan School Of Public Health
    Other Education | Completed 2006
  • University Of Texas At Dallas
    Other Education | Completed 2011

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Hays has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Hays' Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Hays to family and friends
based on 87 total reviews (5 with comments)
Dr. Hays Says:

This is a response to a review on March 10.  The person's comment seems to be they couldn't hear me well, that they had to lean forward to hear.  I am very sorry for that.  The patient then says "My Bad"... I'll take them at their word.  If you can't hear well then the polite things to do is to let someone know.  Same thing if you speak too loud... you don't want people...

Dr. Hays' Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    Under 10 minutes
Patient Comments (5)
in Atlanta, GA |
Very plesant dr. And staff.
in Atlanta, GA |
After some bad experiences with another doctor, Dr. Hays fixed my vision. He is incredible... The BEST!
in Edmond, OK |
I first met Dr. Hays at the Dean McGee Eye Institute. I was a Perk patient who had an RK on both eyes. Dr. Hays made such an impression on me in the 1980's with his easy manner, thoroughness and patient care that I wanted to leave a review. I almost cried when I heard he was leaving Oklahoma for Georgia. I would highly recommend him. If I lived closer, he would be taking my cataracts out.
Fayetteville, Ga |
This was by far the best experience I"ve had in the medical profession. Dr Gays and staff were very attentive, professional, as well as, kind. They went all out to make what I feared seemed easy. I would recommend him. Thanks goes out to The "A" team.
Alpharetta, GA |
Was in my Ophthalmologist's office discussing cataract surgery and referrals. Dr Hays, one of the referrals was in the office. I agreed to have him ck me at this office. Dr Hays came into examining room...did a brief eye examination. Sat down and started discussing the cataract procedure to me. Only thing... machinery was in between us. I had to lean over out of my chair to hear & face him. My bad, I should have said something... but I was so disenchanted, I knew I would be going elsewhere!!
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Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Hays accepts 10 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • AvMed
    Open Access
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
    Blue Choice HMO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia
    Blue Choice Option POS
    Blue Open Access POS
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
    Network S
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care Network PPO
    Choice Care PPO
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate HMO
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. Hays has admitting privileges

Emory University Hospital Midtown
550 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
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Northside Hospital
1000 Johnson Ferry Rd
Atlanta, GA 30342
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