Dr. James Hays, MD

Dr. James Hays, MD

Ophthalmology  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 66
Dr. James Hays, MD is an ophthalmology specialist in Atlanta, GA and has been practicing for 34 years. He graduated from University of Michigan Medical School in 1977 and specializes in ophthalmology.

800 Mount Vernon Hwy NE Ste 130

Atlanta, GA 30328

Contact Information

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."

1  Specialties

  • Ophthalmology

1  Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

30  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

16  Procedures

  • 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
95 total reviews (14 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (95)

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  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

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
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 thinking you yell at them.



Patient Comments (14)

The staff is great! They are so very courteous and helpful. All and all great. Dr. Hays really knows his stuff.
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Dr. Hays is a very personable and professional surgeon who did a terrific job on my cataract and stent surgery. He made a special effort to have me understand both procedures and put my mind at ease about both procedures. His staff treats you like family sand his office operation is flawless. I...more
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Dr. Hays is friendly and very knowledgable. I had cataract surgery in 1 eye everything went great. Will be coming back in 2 week for my second eye. Very clean office staff was exceptional. I felt very comfortable during the whole experience.
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Great surgeon!
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Dr. James Hays is the best.I was scared and he put me at ease,talking and discussing what would take place.Thanks Dr. hays I highly recommend Dr.Hays and his staff. No waiting anytime.
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