Dr. Karen Sumers, MD

Dr. Karen Sumers, MD

Ophthalmology  ·  
Female  ·  
Age 67
Dr. Karen Sumers, MD is an ophthalmology specialist in Atlanta, GA and has been practicing for 37 years. She graduated from Washington Univ Sch of Med in 1976 and specializes in ophthalmology, cataract surgery, and more.Read her story

1100 Johnson Ferry Rd NE Ste 420

Atlanta, GA 30342

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Sumers performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
very high
more than 96% of peers
Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
very high
more than 95% of peers
Corneal Diseases
more than 89% of peers

Dr. Sumers's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Dr. Sumers' bio

This content was provided by Dr. Sumers "Dr. Karen Sumers, a board certified ophthalmologist, is fully trained in all aspects of general ophthalmic care and surgery, and is recognized as a specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of corneal and external eye disease, including severe dry eye syndrome. Dr. Sumers received her undergraduate degree in General Literature at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, graduating magna cum laude. She earned a medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis, followed by an internal medicine internship at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Sumers completed an ophthalmology residency at the prestigious University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary in Chicago, where she was awarded the Jack P. Cowen Outstanding Clinician prize. Following a fellowship in corneal and external eye disease at Emory University in Atlanta, Dr. Sumers went into private practice, becoming the first ophthalmologist in Atlanta to have a consultative corneal and external eye disease practice outside the university setting. Dr. Sumers is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a member of the Cornea Society, and a past president of the Atlanta Ophthalmology Society. She has been an investigator for the Cornea Donor Study. As an Adjunct Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Emory, she has been volunteering her time teaching cataract surgery to residents at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center for over twenty years. In addition, following many years of service, Dr. Sumers received the Lifetime Volunteer Physician Award from EyeCare America, a program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, which provides eye exams to seniors at no cost to them. She is a supporter of several local charitable organizations including the Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation and the Georgia Lions Lighthouse. Dr. Sumers currently sees patients at the Georgia Eye Partners' Northside location. When not working, she enjoys spending time with family, traveling, drawing, painting, photography, and golf."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Sumers "We are a group practice of ophthalmologists and optometrists dedicated to providing patients the highest quality medical and surgical specialty eye care to Metro Atlanta and North Georgia. Our services range from disease specific medical exams to complex specialty surgical care, and we accept a wide range of insurance plans."

3  Specialties

  • Ophthalmology
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Cornea & External Diseases

1  Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

48  Conditions Treated

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Astigmatism
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Blepharitis
  • Blind Hypertensive Eye
  • Cataract
  • Chalazion
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Degenerative Disorders of Globe
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Drusen
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Ectropion of Eyelid
  • Entropion
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Farsightedness
  • Floaters
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Keratitis
  • Keratoconus
  • Macular Edema
  • Nearsightedness
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Pinguecula
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Presbyopia
  • Progressive High Myopia
  • Pterygium
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Dystrophy
  • Retinal Hemorrhage
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Stye
  • Ulcer
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration


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15  Procedures

  • Anterior Vitrectomy
  • Canthotomy
  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Cornea Surgery
  • Cornea Transplant
  • Dry Macular Degeneration Management
  • Excision of Chalazion
  • Excision or Destruction of Lesion of Cornea
  • Eye Surgery
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Foreign Body Removal from Eye
  • Iridotomy
  • Ocular Surface Reconstruction
  • Removal of Foreign Body from External Eye
  • Vitrectomy (incl. Macular Hole Repair)

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.


  • University of Pennsylvania
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1972
  • Washington Univ Sch of Med
    Medical School | Graduated 1976
  • Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1977
  • IL EE Infirm
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1980
  • Emory University Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1981

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Sumers has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Sumers' Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Sumers to family and friends
5 total reviews (1 has a comment)

Likelihood to Recommend (5)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Sumers' Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    16 to 30 minutes

Patient Comments (1)

Dr Sumers is a nice, but very conventional. I had a serious eye issue that I went to for Dr Sumers, and she prescribed me the conventional, old school meds she thought would work. Once they didn't, she essentially said there was nothing else that could be done. She is not a problem solver, and...more
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