Atlanta Veterinary Eye Clinic

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    Avondale Estates, GA 30002

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I am quoting another's review because I agree 100%! We had horrible experience and would never return! We treat our furry children as family and I was made to feel I was abusive for even asking a question! Do your research!

"I was referred here due to a severe problem with my dog's eye, since she is a vet opthalmologist. The experience was horrible. She is loud, accusatory, and obnoxious. She has a way of making you feel like you harmed your pet, and that you are a terrible pet owner. Her costs are outrageous as well."

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I am quoting another's review because I agree 100%! We had horrible experience and would never return! We treat our furry children as family and I was made to feel I was abusive for even asking a question! Do your research!

"I was referred here due to a severe problem with my dog's eye, since she is a vet opthalmologist. The experience was horrible. She is loud, accusatory, and obnoxious. She has a way of making you feel like you harmed your pet, and that you are a terrible pet owner. Her costs are outrageous as well."

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I took my dog Curley to see Dr. Powell after a horrible experience at a specialty practice in Sandy Springs with another animal eye doctor. I wish I would have gone to Dr. Powell first; maybe my dog would not be blind in one eye if I would have. However, thank goodness I did seek a second opinion with Dr. Powell. She has been treating my dog for close to a year now and he has made great progress with relieving pain and redness in his blind eye as well as keeping his other eye healthy and full of sight. Yes, the eye drops that she recommends work and my dog is living proof. I am a VERY PARTICULAR Pet Parent and I strongly recommend Dr. Powell to all of my friends. Thank you Dr. Powell for all of your hard work.

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I took my dog Curley to see Dr. Powell after a horrible experience at a specialty practice in Sandy Springs with another animal eye doctor. I wish I would have gone to Dr. Powell first; maybe my dog would not be blind in one eye if I would have. However, thank goodness I did seek a second opinion with Dr. Powell. She has been treating my dog for close to a year now and he has made great progress with relieving pain and redness in his blind eye as well as keeping his other eye healthy and full of sight. Yes, the eye drops that she recommends work and my dog is living proof. I am a VERY PARTICULAR Pet Parent and I strongly recommend Dr. Powell to all of my friends. Thank you Dr. Powell for all of your hard work.

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I hope anyone wanting services from Dr. Gail-Powell Johnson will do their research BEFORE they make an appointment. I did not (and I usually do). I was desperate. After two "regular" vets saw my dog and she continued to have a cloudy eye that was bothering her, I made an appointment with Atlanta Vet Eye Clinic. I was told $150-$180 for the office visit alone. Is "dry eye" the ONLY diagnosis this doctor has to proffer (judging from other reviews here)? WATCH out and ask for medications that can be filled by a human pharmacist. She wanted to charge me $40 for a small tube of ointment that I got at WalMart for $4 (1,000% markup!). She charged $36 for another prescription that WalMart carries for $16. After 4 days of administering six different types of medications for an alleged "dry eye" diagnosis, my dog's eye still looks the same, if not worse. I had experience with Dr. Susan Winston (who is now retired), an ophthalmologic vet, with other dogs I had, and she was fabulous. I gave this review two stars because the office was clean, the receptionist very nice and efficient, but I do not believe Dr. Powell gave a proper diagnosis of "dry eye" for my dog's ailment. BTW: she charged me $10 per pill (times 7 pills -- $77) for a medication that a regular vet would charge about $30 for. VERY disappointed with her rate of markup on the meds. Also, she has not called for a follow-up to find out if my dog was improving at all or if there was any sign of allergic reaction to any of the SIX medications she prescribed for the "dry eye." Try GVS in Gwinnett County if you need a good professional group of specialized DVMs.

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I hope anyone wanting services from Dr. Gail-Powell Johnson will do their research BEFORE they make an appointment. I did not (and I usually do). I was desperate. After two "regular" vets saw my dog and she continued to have a cloudy eye that was bothering her, I made an appointment with Atlanta Vet Eye Clinic. I was told $150-$180 for the office visit alone. Is "dry eye" the ONLY diagnosis this doctor has to proffer (judging from other reviews here)? WATCH out and ask for medications that can be filled by a human pharmacist. She wanted to charge me $40 for a small tube of ointment that I got at WalMart for $4 (1,000% markup!). She charged $36 for another prescription that WalMart carries for $16. After 4 days of administering six different types of medications for an alleged "dry eye" diagnosis, my dog's eye still looks the same, if not worse. I had experience with Dr. Susan Winston (who is now retired), an ophthalmologic vet, with other dogs I had, and she was fabulous. I gave this review two stars because the office was clean, the receptionist very nice and efficient, but I do not believe Dr. Powell gave a proper diagnosis of "dry eye" for my dog's ailment. BTW: she charged me $10 per pill (times 7 pills -- $77) for a medication that a regular vet would charge about $30 for. VERY disappointed with her rate of markup on the meds. Also, she has not called for a follow-up to find out if my dog was improving at all or if there was any sign of allergic reaction to any of the SIX medications she prescribed for the "dry eye." Try GVS in Gwinnett County if you need a good professional group of specialized DVMs.

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This doctor does have a rather intimidating demeanor - I would have to agree with some of the other reviewers that she is very loud, very in-your-face and has stron,g unfiltered emotional reactions based on very little information. Kind of makes you want to back away from her in order to regain your own personal space. In our case she diagnosed our dog with a condition that causes dry-eye and said we would need to treat her for the rest of her life with prescription medication. We did so for about a year wtihout much effect and then took her to see two other veterinary opthalmologists - one in GA and another out of state. In both cases we were told that our dog did not have the diagnosed condition, did not need the medication and she tested negative for dry-eye from then on. I would not return to this clinic because I wouldn't trust the diagnosis and I really don't like the intimidating tactics used to impose this doctor's snap and harsh judgments. There are other great options in which I have more confidence and that are more comfortable for me personally.

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This doctor does have a rather intimidating demeanor - I would have to agree with some of the other reviewers that she is very loud, very in-your-face and has stron,g unfiltered emotional reactions based on very little information. Kind of makes you want to back away from her in order to regain your own personal space. In our case she diagnosed our dog with a condition that causes dry-eye and said we would need to treat her for the rest of her life with prescription medication. We did so for about a year wtihout much effect and then took her to see two other veterinary opthalmologists - one in GA and another out of state. In both cases we were told that our dog did not have the diagnosed condition, did not need the medication and she tested negative for dry-eye from then on. I would not return to this clinic because I wouldn't trust the diagnosis and I really don't like the intimidating tactics used to impose this doctor's snap and harsh judgments. There are other great options in which I have more confidence and that are more comfortable for me personally.

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I had read over these 2 years ago when my dogs eye crises was going on. I had went to my own vet and that only made the condition worse. I have rescued several dogs at my own expense which is a good thing, only I lost my job when the Atlanta Ford plant closed and have been full time unemployed every since.

However, I scraped up the quoted $75 visit fee and went. It was weird from the start, NO ONE EVER ANSWERS THE PNONE, and call backs can be even days later. Email is hopeless. But my beagles eye was in serious need of help and I shut up and put up.

All the stories about the $600 startup cost.....ARE CORRECT. She has a whole list of tests she insists on doing; 1) WHETHER YOU HAVE THE MONEY OR NOT, and 2) EVEN IF SHE IS ALREADY 100% SURE WHAT THE CONDITION IS.

In my case it was canine gloucoma and I was shocked to know how it is plaguing so many dogs today. For that I can appreciate some one trying to educate and make a difference, but in this womans case.....I HAD NO MONEY. The police were actually called and when I explained, the PD TOLD HER TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE ISSUE.

I had borrowed the money I was told I would need and went. It was every penny I had. Then the $600 bill due EVEN THOUGH I FULLY EXPLAINED MY SITUATION FROM THE START. So, I was given 60 days to pay. The meds she prescribed which were for human treatment of this disease were light years better than the crap my own vet had stuck me with.

Unfortunately, the eye had taken too long to be effectively treated and suffered permanant damage due to extreme interior pressure. But she wanted/insisted on a surgery costing $1500. I told her I needed to take a few days to get the money up. Thats when my actual vet stepped up. 1) he knew of her as a fellow UGA veterinary school grad so he called her and gave her a reprimand. 2) then he did the removal surgery for $150 which included a 3 day stay and anesthetic.

Now what the real shame is here, is that this woman obviously has the passion to save the sight of animals and I know some people have received outright miracles for thier animals under her care.That however is no excuse for being an a-hole and she is her own worse enemy. That clinic should be OVERFLOWING with clients and have many people on staff. Instead this is a small fry 2-3 person outfit.

I would say in her case that although she is obviously one of the most credentialled vets in her field, she comes across as playing doctor. The final note to all of this was that she promised firmly that she would always write refill prescriptions for prevent meds for the remaining eye. THAT WAS A LIE. It came down to a case where I would be required to go through the $600 thing again.

Now I am facing an issue where my dog may suffer permanent blindness or even have to be put down because of this assinine womans refusal to honor the veterinary oath she took when she began to practice.

If you are having a severe animal eye issue, she may be the best or the worst thing you have ever experienced. THERE IS NO IN BETWEEN. There is one more veterinary eye dr in the Atlanta area, in the North Atlanta area. Even though Ive not met them, I would still recommend them over this practice. James Herriot would roll over in his grave over Gail Powell.

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I had read over these 2 years ago when my dogs eye crises was going on. I had went to my own vet and that only made the condition worse. I have rescued several dogs at my own expense which is a good thing, only I lost my job when the Atlanta Ford plant closed and have been full time unemployed every since.

However, I scraped up the quoted $75 visit fee and went. It was weird from the start, NO ONE EVER ANSWERS THE PNONE, and call backs can be even days later. Email is hopeless. But my beagles eye was in serious need of help and I shut up and put up.

All the stories about the $600 startup cost.....ARE CORRECT. She has a whole list of tests she insists on doing; 1) WHETHER YOU HAVE THE MONEY OR NOT, and 2) EVEN IF SHE IS ALREADY 100% SURE WHAT THE CONDITION IS.

In my case it was canine gloucoma and I was shocked to know how it is plaguing so many dogs today. For that I can appreciate some one trying to educate and make a difference, but in this womans case.....I HAD NO MONEY. The police were actually called and when I explained, the PD TOLD HER TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE ISSUE.

I had borrowed the money I was told I would need and went. It was every penny I had. Then the $600 bill due EVEN THOUGH I FULLY EXPLAINED MY SITUATION FROM THE START. So, I was given 60 days to pay. The meds she prescribed which were for human treatment of this disease were light years better than the crap my own vet had stuck me with.

Unfortunately, the eye had taken too long to be effectively treated and suffered permanant damage due to extreme interior pressure. But she wanted/insisted on a surgery costing $1500. I told her I needed to take a few days to get the money up. Thats when my actual vet stepped up. 1) he knew of her as a fellow UGA veterinary school grad so he called her and gave her a reprimand. 2) then he did the removal surgery for $150 which included a 3 day stay and anesthetic.

Now what the real shame is here, is that this woman obviously has the passion to save the sight of animals and I know some people have received outright miracles for thier animals under her care.That however is no excuse for being an a-hole and she is her own worse enemy. That clinic should be OVERFLOWING with clients and have many people on staff. Instead this is a small fry 2-3 person outfit.

I would say in her case that although she is obviously one of the most credentialled vets in her field, she comes across as playing doctor. The final note to all of this was that she promised firmly that she would always write refill prescriptions for prevent meds for the remaining eye. THAT WAS A LIE. It came down to a case where I would be required to go through the $600 thing again.

Now I am facing an issue where my dog may suffer permanent blindness or even have to be put down because of this assinine womans refusal to honor the veterinary oath she took when she began to practice.

If you are having a severe animal eye issue, she may be the best or the worst thing you have ever experienced. THERE IS NO IN BETWEEN. There is one more veterinary eye dr in the Atlanta area, in the North Atlanta area. Even though Ive not met them, I would still recommend them over this practice. James Herriot would roll over in his grave over Gail Powell.

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She is a knowledgeable Vet, I must admit, but she has a greed for for money. Yes you will walk out with a big bill, but that is ok if it's worth it. Let me example why IT IS NOT below

I was really worry that my dog would lose his eye and

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She is a knowledgeable Vet, I must admit, but she has a greed for for money. Yes you will walk out with a big bill, but that is ok if it's worth it. Let me example why IT IS NOT below

I was really worry that my dog would lose his eye and

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We were referred to Dr. Powell because our basset hound had a cyst in his eye that might have been cancerous. Luckily, it was not, but thanks to her thorough eye exam, Dr. Powell discovered what would later be confirmed to be high blood pressure. Our dog is now on BP meds and monitored regularly for his condition. He is also treated for dry eye, which is a common problem in bassets. When I read that, "She also accuses every pet owner of allowing their pet to develop 'dry eye,'" I take offense. That person cannot possibly know how Dr. Powell treats her other clients, and I am rather certain that dry eye is a very common problem in many dog breeds with droopy eyes, so she probably sees a lot of it in her line of work. I suspect some people don't appreciate the level of expertise or the cost of operations that go into running a specialized veterinary practice. In that case, I would recommend they stick with Banfield and get what they pay for. Those of us who want the best possible veterinary care for our pets are willing to go to the best doctors and expect to pay the higher premium for the privilege of having such expertise. Dr. Powell is a renowned veterinarian who has been the ophthalmic specialist for Zoo Atlanta for many years, and I feel lucky to have had her catch a chronic problem that might otherwise have never been detected through routine vet exams.

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We were referred to Dr. Powell because our basset hound had a cyst in his eye that might have been cancerous. Luckily, it was not, but thanks to her thorough eye exam, Dr. Powell discovered what would later be confirmed to be high blood pressure. Our dog is now on BP meds and monitored regularly for his condition. He is also treated for dry eye, which is a common problem in bassets. When I read that, "She also accuses every pet owner of allowing their pet to develop 'dry eye,'" I take offense. That person cannot possibly know how Dr. Powell treats her other clients, and I am rather certain that dry eye is a very common problem in many dog breeds with droopy eyes, so she probably sees a lot of it in her line of work. I suspect some people don't appreciate the level of expertise or the cost of operations that go into running a specialized veterinary practice. In that case, I would recommend they stick with Banfield and get what they pay for. Those of us who want the best possible veterinary care for our pets are willing to go to the best doctors and expect to pay the higher premium for the privilege of having such expertise. Dr. Powell is a renowned veterinarian who has been the ophthalmic specialist for Zoo Atlanta for many years, and I feel lucky to have had her catch a chronic problem that might otherwise have never been detected through routine vet exams.

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I was new to Atlanta, I found them online, and from online communications, to phone and then when I got there for my appointment, I felt like they really cared. The receptionist was very knowledgeable, and the doctor took a entire hour to do a complete exam, and to allow me to ask questions. I felt informed, and equipped to continue care for my dog. It was a clean practice, and my dog is usually very nervous, but their energy was positive and calming. I could tell they really were working hard to make the visit experience as positive as possible for both me and my pet. He wasn't nervous at all, and in fact he got wonderful massage during the exam that made him so relaxed. I was really impressed!. I would recommend this practice to all my friends and anyone that is concerned about their pets' eyes.

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I was new to Atlanta, I found them online, and from online communications, to phone and then when I got there for my appointment, I felt like they really cared. The receptionist was very knowledgeable, and the doctor took a entire hour to do a complete exam, and to allow me to ask questions. I felt informed, and equipped to continue care for my dog. It was a clean practice, and my dog is usually very nervous, but their energy was positive and calming. I could tell they really were working hard to make the visit experience as positive as possible for both me and my pet. He wasn't nervous at all, and in fact he got wonderful massage during the exam that made him so relaxed. I was really impressed!. I would recommend this practice to all my friends and anyone that is concerned about their pets' eyes.

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This doctor is absolutely RUDE. the last post couldn't be more accurate. she is loud, abusive and doesn't like to be questioned. she charges insane fees and when you ask her to ballpark how much the treatment will be she gets in your face and makes you feel like your a bad person and that she has people who've been coming to her for years treating their "babies". well i was happy to tell her that putting a roof over me and my family's head and food on the table would most certainly come before HER fees. my first visit after all her "tests" was close to $600 and they never even bothered to tell me before hand that it would be that much...i was shocked and while i did pay her, i cried all the way home KNOWING that it was more than i could afford to spend. The ONLY thing i'm glad of is that there was another person in the waiting room and they clearly heard how she behaved.

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This doctor is absolutely RUDE. the last post couldn't be more accurate. she is loud, abusive and doesn't like to be questioned. she charges insane fees and when you ask her to ballpark how much the treatment will be she gets in your face and makes you feel like your a bad person and that she has people who've been coming to her for years treating their "babies". well i was happy to tell her that putting a roof over me and my family's head and food on the table would most certainly come before HER fees. my first visit after all her "tests" was close to $600 and they never even bothered to tell me before hand that it would be that much...i was shocked and while i did pay her, i cried all the way home KNOWING that it was more than i could afford to spend. The ONLY thing i'm glad of is that there was another person in the waiting room and they clearly heard how she behaved.

Pros: Vet Ophthalmologist

Cons: TERRIBLE DOCTOR

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I was quoted one price over the phone, and after the exam and getting into it over $600.00, I was told the quote did not include the meds or several other things regarding the surgery. It ended up being almost a thousand more than the original quote, and almost a year later, my dog's eye is milky and cloudy. Bad, bad experience.

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I was quoted one price over the phone, and after the exam and getting into it over $600.00, I was told the quote did not include the meds or several other things regarding the surgery. It ended up being almost a thousand more than the original quote, and almost a year later, my dog's eye is milky and cloudy. Bad, bad experience.

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I visited this clinic for the first time today. The staff were wonderful - very friendly and professional. Dr. Powell-Johnson is incredibly knowledgeable and patient in explaining her findings as well as the options for care. She was as thorough and clear in her explanations as she was with her examination of the pups. I would highly recommend this clinic to anyone who needs a specialist in eye care for their pet!

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I visited this clinic for the first time today. The staff were wonderful - very friendly and professional. Dr. Powell-Johnson is incredibly knowledgeable and patient in explaining her findings as well as the options for care. She was as thorough and clear in her explanations as she was with her examination of the pups. I would highly recommend this clinic to anyone who needs a specialist in eye care for their pet!

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The clinic is very warm and clean. The staff is very professional, and is interested about all the concerns you have regarding your pet. I have a Boston Terrier , that developed a corneal ulcer. Dr. Gail Powell-Johnson, was very patient, and spent an hour with my pet.What veterinarian that you know spends that kind of time with your pet? The experience at this specialty clinic was positive and I actually learned a lot about the eye.
When my pet goes back for rechecks, she is excited to walk in the door. That really lets you know that this clinic is a positive place

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The clinic is very warm and clean. The staff is very professional, and is interested about all the concerns you have regarding your pet. I have a Boston Terrier , that developed a corneal ulcer. Dr. Gail Powell-Johnson, was very patient, and spent an hour with my pet.What veterinarian that you know spends that kind of time with your pet? The experience at this specialty clinic was positive and I actually learned a lot about the eye.
When my pet goes back for rechecks, she is excited to walk in the door. That really lets you know that this clinic is a positive place

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We have been using Dr. Powell-Johnson's services for over 4 years. Our dog has severe eye problems and with Dr. Powell-Johnson's help, we have been able to develop a maintenance plan that works. In addition, our dog is not afraid of going to the vet because she takes the time to make him feel comfortable.

Dr. Powell-Johnson did have to deliver some tough messages about consistently giving our dog his eye drops, but the message needed to be heard.

I think Dr. Powell-Johnson is an excellent dog ophthalmologist that helped us get results we did not get from another ophthalmologist .

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We have been using Dr. Powell-Johnson's services for over 4 years. Our dog has severe eye problems and with Dr. Powell-Johnson's help, we have been able to develop a maintenance plan that works. In addition, our dog is not afraid of going to the vet because she takes the time to make him feel comfortable.

Dr. Powell-Johnson did have to deliver some tough messages about consistently giving our dog his eye drops, but the message needed to be heard.

I think Dr. Powell-Johnson is an excellent dog ophthalmologist that helped us get results we did not get from another ophthalmologist .

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I was referred here due to a severe problem with my dog's eye, since she is a vet opthalmologist. The experience was horrible. She is loud, accusatory, and obnoxious. She has a way of making you feel like you harmed your pet, and that you are a terrible pet owner. Her costs are outrageous as well. She also accuses every pet owner of allowing their pet to develop "dry eye." I've heard this is a pattern with her; I got a second and third opinion, both said my dog did not have it. Two years later, she still does not have dry eye. Stay away if you can; there is another vet opthalmologist in Gwinnett county.

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I was referred here due to a severe problem with my dog's eye, since she is a vet opthalmologist. The experience was horrible. She is loud, accusatory, and obnoxious. She has a way of making you feel like you harmed your pet, and that you are a terrible pet owner. Her costs are outrageous as well. She also accuses every pet owner of allowing their pet to develop "dry eye." I've heard this is a pattern with her; I got a second and third opinion, both said my dog did not have it. Two years later, she still does not have dry eye. Stay away if you can; there is another vet opthalmologist in Gwinnett county.

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