For Patients

Office is Open Monday thru Friday
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Appointments: 706-543-3200

Dr. Iyer and Dr. Copeland are also available for retina related emergencies by calling 706-543-3200

In an effort to reduce the potential for spreading COVID-19, we have taken many steps within our office to keep it as safe as possible for our patients and staff.  You will notice all staff wearing masks and possible eye protection.  Each room and restroom is sanitized using bleach or other appropriate cleaners after each use in an effort to keep the surfaces virus free.  Staff is trained in hand washing frequently and room sanitizing.  We have limited the use of waiting rooms so that patients can appropriately social distance during your visit.


What to Expect at your appointment

  • When you arrive at the office, you will be greeted at the front door or just inside the front door.
  • A technician will check you in, ask screening questions, and perform a temperature check.
  • If you prefer to wait in your car after checking in, please let the receptionist know.
  • Please bring a mask to wear during your visit.   If you do not have a mask a disposable mask will be provided.
  • Patient companions will be asked to wait in the car during appointment unless assistance is needed.
  • In an effort to limit traffic within the office, please try and use the restroom prior to your visit, and have anyone with you do the same
  • Readily accessible supplies are available such as tissues, hand soap, waste receptacles, and alcohol-based hand sanitizer.


When you arrive, you will be asked the following screening questions.  Note: If any questions 2 through 5 are “yes”, the doctor will be consulted to advise if the appointment should proceed with extra precautions or be rescheduled.


  1. Are you experiencing any acute vision changes?
  2. Have you traveled outside the state of GA or been in contact with anyone who has traveled outside the state of GA  in the last 14 days?
  3. Have you had a cough, fever, or respiratory illness (shortness of breath) in the last 14 days or been diagnosed with COVID-19?
  4. Have you been in contact with anyone who has had a fever or respiratory illness or been diagnosed with COVID-19?
  5. Have you lost your sense of taste or smell in the last few days?
  6. Your temperature will be taken and recorded by a technician.  If your temperature is greater than 100.0 deg F, the doctor will be consulted before entering.

Dr. Iyer, Dr. Copeland and the Staff at Athens Retina Center sincerely thank you for your patience during this time and we hope that you and your family stay safe and healthy.  If you have further questions, please call our office at 706-543-3200.

Your First Visit to see a Retina Specialist?

If this is your first time to see a retina specialist, your appointment will be detailed and will take at least two to four hours. Your eye(s) will probably be dilated so you may want to bring a pair of comfortable sun glasses. The office will supply you with some temporary glasses if you forget. You may wish to come 15 minutes early to fill out the appropriate paper work.

The length of your appointment can vary based on the complexity of your eye condition.The average appointment length is two hours for established patients and may take up to 4 hours for new patients in order for us to properly evaluate and treat your condition. As unpredictable emergencies are sent to us for our immediate attention, our appointment schedule at times can be delayed.

What should you bring to your visit?

  • Questions you may have for the doctor
  • “New Patient” forms completed before arriving
  • Your current eyeglasses or contacts
  • A list of your medications, including eye drops and vitamins
  • List and dates of past medical issues and surgical procedures
  • List of doctors you are seeing and the referring doctor’s name
  • A copy of your insurance card and a photo ID, such as a driver’s license
  • Copay payment due at time of service OR $750 initial deposit for self pay patients due at check-in by cash or credit card only

Forms you can fill out ahead of time:


What Our Patients Say

Dr. Iyer is a caring, well educated and talented physician. During my experience with Dr. Iyer, I appreciated his ability to be professional yet friendly. Dr. Iyer is great at explaining complex medical information in plain English and he welcomes questions.