Posted by: Gainesville Eye Associates in Physician Spotlight

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The Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation recently honored Gainesville Eye Associates’ ophthalmologist Dr. Stephen Farkas with its Beacon of Hope Award.

The award pays tribute to an ophthalmologist who has partnered with the Lions Lighthouse to provide laser eye surgeries to Georgia residents who have nowhere else to turn for vision saving surgeries.

For more than 20 years, Farkas has helped the Lighthouse provide eye surgery to Georgians in financial need. 

“I am honored and humbled to receive the Beacon of Hope Award,” Farkas said. “The Foundation provides a great service to Georgians who cannot afford needed vision surgery. It is fulfilling to help with such a wonderful program that improves self-sufficiency and self-esteem.” 

The foundation lauded Dr. Farkas for not only improving the vision of the surgery recipients but also improving their quality of life. 

Last year, the Lighthouse served more than 6,000 uninsured and low-income Georgians, facilitated more than 400 laser eye surgeries, provided 4,860 brand new pairs of eyeglasses, and gave 2,620 eye exams. In addition, 962 people received 1,790 hearing aids through its new digital aid program.

Gainesville Eye Associates has clinics in Gainesville, Braselton, and Cornelia, with consulting offices in Georgia (Blairsville, Clayton, and Hiawassee), and North Carolina (Hayesville and Franklin). Gainesville Eye Associates offers laser and standard cataract surgery, dry eye, diabetic eye care, glaucoma, and routine eye care. To find out more about Gainesville Eye Associates, or to schedule an appointment, contact our office at 770.532.4444. You can also learn more about the services offered by Gainesville Eye Associates on our website at or by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.

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