Dr. Vestal grew up in East Memphis and has loved Memphis since childhood. He attended college at Washington and Lee University in Virginia before returning to complete medical school and residency at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Dr. Vestal will begin seeing patients at MECA the week of August 22, 2022

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Memphis Eye and Cataract Associates are pleased to announce that Dr. James Freeman, Dr. John Freeman and Dr. Robert Vestal are now offering the Light Adjustable Lens for cataract surgery.

The RxSight™ Light Adjustable Lens is the first and only intraocular lens (IOL) that can be optimized after cataract surgery. The Light Adjustable Lens is made of a special photosensitive material that can be adjusted in response to ultraviolet (UV) light. This optimization is done by your eye doctor in the weeks following lens implantation through a series of non-invasive light treatments that take only a few minutes each. You will have the unique ability to test drive your vision until it meets your personal desires and lifestyle requirements. The Light Adjustable Lens delivers superior vision outcomes that fixed IOLs cannot match.

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Welcome to Memphis Eye & Cataract Associates
Your Ophthalmologist in Memphis, TN.

Call us at (901) 767-3937 today.

Why Choose MECA?

Your eyes are one of your most valuable assets, so it’s important that you find an eye doctor whose skills and expertise you trust. At MECA in Memphis, our team of eye doctors and medical professionals are dedicated to providing the best vision care in a comfortable and empathic environment. We adhere to the highest standards in treatment, technology and patient care, which is why thousands of patients have chosen us to fulfill their eye care needs.

If you are looking for quality eye surgery, eye disease management and treatment or optical services in Memphis or the surrounding area, we invite you to schedule an appointment with MECA. Here are some of the things we have to offer:

  • Decades of experience: MECA has been providing high-quality, personalized eye care and surgical treatment for over 40 years.
  • Fellowship-trained surgeons: Being fellowship-trained means our surgeons have gone above and beyond to hone their technical skills and expertise. Through their memberships with various professional eye organizations, our eye surgeons continuously advance their skills and stay abreast of the industry’s latest technologies and practices.
  • Cutting-edge technology: MECA invests in the latest, most innovative technology available to provide accurate and precise diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of eye conditions. This includes blade-free LASIK with IntraLase, LenSx® laser for cataract surgery, and premium IOLs.
  • State-of-the-art surgical center: MECA was the first freestanding surgery center dedicated to eye surgery in Tennessee. We are accredited by the AAAHC and adhere to high standards in surgical care.
  • Focus on patient education: We want you to be well-educated on your options so you can make informed decisions on your care.
  • "Generational care": MECA is the vision practice families trust. Our eye doctors have had the privilege of treating countless of 2nd and 3rd generation patients.
  • Proven patient satisfaction: See what our former and current patients have to say about their experience with us!

Patient-Centered Eye Care & Quality Service

MECA has had the privilege of treating thousands of patients from our area, across the U.S. and over 20 foreign countries. Our goal is to treat each and every one of our patients with exceptional and individualized care. To do this, we invest in the most advanced technologies, which aid us in developing personalized treatments. By combining technical expertise with a warm and friendly approach, we have been able to build long-lasting relationships with patients and their families.

Rest assured that when you come to MECA, we will take time to listen to each of your concerns and treat you with compassion and care.

Memphis Ophthalmologists | Memphis Eye & Cataract Associates | (901) 767-3937

6485 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38119

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  • Dr.
    James F.D. Freeman

    Dr. James Freeman, oldest son of Dr. Jerre Freeman, specializes in cataract surgery, glaucoma surgery, corneal transplants and laser vision surgery. He graduated from Vanderbilt University where he was active in the band, chairing the tuba section and playing several other instruments including Dixieland Jazz on the piano. He earned his Medical Degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and served his Residency at the Louisiana State University Medical Center Ophthalmology Program at Shreveport, Louisiana. He completed a Corneal Fellowship under Richard Keates at the Beckman Laser Institute while attending University of California, Irvine.

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  • Dr.
    John M. Freeman

    Dr. John Freeman, youngest son of Dr. Jerre Minor Freeman, specializes in cataract surgery, cornea disease and laser vision surgery.

    Prior to receiving his medical degree, Dr. Freeman received his B.A. in English from Davidson College in North Carolina. Dr. Freeman earned his Medical Degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He served his Residency at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and completed a Cornea/External Disease and Refractive Fellowship, under Dr. Edward J. Holland, at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. His Fellowship included training in ocular surface reconstruction and advanced anterior segment surgery.

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  • Dr.
    W. David Irvine

    Dr David Irvine is a retina specialist, the treatment and surgical intervention of retinal disease.

    Dr. Irvine graduated from the University of Tennessee and received his Medical Degree from the University of Tennessee. He completed his internship at Methodist Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

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  • Dr.
    Michael Wertheimer, MD

    Michael Wertheimer practices comprehensive ophthalmology, with an emphasis in chronic disease and medical retina.  Macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma are particular areas of interest. 

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