VisionAmerica of Gadsden, AL
2015 Rainbow Drive
Gadsden, AL 35901
Phone: (256) 547-2025
Fax: (256) 547-2019
Our Gadsden Eye Doctors:
Dr. Dale Brown is a fellowship-trained and board-certified ophthalmologist, sub-specializing in medical and surgical treatment of conditions affecting the retina and vitreous. Dr. Brown has a personal interest in many retinal and vitreous diseases, including research on treatment of retinal macroaneurysms, which he presented at the national Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) meeting.
Dr. Brown completed his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham while on a football scholarship. He also completed a Masters degree at the University of Alabama before obtaining his medical degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. Dr. Brown’s internship was completed at Baptist Medical Center Trinity/Princeton in Birmingham, Alabama. After completing his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Maryland, Department of Ophthalmology in Baltimore, Maryland, he then completed two years of fellowship training in Vitreoretinal Disease at the Vitreoretinal Foundation in Memphis, TN, where he worked with an extensive optometric referral network encompassing the surrounding states. In addition, Dr. Brown worked closely with the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis during his fellowship training. Prior to returning to Birmingham, Dr. Brown was part of a retina practice in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Dr. Brown is a member of the American Society of Retinal Surgeons, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, The American Board of Ophthalmology, the American Medical Association of Alabama, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and other professional organizations. His connections to Alabama are strong, as he and his wife were both born and raised in areas right outside of Birmingham. They have three children – two boys and a girl. His hobbies include running, watching college football, and spending time with his family. He and his family are actively involved in their church.
Dr. Judge received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis, Tenn. Upon obtaining his degree, he completed an internal medicine internship at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Dr. Judge then fulfilled a residency at the Louisiana State University Medical Center in Shreveport, La., and completed a fellowship in cornea and refractive surgery at the Dean A. McGee Eye Institute in Oklahoma City, Okla. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Medical Association and the New Orleans Academy of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Judge has also held several teaching positions including that of Chief Resident at the Louisiana State University Medical Center in Shreveport, La. Dr. Judge also served as a consultant for the Anterior Segment Ophthalmology Division at King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for two years. He has authored several articles in medical journals, as well as giving several professional presentations.
In addition to the formal training mentioned above, Dr. Judge has continued actively training in the latest cornea transplant, lens implant, glaucoma surgical procedures and refractive corneal procedures as they have evolved.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Dr. Judge is compassionate toward those in need. He is a current member of the Gadsden Lions Club. He has participated in the Alabama Lions Vision Mission in Mexico each year since 2007. He has also devoted time overseas as a volunteer physician for Mercy Medical Ships International and Orbis International. Dr. Judge is also an Eye Care America project volunteer.
A devoted family man, Dr. Judge is happily married to Cynthia and they have two young children: Cory and Allison.
Dr. Judge provides LASIK surgery and cataract treatment for patients in Gadsden, Oxford and the surrounding areas.
J.R. Nobles, Jr., O.D.
Center Director of Gadsden and Oxford
Dr. Johnnie R. “J.R.” Nobles, Jr., specializes in the diagnosis and management of complex eye diseases, in addition to the pre- and post-operative management of a variety of surgical procedures.
Dr. Nobles received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Science from Auburn University, as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He then entered the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry, where he earned his Doctor of Optometry degree. He graduated with academic honors and was inducted into the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society.
Dr. Nobles is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Alabama Optometric Association. He is married, has 2 children, and is a native of Trussville, Alabama. He enjoys spending time with his family, sports, and travel.
Hillary C. Smith, O.D.
Center Director of Gadsden
Hillary C. Smith, O.D. specializes in the diagnosis and management of complex eye diseases. As an additional specialty, she is highly skilled with the pre- and post-operative management of a variety of ophthalmological surgical procedures.
After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from Birmingham-Southern with a degree in English, Dr. Smith then entered the University of Alabama School of Optometry, where she earned her Doctorate. She graduated with academic honors and was inducted into the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society. Upon graduation, she completed a residency in ocular disease at VisionAmerica of Birmingham.
Dr. Smith has also contributed to published works on treating ocular disease and therapeutics including: “10 Must-Have Oral Meds in Eye Care” Review of Optometry and “What’s Your Diagnosis?” Primary Care Optometry News.
She is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Alabama Optometric Association and the Birmingham Area Optometric Society. Dr. Smith is married and enjoys gardening, cooking, and traveling.