Dr. Ferguson received his B.A. degree in Mathematics from Duke University, graduating magna cum laude in 1976. He received his M.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1980, where he was awarded the Lex Souter King Memorial Scholarship. He interned at Presbyterian Medical Center in Denver, Colorado, and completed his residency at the University of Cincinnati, where he served as Chief Resident in 1984.
Dr. Ferguson was certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology in 1985, by the American Board of Eye Surgery as a subspecialist in cataract/implant surgery in 1990, and by the American Board of Eye Surgery as a subspecialist in LASIK in 1997. He voluntarily recertifies in both sub-specialties every 7 years.
Having recently completed his term as President of the American College of Eye Surgeons, Dr. Ferguson continues to be active on both the American Board of Eye Surgery and the American College of Eye Surgeons advisory boards. Likewise he recently completed two terms on the Board of the Wilderness Medicine Society. He serves and has served as Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and Adjunct Clinical Professor for Ferris State University College of Optometry, Illinois College of Optometry, Indiana University School of Optometry, The Ohio State University School of Optometry, Southern College of Optometry, the University of Houston College of Optometry, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry.
Dr. Ferguson lectures nationally and internationally, has authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, and is active in the surgical training of residents from the University of Kentucky Department of Ophthalmology. The Society for Excellence in Eye Care has recently distinguished him as Fellow, their prestigious recognition of his contributions to ophthalmology.
Dr. Ferguson has practiced in Lexington, Kentucky since 1985 and has performed over 81,000 total ophthalmic procedures and almost 51,000 cataract procedures.
Dr. Wörtz is a board-certified ophthalmologist from Lexington, KY specializing in cataract and refractive surgery. Dr. Wörtz received his BA degree in chemistry from Asbury University and then received his Medical Degree from the University of Louisville graduating with honors in 2004. He then proudly completed his surgical internship and ophthalmology residency at the University of Kentucky where he was selected to serve as Chief Resident in Ophthalmology in 2008.
Since completing his training in 2008, Dr. Wörtz has successfully performed thousands of cataract and laser procedures. Much of this surgical volume has been predicated on Dr. Wörtz’s commitment to partnering with optometrists through post-operative co-management. He is dedicated to bringing high quality care to all Kentuckians.
Dr. Wörtz enjoys innovation and teaching his techniques to others around the country. He has been a consulting speaker for Alcon, Carl Zeiss Meditech and Dialogue Medical. He has given numerous lectures at both the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons annual meetings. His other scholarly contributions have been featured in Ophthalmology Times, EyeWorld, and Ophthalmology Management magazines and The Journal of Medical Practice Management. Dr. Wörtz is also actively participating in FDA new drug studies to advance the treatment of many types of conditions that affect the eye. He is also an active member and elder at Southland Christian Church where he helped found and continues to help run a free eye clinic for the needy.
- ACES 2008 Bloomberg National Resident Videotape Cataract Competition – First Place (Dr. Wörtz became the first and only resident from UK to win first place in the only national cataract surgery competition in which surgical skills are evaluated)
- Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology
- Mensa Member: 2007 – Present
Dr. Findley completed his undergraduate work in 1977, receiving a B.S. in Biology from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. He then graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry, receiving his B.S. in Physiological Optics in 1979 and his O.D. degree (Doctor of Optometry) in 1981. Dr Findley completed the Optometric Fellowship at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida in 1982 and has been in private practice in Lexington, Kentucky, since 1984, when he helped introduce optometric co-management to the Bluegrass.
He has written several articles published in regional and national optometric journals, including a major review of intraocular lens implants, glaucoma, and a chapter on co-management. He was a reviewer for the American Optometric Association’s Cataract Guidelines and has lectured for the Southern Council of Optometrists. He serves and has served as an adjunct clinical professor at Ferris State University College of Optometry, Illinois College of Optometry, Indiana University School of Optometry, Ohio State University School of Optometry, Southern College of Optometry, University of Houston College of Optometry, Nova Southeastern School of Optometry, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry.
Dr. Findley is an active member of the American Optometric Association and of the Kentucky Optometric Association, which recognized him as “Young Optometrist of the Year: 1988-89. He was also recognized as “Optometrist of the Year” in 2006.
Both Dr. Ferguson and Dr. Findley have been named to the Outstanding Young Men of America and elected to the Kentucky Colonels for volunteer work associated with Vision U.S.A./The Kentucky Vision Project, which provides surgical and medical services for the working indigent.
Dr. Smith is a native of Hindman, Kentucky. He completed his undergraduate studies at Morehead State University in 1991 and received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Indiana University School of Optometry in 1995. He completed fellowships at Commonwealth Eye Surgery, Lexington, Kentucky, and at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, Florida.
Dr. Smith has been an optometric physician at Commonwealth Eye Surgery since May of 1996. He either currently serves or has previously served as adjunct clinical professor for the University of Houston College of Optometry, Southern College of Optometry, Nova Southeastern College of Optometry, Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University, Illinois College of Optometry, Indiana University School of Optometry, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry, and The Ohio State University School of Optometry.
Dr. Smith is an active member of the American Optometric Association, the Kentucky Optometric Association, and the Society for Excellence in Eye Care. He resides in Nicholasville with his wife, Alison, sons, Dylan and Nicholas, and daughter, Ainsley.
Dr. Tania Patel received her Bachelors in Science and Bachelors in Vision Science from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She received her Doctor of Optometry degree at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry in 2016. Dr. Patel completed her residency in Ocular Disease and Low Vision at the Lexington VA Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky in 2017. Dr. Patel and Dr. Findley co-wrote “Cataract extraction as primary treatment for narrow angle glaucoma” which was published in The journal of New frontiers of Ophthalmology. Dr. Patel is also published in Review of Optometry. In her spare time, she provides eye care for patients at Mission Lexington. She also speaks 3 languages fluently. Dr. Patel joined our team in July 2018.
She is licensed to practice Optometry in the Commonwealth of Kentucky as well as the state of Florida. Dr. Patel is a member of the Kentucky Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association.