Dr. Janis L. Holt will join Baptist Eye Surgeons at both the Knoxville and Morristown locations in December, 2019. Dr. Holt specializes in cataract surgery and corneal disease and transplant procedures.
She has performed thousands upon thousands of state-of-the-art cataract surgeries and partial thickness corneal transplantations. In addition, she also particularly enjoys helping patients understand and live optimally with glaucoma, diabetic eye diseases, and macular degeneration.
For example, Dr. Holt says, “I have a family experience with glaucoma, so I’m very attuned to the treatment of this disease and helping patients realize there are things they can do to make their vision better and their lives easier. So much about health care too often seems to take our power away, but it doesn’t have to be that way. I especially enjoy helping patients realize that.”
Most recently, Dr. Holt has served as a comprehensive ophthalmologist and cornea specialist at Cumberland Eye Care in Crossville, TN, since 2013. Prior to that she was an ophthalmologist at Eye Associates of Gainesville in Gainesville, FL., and a staff physician and cornea specialist at the Veterans’ Administration Medical Center in St. Louis, MO.
Dr. Holt has the distinction of earning both an M.S. and M.D. degree. She earned a Master of Science in Molecular Biology at Saint Louis University in 1996 before earning her Doctorate in Medicine from Saint Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO, in 2001. She then completed her residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, FL, in 2005, and her fellowship in Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO, in 2006.
Dr. Holt says, “With my background in teaching in a university setting, I bring that same passion to helping patients understand the health of their eyes. When patients better understand how their eyes work and what may be causing problems, we can empower them to make changes for better eyesight.”
As a result, patients often feel relieved to know that there are very manageable things they can do to improve their vision.
Dr. Holt also has experienced great success with patients who’ve used cosmetic procedures such as Botox for clinical purposes, including for migraines and facial spasms. She also enjoys talking with patients who need glasses or contact lenses about the wide variety of interesting options they may not be aware of.
The team of doctors at Baptist Eye Surgeons is proud to welcome Dr. Holt to the practice with her expertise in corneal procedures and cataract surgery, and her passion for helping patients understand and care for the health of their eyes.
Baptist Eye Surgeons is an ophthalmological practice dedicated to providing quality eye care to patients whose needs range from routine comprehensive eye examinations to the treatment of complex eye diseases like cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic eye diseases.