Dr. Jo Ann Payne, co-founder of Caris Eye Centers, is a native of Blakely, Georgia and has practiced in the Atlanta area since 1990. Dr. Payne received her B.S. in Biology from Valdosta State University in 1985 before receiving her doctorate from Southern College of Optometry in 1990. To further her optometric training, Dr. Payne completed an internship in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Ocular Disease at Omni Eye Services in Atlanta. In 2015, Dr. Jo Ann Payne retired from active patient care so that she could spend more time with her two daughters. She continues to be active in the operation of the practice through staff training and other projects to help the Caris Eye Centers team provide an ongoing excellent experience for our family of patients.