About Advanced Eye Center

Dr. William C. Ackerman, Dr. Elise Bugenske, Dr. L.W. Robinson, III, and our entire team are committed to the highest quality patient care and to providing you with truly personalized vision correction. We’ve been providing quality eye care and refractive surgery to Northeast Georgia for more than 30 years. The skill of our doctors provides outstanding results.

It is important to us to provide you with a personal, comfortable, safe procedure done with superior technology whether you are needing an updated prescription or complicated eye surgery.

Commited to Quality & Community

At Advanced Eye Center, you are not just a number, receiving treatment by an out-of-town doctor at a fly-by-night center. We live, work and volunteer in this community and know many of our patients personally. We treat you as a unique individual. Many of our patients stay with us for years, returning any time they need help with eye-related problems. They also refer their families to us. One visit will show you what sets us apart.

At Advanced Eye Center, we know it is impossible to make a wise decision until you are informed. We offer a no-commitment, complementary evaluation for anyone considering LASIK or CK surgery and allow you to meet our surgeons and have all your questions answered.

Our Providers

Dr. William William C. Ackerman, Jr., M.D. received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in Athens. Dr. Ackerman graduated with his medical degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa and performed his ophthalmology residency training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham/Eye Foundation Hospital. He has lived in Gainesville, Georgia since 1994 with his wife and three daughters. Dr. Ackerman is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist who has been a leader in adopting and implementing the latest technologies relating to cataract and vision correction surgery, not only in the State of Georgia, but on a National level. He also has extensive training in glaucoma therapy which he received through working with the top international glaucoma specialists. He has been involved with international relief missions restoring sight in underprivileged parts of the world. Dr. Ackerman has performed tens of thousands of surgical procedures, including but not limited to laser vision correction, cataract removal, corneal transplants, glaucoma and eyelid surgery. In his free time, Dr. Ackerman enjoys bird dogs, bird hunting, fly-fishing and fresh and saltwater fishing.


Dr. LW Robinson, IIIL.W. Robinson III, O.D. is a Gainesville native who received his undergraduate degree from North Georgia College in Dahlonega, GA. He completed his Doctor of Optometry and Internship from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. Dr. Robinson also completed an externship at James H. Quillen VA Medical Center in Mountain Home, TN. He has extensive experience in full-scope optometry treating all types of ocular disease as well as cataract pre and post operative care, LASIK pre and post operative care, and contact lenses. Dr. Robinson has been involved with Special Olympics and annual service trips with SVOSH to improve vision in underserved countries. He enjoys outdoor sports, particularly soccer and wingshooting.


Dr. BugenskieElise M. Bugenske, O.D. received her undergraduate degree from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IN where she was a collegiate swimmer. She completed her Doctor of Optometry and Internship at Indiana University College of Optometry in Bloomington, IN and completed externships at Hudson Valley VA (NY), Perry Point VA (MD), and the IU School of Optometry clinics in Bloomington and Indianapolis, IN. Dr. Bugenske has extensive experience in full-scope optometry treating ocular disease as well as cataract pre and post operative care and contact lenses. She especially enjoys glaucoma management. Dr. Bugenske is originally from Michigan, but moved to Georgia to be closer to family. She enjoys traveling, swimming and spending time with her family and her dog.

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