In 1980, Drs. Marnix Heersink and John Fortin opened up an ophthalmology practice originally in downtown Dothan next to the old Flowers Hospital on Main Street. Within a short period of time they outgrew that facility and decided to move out onto the Ross Clark Circle at the corner of Fortner Street where the practice is still located today.
In 1982, Dr. Heersink and Dr. John Fortin formed a partnership, Vision Care Clinic. In 1995, the clinic merged with Dothan based Southern Eye Clinic, founded by Dr. Martin Margolies. Over the years Eye Center South has added physicians from all subspecialties of ophthalmology to offer comprehensive medical eye care and surgery. Although the practice name has changed a few times over the years .. Vision Care Clinic… Eye Institute of the South and now is known as Eye Center South, the wonderful care patients receive by both physicians and staff has never faltered.
Since we opened the doors of our first location back in 1980, Eye Center South has never stopped growing and advancing our ability to provide care for our patients. Over the years, we’ve become renowned throughout the Wiregrass for our technology, our expert team of eye surgeons, and our advanced treatments, but even as we expand into new locations, there’s one thing we’ve never sacrificed: our personal touch, and ability to treat every patient like a member of our family. Now Eye Center South is growing into the Optometry world and has formed its own Optometric Entity now known as “Vision Center South.” With 8 locations in the last year, we are projected for a rapid growth potential.
No matter the purpose of your visit, you can trust Vision Center South to treat you with respect, and you can feel at ease knowing that your treatment will always be handled by leading specialists in multiple disciplines of eye health. We offer access to consistent, centralized, high-quality care, right down to our surgery center in Dothan, ranked in the top 10 nationally in technological advancement.
At Vision Center South all of our staff, doctors and associates are committed to providing the highest quality, compassionate care for you and your family.
Your Vision. Our Mission.