Welcome to Southern Vitreoretinal Associates (SVA). We understand how important vision is, and take great lengths to ensure the best outcome for our patients. In order to provide the best care for our patients, SVA takes part in cutting edge clinical trials for conditions such a macular degeneration. Our board certified ophthalmologists have completed fellowships in surgical retina and honed their skills through many years of experience. We trust that you will find our care and services to be both compassionate and outstanding.


Dr. Logan Brooks established the practice in 1990 and was the first retina surgeon to serve the Florida Panhandle. In 1993, he was joined by Dr. Robert Steinmetz and the practice was renamed Southern Vitreoretinal Associates.

In addition to the Panhandle, the practice also covers south and central Georgia as well as south Alabama. Dr. Charles Newell joined in 1999. Dr. Chris Willingham joined in 2004 and Dr. Emily Ashmore joined in 2007.