Our Surgeons

Leaders in the Upstate

Clemson Eye is a well-respected leader in advanced techniques and technology.

Our highly skilled eye surgeons are American Board Certified Ophthalmologists, and have performed over 50,000 cataract, microsurgical and laser eye procedures. If you have a cataract or are interested in laser eye surgery, then you’ve come to the right place.


Joseph L. Parisi, MD, FRCSC, FACS

Joseph (Joe) L. Parisi MD, FRCSC, FACS was born in Akron, Ohio and raised in Ontario, Canada. At Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, one of the most prestigious schools in Canada, he obtained his medical degree and completed a residency in ophthalmology. He interned at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, Quebec, part of the renowned McGill University Medical System.

Medical Career
Dr. Joe Parisi built a successful, well respected clinical practice in Canada and was on the staff at McMaster University Medical Center and the Hamilton General Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario for four years.In 1994, he completed fellowship training in oculoplastic surgery at the National Eye Institute in Ottawa, Canada. In 1994, Dr. Parisi and his family relocated to Clemson, South Carolina when he joined Dr. Robert O. Brown in practice.

Dr. Joseph Parisi has performed over 20,000 cataract and refractive surgeries using the most advanced techniques, lenses and equipment available in the nation. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada and of the American College of Surgeons. He has performed thousands of microsurgical procedures including cataract surgery, LASIK, ASA, orbital and tear duct surgery, cosmetic and functional eyelid surgery and laser treatment for glaucoma and retinal disease. He is the medical director and chief ophthalmologist at Clemson Eye. Dr. Joe Parisi researches and writes the Eye-Q Newsletter, a quarterly publication for the medical and patient community. He has been on active staff at Oconee Medical Center in Seneca, SC where he served as chief of the department of surgery from 2000 to 2002. He also maintains privileges at Cannon Memorial Hospital in Pickens. Dr. Parisi is a consultant for Alcon Surgical and Ista Pharmaceuticals.
 
"The ability to offer such technologically advanced, life changing procedures for so many people is extremely fulfilling for me. Maximizing visual potential and creating satisfied patients is the goal of Clemson Eye and I continue to strive for this every day"

Dr. Parisi, his wife and their two daughters live in Clemson where they are active members in community schools, church, sports, and cultural activities. He is a member of the Greenville and Clemson Chamber of Commerce and enjoys marathons, skiing, golf, guitar, cooking and travel.


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Chief ophthalmologist and surgeon, Dr. Joseph Parisi Joseph ParisiMD, FRCSC, FACS


Brian R. Johnson, MD

Dr. Brian Johnson is native to the Upstate, graduating from Seneca High School. He earned his undergraduate degree in Chemistry with a minor in Political Science, Summa Cum Laude, at Clemson University. In 1999, he was awarded the Clemson University Chemistry Faculty Award. At the Medical University of South Carolina, he obtained his medical degree and won the MUSC College of Medicine Alumni Award. While at MUSC, he earned several honors including those in Ophthalmology, Pediatrics, Neurology, and Internal Medicine. Dr. Johnson performed an internship in Internal Medicine at the top-rated Pennsylvania State University, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. He then completed his Ophthalmology residency at Penn State where he served as Chief Resident his final year and won the Penn State Vision Research Award for the most outstanding and significant eye care research. During his residency at Penn State, he performed innovative research in lens implants in children and intraoperative floppy iris syndrome in cataract surgery.

Dr. Johnson and his family returned to Clemson, SC in 2007 to join the team of doctors at Clemson Eye and become active staff at Oconee Memorial Hospital in Seneca, SC. He practices comprehensive ophthalmology including surgical treatment of cataracts as well as laser surgery for glaucoma and retinal disease and medical management of glaucoma and other eye diseases. In 2009, he become certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Johnson lives in North Anderson with his wife Anna, a registered nurse, and their three children. He enjoys golf, boating, and attending Clemson sporting events. An active member of church, he enjoys history and travel with his family.

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Ophthalmologist and surgeon, Dr. Brian Johnson Brian JohnsonMD


Donald P. Glaser, MD

Donald P. Glaser, MD was born in Virginia; as a child of a military officer he lived and travelled to many states and countries. He graduated summa cum laude from Washington and Jefferson College and completed his medical doctorate at Temple University School of Medicine, being inducted into the national medical honorary Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, receiving advanced surgical training at the Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital. During his training he researched keratoconus as well as the natural history and treatment of retinal tears and detachments. He continues to have a special interest in treating corneal and retinal diseases.

Dr. Glaser has practiced in the Upstate since the completion of his residency training and is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He practices comprehensive ophthalmology, including treatment of cataracts and glaucoma as well as maintaining a special interest in the treatment of diabetes, macular degeneration and other retinal diseases.

Dr. Glaser, his wife, Michelle, and their son live in Greenville. They enjoy hiking in the Upstate, gardening, and improving their lousy golf swings. Dr. Glaser ran cross country and track in college; he and his wife enjoy a more relaxed pace of jogging now. They both enjoy music. Dr. Glaser has played piano since his preschool years and is learning to play the saxophone. Michelle works at Greenville Hospital System, and is a flutist who is learning the guitar. They enjoy volunteering with the children at the church they attend.


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Ophthalmologist and surgeon, Dr. Don Glaser Donald GlaserMD

Alison S. Smith, MD

Dr. Smith interned and completed her residency in ophthalmology at the Case Medical Center in Cleveland, OH. She received a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and practiced at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute until 2011. A passion for developing the next generation of physicians took her to Texas Tech where she was an assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology. In 2013, she joined the teaching staff at the USC School of Medicine, Greenville, and was a member of the pediatric ophthalmology department at GHS.

A renowned educator and researcher, Dr. Smith is a passionate advocate for better health care for the uninsured as well as an active volunteer and has participated in two medical mission trips to Mexico.

Dr. Smith has researched and published several papers on pediatric eye diseases and conditions, particularly strabismus and retinopathy in premature infants. Vision challenges in children often go unnoticed, but many can be corrected or significantly improved if they are diagnosed early. Strabismus, an umbrella for several conditions involving misalignment of the eyes, can be treated up until about age 12 while the brain is still developing.

The addition of Dr. Smith to Clemson’s Eyes medical staff enables expansion to include a practice specifically geared to pediatrics.

In addition to her professional expertise, Dr. Smith is also an experienced equestrienne who has competed for spots on the US Olympic Team. She resides, with her two sons, in Campobello, SC.  


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Ophthalmologist and surgeon, Dr. Don Glaser Alison SmithMD


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Clemson Eye has been serving Upstate South Carolina for over 40 years, with clinics in Anderson, Clemson, Easley and Greenville.

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