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.
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Joseph L. Parisi, MD, 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.
Dr. Joseph 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 and relocated with his family to Clemson, South Carolina when he joined Dr. Robert O. Brown in practice.
Dr. 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. He served as Chief of Surgery at Oconee Medical Center, in Seneca, from 2000 to 2002. He also maintains privileges at Cannon Memorial Hospital in Pickens. Dr. Parisi is a consultant for Alcon Surgical.
“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 I strive for everyday”
Dr. Parisi lives with his damily in Greenville. He enjoys marathons, curling, skiing, guitar, cooking and travel.
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.
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.
Adam Easterling, MD
Adam R. Easterling, MD has joined our team of doctors at Clemson Eye! He is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist who comes to us from Jervey Eye in Simpsonville where he has been practicing for the past 11 years. While playing varsity baseball for four years, he completed an engineering degree at Georgia Tech with High Honors. Then, Dr. Easterling attended medical school at USC where he graudated Magna Cum Laude, and completed a residency in ophthalmology at Duke University, where he received Resident of the Year and Surgical Excellence awards.
Dr. Easterling is very excited about the advanced care he will be able to provide patients at Clemson Eye. If you have been a patient of his in the past, we welcome you! We are actively searching for his new Simpsonville office, but until then, he will be available to see existing and new patients at our Greenville location at 360 Pelham Rd., Greenville, SC 29615.
Adam Easterling enjoys church and fellowship, and outdoor activities with his five children and wife, Lee.
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.
Justin M. Roman MD
In August 2017, Dr. Justin Roman joins Clemson Eye after completing a cornea fellowship under the tutelage of Drs. Kerry Solomon and Charlene Grice of Carolina Eyecare Physicians in Mount Pleasant, SC. After becoming a Mechanical Engineer, Dr. Roman decided to pursue a career in medicine at the University of New Mexico, then a residency in ophthalmology at MUSC.
We are very excited to have Dr. Roman join us and offer our network of referring physicians his expertise in cornea, external disease, advanced dry eye, cataract and refractive surgery. Board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, Dr. Roman specializes in procedures like corneal transplants, DMEK, DSEK, and cross-linking will also be his central focus. Dr. Roman will accept referrals and see patients in all of the Clemson Eye locations: Anderson, Clemson, Easley and Greenville.
Justin Roman is a competitive marathon runner (3x Boston Marathoner), who is excited about returning to the Upstate with his wife, Allison, a Greenville native, and their baby daughter, Riley.
S. Jacob Montgomery Jr, MD
Dr. Montgomery is the co-managing partner of Montgomery & Riddle Eyecare which is a comprehensive eye care practice serving the Upstate of South Carolina with offices located in Clinton, Newberry, Greenville as well as satellite offices in Saluda and Walhalla. Dr. Montgomery offers clinical and surgical treatments in a variety of specialties including bladeless cataract surgery, corneal transplants, LASIK, PRK, and advanced glaucoma treatment. He was the first or among the first in the Upstate to perform/utilize the following technology: ABiC, iStent, Corneal Cross-linking, ECP, Express Shunt, Symfony IOL, Lipiflow, MLT, SLT, and Prokera.
Dr. Montgomery has been practicing ophthalmology since 1999 and is a board certified ophthalmologist. His LASIK experience dates back to 2002. His clinical interests and responsibilities include advanced cataract surgery using femtosecond laser and lifestyle lenses, refractive surgery, LASIK and PRK, corneal transplantation and external diseases of the eye. Dr. Montgomery enjoys surgical privileges and is the co-medical director at The Surgery and Laser Center Professional Park, a state-of-the-art Ophthalmic Microsurgery Surgery Center. He also has surgical privileges at the Surgery Center at Pelham. Dr. Montgomery continues to serve as a consulting physician for Greenville Health System and Newberry County Memorial Hospital.
Education and Training
Dr. Montgomery attended Clemson University and received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). He completed his residency in ophthalmology at Eastern Virginia Medical School, located in Norfolk, Virginia.
Accomplishments and Honors
Dr. Montgomery is a board certified member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is also a member of the the South Carolina Society of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Dr. Montgomery is on the speaker’s bureau for leading ophthalmic and pharmaceutical companies with a focus on cataract, cornea and refractive surgery.
Dr. Montgomery enjoys spending time with his wife and 4 children. In his free time, his interests include college football, martial arts, hunting and bible study.
H. Keith Riddle Jr, MD
Dr. Riddle is the co-managing partner of Montgomery & Riddle Eyecare which is a comprehensive eye care practice serving the Upstate of South Carolina with offices located in Clinton, Newberry, Greenville as well as satellite offices in Saluda and Walhalla. Dr. Riddle offers clinical and surgical treatments in a variety of specialties including bladeless cataract and LASIK surgery, PRK, corneal transplants, and advanced glaucoma treatments. He was the first or among the first in the Upstate to perform/utilize the following technology: DSEK, ECP, iStent, Corneal Cross-linking, Express Shunt, Symfony IOL, Lipiflow, MLT, Prokera, and Topo-guided Lasik.
Dr. Riddle’s extensive LASIK experience dates back to 1996, when he participated in FDA studies. He has served as Co-Medical Director of Laser Vision Correction at Carolina Centers for Sight along the Grand Strand of South Carolina. Dr. Riddle is the Medical Director at TLC Laser Eye Centers in Greenville and past co-medical director of TLC Charleston and Columbia. His clinical interests and responsibilities include advanced cataract surgery using the femtosecond laser and lifestyle lenses, LASIK and PRK, corneal transplantation and external diseases of the eye. Dr. Riddle enjoys surgical privileges and is the co-medical director at The Surgery and Laser Center Professional Park, a state-of-the-art Ophthalmic Microsurgery Surgery Center. He also has surgical privileges at the Surgery Center at Pelham. Dr. Riddle continues to serve as a consulting physician for Greenville Health System and Newberry County Memorial Hospital.
Education and Training
Dr. Riddle attended Clemson University and received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). He served his internship at Greenville Memorial Hospital where he won the Jackson Award “as a young physician of exceptional promise.” He completed his residency in ophthalmology at the Storm Eye Institute where he served as Chief Resident. After residency, he was selected for a prestigious corneal fellowship in Laser Vision Correction and corneal transplantation at Corneal Consultants of Indiana/Price Vision Center.
Accomplishments and Honors
Dr. Riddle is a board certified member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is also a member of the South Carolina Medical Association, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the South Carolina Society of Ophthalmology. Dr. Riddle is a sought after speaker and consultant for leading ophthalmologic and pharmaceutical companies.
Dr. Riddle enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children. In his free time, his interests include Jiu -Jitsu, Clemson football, snow skiing and watersports on Lake Keowee.
Balaji Perumal, MD
Balaji Perumal, M.D. is an Ophthalmic Plastic, Facial Cosmetic and Reconstructive Eye Surgeon. Dr. Perumal has specialized interest and training in all areas of reconstructive and cosmetic oculofacial surgery including periocular skin cancer and lesions, eyelid reconstruction, ptosis repair, cosmetic blepharoplasty eyelid surgery, orbital tumors, endoscopic brow lift for droopy eyebrows, entropion and ectropion repair, lacrimal system & tearing disorders and thyroid eye disease. He has written multiple articles and chapters on these subjects.
Dr. Perumal works to help patients look their best with facial rejuvenation, using a range of non-surgical cosmetic treatments to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. He performs cosmetic eyelid plastic surgery including “eyelid lifts” or blepharoplasty to achieve a more youthful appearance.
Education and Training
Dr. Perumal attended the University of Pennsylvania and received his Medical Degree at Duke University School of Medicine. This was followed by an Internship at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He then completed a Residency in Ophthalmology at the Kresge Eye Institute where he won multiple awards for top research in the program. After residency, he was selected for and completed an intensive two year fellowship sponsored by the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) at Albany Medical Center.
Accomplishments and Honors
Dr. Perumal is a member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS). In the United States there are only about 600 total members. Membership involves multiple examinations, a thesis, and extensive surgical experience. He is also a board certified member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Perumal enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. In his free time his interests include fly fishing, hiking, and tennis.
David Donelson, MD
Dr. David Donelson has been Medical Director of Donelson Eye Associates in Greenville, South Carolina for the past 31 years specializing in cataract, Laser and refractive surgery. He has performed over 30,000 cataract surgeries. He has been in the forefront of adapting new ocular surgical technologies and making them available to his patients. Your eyesight is unique, so your treatment should be as well.
Along with his proven results, you will see that Dr. Donelson is also very involved with patient care. He will personally create your treatment plan, perform any procedures necessary, and he is always available for you during your post-operative care.
More than 100 doctors have trusted and recommended their family members or themselves to Dr. Donelson for their eye care. In fact, most of our staff and their family members have been his patients and this helps us understand your questions and concerns. Our goal is to make you feel comfortable with your decision and help you every step of the way.