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. He entered the Life Sciences undergraduate program at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and subsequently obtained his medical degree. The internship was at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, Quebec, part of the renowned McGill University Medical System. Following this Dr. Parisi returned to Queen’s University for a residency in Ophthalmology which included a year of Neuro and Ocular Pathology.
Following his training, Dr. Parisi built a successful, well-respected comprehensive Ophthalmology practice in Hamilton, ON, Canada and was on staff at McMaster University Medical Center and at the Hamilton General Hospital for four years. In 1994, he completed fellowship training in oculoplastic surgery at the National Eye Institute in Ottawa, Canada under Dr. David Jordan and relocated with his family to Clemson, South Carolina when he joined Dr. Robert O. Brown in clinical practice.
Dr. Parisi has performed over 30,000 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.
Dr. Parisi 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 over 30,000 cataract and refractive surgeries using the most advanced techniques, lenses and equipment available in the nation. These have included Toric and presbyopia-correcting implants for cataract and refractive lens exchange surgeries, micro-incisional glaucoma surgery (MIGS), LASIK, and ASA with extensive experience in topography-guided procedures and corneal inlays. He has performed thousands of microsurgical procedures including orbital and tear duct surgery, cosmetic and functional eyelid surgery, and laser treatment for glaucoma and retinal disease. He is the South Carolina Medical Director for Eye Health America and senior 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 Newberry County Memorial Hospital in Newberry, SC. Dr. Parisi is a speaker and key opinion leader for Alcon and Zeiss.
“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 are the goals I strive for everyday”
Dr. Parisi lives with his family in Greenville. He enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including running, cycling, curling, and skiing as well as playing 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 traveled 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 is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist who comes to us from Jervey Eye in Simpsonville where he practiced for 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 graduated 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 passionate about the advanced care he is able to provide patients at Clemson Eye. If you have been a patient of his in the past, we welcome you! Dr. Easterling sees patients at our Simpsonville clinic located at 273 Harrison Bridge Road between I-385 and Fairview Road.
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 joined 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.
Dr. Roman offers 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 accepts referrals and see patients at our Greenville – Halton Green Way Road location and performs Lasik surgery at our Greenville – Pelham Road location.
Justin Roman is a competitive marathon runner (3x Boston Marathoner), who lives in the Upstate with his wife, Allison, a Greenville native, and their two daughters.
S. Jacob Montgomery Jr, MD
S. Jacob Montgomery Jr, MD Experience Dr. Montgomery has over 20 years of ophthalmic surgery experience offers clinical and surgical treatments in a variety of specialties including bladeless cataract surgery, corneal transplants, LASIK, PRK, and advanced glaucoma treatment. Dr. Montgomery seeks to always offer cutting edge care and was the first or among the first in the Upstate to perform/utilize the following cutting edge technologies: ABiC, iStent, Corneal Cross-linking, ECP, Express Shunt, Symfony IOL, Lipiflow, MLT, SLT, Prokera, and others.
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, Glaucoma, Advanced Dry Eye evaluation and treatment, and Diabetic Eye Disease. Dr. Montgomery also has a special interest in Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS) with one of the broadest repertoires and experience with MIGS in SC. He offers a customized surgical approach for glaucoma currently offering TM Bypass Stents (iStent and Hydrus), Viscocanaloplasty, KDB Goniotomy, Xen Gel Stent, and Laser Glaucoma treatments with SLT, MLT, MP3, and ECP. 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 South Carolina Society of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Dr. Montgomery has been on the speaker’s bureau for leading ophthalmic and pharmaceutical companies with a focus on cataract, glaucoma, dry eye, glaucoma, and refractive surgery.
Dr. Montgomery lives with his wife and four children near Simpsonville and is a member at Christ Community Church there.
Harvard Keith Riddle, Jr., M.D.
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 has over 23 years of ophthalmic surgical experience and has performed over 100,000 cataract and refractive procedures since he served as chief resident in Ophthalmology at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). He specializes in “visual freedom” procedures, including laser vision correction (Topography-guided LASIK/advanced surface ablation), Femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery or FLACS (bladeless), and refractive lens exchange (RLE) with “lifestyle” implants, such as the PanOptix multifocal intraocular lens.
Dr. Riddle is also a cornea and external disease specialist and regularly performs corneal transplantation (DMEK/DSEK/PKP), advanced pterygium surgery, superficial keratectomies and lesion excisions, including ocular surface neoplasia. He also cares for severe dry eye patients with the most up-to-date treatments including LipiFlow and ProKera. He performs the latest minimally invasive glaucoma procedures (MIGS) such as iStent and Hydrus, as well as multiple lasers for glaucoma including SLT, MLT, ECP, and MP3. Dr. Riddle’s extensive LASIK experience dates back to 1996, when he participated in pivotal FDA studies during his corneal fellowship.
He has served as co-medical director of Laser Vision Correction at Carolinas Center for Sight/Coastal Eye Group, along the Grand Strand of South Carolina and the Pee Dee region. Dr. Riddle served as the medical director at TLC Laser Eye Center in Greenville and was past co-medical director of TLC in Charleston and Columbia. Dr. Riddle currently performs surgery at Piedmont Surgical Center in Greenville as well as at The Surgery and Laser Center at Professional Park in Clinton, South Carolina. He performs laser vision correction procedures and other miscellaneous procedures at the Clemson Eye Laser Vision Correction Center at the Pelham Road location in Greenville. 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.
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 MUSC Charleston, 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 a current member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is a surgeon for Servants for Sight organization, which provides the gift of sight to help the disadvantaged. He has published articles in peer-review journals. He is particularly interested in medical mission work in faraway places. Dr. Riddle has been a consultant and speaker for leading ophthalmologic and pharmaceutical companies.
Dr. Riddle enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife Lee and their three teenage children. In his free time his interests include jujitsu, health and fitness, the outdoors, golf, Clemson Football, snow skiing, and water sports 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, 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.
Sreeni Basa, MD
Sreeni Basa, M.D. is a Retina Specialist at Clemson Eye. Dr. Basa earned his Medical Degree at Bangalore Medical College and completed an Internship in General Surgery at the University of Arizona in Tucson followed by a Residency in Ophthalmology and a Fellowship in Medical Retina at the University of Arizona. In addition, Dr. Basa completed a post-doctoral Fellowship in vitreoretinal diseases at the Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear – Harvard Medical School in Boston.
At Clemson Eye, Dr. Basa cares for patients with all types of diseases of the retina and is a specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of diabetic eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), retinal vascular disease such as retinal vein occlusions resulting from systemic circulation problems, retinal tears/holes, other macular and vitreoretinal diseases.
Dr. Basa has been active in teaching other physicians and has been recognized with the ‘Deans List for Excellence in Teaching Award’ by the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona as well as being the recipient of the ‘Gold Star Award’ from the Tucson Veterans Affairs Hospital and the Retina Research Foundation ‘Joseph M. and Eula C. Lawrence Award’. He was also selected for the prestigious ‘Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Resident Retreat award’.
Dr. Basa is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO). He maintains membership in the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Retina Specialists and Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.
Nick J. McLane, MD
Nick J. McLane, MD was born in Salina, Kansas and raised throughout the Midwest and Southern states.
He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry with Honors from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida and entered USF College of Medicine in 1977. Upon graduation from medical school, Dr. McLane completed a Flexible Internship with Greenville Hospital System and then returned to Tampa to complete his residency in ophthalmology at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. Dr. McLane was accepted as the first Retina Fellow in the combined retina fellowship program at Louisiana State University Medical School Department of Ophthalmology and Oschner Clinic in New Orleans, LA, completing his fellowship in 1985.
Returning to Greenville, SC in September, 1985, Dr. McLane was the first fellowship trained retina surgeon in the Upstate to perform vitrectomy surgery for retinal detachment at St. Francis Hospital, Downtown. As a solo practitioner for most of those years, Dr. McLane is trained to diagnose, treat and manage diseases and trauma of the retina and vitreous. Dr. McLane’s areas of interest include treatment of age related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal detachments. Dr. McLane has a particular interest in the diagnosis and treatment of retinopathy of prematurity and has been treating infants born prematurely at Prisma HealthCare’s Bryan Neonatal Intensive Care Unit since 1985.
Dr. McLane actively volunteers at the Greenville Free Medical Clinic in both the general ophthalmology clinics and the retina specialty clinics. He currently coordinates the schedule to ensure that the ophthalmology clinics are staffed with volunteer physicians ready to meet the needs of our under-served patients in Greenville County. Ensuring that our local residents are able to obtain the medical services that they need in order to continue to drive, work and care for themselves and their families is a continuation of Dr. McLane’s oath as an Eagle Scout to help others at all times.
Dr. McLane and his wife, Jann, have enjoyed living in Greenville since 1985, raising their two adult daughters here who now live in Washington State and Charlotte, NC. Jann has been his business manager since 1985 but with the clinic’s relocation to the Pelham Road office she will be retiring this summer. Dr. McLane is an avid tennis player, having participated in many local, state and national tennis tournaments over the years and also enjoys golf, travel and ballroom dancing with his wife.
A solo practitioner for over 35 years, Dr. McLane is pleased to join the outstanding team of eye care professionals at Clemson Eye to continue providing vitreo-retinal care to patients throughout the Upstate. We are pleased to transition both our patients and our outstanding staff to our new location at the Clemson Eye Pelham Road clinic after July 1, 2021.
Rebecca Epstein, MD
Rebecca Epstein, MD is a Glaucoma Specialist that comes to Clemson Eye from Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Affairs Medical Center where she served as the Chief of Ophthalmology. She was also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Epstein completed her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology at the University of Georgia. She then went on to earn her Doctor of Medicine at Mercer University School of Medicine. Dr. Epstein completed both her transitional year internship and residency in ophthalmology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN. She completed her fellowship as a Glaucoma Specialist at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, CO while also acting as a Clinical Instructor.
In her free time, Dr. Epstein enjoys spending time with her family and her two English bulldogs. She also is an avid sports fan and follows college football as well as NBA basketball.
Briana Brunner, MD
Dr. Briana Brunner is a Cornea Specialist that comes to Clemson Eye after completing a cornea and refractive surgery fellowship under the mentorship of Dr. Majid Moshirfar at Hoopes Vision in Salt Lake City, UT. Dr. Brunner was raised in Murrells Inlet, SC. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Biology at Clemson University. She then went on to earn her Doctor of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Brunner completed her internal medicine internship at Drexel University in Philadelphia and her residency in ophthalmology at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA.
Dr. Brunner offers our network of referring physicians her expertise in cornea, external disease, cataract and refractive surgery (LASIK, PRK, ICL), partial-thickness corneal transplantation (DMEK and DSAEK), pterygium surgery, and corneal cross-linking. Dr. Brunner accepts referrals and will see patients at our Simpsonville and Clinton locations.
Along with her husband, Nick, and their young son, Luke, the Brunner family is new to the Upstate and excited for all it has to offer. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors as well as playing the piano, cooking, and traveling.