Dr. Carlson obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Zoology with minors in Premedical and Chemistry from Ohio Wesleyan University in his hometown of Delaware, OH. While pursuing his degree, he was a four-year letter winner, two-time captain, and one-time All-American as a member of the men’s lacrosse team. He also spent a semester studying abroad in Italy. He then moved south to Memphis, TN where he completed his doctorate degree from Southern College of Optometry, graduating Magna Cum Laude. During his training, Dr. Carlson completed rotations at Oklahoma Medical Eye Group in Tulsa, OK, Piedmont EyeCare in Charlotte, NC, and The Eye Center in Memphis, TN. While in optometry school, he was involved in the American Optometric Student Association, Beta Sigma Kappa Honors Society, Fellowship of Christian Optometrists, Sports Vision Club, Contact Lens Society, Ocular Disease Club, Private Practice Club, Omega Delta Social Fraternity, and volunteered on an optometric service trip to Jamaica. Dr. Carlson also became a student member of the South Carolina Optometric Association and earned the title of Student Fellow with the American Academy of Optometry. He also received various awards, including a private academic scholarship and the GP Lens Institute Clinical Excellence Award.
As a board-certified optometrist, Dr. Carlson received extensive training with patients in primary care, ocular disease, trauma, contact lenses (including specialty hard or hybrid lenses), vision therapy, and pediatrics. He has additional experience with advanced dry eye technology and treatments, soft (sphere, toric, multifocal) contact lenses, treating glaucoma and other ocular diseases, pre and post-op care, and foreign body removal. Dr. Carlson’s passions lie in primary care and treating ocular disease, with additional interests in routine pediatric exams and specialty contact lens fittings. His favorite part of Optometry is time spent talking with and getting to know his patients to best serve them and meet their needs. Dr. Carlson loves nothing more than helping others achieve their dreams.
When not caring for patients, Dr. Carlson can be found on an adventure with his dog, Ruxin. Their favorite hobbies include traveling, hiking, fishing, boating, trying new restaurants and watching sports. When he is not with his foster-failure, Dr. Carlson also enjoys weightlifting, golfing, kayaking, and visiting new coffee shops.