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Preserving and Restoring Healthy Eyesight.
My Passion and Commitment to You.

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Dr. Alan Carlson, MD

Dr. Carlson is one of the most renowned ophthalmologist in the United States and serves as a Professor of Ophthalmology and past Chief of Corneal and Refractive Surgery at Duke University Medical School.  Internationally recognized  as a leading eye surgeon specializing in cataracts, corneal transplantation, eye reconstructive surgery, vision correction and LASIK surgery, as well as Dry Eye treatment, Dr. Carlson’s attention to detail and expertise is why patients from around the world seek out his services. It is also why he is referred by so many optometrist, physicians and eye surgeons in the United States.

Dr. Carlson brings an unparalleled commitment to high quality patient care. If you have complications from eye disease, visual problems or need corrective surgery, contact Dr. Carlson’s office today for a consultation or request an appointment today.

Dr. Carlson’s office is located at the Duke Eye Center at 2351 Erwin Rd. in Durham, North Carolina.

See Dr. Carlson’s bio, including background, training, and accomplishments.

Meet Dr. Carlson

  • Over 52,500 successful surgeries
  • Over 135 medical publications
  • Over 350 international lectures
  • 2 time APPI Crystal award winner
  • Professor of Ophthalmology at Duke
  • 21 years voted best Doctors in America
  • Former Chief of Corneal and Refractive Surgery, Duke University Medical Center

Physician Referrals

Referrals from physicians and eye care professionals alike are welcomed and we are happy to assist with the care of your patients.

Call the office at (919) 684-5769 or fill out our appointment request form.

Thank you.

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Are you anxious about cataract surgery?

March 5th, 2017|

Cataract surgery, understandably causes anxiety to anyone needing or considering this procedure.  Patients hear “there is nothing to it” but every patient knows that there are potential problems.  If there were not potential problems, they would not need to undergo and sign an “informed consent.”  My patient offers a HIPAA-compliant and Social Media-compliant in-depth analysis of her care at Duke Eye Center in Durham, […]

22017

The Cataract Patient That Also Has “Dry Eye”

March 2nd, 2017|

A striking percentage of patients needing eye surgery, particularly cataract surgery have the signs and symptoms of preexisting “dry eye” consisting of tear film instability, rapid tear breakup time, ocular surface disease – all resulting from inspissated secretions clogging meibomian glands leading to blockage and dysfunction.  The single most effective treatment in my practice involves a pre-treatment preparation of the glandular openings followed by […]

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Chronic Dry Eye Syndrome – A Patient’s Perspective and Testimonial

February 22nd, 2017|

10 years ago, if you complained of redness, dryness, irritation, and a feeling of “tired” eyes, I would have likely told you that you are not making enough tears.  It is only recently that we have realized that these symptoms are a result, NOT from tear quantity, NOT from tear production, but rather, a result of poor tear quality – leading to tear film […]