Panelists- Vision


Alan Carlson, M.D.
Professor of Ophthalmology
Chief, Refractive Surgery Service
Duke University Eye Center
Associate Medical Director, NC Eye Bank
Alan Carlson, MD, is the Chief of the Corneal and Refractive Surgery Service at the Duke University Eye Center. He specializes in laser vision correction surgery, cataract surgery and corneal transplantation. A leader in his field, Carlson is credited with starting the Duke Center for Vision Correction, nationally recognized as a leading university program for laser and vision correction surgery.
Carlson is one of the most experienced surgeons in his field and has performed more than 35,000 surgical procedures, including 12,500 LASIK procedures. His innovative work has been featured in numerous publications including two interviews for Time Magazine articles. He is the section editor for Review of Refractive Surgery and serves on the advisory boards of and as contributing author to numerous journals.

James W. Harris Jr. M.D.
Graystone Ophthalmology, Hickory
Dr. James W. Harris, Jr. is an alumnus of Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry.  He completed medical school and residency training in ophthalmology at The Ohio State University. He completed a fellowship in glaucoma at Duke University Eye Center. Along the way, he served in the US Navy as a flight surgeon.

Dr. Harris now lives in Hickory and is affiliated with Graystone Ophthalmology Associates there in the Unifour area. He provides subspecialty care in glaucoma in addition to general eye care.

Debbie Jackson
Director, DHHS, N.C. Division of Services for the Blind
The North Carolina Division of Services for the Blind has a long and rich history of services to blind and visually impaired citizens of the state. DSB offers a variety of services through cooperative efforts from federal, state and county resources.

Seema Garg M.D., Ph.D
Dr. Garg is with the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A native of North Carolina, she joined the retina service at UNC Ophthalmology with specialized training in medical retinal disease. Dr. Garg received her undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at Duke University where she became interested in how technology can be applied to medicine. She also attended medical school at Duke. At UNC, she does clinical trial research involving macular degeneration, venous occlusive disease, diabetic retinopathy, and AIDS.

Linda Herrman, RN
CRNO (Certified Registered Nurse in Ophthalmology)
NC Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat
Board Member, Prevent Blindness NC
Herrman graduated from Muhlenberg Hospital School of Nursing, Plainfield, N.J. in 1975. She began working in the field of ophthalmology in 1979 at what was then known as McPherson Hospital. Herrman currently works at what is now known as North Carolina Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat as the Clinical Ophthalmology Manager. She became involved with Prevent Blindness North Carolina in 1982 as a voting member and has been a Board member since 1985.  Herrman is currently serving on the Executive and Program Committee. She is a member of ASORN- American Society Ophthalmic Registered Nurses and ASOA-American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators.

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Betty Clary
Adult Program Coordinator, Prevent Blindness