Dr. Neil W. Draisin is an Optometrist board certified in Children’s Vision and Visual Perception and Development, as well as treatment and management of eye disease. An authority in Vision Therapy and rehabilitation, Dr. Draisin maintains a private practice in Charleston, SC, which he established in 1972. He is a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. Dr. Draisin is a member of the Coastal Carolina Optometric Society, the South Carolina Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association, and the Optometric Extension Program. He is past president of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and currently serves as past president of the South Carolina Optometric Association.
Dr. Draisin is a graduate of the College of Charleston with a B.S. in Biology, and he is a graduate of Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He completed his residency in Pediatric Optometry and Vision Therapy at State University of New York.
The American Optometric Association awarded Dr. Draisin the Optometric Recognition Award. Dr. Draisin serves as an Adjunct Professor for Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Southern College of Optometry and Alabama College of Optometry serving as a preceptor for the externship program. Recently, Dr. Draisin was recently elected President Elect of the Southeastern Congress of Optometry.
He established the Head Start Vision Screening Program in Charleston in 1976. Over 1,000 children are screened through this program yearly. Dr. Draisin is also involved in many organizations outside optometry. He has served as president of the Charleston Jewish Community Center, and received the National JWB Young Leadership Award. Dr. Draisin has also served as vice president of the Charleston Jewish Federation, on the board of his synagogue, and on the Executive Board of the Charleston Boy Scout Council. He is a member of the St. Andrews Rotary Club, where he has a 13 year perfect attendance record. In 2004 the College of Charleston Foundation elected Dr. Draisin to its Board of Directors.
Dr. Draisin was born and raised in Charleston. He and his wife, Carolyn, have three children: Alison, Leslie, and David. Alison is getting her PhD in Clinical Psychology in Seattle, Leslie is working at a Childrens shelter in Boston and David is an Attorney in Los Angeles in the Entertainment Industry.
Residency in Vision Therapy and Vision Rehabilitation in a Private Practice
This practice offers private practice residencies to qualified candidates, allowing graduates of colleges of optometry to gain valuable clinical experience in providing vision therapy services. For more information about this pioneering program, see: Private Practice Residency in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation (Optometric Education Volume 36, Number 2 / Winter/Spring 2011 [PDF Format]