Dr. Neil W. Draisin has been a Developmental Optometrist in the Charleston area for 43 years. His practice is dedicated to providing excellent developmental vision care and eye care for the entire family.
Dr. 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 vision 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 the Southeastern Congress of Optometry. He was named distinguished alumnus of College of Charleston in 2011 and Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 2001. He was elected to the National Academies of Practice in 2012.
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.
For the last 24 years, the American Optometric Association has awarded Dr. Draisin the Optometric Recognition Award for excellence in continuing education. In 2013, Dr. Draisin was awarded by AOA Optometrist of the Year, which is a nationwide award.
Dr. Draisin serves as an Adjunct Professor for Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Southern College of Optometry, Illinois College of Optometry, and Alabama College of Optometry serving as a preceptor for the externship program.
In 1976 Dr. Draisin established the Head Start Vision Screening Program in Charleston. 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 and in 2014 Dr. Draisin was reelected to another term.
Dr. Draisin was born and raised in Charleston. He and his wife, Carolyn, have three children: Alison, Leslie, and David. Alison is a psychologist in Seattle, Leslie works with mentally and physically challenged adults at a children’s shelter in Boston, and David is an attorney in New York.