Welcome to GHS Eye Institute. The physicians and staff would like to welcome you to our office and thank you for the confidence you have placed in us by choosing our practice for your total eye care. All of our ophthalmologists are board certified.
Four ophthalmologists and one optometrist make up GHS Eye Institute. These trained specialists are experts in the following areas: general ophthalmology, cornea and refractive surgery, dry eye, cataract surgery, glaucoma management, diabetic eye exams, pediatric ophthalmology, oculoplastics and contact lenses.
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Location & Hours
Directions from Spartanburg / I-85 South
Take I-85 South to exit 44 and turn right onto SC-20 N/Piedmont Hwy. After approximately 1.5 miles turn left on Butternut Drive, followed by the first right onto Bear Drive. Simpson Street will be the next left (0.2 mi) and the GHS Eye Institute will be on the left just after Greenville Ob/Gyn.
Directions from Clemson / I-85 North
Take I-85 North to exit 42 and merge onto I-185N toward Greenville. In 3.2 miles turn right onto Henrydale Ave., followed by an immediate right onto Grove Rd. Then, in 0.2 miles take another right onto West Faris Rd. Simpson St. will be a sharp left in 0.3 miles; turn left onto Simpson St. and the GHS Eye Institute will be on your right.
Directions from Simpsonville / I-385 North
Take I-385 North to exit 36B for I-85 South toward Atlanta. Keep left and merge onto I-85 South. Stay on I-85 South for approximately 7 miles, then take exit 44 and turn right onto SC-20 N/Piedmont Hwy. After approximately 1.5 miles turn left on Butternut Drive, followed by the first right onto Bear Drive. Simpson Street will be the next left (0.2 mi) and the GHS Eye Institute will be on the left just after Greenville Ob/Gyn.
Directions from Downtown Greenville / Church St.
Head North on Church Street towards Augusta Street. Cross over Augusta Street and remain on N. Church St, which will become US-29 S/Mills Ave. In 1 mile turn right onto Henrydale Ave. Take an immediate left (200 ft.) onto Bear Drive and in 0.4 miles turn right onto Simpson St. The GHS Eye Institute will be on the left just after Greenville Ob/Gyn.
Physicians of the GHS Eye Institute
Our physicians work together to provide expert care in a multitude of areas within ophthalmology. Routine eye care, including eye exams and contact lens fits, and medical management of numerous eye diseases are handled by our doctors. Our board certified ophthalmic surgeons using the latest techniques and newest equipment also perform delicate eye surgery.
Catherine Baston, M.D.
Alan B. Leahey, M.D.
Cornea & External Disease
Julius W. Welborn III, M.D.
John D. Siddens, D.O.
Alison E. Smith, M.D.
C. Jane Eddins, OD
General Optometry and Contact Lenses
Eye Institute Staff
Eye Institute Ophthalmic Assistants and Technicians
GHS Eye Institute employs knowledgeable, highly trained, ophthalmology professionals to assist in your care. We have both Certified Ophthalmic Assistants (COA) and Certified Ophthalmic Technicians (COT) with advanced training and a patient centered approach. Our assistants receive a minimum of six to twelve months training to obtain the COA certification. Our technicians train for one to two years to earn their certification status as a COT. Additionally, COA certificants have completed an independent study course or accredited training program and passed the COA level examination. COT certificants have completed at least 2 years of ophthalmic experience or accredited training program and passed both a written and skills examination. Both are required to complete at least 18-26 continuing education hours to keep their certification. COAs and COTs are trained to perform many skilled tasks, and have the knowledge and confidence to provide better patient care. They have demonstrated an eagerness, and commitment to their professional career, and have invested time and effort in pursuit of their education and certification. Our staff has many years of experience with the advanced technology we offer at the Eye Institute.
Front Office Staff
The physician practice specialists welcome patients upon arrival to the Eye Institute. Our staff is professional and well cross trained to assist with the registration process. The team makes every effort to obtain all needed billing information prior to your arrival. We send new patient welcome packages at the time of scheduling to allow patients to bring completed forms that help us to expedite care. Our administrative staff is able to meet specific patient requests such as translation services and helpful directions. From check in, to surgery scheduling, and insurance inquiries -the team at the Eye Institute assist patients along the way.