Our Practice

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After 30+ years as a general ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon in Eastern North Carolina, I decided to dedicate my career to understanding and treating Dry Eye Disease (DED). I witnessed a staggering growth in patients presenting with discomfort, irritation, and infection related to DED and realized the tremendous need for a dedicated effort to providing my patients with effective solutions. 
I've built a career on helping patients regain their vision through the combination of evidence-based practices, therapies, and advanced technologies. Committed to delivering the best care to my patients suffering from DED, I continue to stay abreast of the latest research and employ the very best technologies. Additionally, in my many years of practice, I've found that lifestyle changes and diet have a profound impact on disease progression, especially as it relates to dry eyes. My passion for treating patients, educating them on their condition, and seeing the remarkable improvement in their quality of life motivates me each and every day. I love my patients and am proud of what me and my amazing staff can do for them. 
When I'm not treating patients, I'm busy visiting my four kids and two grandkids. I also enjoy exercising and cooking as I believe a balanced life is the key to a happy life! 
Thank you to the Wake Forest community for welcoming Watson Dry Eye Center to the community, and I look forward to helping many more people in The Triangle.
 
Dr. Susan Watson
 
 

Our Team

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Susan Watson, MD, FACS

Founder, President, and Ophthalmologist

Dr. Watson is the first board-certified, fellowship-trained conceal surgeon in the Triangle and Eastern North Carolina to specialize exclusively in Ocular Surface Disease, also known as Dry Eye Disease. Having performed over 17,000 refractive eye surgery procedures, she understands the importance of identifying and treating Ocular Surface Disease to give the best possible outcomes to vision-restoring procedures such as cataract and LASIK surgeries. 

Dr. Watson attended the Miami University in Ohio, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and her Masters Degree in Statistics. Following  her medical school training at the University of Cincinnati, she completed her residency at Michael-Reese Hospital-University of Illinois in Chicago, IL. She completed her fellowship in Corneal Disease and Surgery at Ohio State University.

In 1989, she opened her first practice in Rocky Mount, NC, dedicated to comprehensive ophthalmic care. She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Board of Ophthalmology, and a member of the American Medical Association.

Dr. Watson is excited to share her extensive knowledge and experience with patients in The Triangle Area and beyond. 

 

 

Janalee Miller
Certified Ophthalmic Assistant

Born and raised in Zion, IL, Janalee has been working with Dr. Watson as an ophthalmic assistant since 2008. She assists Dr. Watson with diagnostic procedures ensuring accurate and thorough record-keeping. In addition to her certifications as an ophthalmic assistant and scribe, she is also a Certified Medical Assistant and an Emergency Medical Technician. Her comprehensive training makes her a valuable asset to the Watson Dry Eye Center Team. Janalee currently resides in Battleboro, NC with her husband and two daughters.

Jessica Shannon
Patient Advisor

Joining Watson Dry Eye Center in June 2017, Jessica brings along with her 10 years of healthcare experience. She enjoys making our patients her main focus, greeting them with a warm and friendly smile as soon as they walk through the door. In her short time with working with our office, she is amazed at how much she has already learned and just how common Dry Eye Disease is. Jessica resides in Franklinton, NC with her husband and daughter.

 

Sheena Thomas
Certified Ophthalmic Assistant

Having worked in an optometrist office where she saw many patients suffering from dry eye disease, Sheena joined Watson Dry Eye Center to help those in need with the latest technologies. As a Certified Paraoptometric Technician who has been in the field since 2009, she brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to the office and enjoys putting a smile on patient's faces. Sheena enjoys spending her free time with her husband and three children in Raleigh, NC.

Brenda Thomas
Office Business Manager

As the business manager of Watson Dry Eye Center, Brenda assists in the day-to-day operations, ensuring Dr. Watson and the rest of her staff can focus on patient care. Born and raised in the Triangle, she has worked with Dr. Watson since 2004. She loves learning about Dry Eye Disease and enjoys working with such awesome staff. Brenda resides in Rocky Mount, NC and is mother to to three sons.