Dr. John Thompson III, MD

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Lowcountry Eye Specialists 9565 Highway 78 Bldg 100 Ladson, SC 29456 Get Directions
Dr. John Thompson III, MD
Dr Jay Thompson, also known as John E Thompson III, is a board certified ophthalmologist who specializes in cataract surgery, glaucoma, and diabetic eye disease. He also treats adult patients for conditions including, but not limited to, macular degeneration, infections, eye trauma, dry eye, pterygium, and eyelid disorders. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Dr Thompson graduated with high honors from Middlebury College in Vermont with a degree in Biochemistry. He was lured to Charleston to attend the Medical University of South Carolina on the prestigious E. Conyers O'Bryan Scholarship, a full merit-based scholarship, awarded for academic achievement. His residency in ophthalmology at Eastern Virginia Medical School concluded with him serving as chief resident during his final year. Dr Thompson received the Frey Award, for excellence in research, from the Virginia Society of Ophthalmology. This award recognizes only one resident in the state every year. He has done extensive research in ophthalmology, has published papers in leading ophthalmology journals, and continues to be involved in clinical studies. The doctor met his wife, Heather, as a medical student and the two have been married for 11 years, currently residing on James Island with their two beautiful daughters. About The Practice Lowcountry Eye Specialists, also known as The Cataract and Laser Center of Charleston, is the comprehensive ophthalmology practice of Dr Jay Thompson. Just off the I-26, we are located near the intersection of Ladson Road and Highway 78, convenient to the greater North Charleston, Summerville, Ladson, Goose Creek, Hanahan, and Moncks Corner areas. The practice was founded in 2008 and has experienced rapid growth due to our relentless commitment to providing compassionate, state of the art, evidence-based medical and surgical eye care in a modern, comfortable office. The entire staff at Lowcountry Eye Specialists has the singular goal of making every patient's experience superlative in every way. We make every attempt to have same day appointments available for emergency or urgent cases. In addition, Dr Thompson keeps an open line of communication with his patients' other doctors, sharing all pertinent findings, his treatment plan, and even makes his cell number available to all of his patients and referring doctors so that they can call him at night or on weekends with any questions or concerns. In October of 2012 we moved into our brand new facility, clearly visible on Highway 78. This much needed expansion allows us to continue the same personal, cutting-edge care in a larger patient-oriented space. We plan to be here for years to come with the goal of being the premiere provider of medical and surgical eye care to the North Area.

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Lowcountry Eye Specialists9565 Highway 78 Bldg 100
Ladson, SC 29456
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Dr. Thompson III's Performance
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    VERY GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    VERY GOOD
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    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    VERY GOOD
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
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Charleston, SC |
Dr. Thompson did my cataract surgery and I have been extremely pleased with the results so far. My second surgery had to be rescheduled due to extenuating circumstances. Megan was great with getting the surgery scheduled again quickly, and worked hard to meet the demands of this old man. I am thankful for such a great doctor, and his right hand ladies like Jade and Megan, who made having cataract surgery a breeze! Thank you again.
in Charleston, SC |
Dr. Thompson's office runs like a well-oiled machine. Waiting times are minimal, and the staff is courteous and competent. Dr Thompson is confident and optimistic,then delivers what he promises. The online clinic notes are an added plus.
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Dr Jay Thompson, also known as John E Thompson III, is a board certified ophthalmologist who specializes in cataract surgery, glaucoma, and diabetic eye disease. He also treats adult patients for conditions including, but not limited to, macular degeneration, infections, eye trauma, dry eye, pterygium, and eyelid disorders. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Dr Thompson graduated with high honors from Middlebury College in Vermont with a degree in Biochemistry. He was lured to Charleston to attend the Medical University of South Carolina on the prestigious E. Conyers O'Bryan Scholarship, a full merit-based scholarship, awarded for academic achievement. His residency in ophthalmology at Eastern Virginia Medical School concluded with him serving as chief resident during his final year. Dr Thompson received the Frey Award, for excellence in research, from the Virginia Society of Ophthalmology. This award recognizes only one resident in the state every year. He has done extensive research in ophthalmology, has published papers in leading ophthalmology journals, and continues to be involved in clinical studies. The doctor met his wife, Heather, as a medical student and the two have been married for 11 years, currently residing on James Island with their two beautiful daughters.

About The Practice

Lowcountry Eye Specialists, also known as The Cataract and Laser Center of Charleston,  is the comprehensive ophthalmology practice of Dr Jay Thompson.  Just off the I-26, we are located near the intersection of Ladson Road and Highway 78, convenient to the greater North Charleston, Summerville, Ladson, Goose Creek, Hanahan, and Moncks Corner areas.  The practice was founded in 2008 and has experienced rapid growth due to our relentless commitment to providing compassionate, state of the art, evidence-based medical and surgical eye care in a modern, comfortable office.  The entire staff at Lowcountry Eye Specialists has the singular goal of making every patient's experience superlative in every way.  We make every attempt to have same day appointments available for emergency or urgent cases.  In addition, Dr Thompson keeps an open line of communication with his patients' other doctors, sharing all pertinent findings, his treatment plan, and even makes his cell number available to all of his patients and referring doctors so that they can call him at night or on weekends with any questions or concerns.

In October of 2012 we moved into our brand new facility, clearly visible on Highway 78.  This much needed expansion allows us to continue the same personal, cutting-edge care in a larger patient-oriented space.  We plan to be here for years to come with the goal of being the premiere provider of medical and surgical eye care to the North Area.

Dr. Thompson III's Care Philosophy

Our practice is focused on providing the best treatment available with emphasis on personalized care and service excellence.

Dr. Thompson III's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Ophthalmology
  •  Board certified in Ophthalmology
  •  Malpractice claims in South Carolina not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

Awards & Recognition

  • Awards & Honors
    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
    • Alpha Omega Alpha, junior year nominee, 2000
    • Frey Award for Excellence in Resident Research, 2005
    • Chief Resident, Department of Ophthalmology, 2005-2006
    • Honors, Rural Medicine Rotation, 2000
    • High Honors, Department of Chemistry, Middlebury College, 1999
    • Honors, Neurology Rotation, 2000
    • Honors, Internal Medicine Rotation, 2001
    • E. Conyers O'Bryan Scholarship recipient, MUSC, 1998-2002
    • Honors, Ophthalmology Rotation, 2001
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  • Media & Publications
    • Retinal Vascular Changes in Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome.
    • Immunolocalization of bFGF in pterygia: association with mast cells.
    • Immunolocalization of basic fibrolast growth factor, fibroblast growth factor receptor-2, epidermal growth factor receptor, and proliferating cell nuclear antigen in pterygia.

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  • Ophthalmology

Conditions Treated

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Bacterial Conjunctivitis
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Benign Tumor
  • Blepharitis
  • Blocked Tear Duct
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cataract
  • Chalazion
  • Chemical Burn - Eyes
  • Coloboma of Choroid
  • Coloboma of Iris
  • Coloboma of Retina
  • Color Blindness
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Corneal Abrasion
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Dystrophy, Fuchs' Endothelial, 1
  • Corneal Erosion
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Diplopia
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Drusen
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Duane Retraction Syndrome
  • Entropion
  • Exotropia
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Floaters
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Headache
  • Herpetic Keratitis
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Keratitis
  • Lazy Eye
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Macular Edema
  • Macular Hole
  • Migraine
  • Nasolacrimal Duct Obstruction
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Pinguecula
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Pterygium
  • Refractive Error
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Dystrophy
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Shingles
  • Stye
  • Tear Duct Disorders
  • Trichiasis
  • Uveitis
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Education

  • Medical School
    Medical University Of South Carolina

    Graduated in 2002

  • Internship Hospital
    Eastern Virginia Medical School

    Completed in 2003

  • Residency Hospital
    Eastern Virginia Medical School

    Completed in 2006

  • Other Education
    Middlebury College

    Completed in 1997

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Ophthalmology
  • Cataract Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Clear Lens Extraction
  • Cornea Surgery
  • Excision of Chalazion
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Excision or Destruction of Lesion of Cornea
  • Eye Surgery
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Foreign Body Removal from Eye
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • Pterygium Surgery
  • Removal of Foreign Body from External Eye
  • YAG Laser Capsulotomy