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John Boatwright, M.D. is a board-certified ophthalmologist and ophthalmic surgeon. After completing his undergraduate degree in biology from Washington and Lee University, Dr. Boatwright attended medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He then moved to Charleston for his residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. To specialize in ophthalmology, Dr. Boatwright completed an internship at Georgia Baptist Medical Center in Atlanta and a fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (misalignment of the eyes) at the Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital. After medical school, Dr. Boatwright chose to open his own independent practice, making him the founder of Carolina Eyecare Physicians and Physicians Eye Surgery Center, both of which have grown significantly since their inception. Additionally, Dr. Boatwright works as a medical staff member in the Roper St. Francis Health System. He is active in several professional organizations, including the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the South Carolina Society of Ophthalmology, the South Carolina Medical Association, and the Charleston Ophthalmology Society.

Dr. Boatwright finds joy in caring for his patients. He explains, “There is personal and professional fulfillment in restoring someone’s vision and working alongside an outstanding team of professionals using the best technology medicine has to offer. My first love is the group of wonderful patients I have had the joy of caring for and getting to know over the last 30 years. Families and multiple generations—I’ve learned more from them than I could ever hope to give in return.” This focus on longevity in patient care allows Dr. Boatwright to treat a wide array of ocular illnesses and conditions that develop though the lifespan.

Dr. Boatwright lives in Mount Pleasant with his wife and children. He enjoys traveling, golfing, gardening, reading, learning about history, and spending valuable time with his family. He is a member of St. Andrews Church, and he humbly gives back to his community through service on the Charleston Leadership Foundation board, as the organizing director of The First Tee of Greater Charleston, and with Life Resources, a Christian counseling organization. Additionally, Dr. Boatwright is an active volunteer for Operation Sight, a local organization he co-founded to provide cataract surgery at no charge to disadvantaged and uninsured citizens of South Carolina.


Locations Served: West Ashley I

“Striving for excellence with compassion has made my almost 30 years in medical practice very fulfilling. I am thankful for the God-given opportunity to serve others as their eye physician and for the ability to protect and restore vision.”

  • Special Training:
    Residency trained at the Medical College of South Carolina, followed by Fellowship training in Pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus at Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital in Atlanta.
  • What is your patient care philosophy?
    I strive to treat each patient like they are my only patient. Giving each patient my complete focus, I aim to provide personalized care with a compassionate and thoughtful approach. 
  • Cataract Surgery (multifocal and astigmatic IOLs)
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Glaucoma
  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Urgent (same day) eye problems
  • Founding member: Carolina Eyecare Physicians and Physicians Eye Surgery Center
  • An active medical staff member of Roper St. Francis Health System
  • Board certified in ophthalmology and ophthalmic surgery
  • Undergraduate education: Washington and Lee University
  • Medical school: University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • Internship: Georgia Baptist Medical Center (Atlanta)
  • Residency training: Medical College of South Carolina
  • Fellowship training: Pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital (Atlanta)

Dear Dr. Boatwright,

How do you thank someone for giving you second sight?

As a diagnostician, I think you are incomparable; as a surgeon, incredibly skilled; and perhaps most important, as a compassionate physician you manifest your highest calling.

I shall always remember your pre-operative prayer: for skill to your hands, judgment to your mind, and healing for your patient. For that I was and always will be blessed and grateful.

Linda L. Charleston

Dear Dr. Boatwright,

I want to thank you for taking such good care of me during my “cataract” days. It was and is a very tough and trying time but your manner, your approach and your skill as a physician made it much easier for me to handle. For this, I am deeply grateful. I am not a good patient, I know that. I am full of questions and concerns, and tend to be of a somewhat nervous nature. In the hands of a doctor like yourself, I felt entirely comfortable and trusting.

Thanks again for guiding me so capably and expertly through these tough days. I am forever in your debt. You gave me my sight back. What a gift! I am proud to say that you are my doctor.

Regards and thanks,

Larry B. Charleston

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