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Dr. Kristen Gayeski-Tinkler is an optometric physician who earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Emory University in Atlanta, GA, and attended optometry school at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She then completed an internship at the W. G. Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury, NC, followed by a residency at Wm. Jennings Bryn Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, SC.  

At Carolina Eyecare Physicians, she performs comprehensive eye exams, ocular disease management, pre- and post-operative care for cataract surgery and LASIK patients, as well as offers family eye care and contact lens fittings for patients of all ages.

Dr. Gayeski-Tinkler is currently accepting new patients. She is passionate about developing long-term relationships with her patients and is excited to join the award-winning team at Carolina Eyecare Physicians. Dr. Johnson is active in industry organizations including the American Optometric Association and the South Carolina Optometric Physicians Association.

  • Specialty training:
    Completed an internship at W. G. Hefner VA Medical Center followed by a residency at Wm. Jennings Bryn Dorn VA Medical Center 
  • Why did you choose to specialize in eye care?
    I enjoy the care and maintenance of our vision, our most important sense! It is an honor to provide care to my patients and help them maintain healthy eyesight. 
  • Primary eye care
  • Contact lens prescribing and fitting, including specialty fits for keratoconus and irregular astigmatism
  • Dry Eye diagnosis and management
  • Ocular Disease management and treatment
  • Surgical co-management with Carolina Eyecare Physicians surgeons
  • Undergraduate Education: Emory University (Atlanta, GA)
  • Optometry School: Nova Southeastern University (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
  • Internship: W. G. Hefner VA Medical Center (Salisbury, NC)
  • Residency: Wm. Jennings Bryn Dorn VA Medical Center (Columbia, SC)

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