Welcome to Palmetto Retina Center
As the only specialized retina group in central South Carolina, we provide comprehensive care for conditions involving the retina, macula and vitreous. From our investment in research to our fellowship with Prisma Health and the University of South Carolina School, our focus is always on putting your patients first in the pursuit of superior retinal care.
We respect the urgency that comes with a patient referral, and our entire team is dedicated to providing courteous and timely care. Learn about referring a patient to PRC.
Years of combined experience
Clinical trials participated
Our Retina Specialists
Our friendly and highly-skilled retina specialists are doctors, educators and researchers, each with a deep commitment to providing compassionate patient care and advancing clinical research.
John F. Payne, M.D.
John A. Wells, III, M.D.
Nitin Nigam, MD
W. Lloyd Clark, M.D.
Barron C. Fishburne, M.D.
Jeffrey G. Gross, M.D., FASRS
Stephen Hypes, D.O.
David L. Johnson, M.D.
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Memberships and Affiliations
Research & Clinical Trials
As the largest retina research center in South Carolina, Palmetto Retina Center has participated in over 100 clinical trials — and counting — to help find new and improved retina care treatments. We’re able to offer our patients access to emerging treatment options beyond the current standard of care.
Retina Consultants of America
Palmetto Retina Center is part of Retina Consultants of America, a network of leading retinal care and research practices in the United States. Together, we’re shaping the future of retinal and macula care and offering state of the art treatment options.
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Interested in connecting with us? We appreciate the trust you’re placing in our team and hope to make the first steps easier by answering some key questions here.
Please fill out our “Consultation Request Form” and fax it to our office, or call one of the offices listed.
Please call (888) 931-0077. If you have an emergency after hours, one of our doctors will always be on call to assist you.
Please ask the patient to complete and sign the “Authorization for Release of Information” form and fax it to our office.
As the COVID-19 situation has evolved, PRC has revised and updated its patient care procedures.
- Wear a mask to clinic for your visit.
- Reschedule your visit if you are symptomatic.
- Check in as close as possible to your scheduled time, to minimize your time in proximity to others.
- Drivers are asked to wait outside of clinic, and to be accessible by cell phone when your care is concluded.
Our main office is in West Columbia, SC, and we also have offices in Columbia, Orangeburg, Sumter, Florence, and Aiken as well. Find the office closest to you for your next appointment here.
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Blog and News
Keep up with the latest news, updates, and announcements from PRC.
- January 24, 2024
Smoking & Age-Related Macular Degeneration: What Patients Need to Know
- December 28, 2023
Uveitis and Autoimmune Diseases: Exploring the Connection
- November 13, 2023
Navigating Diabetic Eye Disease: What Patients Should Know
- October 30, 2023
Retinal Neovascularization: Mechanisms and Treatment Approaches