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Neil W. Draisin

Dr. Neil W. Draisin, O.D. FCOVD


Jennifer S. Zolman

Dr. Jennifer S. Zolman, O.D., FCOVD


Draisin Vision Group


1470 Tobias Gadson Blvd., Suite 115
Charleston, SC 29407


T: 843-556-2020
F: 843-763-EYES (3937)


Dr. Neil W. Draisin is an Optometrist board certified in Children's Vision and Visual Perception and Development, as well as treatment and management of eye disease. An authority in Vision Therapy and rehabilitation, Dr. Draisin maintains a private practice in Charleston, SC, which he established in 1972. He is a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. Dr. Draisin is a member of the Coastal Carolina Optometric Society, the South Carolina Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association, and the Optometric Extension Program. He is past president of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and currently serves as past president of the South Carolina Optometric Association.

Dr. Draisin is a graduate of the College of Charleston with a B.S. in Biology, and he is a graduate of Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He completed his residency in Pediatric Optometry and Vision Therapy at State University of New York.

The American Optometric Association awarded Dr. Draisin the Optometric Recognition Award. Dr. Draisin serves as an Adjunct Professor for Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Southern College of Optometry and Alabama College of Optometry serving as a preceptor for the externship program. Recently, Dr. Draisin was recently elected President Elect of the Southeastern Congress of Optometry.

Dr. Draisin established the Head Start Vision Screening Program in Charleston in 1976. Over 1,000 children are screened through this program yearly. Dr. Draisin is also involved in many organizations outside optometry. He has served as president of the Charleston Jewish Community Center, and received the National JWB Young Leadership Award. Dr. Draisin has also served as vice president of the Charleston Jewish Federation, on the board of his synagogue, and on the Executive Board of the Charleston Boy Scout Council. He is a member of the St. Andrews Rotary Club, where he has a 13 year perfect attendance record. In 2004 the College of Charleston Foundation elected Dr. Draisin to its Board of Directors.

Dr. Draisin was born and raised in Charleston. He and his wife, Carolyn, have three children: Alison, Leslie, and David. Alison is getting her PhD in Clinical Psychology in Seattle, Leslie is working at a Childrens shelter in Boston and David is an Attorney in Los Angeles in the Entertainment Industry.

Dr. Jennifer Zolman grew up in eastern Ohio. She attended college at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. After completing her Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition degree, she continued her education at Nova Southeastern College of Optometry in Davie, FL. While studying at Nova, Dr. Zolman held leadership positions such as President of her class and President of Nova’s Student Government Association. Her love assisting others drove her to help organize and successfully complete three medical missions to third world countries during her optometry school years.

Professional organizations in which Dr. Zolman is involved include: Director of the South Carolina Physicians Association Board (SCOPA,) Past President of the Coastal Carolina Optometric Association, member of the American Optometric Association, member of the South Carolina Optometric Physicians Association, and member of the Optometric Nutrition Society. Dr. Zolman obtained her Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development in 2009, which she is currently a member. She is on the American Optometric Association’s InfantSEE committee and the South Carolina InfantSEE State Leader promoting infant exams and detection of early eye diseases. She also is the co-clinical director of South Carolina’s Special Olympics Lion’s Club International Opening Eyes program that provides vision care and glasses to the special needs population and recently received the South Carolina Special Olympics Volunteer of the Year Award in 2013. Dr. Zolman has been honoured with the Southern Council (SECO)’s Young Optometrist of the South in 2013, SCOPA’s Young Optometrist of the Year in 2012, SCOPA’s Distinguished Service Award in 2009, SCOPA’s Horizon Award in 2008 and in Vision Monday magazine, featured in the articles “The Next Generation of Optometry Leadership” in 2006 and “Rising Stars” in 2011.

Dr. Zolman has always had a deep commitment to her community. She is a member of Charleston Junior League, and currently working on a committee with Pet Helpers. She has served as a Brownie Girl Scout leader and has been a Big Sister in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program since 2007. Dr. Zolman was recognized with the President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2007-2008 and the Big Brothers/Big Sisters CJ Award in 2013.

Moving to Charleston has been a childhood dream of Dr. Zolman’s. Her grandparents resided in Summerville, SC and most of her summers were spent in the local areas. When not involved in professional duties, Dr. Zolman loves spending time with her family: husband Michael, daughter, Lillie, and her dogs, Follie and Cooper. Dr. Zolman also enjoys relaxing at the beach, camping, kayaking, photography, scrapbooking and sports, especially Ohio State Football.

Practice Focus

Our goal is to help each person maximize their visual performance at work, school and play. To achieve this, we offer the following services:

  • Specialized vision care services tailored to each patient
  • Eye exercises and therapy to help improve performance
  • Help for people whose vision cannot be improved to 20/20
  • Help for those with learning-related vision problems
  • Help for special needs patients
  • Help for vision problems secondary to traumatic head injury
  • Vision care for infants
  • Specialty contact lenses fittings (bifocal contact lenses, astigmatism)

20/20 eyesight does not mean perfect vision.

Children and adults with high visual demands often experience visual stress and have undetected visual problems which interfere with their ability to perform. Symptoms such as loss of place, visual fatigue, blur, headaches, reduced comprehension, and difficulty concentrating indicate a developmental and/or visual stress problem. Optometric Vision Therapy can reduce or eliminate these problems so that the individual gets the maximum return for his/her effort. It enables the child to enjoy learning and become a successful and enthusiastic student.

Have You Found the Right Vision Care Practice?

  • Do you suffer from headaches after reading or working on a computer?
  • Is school performance less than expected?
  • Do you problems with letter or word reversals?
  • Do you have trouble keeping your place while reading?
  • Do you have trouble remembering what you have read?
  • Do you have an eye turn?
  • Do you have less than 20/20 visual acuity?
  • Does your child have special needs?
  • Is athletic performance not where you would like it to be?
  • Have you been in a car accident?
  • Have you had a traumatic brain injury?



9 Ways People Can Benefit from Vision Therapy


1) Improve vision related reading and learning problems - The way that eyes move, work together and focus can effect a person's ability to read, process and understand information. Studies have shown that deficiencies in any of these areas can lead to a significant handicap in learning. Vision therapy can help overcome these problems - improving the ability to read and learn.


2) Improve vision in "lazy eye" - Amblyopia, or lazy eye as it is commonly called, is a condition where there is a loss of sight. There are various causes for it. It cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. However, oftentimes, the condition can be greatly improved through vision therapy. And, while for many patients the condition is often undetected for many years, studies show that active vision therapy treatment is effective at any age.


3) Correct cross or turned eyes - Strabismus is a condition when a person is unable to align both eyes simultaneously under normal vision conditions. Contrary to old wives tales, it rarely corrects itself and children do not outgrow it over time. Cosmetic surgery can sometimes be done to align the eye more closely. But by using vision therapy, prisms and prescription lenses, the condition can oftentimes, be corrected non-surgically. (Even if a child has had cosmetic surgery, vision therapy is recommended to help improve the vision function in the eye.)


4) Enhance sports performance - Whether you're a weekend athlete or a serious professional, vision therapy can give you a competitive edge by improving depth perception, hand-and-eye coordination, visual tracking and reaction time.


5) Aid people after a stroke or brain trauma - Double vision, headaches, blurred vision, eye strain, confusion related to visual tasks, difficulty reading, etc. can result after a trauma to the head/brain or a stroke. Vision therapy combined with co-managed rehab. care can increase independence, balance, reduce symptoms, & enhance the benefits from speech, occupational, & physical therapy.


6) Myopia (nearsightedness) prevention, control, and reduction programs - Myopia (nearsightedness) can be controlled safely and effectively for a majority of people! This is one of the best kept secrets in health care today. Without the risks and expense of experimental surgery, nine out of ten people can stop their vision from worsening and in many cases actually reduce their prescription. Techniques used include specialized fitting with modern contact lens materials, reducing eye strain, and nutritional counseling to control metabolic risk factors.


7) Alleviate headaches from visual stress - Muscle contraction "tension" headaches while reading and/or doing deskwork may not be from physical stress. Instead, they may be caused by tired, strained eyes. Vision therapy offers safe, on-going relief - versus a lifetime of medications and side effects.


8) Help tired eyes in the workplace - Even when their workstation is designed correctly, many patients with 20/20 eyesight and healthy eyes experience blurred or uncomfortable vision when looking at a computer monitor. These symptoms often result from faulty eye teaming and focusing skills. Vision therapy, along with prescription computer lenses, is an effective treatment for these problems.


9) Improve skills in visually delayed children - Vision development is often delayed in children with epileptic disorders, cerebral palsy, autistic behaviors, PDD or attention deficit disorder (ADD). Vision therapy is key for helping children build their sensory skills for better learning and function in the activities of daily living.