John D. Wright, Jr., M.D.

Associate Professor


Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus Wright
Ophthalmic Oncology

Education and Training:

Medical School:

Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT


Straight medicine, The Polyclinic Hospital, Harrisburg, PA


Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA - Ophthalmology


Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC - Ophthalmic Pathology

The Children's Hospital, Boston, MA - Pediatric Ophthalmology

Professional Interests:

  • Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
  • Development of vision
  • Visual issues in school aged children
  • Screening for vision problems
  • Strabismus
  • Amblyopia
  • Eye cancers in children
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • General eye health
  • Adult Strabismus
  • Ophthalmic Pathology

Practice Philosophy:

Just as with your pediatrician or family doctor, I want every child to have a good result from treatment. In addition I use as little intervention as needed and as gentle an approach as possible. Every bit of improvement in vision that the parents and I can bring to a child lasts a lifetime. That makes each day at the clinic an exciting opportunity to help young people.

We use the team approach in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The team approach is an important feature of modern medicine. In my effort to bring my patients the best possible care, I can offer consultations in any specialty of medicine that might be needed and in any subspecialty in ophthalmology. There are few other places where one can find so many experts readily available to help.

Because of my special interest in strabismus, or misalignment of the eyes, I also welcome adult patients with a history of that problem or with double vision (diplopia).

As an eye pathologist, I also have a particular interest in cancer of the eye, and I will be involved closely with the Department of Ophthalmology's new Ocular Oncology Center.

It is a pleasure to care for my patients at the University of North Carolina, where we always strive for excellence in medicine, comfortably provided.


Dr. Wright is no longer accepting patients.