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Donald L. Budenz, M.D., M.P.H.
Donald L. Budenz, MD, MPH

Donald L. Budenz, MD, MPH, is a fellowship-trained glaucoma specialist and the Kittner Family Distinguished Professor and Chair of the University of North Carolina Department of Ophthalmology. His practice centers on the diagnosis, treatment and management of glaucoma, including surgery for glaucoma and cataract patients.

Dr. Budenz has been the principal investigator in numerous clinical trials including the Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study. Concurrent with his research, Dr. Budenz has been published widely in the field of glaucoma and authored the textbook, Atlas of Visual Fields.

He has also contributed chapters to several medical books, is an editorial reviewer for numerous medical journals, and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Glaucoma. He has written or coauthored more than 200 peer reviewed journal articles.

Dr. Budenz provides consultative eye care to adult glaucoma and cataract patients. He sees patients at Kittner Eye Center in Chapel Hill and at Person Memorial Hospital in Roxboro. He performs surgery at UNC Hillsborough Hospital and Person Memorial Hospital in Roxboro.

David Fleischman, M.D.
David Fleischman, MD, FACS

David Fleischman, MD, FACS, is a board-certified, fellowship-trained ophthalmologist whose focus is on the management of glaucoma and cataracts. Dr. Fleischman specializes in treatments including laser surgery, routine and complex cataracts, trabeculectomy, tube shunt, micro invasive glaucoma surgery and ocular trauma.

His research interests include mechanisms of glaucoma pathogenesis, the role of cerebrospinal fluid pressure in glaucoma and other ophthalmic diseases, and outcome measures of techniques in glaucoma surgery. He has authored numerous book chapters and has written or co-authored more than 25 peer reviewed journal articles.

Dr. Fleischman is fluent in English and Spanish. He sees patients at the Kittner Eye Center, Holly Springs and Pittsboro. He performs surgery at UNC Hillsborough Hospital and UNC Chatham Hospital.

O'Rese J. Knight, M.D.
O’Rese J. Knight, MD

O’Rese J Knight, MD, is a fellowship-trained ophthalmologist specializing in medical, laser, and surgical management of all forms of glaucoma and cataract and intraocular lens-implant surgery. Dr. Knight uses the most advanced optical coherence tomography (OCT) technology to diagnose and monitor glaucoma.

He chooses among glaucoma medications, Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty, Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgeries, Trabeculectomy and Tube Shunt Surgery to provide safe and effective care specifically tailored to each patient. He also performs cataract surgery for patients with and without glaucoma and offers premium intraocular lenses (Toric and Enhanced Depth of Focus) to patients interested in being glasses-independent after surgery.

Our understanding of glaucoma continues to grow and Dr. Knight is actively involved in research to improve glaucoma diagnostic accuracy and evaluate the effectiveness of emerging medical and surgical treatment options. He has received funding from the National Eye Institute to evaluate the role that 24-hour intraocular pressure and blood pressure fluctuations play in the development of glaucomatous vision loss. Additionally,

Dr. Knight is exploring potential gene therapy approaches to glaucoma management. Dr. Knight has written or co-authored nine peer reviewed journal articles.

Dr. Knight is accepting new patients at the Kittner Eye Center. He performs surgery at UNC Hillsborough Hospital and the Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center in Fayetteville.


Meredith R. Klifto, M.D.
Meredith R. Klifto, MD

Meredith R. Klifto, MD is a native of Oakdale, New York. She graduated from The New York University School of Medicine in 2013 and completed her ophthalmology residency at NYU. While a medical student, she volunteered at the NYC Free Clinic and the Harm Reduction Alliance, both at NYU.

Dr. Klifto completed her fellowship in glaucoma at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2019. She has numerous publications, abstracts and presentations in retina disease and glaucoma. Her clinical interests include glaucoma treatment by medical, laser and surgical means including trabeculectomy, tube shunt, minimally-invasive surgery, cataracts, ocular trauma and pediatric glaucoma. She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Phi Beta Kappa.

Dr. Klifto enjoys snow skiing, golf, boating and running. In college, she was a member of the NCAA Division I Crew Team at Colgate University and was a member of the women’s soccer team at Manchester University in Manchester, England, in 2007. She speaks Spanish and some German. Dr. Klifto lives locally with her husband, an orthopedic hand surgeon, and daughter.