Columbia Eye Clinic
2013 Local Business Champion
Columbia Eye Clinic, founded in 1923 by Dr. Walter J. Bristow, Sr., has grown to a 13-physician practice with three locations that sees more than 130,000 patients every year and performs nearly 500 surgeries a month. Despite the hectic pace, the employees of the clinic always make time to give back to the community in which they live and work. Doctors see patients at the Free Medical Clinic, and the clinic was the first partner in Operation Cataract, a project of SC Lions Charitable Services that provides 15 to 20 reduced rate cataract surgeries each year. They also provide a variety of other laser surgeries at reduced rates, which has been especially helpful to those without health insurance. In addition, the clinic also raises money for Harvest Hope and Pawmetto Lifeline, and it holds regular blood drives for the Red Cross. Each year, it sponsors a team in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk to Cure Diabetes. They have also partnered with Southeastern Guide Dogs to adopt a seeing-eye dog as a puppy.