Dr. Carlson was born and raised in Escanaba, Michigan. He married his wife Amy in 1995 and they have four children Masey, Lizzie, Allie, and Jack.
Dr. Carlson attended Ferris State University and received a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He then attended the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University, graduating in 1995. His Externships included working at the VA’s in Fort Wayne and Marion Indiana, Eglin AFB’s Optometry Clinic, and a Detroit Medicaid Clinic. He is always taking continuing education classes and attending seminars to stay current with new up-to-date treatments and technology. He is always seeking the latest technologies in the treatment, management and prevention of ocular diseases such as Glaucoma, Diabetes, age related macular degeneration and other ocular pathology. He has over 15 years of experience in co-managing LASIK, PRK, and cataract surgery. He has provided eye care to well over 50,000 people in his career.
He started with LensCrafters in Knoxville as an associate doctor in 1995. In 2003, he moved to the Tri-Cities area and took the leases in LensCrafters in the Johnson City and Kingsport Malls. He also has an office in the Turkey Creek area of Knoxville which was opened in 2005. In 2016, Dr. Carlson added two more locations: one in Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia and one at the West Town Mall in Knoxville. Dr. Carlson was appointed to the State Optometry Board in 2015. He also has lectured for Johnson and Johnson Vision Care. He has consulted with various contact lens companies. He mentors area students interested in Optometry as a profession.
American Optometric Association (AOA), TN Optometric Association (TOA), ALLDOCS, Northeast Tennessee Society of Optometric Physicians, East TN Optometric Association (ETOA), LensCrafters One Sight Foundation. LensCrafters OD Ignite Doctors program. The State of Tennessee Optometry Board. He works with and has received awards from the area Lions Club organizations. He mentors area students interested in Optometry as a profession.
Includes spending time with family, boating, traveling, antiques, reading, golfing, basketball, coaching local youth sports, and is an avid sports fan- Go Big Orange!