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Karen Shelton, M.D.

Dr. Karen Shelton Ophthalmologist

Fellowship Trained Glaucoma Specialist

VisionAmerica is excited to announce the addition of Dr. Karen Shelton to the Birmingham/Tuscaloosa area. With over 20-years of experience in ophthalmology, Dr. Shelton specializes in glaucoma and cataract surgery and will be a huge asset to our team!

Originally from Washington, D.C., Dr. Shelton attended Howard University where she finished with a degree in Chemical Engineering. It was at Howard University where she met her husband, who was studying mechanical engineering. After graduating from college, they got married and his job with Ford Motor Company took them to Michigan.

At that time, Dr. Shelton decided she wanted to go to medical school and took the additional pre-med courses required to attend. A few years, she was accepted to medical school and finished her internship at Henry Ford Hospital.

After moving to New Jersey where she did her residency at Harlem Hospital in Affiliation with Columbia Presbyterian, she then did a Glaucoma Fellowship with the internationally-recognized doctors Eve Higginbotham and Alan Robin in Baltimore, Maryland.

Later moving to the Tidewater, Virginia area, she joined Hampton Roads Eye Associates after working at a couple of local Ophthalmology practices. It was at Hampton Roads Eye Associates (a multi-specialty group) that she practiced for almost twenty years.

Upon one of the senior partners retiring and leaving the area, Dr. Shelton decided to look for a change and move closer to her family and hometown of Washington, D.C., since her youngest child was starting college.

Over time, she decided to gravitate south so that her family can be a little closer to her husband’s family and this is when the opportunity with VisionAmerica came about.

Primarily practicing glaucoma and cataract surgery, she has performed multiple glaucoma procedures including: Trabeculectomies, Ahmed Valves, Baerveldt Aqueous Drainage Devices, iStents, and the now recently discontinued Cypass stents.

She has also been performing Cataract surgery using the Femtosecond Laser (LenSx), Multifocal/Accommodating IOLs, and Toric IOLs.


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