Dr. Lowe was born in Chicago, Illinois but was raised by his maternal grandparents in Logan, West Virginia. He completed his undergraduate degree at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia (We Are... Marshall!) and his doctor of optometry degree (O.D.) at The Ohio State University College of Optometry in Columbus, Ohio in 2003.
Dr. Lowe completed an elective hospital-based residency program emphasizing ocular disease through the Michigan College of Optometry. As a resident he had appointments and hospital privileges at the Battle Creek and Grand Rapids VA Medical Centers. During his residency, he served as an adjunct professor at the Illinois and Indiana Colleges of Optometry.
Dr. Lowe is the only optometrist in the Grand Strand that completed a hospital-based residency. Only a small percentage of optometrists complete this elective training which involves more medically intense clinical education about the treatment and management of ocular diseases and how they relate to a patient's overall health. Optometry residencies are not required as in general medicine; they range from 1 to 2 years and provide advanced knowledge beyond the traditional 4-year doctorate program in certain specialties of patient care.
Following his residency, Dr. Lowe served as an assistant professor of medicine at the Joan C. Edwards College of Medicine at Marshall University. Following his appointment there, he moved to South Carolina and started a private/solo practice in Beaufort, South Carolina. He decided to rejoin the VA Medical System following his first private practice and became a staff optometrist at the Martinsburg, West Virginia VA Medical Center.
He eventually transferred to the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, South Carolina where he worked as the senior optometrist. Dr. Lowe served as an eye clinic service manager, student extern director and adjunct clinical faculty member of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (now Salus University) and Michigan's College of Optometry while at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. It was there where he was asked to move to the Myrtle Beach area and start a new eye clinic at the Market Common VA Medical Offices.
Following Dr. Lowe's service for our nation’s heroes, he worked as an Eye Care Director for the Target Optical division with Luxottica Group (headquartered in Mason, Ohio), the world's largest eyewear company. Missing direct patient care, Dr. Lowe decided to start For Your Eyes Site inside Costco in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in 2016.
Jan 2016 to Present: Owner/CEO - For Your Eyes Site (corporate and private) - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Jun 2015 to December 2015: Eye Care Director - Luxottica/Target Brand (HQs located in Mason, Ohio) South Territory:
Apr 2009 to Aug 2015: Senior Optometrist/Clinic Manager/Extern Director, Veterans Health Administration:
Jul 2014 to August 2015: Adjunct Professor - Michigan College of Optometry
Jul 2012 to Aug 2015: Adjunct Professor - Salus University (Pennsylvania College of Optometry)
Nov 2004 to Jul 2009: Founder/owner - Southern Eye Center (Private Practice)
July 2004 to September 2005: Assistant Professor of Medicine - Marshall University College of Medicine
July 2003 to July 2004: Residency/Resident Optometrist - Battle Creek and Grand Rapids, MI VA Medical Centers
Aug 2014: Grant Writing Certification (Non-profit/Universities) - University of Georgia
Jul 2014 to Mar 2015: Student Externship Director - Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
Feb 2014 to present: Certification in VA Research with Human Subjects via the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), Eligible to conduct human subject testing/research through the Veterans Health Association
Oct 2011 to present: National Tele-Retinal Imaging Program Diabetic Screening Reader / Serve as diabetic screening reader for the Tele-Retinal Imaging Program providing Tele-Health care for those with diabetes
Nov 2009 to present: Consultant - Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) - entity that reviews and bestows accreditation to optometric residencies and educational institutions
Jul 2007: American Diabetes Association, Beaufort, South Carolina / Community liaison for the ADA walks to fight diabetes and activity representative
Mar 2015: SECO International, Atlanta, Georgia / Multiple Congenital Hypertrophy of the Retinal Pigment Epithelium (CHRPE): An Ominous Sign for Systemic Conditions
Oct 2003: East West Eye Conference, Cleveland, Ohio / Talc Retinopathy: A Case Report (poster presenter)
Feb 2004: Grand Rapids VA Outpatient Clinic, Grand Rapids, Michigan / Orbital Blow-out Fracture
Mar 2004: Grand Rapids VA Outpatient Clinic, Grand Rapids, Michigan / Chronic Anterior Uveitis with a Steroid Responder
Apr 2004: Grand Rapids VA Outpatient Clinic, Grand Rapids, Michigan / Pathophysiology of Diabetic Retinopathy
May 2004: Grand Rapids VA Outpatient Clinic, Grand Rapids, Michigan / Temporal Arteritis
Feb 2005: Black Hawk Grill, Huntington, West Virginia / Dilemmas in Glaucoma: The Nerve and Angle
Mar 2006: University Alabama Birmingham College of Optometry, Birmingham, Alabama / Dry Eye: Debunking “Artificial” Cures
Jul 2005: Joan C. Edwards College of Medicine, Huntington, West Virginia / Strabismus: Screening, Detection, Treatment
Feb 2005: Joan C. Edwards College of Medicine, Huntington, West Virginia / Pediatric Glaucoma (pediatric residents)
Jul 2004: Battle Creek VA Medical Center, Battle Creek, Michigan / Diabetes and the Eye (bimonthly workshop) presented to families of diabetics
Apr 2004: Michigan College of Optometry, Big Rapids, Michigan / Pathophysiology of Diabetic Retinopathy
Apr 2004: Michigan College of Optometry, Big Rapids, Michigan / Resident’s Day: Glaucoma Presentations
Member - American Optometric Association (AOA) - Ocular Disease
Former Member - National Association of Veterans Affairs Optometrists (NAVAO)
Former Member - Armed Forces Optometric Society (AFOS)
2000-2002 Member - Epsilon Psi Epsilon Fraternity
Successful first attempt completion of Parts I, II, and III of National Boards including TMOD TPA/DPA
Licenses: unrestricted, fully therapeutic and diagnostic in South Carolina, Georgia