Gregg Russell, OD is an optometrist at the Marietta Eye Clinic.

Gregg Russell, O.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.O., F.S.L.S., Diplomate, C.C.L.R.T. (On Leave of Absence)




The ophthalmologists and optometrists of the Marietta Eye Clinic each chose to join this practice because of a common philosophy, providing the highest quality patient care possible. Marietta Eye doctors are the experts in their fields, the top graduates in their educational and training programs, and deeply compassionate health care providers. The physicians and optometrists here research and provide the latest technology for their patients, listen intently to their patients’ needs, and ensure their patients have the highest quality support and surgical staff available. We invite you to explore the credentials and personality of our doctors on this page. Thank you for considering the Marietta Eye Clinic.


Primary Care Optometry
Ocular Disease
Myopia Control
Postoperative Surgical Co-Management
Specialty Contact Lenses – including intralimbal, limbal, and scleral designs for routine or irregular shaped corneas from keratoconus, pellucid marginal degenerations, or surgery


Board-certified, American Board of Certification in Medical Optometry
Diplomate, Cornea, Contact Lens, and Refractive Technologies
Fellow, American Academy of Optometry
Fellow, Scleral Lens Society
Associate Professor, Illinois College of Optometry
Associate Professor, Salus University
Georgia Optometry and Therapeutic License

Honors & Awards

Cobb County “Best Of” Winner – 2019. Selected top 3 best Ophthalmologist/Optometrist in Cobb County.

ICO Externship Clinician of the Year – 2018. Nationally selected by student doctors.

Apollo Award – 2015. Statewide award given to optometrist providing significant public service to the citizens of the State of Georgia.

Georgia Young Optometrist of the Year – 1995.

Julius Neumueller Research Award – 1990. An international award given by the American Academy of Optometry to the student writing the best clinical paper in optics.

National Eye Institute Research Fellowship – 1987, 1988, 1989. Research scholarships given to students exhibiting outstanding qualification in the area of ophthalmic research.


Salus University, Philadelphia, PA. Master of Public Health

Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD. Certificate in Global Health Engagement

Air University, Montgomery, AL. Graduate of Air War College

University of Houston College of Optometry, Houston, TX. Doctor of Optometry

Emory University, Atlanta, GA. Bachelor of Arts Chemistry/Biology

University of Houston College of Optometry, Houston, TX. Coursework completed for Master of Science in Physiological Optics

Professional Associations

Georgia Optometric Association
American Optometric Association
Armed Forces Optometric Society
American Public Health Association

Research & Publications

Numerous clinical, pre- and post-market studies on contact lens design.

Chaglasian E, Russell GE. Is Beauty Skin Deep? Review of Cornea and Contact Lens, Mar 2011.

Bowling E, Russell GE. Topical Steroids and the Treatment of Dry Eye. Review of Cornea and Contact Lens, Mar 2011.

Ernest Bowling, Christina Sindt, Joseph Shovlin, Gregg Russell. Corneal Atlas. Supplement to Review of Optometry, Jan 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010.

Chaglasian E, Russell GE. Strategies for Success. Review of Cornea and Contact Lens, Mar 2010

Russell GE, Bowling E. A Material Benefit. Review of Cornea and Contact Lens, Sept 2009.

Russell GE, Bowling E. This year’s hits: Drugs, Drops, and Lenses. Review of Cornea and Contact Lens, Sept 2008

Russell GE. Presbyopia: Seeing is Believing. Review of Cornea and Contact Lens, Sept 2008

Russell GE. All Eyes Toward the Future. Review of Cornea and Contact Lens, May 2008

Russell GE. Cruel and Unusual Infections of the Anterior Segment. Review of Cornea and Contact Lens, Jan 2008

Russell GE. Bandage Lenses. New Opportunities in Practice. Contact Lens Spectrum, June, 2004

Lichter H, Russell GE, Waring GO 3 rd . Repositioning the laser in situ keratomileusis flap at the slit lamp. J. Refract Surg 2004; 20: 166-9.

Russell GE, Jafri B, Lichter H, Waring GO 3rd . Late onset decreased vision in a steroid responder after LASIK associated with interface fluid. J. Refract surg 2004; 20: 91-2.

Russell GE, Stulting RD, Thompson KP. Postoperative LASIK visual aberrations and treatment with InterWave guided multipass, multistage correction. Optometry and Vision Science, 2003; 80: 93-6.

Russell GE, and Wick B. A Prospective Study of Treatment of Accommodative Insufficiency. Optometry and Vision Science, 1993; 70: 131-5.

Russell GE, Bergmanson JPG, Barbeito R, and Cross WD. Differences Between Objective and Subjective Refractions after Radial Keratotomy. Refractive and Corneal Surgery 1992; 8: 290-5.

Russell GE, Wick B, and Tang RA. Arnold Chiari Malformation. Optometry and Vision Science, 1992; 69: 242-7.

Russell GE. Summary of the Sixth Annual Contact Lens and Cornea Symposium. The Contact Lens Journal, 1990; 18: 20-3.

Russell GE, Bergmanson JPG, and Godio L. Multiple Applications of the NCT: An Assessment of the Instrument’s Effect on IOP. Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, 1989; 9: 212-4.

Leadership Experience

Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force Reserve, February 2010 – present.

Chairman, Georgia Lion’s Lighthouse Night of Spectacles Ball. Only two-time Chairman of Annual Fundraiser responsible for collecting more than $175K, 2014 – 2015.

President, Greater Atlanta Optometric Association. 245 Member Organization, 2013.

919th SOMDS Annual Training Project Officer. Developed and implemented training program for 67 enlisted and 25 officers, April – May, 2019.

Optometry Officer in Charge, East Thompson IRT, Thomson, GA. Performed more than 865 exams and provided $140,000.00 of eye care services, including glasses determination, July 2018.

Optometry Mission Officer in Charge, Smoky Mountain IRT, Hayesville, NC. Provided planning, equipping, and oversight of ten Optometrists in a two-location vision clinic and responsible for more than $500,000 in health services, including more than 2000+ clinical visits and 1000+ spectacle prescriptions, including fabrication, July – August 2017.

Optometry Officer in Charge, Operation Flintlock, Senegal. Responsible for planning, equipping and oversight of a two-man team tasked with humanitarian eye health exams in three clinic sites, February – March, 2016.