Eye Doctors in Canton Ohio

Philip Roholt, MD, ABES; Canton, OH

philip roholt | ophthalmologistRefractive & Lens Implant Surgery
Philip C. Roholt, MD in Canton, Oh received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Minnesota. His ophthalmology residency was at the University of Florida. He was certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology in 1985 and was one of the first ophthalmologists in the country to be certified in the subspecialty of cataract/lens implant surgery (1989) and refractive surgery (1995) by the American Board of Eye Surgery (ABES). In March 2000 he received certification by the Council for Refractive Surgery Quality Assurance (CRSQA), and received LASIK certification by the American Board of Eye Surgery. He is the ONLY surgeon in Ohio to be LASIK certified by CRSQA, and the only eye surgeon in the country to be TRIPLE certified by ABES (lens implant, incisional refractive, and LASIK).

Dr. Roholt began his career as an eye doctor in 1984 with the intention of building the premier refractive surgery/lens implant practice in the Midwest. He began performing RK for myopia in 1985, while perfecting his general eye surgery skills. Dr. Roholt has been at the vanguard of refractive surgery advancements in the United States. He was the first eye doctor in Northeast Ohio to perform ALK for myopia and hyperopia in 1993 and received a national award for his study of corneal lamellar surgery in 1995.  He was an invited speaker concerning Ultrasound testing for the Visian ICL™ at ESCRS in Sweden in 2006.

The following are his Ohio “firsts:”

  • LASIK for myopia and hyperopia in 1996
  • INTACS™ for myopia in 1999
  • Zyoptix wavefront-guided LASIK in 2003
  • Verisyse™  implant for high myopia in 2004
  • Visian ICL™ for high myopia in 2006
  • Zyoptix ACE™ LASIK 4-D eyetracking in 2009
  • DALK (Moria) for keratoconus in 2009

Dr. Roholt formed Roholt Vision Institute(RVI) in 2001. His role in RVI is to continue the advancement of quality refractive, LASIK, lens implant and cataract surgery. Dr. Roholt along with Drs. Brian Mathie and Nick Lawrence provide consultation/ management of eye disease.

Dr. Roholt was named “Ophthalmologist of the Year” by the Optometric Refractive Surgery Society in 1999. He has partnered with Marine Reach, Vision Outreach International, Surgical Eye Expeditions, and Cross Eyed Missions in mission trips to Fiji and Central America.

Dr. Roholt loves to be with his wife and has four children. He attends Grace Baptist Church. He enjoys tennis, skiing and flying.

Meagan O. Celmer, M.D. –  Refractive, Lens implant, Cornea transplant surgery

meagan celmer | eye doctorDr. Meagan O. Celmer earned her undergraduate degree from John Carroll University where she graduated with Cum Laude honors. After obtaining her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Celmer completed her residency at the Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio.  Dr. Celmer then proceeded on with her education and completed a Cornea/Refractive fellowship at the University of Tennessee affiliated Wang Vision Institute in Nashville, Tn.

Dr. Celmer, being a cornea-refractive sub-specialist, is superbly trained in LASIK, premium intra-ocular lens in-plants, as well as corneal disorders.  She is well versed in the art of Keratoconus therapy, Corneal cross-linking and corneal transplantation techniques.

Dr. Celmer has done corneal cross linking research at one of the few FDA approved sites.  Additionally, she has presented some research concerning the treatment of post LASIK patients and multi-focal intra-ocular lenses at national meetings.  More importantly, her peers and mentors have found her to be a talented and discerning eye doctor with a superb bedside manner.


Brian E. Mathie, O.D., F.A.A.O.

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Dr. Brian Mathie has returned to his roots to take care of the patients of northeast Ohio in need of an experienced optometrist. After graduating first in his class at Louisville High School, he attended the Ohio State University and studied microbiology. He is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Optometry and completed a residency specializing in ocular disease at the Columbus and Chillicothe VA Medical Centers.

The son of a teacher, Dr. Mathie feels very strongly about education. From educating patients about various ocular conditions to lecturing nationally and internationally on the topics of ocular disease or refractive surgery, Dr. Mathie appreciates the value of knowledge and enjoys sharing it with others. He is an adjunct faculty member with the Ohio State University College of Optometry and a senior examiner for the National Board of Optometry Clinical Examinations. He served as president of the Ohio Optometric Association in 2004. His extensive experience in treating glaucoma, ocular infections and inflammation, and managing cataract and refractive surgery patients allows for thorough patient explanations.

Dr. Mathie was named the 2010 Ohio Optometrist of the Year by the Ohio Optometric Association. Chosen from more than 2000 optometrists statewide, Dr. Mathie received the award for “for outstanding contributions to the profession of optometry and public service”.

Dr. Mathie also appreciates the value of serving his community in nonmedical avenues as he is a Rotary member (past president), YMCA board member, active parishioner and Sunday school teacher, youth sports coach and school volunteer. Dr Mathie’s hobbies include golf, tennis, basketball, photography and spending quality family time with his wife and three children.


Nicholas Lawrence, O.D.

nicholas lawrence optometrist in cantonAfter nearly a decade of education, Dr. Nicholas G. Lawrence has decided to return to northeast Ohio to provide the finest patient care as an optometrist to its residents.  Dr. Lawrence is a graduate of Lakeview High School in Cortland, Ohio and upon graduation he attended Bowling Green State University where he attained a bachelor of science with a minor in chemistry. He continued his studies at The Ohio State University College of Optometry where he was honored as the outstanding clinician of his class. He then completed an additional year of residency training focusing on ocular disease at the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

After originally being a student of Roholt Vision Institute, Dr. Lawrence joined his mentors Drs. Roholt and Mathie in providing first-class ophthalmologic and optometric care. Additionally, this opportunity as an optometrist has allowed Dr. Lawrence to join the rank of adjunct faculty member with The Ohio State College of Optometry, where he continues to provide mentoring to current students of Optometry.

With his spare time Dr. Lawrence enjoys watching the Cavs and Indians, working out, playing pick-up basketball games, and golfing. He cherishes the time he spends with his wife Jacci and all of his family, who has been the foundation of his success.