William Pearce, M.D.

William Pearce, M.D. is an ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained specialist in the management of medical and surgical diseases of the retina and vitreous. He is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Pearce was born in southeast Texas, where he and his wife grew up. He completed his undergraduate degree with highest honors in biology at The University of Texas at Austin. After receiving an academic scholarship, he then completed his medical school training at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, followed by a transitional internship at UT Southwestern. Dr. Pearce and his wife, who is an attorney, then moved to Atlanta, where he completed his residency and fellowship training at the Emory Eye Center. During his time at Emory, Dr. Pearce was involved in numerous research projects, including participating as a co-investigator in clinical trials involving novel drug delivery strategies to treat retinal vascular disease and uveitis. Moreover, during his time at Grady Memorial Hospital, he developed an interest in caring for patients with infectious uveitis and has published several papers on this topic. More recently, his interest has shifted to macular disease related to chronic exposure to oral medications, where he has recently had a paper accepted in the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s journal, Ophthalmology.

Dr. Pearce is available for consultation at the Georgia Eye Institute locations in Savannah, Pooler and Vidalia. He will also begin to see patients in our new Bluffton office later this year. His areas of expertise include: retinal detachment, diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration, trauma, infectious uveitis and macular disease. He is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Retina Specialists and Georgia Society of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Pearce and his wife, April, reside in Savannah and are expecting their first child in December 2018.



Emory Eye Center
Fellowship in Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery

Emory Eye Center
Ophthalmology Residency

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Transitional Internship

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Doctor of Medicine

The University of Texas at Austin
Bachelor of Science in Biology



Peer Reviewed:

  1. Pearce W, Hanif A and Jain N. Re: FDA BRUDAC 2018 Criteria for Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome Clinical Trials: Future Direction for Research: J.C. Nickel and R. Moldwin J Urol 2018; 200:39-42. [Letter to the Editor]; Journal of Urology. 2018. Aug 3. Epub ahead of print 
  2. Pearce W, Chen R and Jain N. Pigmentary Maculopathy Associated with Chronic Exposure to Pentosan Polysulfate Sodium. Ophthalmology. 2018 May 22 Epub ahead of print 
  3. Williams P, Pearce W, Smith J and Robinson J. Profound visual recovery at 16 months after resolution of serous retinal detachments secondary to thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura: case report and literature review. Retina Cases and Brief Reports. 2018. Feb 22. Epub ahead of print. 
  4. Sood A, Pearce W, Workowski K, Lockwood J and Yeh S. Combined Intravitreal and Systemic Antibiotic Therapy in a Patient with Syphilitic Uveitis. Ocular Immunology and Inflammation. 2017; Oct 20:1-3. Epub ahead of print.
  5. Pearce W and Yeh S. Managing cytomegalovirus retinitis in HIV and non-HIV patients. Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers and Imaging Retina. 2016; 47(2): 103-7.
  6. Taibbi G, Kim J, Bakir B, Shenoy S, Pearce W et al. Correlation and Agreement Between Cirrus HD-OCT “RNFL Thickness Map” and Scan Circle Retinal Nerve Fiber Layer Thickness Measurements. Journal of Glaucoma. 2016; 25(2): 208-16.
  7. Pearce W, Hsu J and Yeh S. Advances in drug delivery to the posterior segment. Current Opinion in Ophthalmology. 2015; 26(3):233-9.

Non-Peer Reviewed:

  1. Pearce W, Williams, P. Wells, J and Yan J. Morning Rounds: A Curious Case of Night Blindness. EyeNet. 2017; 21(2): 37-8.
  2. Wells J, Pearce W, Payne J and Yeh S. Morning Rounds: The Case of the Pregnant Woman with a Visual Disturbance. EyeNet. 2016; 20(1): 33-4


  1. Pearce W and Biousse V. “Toxic Retinopathy: Deferoxamine Toxicity.” PDF. [NOVEL/Emory Eye Center Collection]. 2015. Available at: http://content.lib.utah.edu/cdm/ref/collection/ehsl-eec/id/112. July 6, 2015.
  2. Pearce W and Biousse V. “Pituitary Adenoma Chiasm Compression:  Nonfunctioning Pituitary Adenoma with Chiasmal Compression.” PDF. [NOVEL/Emory Eye Center Collection]. 2015. Available at: http://content.lib.utah.edu/cdm/ref/collection/ehsl-eec/id/86. March 12, 2015.
  3. Pearce W, Yan J and Yeh S. “Ironing Out the Details.” PDF. [ASRS Spotlight Cases]. 2015. Available at: https://www.asrs.org/education/spotlight-case. February 2, 2015.


Bluffton Parkway Location:
109 Persimmon Street
Bluffton, SC

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Savannah Location:
4720 Waters Avenue
Savannah, Georgia
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Pooler Location:
1000 Towne Center, Unit 806
Pooler, GA 31322
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Vidalia Location:
104 Charles Andrew Dr., Suite 102
Vidalia, Georgia 30474
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