About Our Practice

Griffin Eye Center

At Griffin Eye Center we are dedicated to providing our patients with the best possible vision.  Our team of Experienced Professionals Includes: Neil B. Griffin, M.D., Board-Certified and Fellowship Trained Ophthalmologist who Specializes in Cataract, LASIK and Corneal Surgery, Rueben R. Tipton, M.D., FACS, Board-Certified Ophthalmologist in Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Shawn D. Thomas, OD, Specializes in Comprehensive Ophthalmology and Dry Eye Disease, and Shantae Seifert, Physician Assistant-C MPAS. 

Dr. Neil Griffin, M.D.

Neil Griffin, M.D. specializes in cataract refractive surgery, LASIK surgery and corneal diseases. Dr. Griffin is a pioneer in endokeratoplasty, a new type of corneal transplantation technique. He has presented study results and his technique to surgeons in both the United States and abroad. As an Ophthalmologist leader in the field he continues to instruct corneal surgeons on the latest advancements. Dr. Griffin received his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He served his internship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and completed his residency at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. He received his highly-specialized fellowship in cornea and external disease from the University of Texas in Houston. He is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is also a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Contact Griffin Eye Center for more information.

Shantae Seifert, PA-C MPAS


Shantae Seifert, a physician assistant who has joined our practice, completed her undergraduate training at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She then went on to finish her graduate degree in physician assistant sciences from Saint Francis University.

As a physician assistant in surgery for the last 7 years, she has transitioned to ophthalmology and is excited to bring her years of surgical experience and medical training to Griffin Eye Center.

She currently serves as the Grand Strand Representative for the South Carolina Physician Assistant Society. Shantae is an active member on the board for the South Carolina Physician Assistant Society, and member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three dogs at the beach, traveling, golfing, and photography.

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Shawn D. Thomas, OD

Shawn D. Thomas, OD

Dr. Shawn D. Thomas, a native of Pennsylvania, completed his undergraduate studies at Penn State University. He went on to obtain his Doctorate of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.  He continued his extensive training at The Eye Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Medical Hospital at Langley Air Force Base, Hampton, Virginia and Katzen Eye Group in Baltimore, Maryland.

Dr. Thomas was the clinical director at INSIGHT LASIK and Refractive Group in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he managed over 20,000 refractive surgery cases in his twelve years of practice. He has also published extensively on refractive surgery and has lectured internationally in his almost 20 years as a treating physician.  

Dr. Thomas is an avid outdoorsman and his love for the ocean and offshore fishing brought him to the Myrtle Beach area.  He resides in Murrells Inlet with his wife, Corrie, and two step daughters, Londyn and Vivien.  He enjoys spending time with his family, on the golf course and as Captain aboard his fishing boat, Underdog.  

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Reuben R. Tipton, Ⅲ, M.D., FACS


Reuben Tipton, M.D., specializes in comprehensive ophthalmology. He grew up in Tiptonville, Tennessee.

Dr. Tipton received his undergraduate degree from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, with honors in Biology. He received his medical degree from University Tennessee-Memphis and residency at the University of Alabama Eye Foundation Hospital and basic science portion at Stanford University.

Dr. Tipton has been in private practice in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina since 1980. He has received the Myrtle Beach, Herald newspaper, “Ophthalmology of the Year Award” and has been included in numerous editions of “The Best Doctors in America”, Southeast Region. All doctors selected for this publication were chosen by other physicians within their specialty.

Dr. Tipton is board certified and is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and South Carolina Society of Ophthalmology. He enjoys fishing, wildlife and landscape photography, food and wine and travel.

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