After his graduation from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1974, Dr. Greene first practiced in New York City. He was a staff member at the Helen Keller Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and a vision consultant to the St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf where he published research on managing the vision needs of hearing impaired children. After moving to Buffalo, NY, he became a staff optometrist at Group Health, Inc. and at the Blind Association of Western New York. He moved to Durham with his wife and first son in 1980. He established Academy Eye Associates in 1980, joined in the forming of Ocutech, a Chapel Hill developer of vision aids for the visually impaired in 1984 and joined the ophthalmology faculty at UNC School of Medicine in 1991 where he is now a clinical professor.
His professional interests are broad and include general eyecare and specialty work in contact lenses, children’s vision, and vision rehabilitation, which involves treating individuals who have reduced vision due to development disorders, diseases of the eyes, stroke, head trauma or neurological disease. He has treated patients who have traveled from throughout the US, Europe, the Caribbean, and South America.
As a faculty member in the Department of Ophthalmology at UNC, Dr. Greene teaches residents, sees patients and directs UNC’s vision rehabilitation clinic. In the past he has collaborated with the Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Program and the Center for Human Development and Aging both at Duke University.
As Vice-President of Ocutech, Dr. Greene has been the principal investigator on over $1.5 million in NIH grant funding to develop optical devices to aid the visually impaired and has received numerous awards for his work. Doctors throughout the world now prescribe Ocutech devices developed through these efforts. Dr. Greene is widely published in peer-reviewed journals and texts and presents lectures and courses nationally and internationally on managing the needs of the visually impaired. In 2008 he received the William Feinbloom Career Achievement Award, one of Optometry’s highest honors, from the American Academy of Optometry for his work in visual impairment.
Dr. Greene lives in Durham with his wife, Marilyn Telen, MD, Chief of the Division of Hematology at Duke. He has two grown sons; the eldest an international political scientist based in Moscow, and the second a Computer Science graduate from Carnegie-Mellon University. Dr. Greene enjoys photography, skiing, tennis, and metal sculpture. He is a long serving member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina.