Paul McDaniel, D.O.
Southern Eye Group

As a board certified ophthalmologist and osteopathic physician, Dr. Paul McDaniel is uniquely qualified to provide a full spectrum of eye care in a patient-centered approach. Dr. McDaniel has expertise in surgical and medical management of a variety of ocular pathology including cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye, strabismus, pterygium, refractive surgery and astigmatism correction, cosmetic and functional eyelid surgery, and other advanced surgery.

Originally from Covington, Louisiana, Dr. McDaniel graduated cum laude from Tulane University. He then attended medical school at the founding school of osteopathic medicine, AT Still University in Kirksville, Missouri where he graduated with honors. He moved to St. Louis for his medical internship and then completed his residency training in Ophthalmology at Saint Louis University where he quickly gained a reputation for being a highly skilled and proficient surgeon. Dr. McDaniel set the record for performing the most cataract surgery in the history of his residency program, which was established over 100 years ago. He also pioneered the use of MIGS (minimally invasive glaucoma surgery) at his residency program and was instrumental in incorporating their use into daily practice. Additionally, he was the first physician to implant a MIGS device in a live patient at Saint Louis University.

Dr. McDaniel has been involved in teaching and research throughout his career. He has many peer-reviewed publications, authored multiple book chapters, and has presented research at national meetings. Dr. McDaniel is the proud recipient of the Saint Louis University Harry Brady Resident Research Award for his work on a novel surgical approach involving limbal filtration with simultaneous Baerveldt tube shunt implantation for patients with advanced glaucoma. He has a passion for patient education and believes patients do best when they understand their eye and its associated disease processes. Dr. McDaniel strives to give every patient the care and education they deserve.

A devoted husband and a father, Dr. McDaniel is happily married to his wife, Kylie. Together, the four of them enjoy being outside, hiking, playing games, watching movies, swimming, golfing, cooking, and traveling.

Dr. McDaniel cares deeply for his patients and understands that everyone is different with unique goals and needs. Whether its cataract surgery, dry eye management, glaucoma surgery, or any other eye problem, Dr. McDaniel will work hard to provide you with the best, individualized care that you deserve!


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