Alan Letson

Alan Letson, MD

  • Ophthalmology

About Me

As an ophthalmologist, my primary interest is in retinal diseases, especially diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and other vascular diseases. I have 35 years of experience, including more than 25,000 retinal surgeries and care for thousands of patients. I am particularly interested in providing consultations and second opinions for patients with retinal problems. I help those who desire more information and guidance for managing their conditions.

I've always enjoyed biological sciences and wanted to serve people. Medicine was the perfect combination. I love the patient care aspect of my practice. I still see patients that I started taking care of 30 years ago. Teaching is really enjoyable, too.

It's important for patients to play an active role in their care. The best treatment for one may not be the best for another. “Cookbook medicine” is not always best for individual patients. I provide each person with patient-specific information to help them select the treatment that best fits their needs.

Educating my patients also enables them to monitor their condition, report changes and practice the best preventative care. In addition, my leadership in many major retinal disease clinical trials enables me to provide cutting-edge therapy to my patients.


  • Rated in the top 10 percent of physicians in the nation for patient satisfaction, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Past director, Retina Division
  • Past director, Residency Program
  • Leader, Ohio State medical student ophthalmology curriculum

Specialties and conditions I treat

  • Ophthalmology
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa
  • Ophthalmology
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Retinal Vasculitis
  • Retinal Degeneration
  • Hypertensive Retinopathy
  • Vitreous Detachment
  • Susac Syndrome
  • Kearns-Sayre Syndrome
  • Choroid Hemorrhage
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
  • Epiretinal Membrane
  • Choroid Tumors
  • Choroidal Neovascularization
  • Central Serous Chorioretinopathy
  • Retinal Artery Occlusion
  • Angioid Streaks
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Retinal Hemorrhage
  • Retinal Neovascularization
  • Retinal Perforations
  • Retinal Telangiectasis
  • Retinitis
  • Uveal Diseases
  • Coloboma
  • Choroideremia
  • Gyrate Atrophy
  • Choroid Diseases
  • Uveitis, Intermediate
  • Scotoma
  • Hemoglobin, Sickle
  • Hemoglobin SC Disease
  • Geographic Atrophy
  • Wet Macular Degeneration
  • Retinal Drusen
  • Retinal Dystrophies
  • Retinoschisis
  • Cytomegalovirus Retinitis
  • Usher Syndromes
  • Macular Edema
  • Vitelliform Macular Dystrophy
  • Chorioretinitis
  • Retinal Necrosis Syndrome, Acute
  • Choroiditis
  • Pars Planitis
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Retinal Diseases
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Retinal Detachment

Locations where I practice

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Education and training

Medical Degree

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine


Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
1/1/1978 - 1/1/1981

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Board Certification

American Board of Ophthalmology

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Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the University requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their University responsibilities.

As of 03/28/2017, Dr. Letson has reported no financial relationships with medical device, research and/or drug companies.