About Carlisle Vision Care
Our goal is to provide comprehensive eye and vision services in a truly caring manner. We pride ourselves on understanding the different needs of individuals of all ages.
Our story begins in 1952, when Dr. Herbert “Ted” Halliday began his practice of optometry. Over the next 35 years, he developed a loyal patient base by caring for the people of the Carlisle area. Dr. Yorkgitis joined the practice in 1983 and introduced specialty children’s care and vision therapy as new services. In 1988, Dr. Grieneisen came aboard and brought with him additional general optometric and vision therapy knowledge. In 2002, the practice moved to its current location on State Avenue. It has been a pleasure to serve our community in such a convenient and modern facility.
Our Vision Experts
A.J. Grieneisen, O.D. FCOVD
Dr. A.J. Grieneisen is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1978) and Pennsylvania College of Optometry (1983). He began his professional career as the Director of the Chattanooga Vision and Perception Center in Tennessee, where he was responsible for evaluations and treatment of children and adults with binocular and learning-related visual problems. In 1987, he completed a Fellowship through the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. The following year Dr. Grieneisen moved to join the practice in Carlisle.
In addition to providing general optometric eye care for our patients, Dr. Grieneisen has professional interests in the management and treatment of ocular disease, visual training and low vision remediation for partially sighted individuals. He has served as state director for two national optometric organizations and has lectured at the Reading Seminar on Advanced Behavioral Vision and the South East Vision Forum.
An ardent supporter of the Carlisle community, Dr. Grieneisen coached YMCA travel soccer for many years. He and his wife, Deb, were active parent volunteers while their three children attended Carlisle High School.
Derek D. Kramer, OD
Dr. Derek D. Kramer graduated from Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University in 2015 with clinical and academic honors. He received the awards for clinical excellence in pediatrics at the Eye Institute and the Blanchard award for excellence in contact lens design. He completed clinical rotations at Charles Griffen Family Eye Care in Malvern, PA, Kay Tabas and Niknam Ophthalmology Associates in Philadelphia, PA, and Einstein Ophthalmology in Philadelphia. Durin ghis clinical externships Dr. Kramer gained valuable experienc ein the management and treatment of ocular disease using the latest in diagnostics and contact lens technologies. He diagnoses and medically treats all eye disease, performs eye health and vision exams, prescribes glasses, and fits all types of contact lenses.
Dr. Kramer is a central PA native. He graduated from Big Spring High School and Juniata College where he played four years of collegiate football. He currently resides in Carlisle with his wife Kara.
Elizabeth Karns, OD
Dr. Elizabeth Karns was born and raised in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania. She graduated with honors from Northern York High School In 2009. She was recruited to play division I collegiate field hockey at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she served as a team captain her senior year. She graduated from UMass Amherst in 2013 with a bachelor of science in Kinesiology and was inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, a National College Athlete Honors Society.
She went on to receive her doctorate of optometry from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University- School of Optometry in 2018, where she graduated salutatorian. She was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Sigma Kappa honor societies. During optometry school, she served as a board member of the Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity and completed a mission trip to San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua in 2017.
After graduation, she completed a Residency in Ocular Disease from the New England College of Optometry in 2019 at the Manchester Veteran Affairs Medical Center in New Hampshire. She is an active member of the American Academy of Optometry.
Dr. Karns provides optometric services, including comprehensive eye health exams for all ages, contact lens fittings, diabetic eye exams and emergency eye visits. She enjoys diagnosing and managing ocular disease including glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, dry eye disease, foreign body removal, and any other conditions that may affect eye health or vision. Dr. Karns believes that education is the cornerstone for better eye health and she strives to educate each patient about their eyes and advises on how to continue good eye wellness.
On a personal note, Dr. Karns loves all outdoor activities including water sports, running, hiking, biking, riding motorcycles and ATV’s, swimming, and snow-skiing. She also enjoys going to concerts, movies, football games, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. Growing up, she was active with East Coast Field Hockey Club and went on to coach at summer camps, U-10, and U-13 girls teams. She also obtained her PIAA and USA Field Hockey Umpire Licenses. She is a lover of animals and volunteers at the local pet shelters.