Since 2005, Daniel Island Eye Care has been the Island’s trusted source for comprehensive eye care. Our tight-knit community means the world to us, and when you’re part of our patient roster, we treat you like our neighbor.
Our bubbly and compassionate team is always at your beck and call for all things related to your ocular health. But, don’t be surprised if we get to know you personally, too. We believe fostering relationships helps us better serve you and treat your eyes based on your lifestyle.
While Daniel Island Eye Care offers various services to suit all patients, we’re especially excited to offer the largest inventory of contact lenses in South Carolina. Our technologically focused, family-oriented, welcoming practice is Daniel Island’s choice for quality eye care.
Dr. Turner is extremely proud to be Daniel Island’s first optometrist, a distinction that has brought him great respect throughout the community. As a therapeutically licensed optometrist, Dr. Turner provides his patients with multifaceted care.
His practice has a unique approach thanks to his diverse blend of experience. He completed internships at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, MS, Montrose Veterans Hospital in Montrose, NY, and Huntington Veterans Hospital in Huntington, WV. These experiences have given Dr. Turner the confidence and ability to treat eyes of all ages and stages. Dr. Turner graduated with a BS in biology from Virginia Tech and received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Indiana University School of Optometry in Bloomington, IN.
Dr. Turner is passionate about pediatric vision care and contact lenses. In 2010, Daniel Island Eye Care became South Carolina’s source for the largest inventory of contact lenses. Dr. Turner receives contact lens referrals from the entire coast of SC, as well as NC. In 2011, because of his passion and expertise with contact lenses, Dr. Turner was selected to join Johnson & Johnson’s contact lens division as a professional speaker.
He is also proud to be a member of InfantSEE, providing free comprehensive eye exams to babies under 1 year old.
Dr. Turner has also been a part of the Adopt a Teacher program at the Daniel Island School since its inception. He now teaches an eye dissection lab to three 8th grade science classes every year.
At the other end of the spectrum, Dr. Turner has spent 5 years at Charleston nursing homes, caring for the eyes of elderly adults that cannot leave the nursing home for optometric care.
Dr. Turner married the love of his life, Erin, on October 15th, 2011. Outside of the office, Dr. Turner and Erin can be routinely seen running and cycling on Daniel Island and enjoying the lifestyle on Sullivan’s Island and downtown Charleston.
Fast Facts on Dr. T
Member of: the Daniel Island Business Association, the Charleston Chamber of Commerce, the South Carolina Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association, and the Charleston Chapters of Virginia Tech and Indiana Alumni Associations.
Hometown: South Bend, IN
Favorite food/restaurant: Pizza, sushi, chocolate chip cookies! Basil and La Pizzeria.
Wearing glasses since: Diagnosed with myopia (nearsightedness) at 7 years old and received his first pair of glasses… They were not pretty!
Favorite pair of sunglasses: Oakley Jawbone with transition lenses. Absolutely the perfect pair of cycling glasses. I love them.
Hobbies: Triathlons during the summer, football in the fall, beach anytime.
What’s playing on my iPod/music device: Pearl Jam. I have seen them in concert over 15 times. Musically, still stuck in the 90s.
Favorite saying/quote: “Hope is not a plan.” – Lou Holtz
Pet peeve: The phrase, “I can’t.”
Can’t go without my: Sunglasses.
Dr. Baley Petersen, OD
Dr. Baley Petersen is originally from northwest Iowa and completed her undergrad at Iowa State University in Ames, IA. She then attended Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN.
While in optometry school, she completed externships in Memphis, Dallas, and Mount Pleasant, discovering that Mount Pleasant was where she wanted to be. Following graduation, Dr. Petersen completed an additional year of training, with a focus on primary care and ocular disease, through a residency at the Memphis Veteran Affairs Medical Center.
With her rigorous preparation complete, Dr. Petersen finally realized her dream of relocating permanently to the Charleston area by joining Daniel Island Eye Care. She is extremely excited to begin her professional career alongside Dr. Turner and the welcoming staff.
Fast Facts on Dr. Baley Petersen
Hometown: Farmgirl from Cleghorn, IA (272 people)!
Favorite food/restaurant: Love trying new food but adore Poe’s tuna tacos.
Favorite music: Mumford & Sons, Journey, alternative rock.
Favorite saying: In regards to unhappy people: “Kill them with kindness!”
Pet peeve: When people don’t reply to messages.
Can’t go without my: Sunglasses & cell phone.
Favorite frame designer: Gucci.
Dr. Jean Silecchia, OD
Originally from Long Island, NY, Dr. Jean Silecchia received her undergraduate degree from SUNY College at Cortland. After receiving her Bachelor of Science in biological sciences, she attended Pennsylvania College of Optometry, graduating with a Doctorate in Optometry and a Bachelor of Science in vision science.
During the last year and a half of her time at Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Dr. Silecchia rotated at different eye clinics throughout the East Coast, including offices in Miami, Philadelphia, the DC area, and the Charleston area. Each rotation emphasized various aspects of optometry, including disease, contact lenses, and primary care. After her rotations, Dr. Silecchia graduated with honors and received an award for Clinical Excellence in Primary Care.
Dr. Silecchia is licensed to practice Optometry in South Carolina. She is a member of the American Optometric Association, South Carolina Optometric Association, and the Coastal Carolina Optometric Society.
When she’s not in the office, Dr. Silecchia enjoys spending time with her husband Cody, son Bennett, their pug Romeo, and rescue boxer/hound Bella. She enjoys relaxing at the beach with a good book and many other outdoor activities around the area.
Favorite Charleston restaurant: Hyman’s Seafood
Favorite vacation destination: New Orleans
Favorite frame designer: Banana Republic
Favorite Football Team: Tulane Green Wave
Favorite Hobby: Spending time with my husband, our two dogs, and our two cats.
Favorite Charleston restaurant: Poe’s Tavern or BoxCar Betty’s
Favorite vacation destination: San Diego or Las Vegas
Favorite frame designer: Oakley
Favorite football team: No Football, only Hockey—GO CAPS!
Favorite hobby: Playing with the dog
Favorite Charleston restaurant: FIG and Indaco
Favorite vacation destination: Belize
Favorite frame designer: Lafont
Favorite football team: Clemson and the Eagles
Favorite hobby: Spending time with my cats, family, and friends
Ann Lauren T., Optician
Ann Lauren is originally from Greenwood, MS, and has lived in various cities throughout the southeast, including Marietta, GA, and Birmingham, AL. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi, where she was also an active member of the sorority Kappa Alpha Theta.
Immediately following college, she began her career in the optical world and became an American Board Certified Optician. She thoroughly enjoys helping people select the proper eyewear to see and look their best.
In the summer, you will most likely find her at the beach, but during football season, she will be cheering on her Ole Miss Rebels! Hotty Toddy!
Favorite Charleston restaurant: The Darling
Favorite vacation destination: Pensacola, FL
Favorite frame designer: Oliver Peoples
Favorite football team: Ole Miss Rebels, Hotty Toddy!
Favorite hobby: Spin class
Favorite Charleston restaurant: Early Bird Diner
Favorite vacation destination: Asheville, NC
Favorite frame designer: Arbor
Favorite football team: Carolina Panthers
Favorite hobby: Working out
Located between Charleston and Mount Pleasant, SC, you can find us at the corner of Daniel Island Drive and Seven Farms Drive, next to Orlando’s Pizza. We have parking in front and a large lot behind our building.