Quality Care Starts With Your Choice Of Doctor

Catherine Kister, O.D.



Catherine Kister, O.D., a native Midwesterner, has loved serving the community of Charleston and Mount Pleasant for more than a decade at Premier Eye Care, P.A.  Dr. Kister graduated with honors from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and went on to earn her Doctor of Optometry degree graduating from the University of Missouri - St. Louis College of Optometry with honors. Dr. Kister has had advanced training in contact lenses, including specialty contact lenses, pediatric optometry, low vision rehabilitation, and ocular disease management.

When not seeing patients, Dr. Kister’s hobbies include running and exercise (mainly so that she can enjoy all the excellent restaurants Charleston has to offer), starting the Rosetta Stone Italian program (one day she swears she will finish it), and travelling around the world with her husband.  She and Dr. Criswell are also the proud puppy parents of a feisty 12 year old Shitzu Poodle mix named Lucky.





Michael D. Criswell, O.D. 


Michael D Criswell, O.D. is a board certified by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry and is licensed to practice medical optometry in the state of South Carolina.

Michael grew up in the steel mill town of New Castle, Pennsylvania but moved to the southeast before his first year of high school. He attended high school at Venice High in Florida until his family moved to Greenport, New York where he graduated in 1990. Michael moved to the mid-west to attend college and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Saint Louis University.

Dr. Criswell's optometric degree was earned at the University of Missouri's College of Optometry, where he graduated with honors and was named to the optometric honor society Beta Sigma Kappa in his first professional year. While at the University of Missouri, he obtained extensive training in Specialty Contact Lenses and Ocular Disease. Michael attends over 20 hours of continuing education annually, in order to better serve his patients.

Dr. Criswell practices primary eye care with an emphasis on soft and gas permeable contact lenses. He also sees Low Vision patients and is part of a Charleston team that fits macular degeneration patients with the CentraSight implantable telescope.

Michael is married to Dr. Kister.  Together, they enjoy boating on the weekends, travelling as much as possible and hanging out with friends at some of Charleston's fabulous restaurants.   Dr. Criswell also enjoys golfing, although the success of Premier Eye Care has affected his handicap significantly.