Dr. Prat Itharat (Dr. I.) is the founder of Palmetto Cataract and Eye Specialists.
He is a board-certified ophthalmologist, specializing in cataract surgery
and comprehensive eye care. He is trained in the latest, small incision cataract surgery.
This modern cataract surgery involves no-sutures and no-needles. Dr. Itharat is also trained
in the placement of multi-focal or Toric lens to eliminate or reduce your need for glasses
or contact lens. He practices comprehensive ophthalmology, including (but not limited to)
treatment for cataracts, dry eyes, glaucoma, diabetes, macular degeneration, ocular trauma,
and eye injuries.
Dr. Itharat also serves as a clinical instructor at the Storm Eye Institute (Medical University of
South Carolina) and teaches the next generation of ophthalmologists medical and surgical
knowledge and techniques.
Dr. Itharat was born in New York. He holds Ivy League degrees in the Biological Basis of Behavior and Psychology
from the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated cum laude and was a Benjamin Franklin Scholar. After college,
he received a research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health and Aging.
He then obtained a Masters of Science in Biology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
He was one of the few graduate student instructors to receive an honorarium for outstanding teaching.
Dr. Itharat returned to New York to complete his medical school training at the State University of New
York - Upstate (Syracuse). He graduated in the top 10% of his medical school class and was elected to the
Alpha Omega Alpha honors society. Following internship, he finished a three-year ophthalmology residency
at the prestigious Vanderbilt University in Nashville Tennessee, training with some of the most renowned
physicians in ophthalmology. At Vanderbilt, Dr. Itharat was elected as Chief Resident by his peers and
faculty. He taught medical students and residents and served on the residency admission committee.
Dr. Itharat is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology (the nation's oldest medical specialty
certifying board), having scored in the top 10% of ophthalmologists in the qualifying exam.
A great believer in education, Dr. Itharat currently serves as a clinical instructor at the Storm Eye
Institute/Medical University of South Carolina. He teaches the next generation of ophthalmologists
medical and surgical knowledge and techniques. His dedication to teaching extends to his interactions with
Outside of medical practice, he enjoys spending time with his lovely wife and daughter. He also enjoys golf
and tennis, and is an avid photographer.
For more information about Dr. Itharat, please see his complete c.v. below
- American Board of Ophthalmology
- Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston SC
- Residency: Chief Resident, Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN
- Medical School: Alpha Omega Alpha membership, Syracuse NY
- Graduate School: Honorarium for top graduate student instructor, Ann Arbor MI
- Post-Undergraduate: Pre-IRTA (Research Fellow), National Institutes of Aging, Baltimore MD
- Undergraduate: Benjamin Franklin Scholar, Cum Laude, Graduated with Distinction, Philadelphia PA
- Faculty moderator: Ophthalmology Journal Club - Topic: Cataract Surgery, MUSC, May 2012
- Faculty preceptor: Ruptured globes and orbital fractures study, MUSC 2012, ongoing
- Lecture: OKAP review for ophthalmology residents, MUSC, March 2012
- Lecture: Aging of the Eye, Mt. Pleasant Senior Center, April 2011
- Lecture: Adult Vision Loss, East Cooper Medical Center, March 2011
- Research poster: LF Kehler, FM Recchia, P Itharat, J Sonsino, CC Recchia, JA Kammer. Spectral-Domain OCT Findings in Children with a History of Prematurity: A Prospective Controlled Study. ARVO meeting, May 2010.
- Research publication: Donahue SP, Itharat P. “A-Pattern strabismus with overdepression in adduction: a special type of bilateral skew deviation?
JAAPOS, Feb 2010.
- Research presentation: Spectral domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) study of formerly premature children, Vanderbilt
University, May 2008
- Grand rounds presentation: Topic - Vanderbilt University, May 2008
- Grand rounds presentation: Topic - Choroidal Hemangioma, Vanderbilt University, March 2008
- Grand rounds presentation: Topic - Idiopathic hypertrophic pachymeningitis, Vanderbilt University, January 2008
- Grand rounds presentation: Topic - Cataracts - drug induced, Vanderbilt University, September 2007
- Grand rounds presentation: Topic - Steven-Johnson Syndrome, Vanderbilt University, July 2007
- Grand rounds presentation: Topic - Retinitis Pigmentosa, Vanderbilt University, June 2007
- Lectures: Red Eye, Ocular Emergencies, Post-Operative Pain for ophthalmology residents, Vanderbilt University, July 2007
- Pediatric presentation: Topic - Neonatal Cloudy Cornea - Vanderbilt University, April 2007
- Grand rounds presentation: Topic - Lacrimal Gland Tumor, Vanderbilt University, 2007
- Grand rounds presentation: Topic - Conjuncitival Lymphoma, Vanderbilt University, 2007
- Lecture: Basic Eye Exam for medical students, Vanderbilt University, January 2007
- Grand rounds presentation: Topic - Syphilitic chorio-retinitis, Vanderbilt University, December 2006
- Grand rounds presentation: Topic - Vanderbilt University, November 2006
- Grand rounds presentation: Topic: Third Nerve Palsy - Vanderbilt University, September 2006
- Grand rounds presentation: Topic: Purtschers Retinopathy - Vanderbilt University, June 2006
- Grand rounds presentation: Topic: Neuroretinitis - Vanderbilt University, 2006
- Grand rounds presentation: Topic: Peter's Anomaly - Vanderbilt University, 2005
- Lowcountry Live (ABC) "Childhood Screening Eye Exams" August 2, 2010
- Local News (CBS) "Sunburn to your eyes" July 23, 2010
- Lowcountry Live (ABC) "Glaucoma Screening" January 10, 2010
- My News 2 (CBS) "Preventing Vision Loss" January 10, 2010
- Lowcountry Live (ABC) "Aging and the Eye" May 18, 2009