D. Lee McDaniel M.D.

Director of Glaucoma Services, Cataract and Glaucoma Surgery

Dr. McDaniel, who is one of Tennessee’s most prolific cataract surgeons, provides advance techniques and knowledge in the medical and surgical management of glaucoma. These techniques include trabeculoplasty, glaucoma tube shunts, trabeculectomy, and iStent. Having performed nearly 15,000 surgeries as of 2013, Dr. McDaniel is skilled in laser assisted cataract surgery and in the use of all the latest specialty lenses to correct astigmatism and presbyopia. Dr. McDaniel enjoys working closely with optometric physicians to provide surgical and consultative services to patients throughout East Tennessee.

While in medical school, he was in the AOA Honor Society and received the Merck Manual Award for a scholarship. After graduating, Dr. McDaniel began his practice in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1994 where he served as an assistant clinical instructor at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and a participant in the American Glaucoma Society.

He and his wife Chris reside in Knoxville and have two children. Dr. McDaniel enjoys traveling, hiking, boating and golfing. He is a faithful member of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church where he is involved in missions.

Dr. McDaniel joined SouthEast Eye Specialists in 2008.

 “I am so thankful to have the opportunity to improve the quality of people’s lives by restoring to them their precious sight.  That tangibly changes lives.  I absolutely love going to surgery each day and feel so blessed to have the skills and technology available to provide the highest quality of care in the world. “-Dr. Lee McDaniel  

Professional Profile

Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina
Bachelor of Science, 1984

Medical School
Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia
Doctor of Medicine, 1989

Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York City, New York
Ophthalmology, 1993

Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
Glaucoma, 1994

Board Certified:
American Board of Ophthalmology