Dr. Keisha Elder is a South Carolina native and graduated from Clemson University in 1993 with a bachelor of science degree in Science Teaching: Mathematics. While attending the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry, Dr. Elder received a Health Professions Scholarship from the United States Navy. She graduated from UAB in 1998 with a doctorate of Optometry and a Master of Science in Vision Science. After graduation, Dr. Elder served five years in the Medical Service Corps in the United States Navy.
At the UMSL College of Optometry, Dr. Elder teaches in the Foundations of Ocular and Systemic Disease and Management Course. In addition, she is an attending at several community clinics. Dr. Elder’s research interests include ocular manifestations of autoimmune disorders, the effect of various contact lens materials and corneal surgeries on dry eye syndrome and health disparities related to primary eye care.