Durham . Roxboro

(919) 999-6093

Prevention, Health and State-of-the-Art treatment!

Meet the Doctor


Tonica Johnson, MD

Tonica Johnson, MD is a board certified, fellowship trained ophthalmologist. She specializes in cataract surgery and is certified in a wide variety of advanced vision correction procedures including laser cataract surgery to reduce patients’ dependence on glasses. In addition to cataract surgery she also specializes in the care and treatment of patients with dry eyes, cornea diseases, glaucoma and diabetes. Dr. Johnson has practiced in the Durham and Roxboro areas for the past 12 years and has performed over 7,000 cataract surgeries for patients during that time.

Education and Training

Dr. Johnson graduated from MIT with a BS in electrical engineering. She then went on to complete a Master’s Degree in electrical engineering at Stanford University. After her engineering training she worked as an engineer at Bellcore (formerly, Bell Labs), but had a change of heart and felt drawn to the medical field while participating in volunteer work. A graduate from Emory University School of Medicine, where she attended as a Full Dean Scholar, she completed her ophthalmology residency at Case Western Reserve University and her cornea fellowship training at Doheny Eye Institute of the University of Southern California.

Memberships and Affiliations

American Board of Ophthalmology, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, International Society of Refractive




Dr. Johnson loves traveling to areas in developing countries to help indigent patients who would not have access to medical care without volunteer doctors. So far these countries have included Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Haiti and India. She looks forward to and enjoys these  opportunities to share her skills and time through missions trips every year. A certified yoga instructor, she loves teaching yoga, running and reading. Dr. Johnson is conversational in Spanish.