Eye Exam Aiken

Welcome to Eye Guys Aiken

We are locally owned and operated, which ensures that each customer is treated as one of our family. Our patients are of utmost importance to us and are the primary focus of our practice.

About Us

Dr. Rhett Richardson opened his private practice, under the name of Spec’s Vision Center, in March of 1990. He wanted to have a more personal role in his patient’s eye care needs and found that this was the best way to provide quality eyewear at an affordable cost for any budget. Dr. Richardson retired in June of 2018 and Eye Guys proudly became the new owners.

Aiken Office

Our patients are of utmost importance to us and are the primary focus of our practice. We offer multiple eye care services. We accept Medicare and many other commercial insurance providers. Take a look at our services page for a complete listing of how we can assist with your eye care needs.

Eye Doctors in Aiken, SC


James C. Lockwood, M.D.

James C. Lockwood M.D.
The newest EYE GUY is board-certified eye surgeon, James C. Lockwood, MD. Dr. Lockwood is a welcomed addition to our growing medical staff and currently spends the majority of his time seeing patients in our Aiken, SC office. Dr. Lockwood received his Bachelor of Arts from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, and graduated Cum Laude from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. He completed his internship at Emory University School of Medicine and his ophthalmology residency at the Emory Eye Center. While at Emory, Dr. Lockwood presented his research on cataract and refractive surgery at national ophthalmology meetings and published multiple papers.

Dr. Lockwood is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the Georgia Society of Ophthalmology, and the American Medical Association. He is certified in the latest cataract and refractive surgery technology including LenSx laser cataract surgery and all-laser LASIK with the WaveLight Refractive Suite with WaveNet technology.

Dr. Lockwood was drawn to the EYE GUYS for our focus on compassionate patient care, advanced technology, and excellent outcomes. He continues the tradition of professionalism for which the EYE GUYS are known and patients are benefiting greatly from his comprehensive training, knowledge, and experience. 

Dr. Kyle Fluharty
Dr. Kyle Fluharty joined the Eye Guys in 2023 and specializes in comprehensive eye care. Dr. Fluharty has extensive experience in medical optometry, with an emphasis on diabetic eye exams, dry eye, macular degeneration, glaucoma, post-surgical management, and emergency eye care. He received his Bachelor’s degree in biology from Heidelberg University and obtained an Optometric Doctorate from the University of Pikeville, Kentucky College of Optometry. Dr. Fluharty has been practicing optometry since 2020 and is licensed in both Georgia and South Carolina. He is an active member of the American Optometric Association, Georgia Optometric Association and a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry.


A cataract is a clouding that develops in the crystalline lens of the eye or in its envelope (lens capsule), varying in degree from slight to complete opacity and obstructing the passage of light. Early in the development of age-related cataracts, the power of the lens may be increased, causing near-sightedness (myopia), and the gradual yellowing and opacification of the lens may reduce the perception of blue colors. Cataracts typically progress slowly to cause vision loss, and are potentially blinding if untreated. The condition usually affects both eyes, but almost always one eye is affected earlier than the other.

Cataract Diagnosis Service

Patients with eye trouble similar to what is outlined above should schedule an appointment with our doctors, who can examine and diagnose cataracts. Upon diagnosis, our doctors and staff will work to assist in connecting the patient with one of our ophthalmologists in our Aiken or Augusta office.

Cataracts are a common cause of poor vision, particularly for the elderly, but they are treatable. Your ophthalmologist can tell you whether a cataract or some other problem is the cause for your vision loss or discomfort, and will help you decide if cataract surgery is appropriate for you.

Please contact us to set up an appointment and you’ll begin your first step to better vision.

LASIK-Vision Correction

Laser Vision Correction Exams

We are your first step in your LASIK – Laser Vision Correction journey by providing the eye exam that will determine whether you are a good candidate for the procedure. If our doctors find you a viable candidate, they can refer you to our main location in Augusta, Georgia.

When you contact us to make your appointment, please mention that you want to be evaluated for vision correction treatment.

Contact Us

Eye Guys Aiken
792 Silver Bluff Road
Aiken, SC 29803

Phone: 803-642-9902
Fax: 803-642-8611

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8 am – 5 pm