Eye Exam Aiken
Welcome to the Eye Guys Spec’s Vision Center!
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.
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.
Being independently owned allows us to provide a variety of state-of-the-art eyeglass lens at a value, all with excellent patient care and customer service. It is our priority that you have the clearest vision possible and we take the time to ensure your prescription and comfort are tailored specifically to your needs. We are able to supply customers with the frames that fit their preference, from unique or vintage looks, to the latest trends in eyewear fashion.
Young patients, from infants to ‘tweens,’ are treated with personal attention and are equipped with comfortable, safe and durable eyeglasses. We even carry the most indestructible frames ever made.
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, Medicaid, and many other vision 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.
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. Sarah Artrip
Dr. Sarah Artrip joined the Eye Guys in 2021 and specializes in comprehensive eye care. Dr. Artrip has extensive experience in medical optometry, with an emphasis on diabetic eye exams, dry eye, macular degeneration, glaucoma, post-surgical management, emergency eye care and fittings of conventional, disposable and specialty contact lenses. She received her Bachelors of Science and Biology from Emory & Henry College, Emory, Virginia and obtained an Optometric Doctorate from Nova Southeastern College of Optometry. Dr. Artrip has been practicing Optometry since 2014 and is licensed in both Georgia and South Carolina. She is an active member of the American Optometric Association, the Georgia Optometric association and the South Carolina Optometric Association.
Ronnie Williams, L.D.O.
Ronnie Williams was born in Augusta and graduated from Evans High School. He started in the optical profession in June of 1977 at a local wholesale laboratory.
In August of 1979, Ronnie began working in the retail optical profession. He has been with Spec’s as a licensed optician and the vice president of operations since January of 1990. He is licensed in both Georgia and South Carolina and his licensing is through the Board of Opticianry and is a member of the South Carolina Association of Opticians.
Michelle Ennis, L.D.O.
Michelle Ennis has been working at Spec’s since 1999. She is a member of the South Carolina Association of Opticians. A graduate of South Aiken High School, Ennis received her American Opticinary licencse in 2004 and her optician’s license in 2005.
We guarantee a satisfied customer and the following during your visit:
- Complete eye care, from exam to finished eyeglasses, all in one location.
- A friendly, knowledgeable, and courteous staff.
- Frame selections ranging from economy-priced to designer collections.
- State-of-the-art lens options, including Varilux, Computer Lenses, Golf and Tennis Lenses.
- Medicare assignment accepted for glasses following cataract surgery.
- Board-certified contact lens technicians/opticians.
- Daily, weekly, and monthly lenses with many brands in stock. Find the one that is right for you, including fit, color and wearing options (daily, weekly, monthly). Our prices plus rebates are generally less than internet prices.
- EyeMed and other insurance plans accepted.
- We fill other eyecare physicians eyeglass and contact prescriptions.
- Free eyeglass adjustments.
Frames & Lenses
We offer some of the most advanced lens designs for your specific vision needs, whether it’s for work, hobbies or sports:
- Varilux Digital
- Computer Lenses (Transitions Lenses)
- Polarized Lenses (Fishing & Water Activities)
- Golf Lenses (Fairway Definity)
- No Glare Lenses
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 cataract, 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
Spec’s 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.
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.