Teaters worked at the Walmart vision center in Galax for many years before opening Lifetime Eye Care a month ago. The new vision clinic is located at 2851 Carrollton Pike, Suite A, the location of the old Eye Mart.
Teaters said opening the clinic afforded him the opportunity to implement more technology in the treatment of eyes.
“Technology is really on the rampage,” Teaters said. “You think of music going from records to 8-tracks to tapes to CDs and now your little iPod can hold more than a 10-year old computer. I’ve wanted to make a transition so I could provide more technology. We purchased a digital camera so we can take a digital image inside your eye and track the disease process. We wanted to bring that into play and help people take care of their eye health and really their overall health.”
Teaters said a lot about the overall health of an individual can be discovered through the eyes.
“Somebody said the eye is a window to the soul. That’s true,” he said. “The blood vessels in the eye can indicate what’s happening with blood vessels all over the body.”
And, often times, those discoveries can save problems down the line.
“Patients often see their TV fine or drive fine and have no idea and think they’re doing great. They can see with their glasses,” Teaters said. “It turns out the disease process is slowly deteriorating their ability to see.”
Teaters lived in Marion and Blacksburg, attended college at Virginia Tech and then moved to Memphis for a while before deciding to come back to the area to make a living and to raise a family. He is married and a father of three sons.
“I had to leave the mountains to realize how nice they are,” he said. “I realized I wanted to spend the rest of my days raising a family in the mountains of this area. I like the people; really good people.”
Since moving to his new location, Teaters said many of those same people made it a point to follow him to the new business.
“In the short time we’ve been here, we worked hard to get the word out,” he said. “A lot of people said they wanted to find us no matter where we went.”
Lifetime Eye Care is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the office can be reached by calling 236-0400.