Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision – many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.
Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.
Meet our doctors:
Dr. Chuck Aldridge graduated from Southern College of Optometry in 1980 and has a MBA from Western Carolina University. During his 37 years of experience he has specialized in treating dry eye syndrome and contact lenses. He is a member of American Optometric Association, North Carolina Optometric Association, Optometric Glaucoma Society and American Academy of Optometry.
Dr. Chuck Aldridge is the prestigious recipient of the Fellow of American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Chuck Aldridge’s practice and hometown is Burnsville, North Carolina. He selected Optometry as he always wanted to work in the healthcare field. He preferred working and serving Optometry patients in rural areas.
He is married and has 5 adult children. He enjoys traveling and scuba diving.
Jennifer Mauney Smith, O.D. was born and raised in Yancey County. She graduated Appalachian State University with honors in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and then went on to graduate Suma cum Laude from the University of Alabama, Birmingham with a Doctor of Optometry in 2005. She completed a residency in pediatric optometry and vision therapy in 2006. She enjoys providing full scope optometric care to people of all ages, with a particluar passion and personalized care for children's eye care and specialty contact lenses. She is happy to be "home" in the beautiful mountains of NC where she spends her free time hiking, playng in lakes and rivers with her husband and two daughters, and playing horn in the toe River Chamber Ensemble. She is a member of BSK Optometric Honor Society and the American Optometric Association, and served on the board of directors of the Blue Ridge Partnership for Children and is an active member at Salem United Methodist church.
Dr. Thuc Moore was born in Melbourne, Australia and grew up in the town of Fort Mill, SC. She received her undergraduate degree at the College of Charleston in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She graduated summa cum laude from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN and is a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society and the American Optometric Association. Dr. Thuc Moore has a passion for science and health which are a few reasons that lead to her optometric career. She is dedicated to meeting the needs of her patients through compassion, patient education, and full-scope comprehensive eye care.
After graduation, Dr. Thuc Moore knew she wanted to practice in a rural area and be in the mountains leading her to Burnsville, NC with her husband, Chris, and their two dogs, Sunshine and Bubba. She enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors, and finding great antiques!