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Aldridge Eye Institute

Phone: (828) 682-2104 Fax: (828) 682-4217
419 East Main Street, Burnsville, NC 28714

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Our Doctors

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, OD

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.


Dr. Jennifer Mauney Smith, OD

Jennifer Mauney Smith, O.D. was born and raised in Yancey County, and graduated Valedictorian from Mountain Heritage High School in 1997. She attended Appalachian State University and graduated with honors in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She then went on to graduate from the University of Alabama, Birmingham with a Doctor of Optometry in 2005. She completed a residency in pediatric optometry and vision therapy from the Southern California College of Optometry and began full-time optometric practice in Morehead City, NC in 2006. She practiced in two private offices in eastern NC until July 2010 when she and her husband Kent returned to her home in the mountains to raise their two daughters. She attends Salem United Methodist Church in Weaverville where her husband is the pastor. She sees patients of all ages and provides full scope optometric care. She is a member of BSK Optometric Honor Society and the American Optometric Association, and serves on the board of directors of the Blue Ridge Partnership for Children. She enjoys family hikes and bike rides and playing horn in the Toe River Chamber Ensemble.