Dr. James M. Vaught, OD

Dr. James M. Vaught has been in private practice for 25 years. His optometry practice emphasis is on primary care. Vaught Eye Associates is currently a group practice with two other optometrists and one ophthalmologist.

In regards to Dr. Vaught’s educational background, he graduated from Furman University in 1977 with a BS in Chemistry. He then went on to receive an MS in Chemistry in 1978 from Furman. After graduation, he worked as a Research Chemist at Milliken for a year. He then was accepted at the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Optometry where he received his OD degree in 1983. Dr. Vaught graduated third in his class of forty from UAB, where he was a member of Beta Sigma Kappa and received a B&L Scholarship Award.

Dr. Vaught has received numerous awards including UAB School of Optometry Alumnus of the Year for 1993, Outstanding Optometrist of the Year Award in SC for efforts given in passage of the TPA bill in 1993, South Carolina Optometric Association Optometrist of the Year Award in 2000, and the Hall of Fame Award from South Carolina Optometric Physicians Association in 2011. Dr. Vaught has also held numerous positions in local and state optometric associations: served eight years on SC Optometric Association and rotated through all chairs including President, served eight years on SC Board of Examiners Optometry where he held office of President for two years, served as SC Optometric Association Trustee to Southeastern Conference of Optometry, and is currently serving as President Elect for SC Optometric Association for the second time.

Dr. James Vaught is an active member of the American Optometric Association where he has served in numerous capacities: currently serving as President of South Carolina Board of Examiners in Optometry as well as Interim Director of American Board of Optometry, previously served on the Federal Legislative Action Committee, the AOA Council of Optometric Education, and the State Political Education and Statutory Scope Committee, and has visited and worked with nine other states in their attempts to expand the scope of practice legislation for Optometry. Dr. Vaught has also been a member of the Society of Eyecare Specialists for five years. In addition, Dr. Vaught has been an active participant in local civic clubs, church committees, and local government committees.

Dr. Vaught has an ongoing desire to give back to the community by providing complimentary eye exams for needy patients through such organizations as the Lion’s Club, Friendship House, Infant See, and Vision USA. He has also participated in several mission trips to under privileged countries providing free optometric care to those in need.


Dr. Ed Weiner, OD

Dr. Ed Weiner received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry at North Carolina State University. He attended Pennsylvania College of Optometry where he earned his Optometry degree in 1989. Dr. Weiner has been with Vaught Eye Associates for more than twenty years.

Dr. Weiner practices full scope optometry. He is past president of the Waccamaw Optometry Society. He is an active member of the South Carolina Optometric Physicians Association and the American Optometric Association. “Working at Vaught Eye Associates allows me to practice Optometry with full confidence because of the state-of-the-art equipment we have in our office,” states Dr. Weiner.


Dr. Garett M. Wise

Dr. Garett Wise received his undergraduate degree in Biology from The University of South Carolina. Afterward he worked as an optician for three years. He went on to earn his Bachelors of Vision Science and Doctorate of Optometry from NOVA Southeastern University of Fort Lauderdale, FL. Externships included Tianjin Eye Hospital in Tianjin, China and Dzilth-Na-O-Dith-Hle Navajo Health Center of Bloomfield, New Mexico. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and SC Optometric Association. Dr. Wise says that “working at Vaught Eye Associates allows me to treat patients with the utmost quality, utilizing state-of-the-art equipment.” “I manage my patients as if they are one of my parents sitting in the exam chair.”