Our Eye Doctors and Staff

North Augusta 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.

dr john w. l. smith

Dr. John W. L. Smith, O.D.

Dr. Smith is a graduate of Clemson University and the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. An active member of the American Optometric Association, Dr. Smith has been practicing optometry since 1980 in North Augusta. Dr. Smith continues to offer the same personal care and attentive follow-ups as he has done in this area for over 30 years.

Dr. Sarah Artrip

Dr. Sarah Beth Artrip specializes in optometry in Augusta, GA and has over 5 years of experience in the field of medicine. She graduated from her medical school with her medical degree in 2014. Dr. Sarah Beth Artrip is licensed to practice by the state board in Virginia (0618002353).  Sarah works new patients at North Augusta Eye Care and available for appointments for preventative care, medical care as well as ongoing patient care.


Amber – General Manager

Originally from the Charleston area, Amber moved to the area about 16 years ago. With 18 years of optical experience, Amber has been at North Augusta Eye Care for over 16years. Educated in all things optical, Amber is knowledgable in everything from the making of your glasses to the extensive testing of your eye health. Amber currently resides in the Aiken area with her husband and two children.