Dr. Benjamin Gates grew up in Chesterfield County and attended Monacan High School. He graduated Cum Laude from Hampden-Sydney College, near Farmville, Virginia, majoring in history and economics; then he earned a masters degree in history from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. After VCU, Ben moved to Northern Virginia.
He first became inspired to become an optometrist when going to receive his own annual contact lens exam. He researched and realized that by taking only a few more classes, he could get into optometry school. He moved back to Richmond and enrolled as a part time student at VCU.
The next year, Ben was accepted into optometry school and attended Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He graduated in 2010, and again moved back to Richmond, where he has been living and working ever since. Dr. Gates, his wife Lindsey and child live in Richmond's historic Fan District. In his spare time, Ben enjoys playing and watching all types of sports.
Your visit to the optometrist should be pleasant and informative, not painful or stressful. Dr. Benjamin Gates strives to provide a positive experience for every patient he sees. A patient should never feel rushed, or as if they received less-than-optimal care. Also, we believe that patients should not have to wait for hours, as they do at some of the larger practices in the area. We provide eye care, examinations, and corrective lenses for children and adults.
Regardless of your age or physical health, it is important to have regular eye exams with Dr. Benjamin Gates, whether you are near-sighted, far-sighted, or even if you think you have perfect vision. During a comprehensive eye exam, your eye doctor will not only determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, but will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team, and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.
A comprehensive eye exam by Carytown Optometry in Richmond includes a number of tests and procedures to examine and evaluate the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision. These tests range from simple ones, like having you read an eye chart, to complex tests, such as using a high-powered lens to examine the health of the tissues inside of your eyes.
Eyecare experts recommend you have a complete eye exam every one to three years, depending on your age, risk factors, and physical condition.