Owners: Dr. Alex J Smith, Rebecca Smith
Address: 3961 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 106
Hours: Monday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Information: (480) 706-3060; azlifetime.com
Q: Where are you from and what did you do before opening your business?
A: I am a second-generation Phoenix native and my wife, Rebecca, moved to Phoenix when she was a year old. We spent a number of years in the Portland, Ore., area but Phoenix was always home.
Q: Why did you open your business in this community?
A: After we discovered that we were adding twins, had a 1-year-old daughter, and we knew that we needed to move home. Because I had worked in the Ahwatukee community for several years before going to optometry school, we knew it would be an ideal place to raise our family. Luckily, there was a practice for sale in the area in 2008.
Q: How did you get the idea to open your business?
A: Lifetime Eye Care was ready for the changes that we brought to it. Emphasizing the value inherent in quality and service has kept us growing. Our family atmosphere and friendly care have been appreciated by patients.
Q: What type of merchandise/services do you sell?
A: We provide comprehensive family eye care, including examinations, eyeglasses, sunglasses, corneal refractive therapy, traditional disposable or medically necessary contact lenses, home visual training programs and medical care (diabetes, glaucoma, red eye, etc.). We use the highest quality materials available and are committed to excellence.
Q: What does your business have in store for the future?
A: Our commitment to excellence will be further demonstrated this November when I will earn fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry, making me Ahwatukee's first private practice FAAO. This voluntary fellowship requires candidates to perform research, write numerous case reports, and then discuss them with a review panel. It has been challenging and time consuming, but I have already been able to utilize the depth and scope of knowledge to provide cutting edge care for patients.
Q: Anything else you want the community to know about you or your business?
A: As Ahwatukee residents, we support our community. Whether it's sponsoring Red White and Boom, school sports teams or donating items for fundraisers, we believe that it is important to be involved in helping our friends and neighbors.