Forest Family Eye Care
Welcome to Our Practice
The Care You Deserve
We perform comprehensive eye exams for any and all patients; from children to seniors. However, we do more than just eye exams. We have a large selection of eyeglass frames to fit any budget, along with the newest technology lenses to help you see your best. We also fit all contacts: daily, monthly, astigmatism, and bifocals. No matter your preference, we'll work with you to correct your vision.
From Pink Eye to Glaucoma
Many people mistake optometry for eye glass services only. However, a doctor of optometry degree involves four years of post-graduate training relating specifically to the eye and its diseases in relation to the systemic health of the entire body. We can help you manage ANY eye condition or disease.
You’ve Got Questions - We’ve Got Answers
We take most vision and medical plans. Vision plans cover "routine" eye exams and often materials, as dictated by your plan. If you have an eye problem other than what is corrected by glasses or contact lenses, we will bill your medical insurance. If you have not met your deductible or we cannot determine if you have met your deductible, you will be asked to pay for the exam at time of service. If your insurance company then does cover your visit, we will refund the amount to you accordingly. Medical visit problems addressed can range anywhere from dry eye to glaucoma to cataracts, etc. Call your insurance or ask us when you set your appointment to check for participation and eligibility.
We understand that glasses and contacts can be expensive. If you would like to make payments prior to picking up your eyewear, we will certainly work with you. We ask for a deposit down, and for full payment at pick-up. We also accept Care Credit!
If you have any questions or concerns, talk with us! We're here to help.
Do you offer financing options?
What's the difference between a vision exam, and a medical exam?
A vision exam is a "basic exam" for glasses or contacts when no other problems exist. When any eye problem (such as cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachment, eye infection, or any of the hundreds of things that can go wrong), or a health problem that affects the eye (such as diabetes, etc.) is present, then a medical evaluation is needed, and your health insurance will be billed. We cannot bill your vision plan for these problems.
I had my exam somewhere else, can I order eyewear through you?
Yes! We accept both glasses or contact lens prescriptions as long as they're within a year old. Already have a frame you want to use? We can replace the lenses with your updated prescription if your frame is still in good shape.
What if I can't be seen in Madison Heights the day I need?
We would ask you to consider being examined at the Lynchburg office and then picking up your glasses at the Madison Heights office, as well as any future adjustments that may be necessary. We look forward to growing and expanding our days of service more than the current Wednesday through Friday.
Will my insurance cover my visit?
What if I don't have insurance, or insurance that your office accepts?
Not to worry! We offer cash discounts for self-pay customers. We can also help you bill out-of-network for certain vision plans. We're almost always offering sales or coupons. Give us a call to see what special we're running!
Our doctors are certified through the National Board of Examiners of Optometry and are TPA (Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agents) certified through the Virginia Board of Optometry.
Dr. Kevin Ader
Dr. Kevin Ader grew up in Baltimore, MD and attended St. Mary's College of Maryland. He acquired his doctorate at the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. He discovered his love for optometry after moving to Chiang Mai, Thailand, where he volunteered at St. Peter's Eye Hospital. Dr. Ader is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Virginia Optometric Association and the Southwest Virginia Optometric Society. Dr. Ader has received extensive training in all areas of eye care, including children's eye care, contacts, and disease management of Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, and Diabetic Retinal Disease. In his spare time, Dr. Ader enjoys sports and outdoor activities.
Dr. Victor Weatherholt
Dr. Victor Weatherholt is the first optometrist of Forest and has been practicing for over 30 years. He attended West Virginia University and obtained his doctorate degree with honors from Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia, PA (now Salus University). Dr. Weatherholt is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Virginia Optometric Association and the Southwest Virginia Optometric Society. He resides in Forest with his wife, Anita, and his daughter, Emily. When not working, he enjoys reading, gardening and church.