Dr. Jonathan Noble provides comprehensive eye exams for adults and children, treats common and rare eye diseases, and fits a wide variety of contact lenses. Our mission is to provide you and your family with professional, affordable, and state-of-the-art eye exams. Dr. Noble, and his highly trained staff, are well known and respected in the local community. We invite you to browse our website to learn more about us, and look forward to establishing a lasting relationship with you.
Dr.Noble graduated from the Southern College of Optometry in 1998 as Class President, with Highest Academic Honor and was awarded the prestigious Health Professions Scholarship through the United States Navy. He completed his internship at the Vitreo-Retinal Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee.
Upon graduation, Dr. Noble served as a United States Naval Officer and Hospital Credentialed Optometrist at the Naval Hospital Cherry Point, North Carolina, where he provided medical eye care to hundreds of Navy and Marine Corps aviators and there families. He received numerous awards, including the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for distinguished and dedicated medical service.
After completing his military service, Dr. Noble was appointed Center Director at a local laser surgery center, where he provided personal and devoted care to thousands of refractive surgery patients.
Dr. Noble opened his Ashland office in 2003 and is dedicated to providing his patients with highly skilled and professional family eye care. He lives in Hanover County with his wife and two children.
Dr. Noble was appointed by Governor Kaine to the Virginia Board of Optometry in 2008 and later appointed by the governor to serve as President of the Virginia Board of Health Professions. He is an active member of the American Optometric Association, the Virginia Optometric Association, and the Richmond Optometric Society.
Q&A with Dr.Noble
Dr.Noble Answers Your Eyecare Questions
Who can wear contact lenses?
1.How do I know if contacts are right for me?
Many people can successfully wear contact lenses. Even if you have astigmatism, need bifocals, have irregular shaped corneas due to surgery or injuries, or just want to wear contact lenses on a part-time basis. With that said, contact lenses are not for everyone. Dr. Noble can help you through the maze of options and has a wide array of trial contact lenses, and if appropriate, will tailor each lens to your unique eyes and wearing needs.
2. At what age can children start to wear contacts?
There is no magic age that is appropriate for contact lens wear. In some medically necessary cases, even infants can be fit with contact lenses. In most cases, when young children can demonstrate that they can handle and take care of lenses properly they may be able to wear contacts. Generally speaking, this is usually around the age of 10. Daily disposable contact lenses are a great option for young contact lens wearers.
3. At what age should I start bringing my child to the eye doctor?
The American Optometric Association recommends a vision screening at 6 mo and 3 years of age. Many times this is performed by a Pediatrician, but certainly can be performed by an eye doctor. Every child should have a complete eye exam with an eye doctor prior to entering preschool. Sooner if any problems are noticed such as an eye turning in our out, chronic tilting of head, or moving especially close to objects, or if there is a history of premature birth, or a family history of childhood eye disease.
4. Is there anything that I can do to improve my vision?
The single most important thing you can do to ensure good vision and healthy eyes is to have a comprehensive eye exam with your eye doctor on a yearly basis. Since your eyes are part of your body, there are few common sense things you can do to promote healthy eyes…Don’t smoke. Eat healthy foods, especially brightly colored fruits and vegetables, and protect your eyes from damaging UV radiation.
5. Is blue light really that bad for you?
Blue light exposure is the new buzz, especially in eye care. We are increasingly exposed to the spectrum of blue light waves which are emitted by electronic devices and energy efficient light bulbs. While this is an area of ongoing research, there is growing evidence that blue light is damaging to certain structures of the eye over time. In addition, exposure to blue light at night can disrupt our circadian rhythm and ability to sleep. There is ongoing research and potential links to blue light and cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, cataracts, and macular degeneration, to name just a few. There are now lenses and screen covers which are marketed to reduce blue light exposure. Dr. Noble can help you better understand your risks and steps that may be indicated to reduce potentially harmful levels of exposure.