Our Eye Doctors/Optometrists in Austin, TX – Tech Ridge Vision

Dr. Lester R. Kitchen – Therapeutic Optometrist

lesterkitchenDr. Lester R. Kitchen graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science. He obtained his Doctor of Optometry degree at the University of Houston. He practiced under the late Dr. J. W. Kinard in Lubbock, TX, then at Lowry AFB in Colorado. He has been an optometrist in Austin, TX for over 40 years. Dr. Kitchen is experienced in all aspects of eye and vision health, including difficult contact lens fitting (bifocals, keratoconus, and CRT/orthokeratology), treatment of eye disease, and co-management for LASIK and cataract surgery with Texas’ leading eye surgeons. Dr. Kitchen is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Texas Optometric Association, and Central Texas Optometric Society, and has participated in many charity events throughout the years. He enjoys fishing, hunting on his lease west of Austin, and occasional golfing.

Dr. Johnathan M. Carroll – Therapeutic Optometrist & Glaucoma Specialist

johncarrollDr. Johnathan M. Carroll is a therapeutic optometrist, and a glaucoma specialist.  He is a native of Buda, Texas and graduated magna cum laude from Texas State University in 2007.  He received his Doctorate in Optometry from the University Of Houston College Of Optometry in 2012.  He is an active member in the American Optometric Association, the Texas Optometric Association, and the Central Texas Optometric Society.  Dr. Carroll has a special interest in the treatment of ocular disease such as trauma, red eyes, diabetes, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.  He is highly trained in the pre and post-operative care for patients undergoing refractive and cataract surgery.  He also performs routine eye exams and fits complex contact lenses. Dr. Carroll enjoys spending time outdoors when not providing exceptional eye care for you.  He enjoys bay fishing on the Texas coast, scuba diving, hiking on the Austin green belt, and spending time with Chester;  his  energetic  Boston Terrier.

Support Staff


terraTerra is usually the first and last person you see in our office. She will assist you with insurance and billing questions, appointment scheduling and contact lens orders. Through her attention to detail, she ensures that our practice operations run smoothly. When she is not working at the office she is spending her free time with her husband, three children, and two dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, and watching movies.


valerieValerie has been an Optician for 27 years, 10 of which right here at Tech Ridge Vision. She performs the preliminary and diagnostic testing, and assists with minor in-office surgical procedures. The favorite part of her job is assisting you with choosing the perfect fit and style for your glasses. She is extremely knowledgeable of all the different lens options and can help guide you to the perfect vision for your lifestyle. Valerie travels to Las Vegas to the largest Vision Expo Convention yearly to purchase all the latest styles in eyewear. She keeps all the latest and greatest frames in our optical, and has the perfect frame for you. Valerie enjoys scuba diving on exotic islands, reading, music, and the outdoors in her off time. She has two sons, two grandsons, and three dogs; all of which are the love of her life!


cindyCindy has been an optician for over 17 years and is very knowledgeable in the lens styles, designs and options. With this knowledge, she can recommend what lens styles and frames are best for your lifestyle. She also enjoys educating you on all your options for the best vision whether you want contacts or glasses. Her abilities do not stop in the optical; she will also assist you in preliminary and diagnostic testing. Her calm nature helps ease any anxieties you may have over having certain procedures done or when learning how to insert and remove contact lenses. In her free time, Cindy enjoys the live music scene in Austin, reading, and taking trips to the beach. Cindy also loves spending time her two children and very special dog.

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