Michael J. Vernon, OD, FAAO, attended high school in Springfield, Virginia. Upon graduating high school in 1988, Dr. Vernon went to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Between matriculating and graduating from BYU, he lived in Uruguay for two years, learning to speak fluent Spanish. After graduating from BYU in 1996, Dr. Vernon enrolled at Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, California. He was a member of the honor society all four years. After earning his degree at SCCO in 2001, he entered a residency in hospital-based optometry (ocular disease) at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which he completed in 2002.
Dr. Vernon grew up the eldest of four children of an Air Force officer (father) and college-educated homemaker (mother), moving often, and seeing the world. He has lived in all five continental U.S. time zones, in West Germany, in Uruguay, in Bali, Indonesia, and has visited forty-three countries on five continents. He has been married since 2004 and has three children.
Dr. Vernon is a residency-trained optometric physician, a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry, and a member of the American Optometric Association. He has a passion for primary eye care and making sure his patients’ eyes are healthy and that they see clearly. He is kind, patient, knowledgeable, and . . . getting wiser (and older) every day.