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Dr. Ben Lawrence





Dr. Lawrence graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Zoology. Dr. Lawrence received his Doctor of Optometry from The Ohio State University College of Optometry in 2011. During his clinical rotations, he did special rotations in pediatrics, low vision, specialty contact lenses, glaucoma, retinal disease, and other ocular diseases. His externship training was at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System and Eldridge Eyecare in Langhorne, PA.


Dr. Lawrence joined Carlson Eyecare Centers in 2021. Prior to that, he and his wife Alyson owned their own practice, Bright Eyes Family Eye Care with two locations leased within Sam’s Club in Johnson City and at the Kingsport Walmart. In 2021 Dr. Lawrence was recognized as the market area Optometrist of the Year. In 2021, he received the Optometrist Excellence in Care Award for the region. He also has experience working in other private practices in Johnson City and in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dr. Lawrence enjoys taking care of patients of all ages and is drawn to the variety and depth that is unique to comprehensive eye care.


Dr. Lawrence loves to spend time being active outdoors with his wife Alyson. They both enjoy hiking and working on their farm. He is an avid cyclist, and both enjoy playing with their rescue dogs and rescue mini-donkeys.

Dr. Ben Lawrence grew up near Toledo, Ohio. He and his wife Alyson moved from Minnesota to East Tennessee in 2014.

Alyson Lawrence

Practice Manager

Dr. Ben Lawrence


Happy Patients


Our Services

"Truly outstanding, knowledgeable and professional optometrist and staff!

These days it’s hard to find someone dedicated to profession AND extremely personable and caring. These folks know their business. If by some small chance something’s not quite perfect- Dr LAWRENCE and Alyson won’t stop until it is".

— Robert F.


We've relocated.. but not far!

Previously located at...

2017 - 2021

Colonial Heights Walmart

3200 Fort Henry Drive Kingsport, TN

Johnson City Sam's Club

3060 Franklin Terrace, Johnson City, TN

2015 - 2018


Carlson Eyecare Centers are open 7 days a week!

Monday - Saturday 9:20am - 6:30pm

Sundays 1pm - 4pm



Located at the Pinnacle, 

Next to LensCrafters 

*Across from Old Navy


554 Pinnacle Pkwy,

Bristol, TN 37620 

Johnson City



Located at Johnson City Mall,

Next to LensCrafters 

*Dick’s Sporting Goods entrance


2011 N Roan St,

Johnson City, TN 37601




Located at Kingsport Mall,

Next to LensCrafters 

*Movie theater entrance


2101 Fort Henry Dr​,

Kingsport, TN 37664


Urgent Medical Eye Care

Available 7 days/ week

If calling after-hours, the optometrist who is on-call will return all messages regarding urgent medical eye issues, please leave a detailed message.


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Scheduling - 423.246.1416 

Dr. Lawrence direct tel. 423.232.1428

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