Dr. Amanda Smith, O.D.

Dr. Amanda Smith is originally from Warwick, RI. She attended Nova Southeastern University and received her Bachelors of Science in Biology in 2014.

She then continued her studies at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, earning her Doctor of Optometry degree in 2018. Dr. Smith worked in primary care optometry in Tampa, FL and recently relocated to Charlotte, NC. She is passionate about comprehensive eye examinations and ocular disease. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, hiking with her husband, and baking bread. Dr. Smith is excited to now call the Carolinas home and to explore all of the things that make this area so special.

Get to know Dr. Amanda Smith, O.D.

When did you know that you wanted to be an optometrist

My mom is a nurse, so I grew up around medicine but I’m very squeamish about blood. After my first eye exam in middle school, I knew I loved eyes and wanted to pursue optometry!

Favorite part of being an optometrist

My favorite part of being an optometrist is making people’s lives a little easier. Vision is something many take for granted, but it has a profound impact on our daily lives and quality of life. I love helping others and making things clear and simple!

Favorite vacation

I love to travel and see new places, and am always planning my next trip. When I’m not practicing optometry, I’m usually hiking! As much as I loved the beaches in Florida, I prefer the mountains! I love the outdoors and getting to step away from the stresses of life to focus on the beauty of nature. My favorite vacation is probably Iceland! I love waterfalls and untouched natural landscapes. It is an especially fond memory as that is where my husband proposed. 

Favorite concert you’ve been to

I saw the Arctic Monkeys in 2012 in Miami. Smaller venues always have an electric energy and it was an amazing night. I love live music, but going to a concert where you know every single song is always special.

Fun fact

I love to cook and bake. I feel such a sense of pride when I’m able to make something amazing out of basic ingredients. I love the show Chopped and like to throw together weeknight meals out of what I find in my fridge and pantry (although it always takes me longer than 30 minutes). I’m also an avid reader! I’m always reading between patients and have read over 1000 books in the past two years. Luckily, I rent them from the library as I don’t have enough room in my house to store them all.