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Russell T. Simmons, O.D.

Dr. Rusty Simmons joined the Simmons Eye Care practice in 1983. He received his undergraduate degree from Ouachita Baptist University and his Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee.

His training included primary care optometry, pathology, glaucoma management and emergency care. He likes working with difficult contact lens cases including bifocal and astigmatic contact lens fittings. His general practice of optometry includes treating and managing glaucoma, diabetes, cataracts, Lasik and other refractive surgeries. Dr. Rusty works closely with several cataract, retinal and refractive surgeons to ensure the best outcomes.

He has served on the board of the Arkansas Optometric Association, and on numerous committees, and served as the chairman of the nominating and awards committees. He has served on the Association’s PAC board and is currently the Career Guidance Chair as a doctor/student liaison and contact for current and graduating students. Dr. Rusty assisted in creating a new Lifetime Excellence Award for the state association and received the Distinguished Service Award for Optometry in 2012. He is a strong supporter of Optometry Giving Sight, a worldwide organization to provide eye care and educate doctors in developing countries. Dr. Rusty is a member of the local Chamber of Commerce and other civic organizations. A strong supporter of our local athletics and, of course, the Arkansas Razorbacks — Woo Pig Sooie!

Dr. Rusty currently serves as the Administrator of Vision Source for Arkansas. He lives in Benton with his wife Karol, sons Bradley and Will, and daughter Brynne. In his free time he likes to fish and spend time with his family.