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Dr. Steven Cress Joins Champion Eye Center’s South Asheville/Arden, NC Office


ASHEVILLE, NC - Champion Eye Center already had the eye care market cornered around Asheville, N.C., and now they have it totally surrounded with the addition of Dr. Steven Cress.

Dr. Cress allows the Champion Eye Center family to expand its services and hours, making it even more convenient for patients. Starting in November, Champion’s south office – located at 300 Julian Lane in Arden – will start seeing patients on Saturday by appointment.

“We are very excited about Dr. Cress joining our eye care family,” Dr. Andy Champion says. “He is a graduate of Southern College of Optometry and he brings a great deal of clinical experience in pediatric and adult primary care, vision therapy and ocular disease. Our growth is designed with one goal in mind – to better meet the needs of our patients.”

Drs. Andy and Patty Champion began practicing optometry in Asheville in 1995 and opened eye care centers in Asheville and Sylva in 1997. They realized the need for professional eye care services in South Asheville, so they opened the Arden office in 2006 to meet the optometric needs of patients on the south side of the city.

Dr. Cress said that joining the Champion Eye Center family is the culmination of a lifelong dream. “Drs. Andy and Patty Champion have built their eye care practice the right way, by treating their patients like family members,” explains Dr. Cress.

Champion Eye Center is the exclusive carrier of Chanel frames for all of Western North Carolina. Champion also carries fashionable frames for all styles from Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Burberry, Polo Ralph Lauren, Ray-Ban and Vera Wang.

Champion Eye Center is also the only eye care outlet that features Varilux Ipseo progressive lenses. These cutting-edge Ipseo lenses are the only progressive lenses on the market that can be personalized to meet the unique visual behavior of each patient.

Dr. Cress’s extensive knowledge of contact lenses allows Champion Eye Center to treat even more patients who need multifocal or specialty lenses. Dr. Cress also brings with him a comprehensive background of preventive eye maintenance. Over the past 18 months, Dr. Cress performed clinical work in ocular disease treatment and management of glaucoma, corneal disease and macular degeneration.

To schedule an appointment, call Champion Eye Center at 828-236-0099 or visit


Champion Eye Center
Patty Champion
Arden: (828) 650-2727
North Asheville: (828) 236-0099


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