Getting to Know Dr. Runyon
Prior to joining Virginia Eye Consultants, Dr. Brandon Runyon completed a residency program in Family Practice and Ocular Disease at Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry in 2014. Following residency, he served as a hospital-based optometrist for nearly seven years on the Navajo Nation in Chinle, AZ. During his time there, he became the coordinator of the Chinle Indian Health Service optometry residency program and later also served as the Chief of Chinle Service Unit Optometry, directing a public health eyecare program spanning three clinical locations which served approximately 37,000 Native American people.
Dr. Runyon was recognized as the Indian Health Service (IHS) Young Optometrist of the Year by the Armed Forces Optometric Society in 2017. He also received the Navajo Area Indian Health Service Director’s Award for Excellence for his work in expansion of eyecare services within the Chinle Service Unit. Dr. Runyon is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, and has lectured at state, national, and international optometric meetings.
Originally from rural eastern Kentucky, Dr. Runyon is excited to be a little closer to home. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, skiing, playing guitar, fishing, hiking, camping, and spending time with his fiancé Kristen and loyal “Rez dog” Lola.
Areas of Emphasis
- Ocular Trauma
- Neuro-ophthalmic disease
- Emergency Eye Care
- Diabetic Eye Disease
- Pre-/post-operative care
- Clinical Research
Education & Training
- Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
Morehead State University; Morehead, KY
- Doctor of Optometry
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry; Birmingham, AL
- Residency in Family Practice and Ocular Disease Management
Northeastern State University; Tahlequah, OK
Memberships & Affiliations
- American Academy of Optometry
Fellow; Anterior Segment Section, Glaucoma Section
- American Optometric Association
- Virginia Optometric Association
- Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians
- Armed Forces Optometric Society
Past Member, 2014-2021
Honors & Awards
- Indian Health Service Junior Optometrist of the Year (Armed Forces Optometric Society, 2017)
- NAIHS Director’s Award for Excellence (Navajo Area Indian Health Service, 2017)
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