Dr. Spears using a phoropter to test a patient's eyes.
Dr. Spears using a phoropter to test a patient's eyes.

Our Team

Dr. SpearsJames R. Spears, O.D.

PersonalEYES Vision Care is the private practice established by Dr. James Spears. Dr. Spears attended the University of Michigan for undergraduate studies and is a graduate of Michigan College of Optometry. He has been in private practice in northeast Grand Rapids since 1979. He originally started in practice with Dr. H.L. PreFontaine, and took over that practice when Dr. PreFontaine retired. Many of our patients have been with us for all that time.

Dr. Spears is actively involved in the West Michigan Optometric Association, previously serving as President. He currently serves the Michigan Optometric Association as a Regional Director for Grassroots Optometry. Dr. Spears also currently holds a leadership position at St. James Lutheran Church.

He and his wife Nancy have two married daughters and love spending time with their six grandchildren.


Dr. Aaron Stewart joins Personal Eyes Vision Care, home to Grand Rapids Optometry, RX Lenses, frames and contact lensesDr. Aaron Stewart

Dr. Aaron Stewart joined PersonalEyes in 2016 after working in an ophthalmology practice south of Grand Rapids for almost six years. He graduated from the Honors College at Michigan State University in 2006. He then attended the Michigan College of Optometry, graduating with high honors in 2010. In 2019 he became a partner in the practice with Dr. Spears.

Dr. Stewart is involved in the West Michigan Optometric Association, having served on the board for 7 years. He has combined his love for travel with his expertise in eyecare by participating in several international eyecare missions. He has provided medical eyecare at a rural clinic in Guatemala in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017 and looks forward to more trips in the future.

Dr. Stewart and his wife enjoy traveling, tennis, and spending time with family.

Nancy Spears is the Practice Manager and Frame Specialist at PersonalEYES Vision Care

Nancy Spears

Practice Manager, Lens and Frame Specialist


Optometric Assistant


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Optometric Assistant


Billing Specialist