"Vision is a priceless commodity. We have dedicated our lives to help preserve, protect, and restore it."
Dr. Melanie Vardeman was born and raised in Nacogdoches, TX where she graduated from Nacogdoches High School in 1991. She obtained her B.A. in Biology from Texas A&M in 1994. She completed her post-graduate studies in 1999 when she received a Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Houston College of Optometry.
Upon graduating, Dr. Vardeman moved back to Nacogdoches. She practiced at Texas State Optical of Nacogdoches from 1999 to December of 2017. In 2018, Dr. Vardeman was given the opportunity to purchase 20/20 EyeCare from Dr. Don Rudasill and Kay Rudasill. She brings 18 years of optometric experience to our practice.
Dr. Melanie Vardeman has been voted the “Best Eye Doctor in Nacogdoches” in 2015, 2016, and 2017. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Houston College of Optometry. She has also been a member of several boards and organizations including Nacogdoches Junior Forum, Nacogdoches Lady Lions Club, Sabine Optometric Society (past president), Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society, SFA Charter School Board, NISD Student Health Advisory Committee, and NHS Alumni Board. In addition, Dr. Vardeman is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Dr. Vardeman is married to Clay Vardeman, also of Nacogdoches. They have a daughter, Jordan, and a son, Landon.
Dr. Don Rudasill graduated from Churchill H.S. in San Antonio, TX in 1971. He obtained his B.S. from Texas A&M University in 1975. Post-graduate studies in optometry which include B.S. and Doctor of Optometry degrees were completed at the University of Houston in 1979. In the United States Air Force, he served as Chief of Optometry Clinic at Yokota AB, Japan from July 1979 until July 1983. He was awarded the USAF Commendation Medal for his services while in Japan.
In 1983, he returned to Nacogdoches, TX and entered private practice. He has served as an optometric consultant to the Vision Clinic at the Rusk State Hospital Since August 1983 until September 2007. In January 1984, Dr. Rudasill opened a branch office, in order to provide eye care in the city of Rusk, Texas.
Dr. Rudasill is active in the Nacogdoches Rotary Club and has served as past president of the Nacogdoches Rotary Club. He is a member of Beta Sigma Kappa, the Optometric Honor fraternity. He is a graduate of the Leadership Nacogdoches program, class of 1984-1985.
He is married to Kay Rudasill of Jefferson, Texas and they have four children and six grandchildren.