Pearle Vision Center



Dr. Janvier, a licensed optometrist that has provided optical services on Hilton Head Island since 1994. Over the past several years, Dr. Janvier researched and then identified a void in the Bluffton marketplace when it comes to optometry services and the manufacturing of optical goods – eyeglasses and contact lenses. Already providing the optometry service on Hilton Head, Dr. Janvier set out to fill the need that existed in Bluffton.

Dr. Janvier researched the different optical companies, eventually settling on the Pearle Vision Center franchise. Pearle is a name that is established and recognized for the quality of the products produced. Dr. Janvier negotiated with Pearle Vision to obtain the territory that included Bluffton, as the closest providers of optical services are located as far away as Charleston and Savannah.

Once approved by Pearle Vision, Dr. Janvier began working with the Small Business Development Center to prepare a business plan that focused on the merging of his optometry services with the Pearle Vision Center. From the Small Business Development Center, Dr. Janvier approached Small Business Assistance Corporation for help in obtaining an SBA 7(a) loan to finance the new Pearle Vision Center in Bluffton.

SBAC prepared the request and brought it and Dr. Janvier to South Carolina Bank & Trust. Since SCB&T was located directly across the street from Dr. Janvier’s location, it was the most logical choice to provide financing. SCB&T thought so too! The loan was approved by the bank and the SBA and was funded in late 2002.

Pearle Vision Center is now open in the new Bluffton location, right in front of Lowe’s on Highway 278. Dr. Janvier is there daily to provide eye exams and oversee the production of eyeglasses.

If you find some things to be a little blurry or fuzzy, stop by and see Dr. Janvier. He’ll be more than happy to bring everything back into focus!