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Welcome to the Vision Loft!

Eye Exams and more in Concord, NC at 8415 Pit Stop Ct
Located across from Concord Mills Mall near Yama Sushi

Welcome to the Vision Loft!

Eye Exams and more in Concord, NC
Located across from Concord Mills Mall

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Meet The Eye Doctors At The Vision Loft

The eye care professionals at The Vision Loft specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision—many of which do not always have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses, both as eyeglass lenses and contact lenses.

Are you looking for an optometrist near you?

Our optometrists are proud to serve residents of Concord, North Carolina and Huntersville. They take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.

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Dr. Bonnie Chen, Optometrist


As the owner of Vision Loft, I take pride in providing a complete and thorough eye exam. I care about you and your family and will treat you like you are my family.

I graduated from the University of Missouri-St. Louis School of Optometry, after completing my undergraduate degree at University of California, Irvine. Since I was young, I have always wanted to become a doctor. Now, I truly love my decision and my profession.

My external rotations while in school were the best experiences! I studied eye diseases and diagnosis at the VA Hospital in Kansas City with one of the most well respected, not to mention, toughest teachers. I learned about the optometry business, contact lenses and patient management aspects at one of the biggest practices in the Midwest. I examined servicemen and treated eye injuries at the Marine Base in Kanahoe, Hawaii. Then, working with medical doctors and ophthalmologists, I treated a variety of eye diseases at the Barnes Jewish Hospital Eye Clinic in St. Louis.

After graduating optometry school on the Dean’s Honor List, I accompanied my husband, Rob, as we moved to San Antonio, Texas, and then to Las Vegas, Nevada as he completed his service to the US Air Force. We finally settled here in the Charlotte area after his service almost 16 years ago! We love the South and can’t imagine having raised our three kids anywhere else. Being involved in our community is important to me. I have served as PTA president at both North Mecklenburg High School and Blythe Elementary, and have been the chairperson for the BBQ fundraiser for the high school. For some reason, I know quite a bit about smoking Boston butts.

I also have traveled to Mexico and Peru for medical mission trips with the Lion’s Club’s Lions for Sight. Our last trip to Lima, we brought over 9,000 pairs of glasses and examined over 2,000 people. I also volunteer for the local Lion’s Club’s vision screening program. I also enjoy playing tennis and can talk a mean game, but would really like to play like I talk! Somewhat like high school sports in which we compete against other schools, now my ladies tennis team goes out and beats up other neighborhoods.

Recently I’ve been trying to direct a very small white ball around these huge beautifully groomed green courses. We also try to keep up with our three college kids at three different ACC schools. That’s right, my husband and I are now empty nesters. I can guarantee that you will also reach the light at the end of the tunnel one day. People are always asking me where I’m from because I don’t look like I’m from around here, and that is a loaded question… Where was I born? Where did I grow up? Where did I go to school? Where did I last live? Come in, ask me and find out!


Dr. Emily Pratt, Optometrist

I’m thrilled to be a part of the Vision Loft team! I grew up in Raleigh, NC and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I graduated with a B.S. in Biology and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. I then ventured to Boston for my optometric education at New England College of Optometry. While enduring four incredibly cold winters, I gained invaluable clinical experience through a variety of externships at Northampton V.A. Hospital, the New England Eye Institute, Boston Medical Center, and several community health centers. In addition, I was privileged to be a part of Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity and travel to Nicaragua one spring to provide eye care for underserved communities there.

After graduation, I returned to the Triangle area and worked in a private practice setting in Durham, NC. My husband Stuart and I moved to Charlotte in the fall of 2011 when he joined a law firm here. We are the proud parents of two beautiful daughters, Libby and Georgia, who keep us laughing and running around full speed most days! We are active members of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, and enjoy getting to know other families with young children there. My husband and I love to travel, and some of our favorite trips include our honeymoon to Costa Rica, seeing Machu Picchu in Peru, and backpacking in Alaska. We also enjoy hiking in the North Carolina mountains, which are a little closer to home!

I would love to hear about your adventures when you visit the office! I look forward to meeting you.


Dr. Juan Canizales, Optometrist

I am excited to be part of the great eye care team at Vision Loft. I grew up in Miami, FL and graduated from Nova Southeastern College of Optometry in Fort Lauderdale. I was fortunate enough to do part of my externship rotations at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, which is still regarded as the best eye hospital in the United States.

I am licensed to practice optometry in Florida, Hawaii, and both South and North Carolina. While in Florida, I was able to practice alongside my father, an Ophthalmologist and my mentor. He is now retired and living in Central America. My sister, who lives in England, is also an Optometrist. You can say that a passion for eye care runs in the family.

I moved to Charlotte, North Carolina in the beginning of 2012. I had visited previously and enjoyed the great food, the beautiful hiking, and the welcoming people. I knew right away that it was the place for me. Charlotte is also where I met my wife, Lauren; we played volleyball for a local recreational league. In our spare time, Lauren and I love to travel. I always enjoy hearing about my patient’s travels!

Come in for an eye exam and swap travel stories with me. I also speak Spanish (yo hablo Espanolhabloyo hablo Espanol).