Our doctors and the Family Eye Care team take even routine eye exams seriously. During a yearly or bi-yearly examination, our patients will receive a patient history review, a series of vision and eye tests, assessments of eye focusing and movement, and an eye health evaluation.
Dean Gurley, O.D.
Dr. Dean Gurley received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas in 1974. From there, he attended Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN for his graduate studies. He received his O.D. degree in 1980 and soon moved back to Blytheville where he began practicing and has been providing eye care to the community ever since.
Outside the optometric office, he has become a recognizable face in the community helping in a wide variety of areas and has been honored for his work. The award Dr. Gurley is most proud of is the Melvin Jones Award given by the Lions Club recognizing his dedication to humanitarian services. Among those achievements, Dr. Gurley is a well respected eye doctor, not only in Arkansas, but throughout the southeast. He is the Arkansas delegate for the Southeastern Council of Optometrists. He also serves on several other optometric boards throughout Arkansas and the United States in order to preserve the optometric practice. In 2009, Dr. Gurley was presented with the Distinguished Service Award by the Arkansas Optometric Association for his work.
Dr. Gurley is married to his wife Nancy and they have two children, Katie and Max. Outside of the office he is an excellent golfer winning the Blytheville Country Club championship several times. He is a long-time donor to the University of Arkansas and attends as many Razorback games as possible. He and Nancy enjoy spending time with their two grand-daughters, Connor and Rosalind, and their dog, Gracie.
Matthew Jones, O.D.
Dr. Jones has been an Arkansan since 2009 when he joined Dr. Gurley. In that time, he has become very involved in optometry issues at the state and national level. He serves on several committees of the Arkansas Optometric Association including being the State Legislative Chair. While on the board of directors from 2011-2019, he served as President of the ArOA from 2017-2018.
In March 2021, he became the first Arkansas licensed optometrist to perform anterior segment lasers within the state. Certified in Advanced Procedures, Dr. Jones helped lead the push legislatively to secure increased access to eyecare procedures for his patients and patients across Arkansas.
Politically, Dr. Jones serves as legislative keyperson for numerous state representatives and senators. He coordinates over 30 state legislative campaigns and works with other ODs to secure campaign contributions. On the national level, he is keyperson with his U.S. Congressman, Rick Crawford, and has secured his co-sponsorship on all AOA efforts.
Dr. Jones serves on the Brandon Burlsworth Foundation board of directors. The primary program of the foundation, Eyes of a Champion, provides eyewear and vision exams throughout Arkansas and surrounding states.
Dr. Jones is a volunteer for the American Optometric Association currently serving on the State Government Relations Committee. In June 2018 at Optometry's Meeting in Denver, Dr. Jones was awarded the American Optometric Association's Young Optometrist of the Year. In March 2017, Dr. Jones was recognized as the Young Optometrist of the South by SECO International. He also received the Arkansas Young Optometrist of the Year Award in 2012.
Dr. Matthew Jones received his undergraduate degree from the University of Evansville in 2005 with a B.S. in Biochemistry. From there, he attended the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN graduating with honors in 2009.
In the community, Dr. Jones serves on the Mississippi County Hospital System Board of Directors. He is the secretary/treasurer of the Great River Charitable Clinic Board of Directors where they provide free medical, dental, eye, and spiritual care to the underserved. Dr. Jones has served as a board member of the Greater Mississippi County Chamber of Commerce, Blytheville Rotary Club, and Blytheville Country Club.
Dr. Jones has clinic in Blytheville, Osceola, West Memphis, and Paragould. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Optometry. He and his wife, Allison, and daughters, Sutton & Elliott, live in Blytheville.
Christina F. Miller , O.D.
Dr. Miller graduated from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry. She then continued her education at Southern College of Optometry, earning her Optometric Doctorate, having received Third and Fourth year Outstanding Clinician awards and the Ocular Disease Excellence award.
Professionally, Dr. Miller is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Arkansas Optometric Association and Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians, and is the immediate Past President of the West Tennessee Optometric Physician Society. Dr. Vranich was honored as the 2014 Tennessee Young Optometrist of the Year.
Dr. Miller has been appointed to Advisory Boards for the Hayes Center For Practice Excellence, and the Eye Specialty Group. Continuing the involvement she began with Chi Omega Fraternity while attending Huntingdon College,
Christina now serves at Rhodes College as the Chi Omega Chapter Advisor and is a member of the Memphis Area Chi Omega Alumnae Chapter.
She was featured in a Volunteer Profile in the Commercial Appeal in 2012, named the 2014 Volunteer of the Year by the Miss Collierville Scholarship Organization, served as backstage coordinator for Memphis Fashion Design Network and returns to Southern College of Optometry to speak and serve on panels for optometric students.
F. Evan Button, O.D.
Dr. Button received his undergraduate degree from University of Arkansas in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Physiology. After graduation, he attended Oklahoma College of Optometry in Tahlequah, OK and received his O.D. degree in 2020. He then moved to Blytheville, Arkansas to join the team at Family Eyecare.
Professionally, Dr. Evan Button is a member of the American Optometric Association as well as the Arkansas Optometric Association. He is a passionate optometrist who serves the community by providing eye care services to his patients. He strives to give patients the best of care by having a good bedside manner during eye examinations. He enjoys all aspects of optometry, including ocular disease, contact lenses, and glasses.
Outside of the office, Evan enjoys being active, playing golf, and spending time with family and friends. Dr. Button practices in Blytheville and Osceola. He lives in Blytheville with his wife, Jenny, their son, Rider, and two dogs.
Jennifer Button, O.D.
Dr. Jenny Button was born and raised in Wichita, KS. She graduated from The University of Kansas with a degree in Exercise Science and received her Optometric Physician degree from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN.
Dr. Button completed a post-graduate residency in family practice and ocular disease at Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry in Tahlequah, OK.
After practicing in Kansas for two years, she got married to our very own Dr. Evan Button and has joined Family Eye Care. Dr. Button enjoys spending time on the lake with family and friends, especially her dogs, being outdoors, and watching Kansas Jayhawks basketball. She works in Blytheville and Osceola, while living in Blytheville with her husband, son Rider, and their two dogs, Winston and Luna.
Our staff and opticians are thoroughly trained and knowledgeable in all aspects of the optical field, including selecting frames that best suit the patient's face and style, recommending the appropriate lens and lens options, repairing eye glasses and sunglasses, and fabricating spectacles in plastic, metal, and rimless frames and all aspects of the fitting of contact lenses.