Matthew Jones, O.D.

Matthew Jones, O.D.

2019 Young OD of the Year  

A native of Kentucky, Matthew Jones, O.D., obtained his doctorate of optometry degree in 2009 from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. He is co-owner of the optometric practice, Family Eye Care, located in Blytheville and Osceola, Arkansas. 

Dr. Jones serves as president of the Arkansas Optometric Association Board of Directors, joining the board in 2011. His volunteer service includes service to numerous committees throughout the years, including career guidance, state legal legislative, national legal legislative, convention committee, AOP-PAC committee, membership committee chair, nominating committee; and awards committee.

Helping the association's philanthropic efforts, Dr. Jones has served as board member of Vision Arkansas, the charitable foundation of the association, since 2011. He volunteers for the Great River Charitable Clinic where he provides free exams to the uninsured in the area. Because of his dedication to serving others he was appointed to the charitable clinic's board of directors in 2012. He also works with the Mississippi County Head Start program to provide vision exams to preschool children. In 2018, he was named to serve on Brandon Burlsworth Foundation board of directors. The primary program of the foundation, "Eyes of a Champion", provides eyewear and vision exams for needy children throughout the state.

In addition to his work with the state association, Dr. Jones serves as a volunteer member of the logistics committee of SECO, and was awarded their 2017 Young Optometrist of the South. In 2016, he began serving in the American Optometric Association volunteer structure on the Meetings Center committee. Dr. Jones has attended several AOA Congressional Advocacy Conferences in Washington, D.C. and began serving as a keyperson for one of the U.S. Representatives from Arkansas in 2011.

On the state level, he has been serving as legislative keyperson captain for northeast Arkansas since 2014. He coordinates member doctors of optometry on 30 state legislative campaigns, working with area optometrists to secure campaign contributions and ensure that optometrists in his area have reached out to work with elected officials on key issues. He also serves as keyperson for his state Senator and Representative. During Arkansas' successful legislative campaign to pass the Vision Care Plan Act of 2015, Dr. Jones was instrumental in securing many positive votes from legislators in his area. For a fundraiser for re-election of the governor in October 2017, Dr. Jones' personal efforts led to more than one-third of ODs contributing, well surpassing the fundraising goal. 

One of Dr. Jones' greatest assets is to engage, encourage and motivate the membership for future legislative endeavors and participation by individual members.