Shalynn Mills, OD

Optometric Physician

Why I wanted to get into eye care

My interest for health care started by watching my mom, who is a nurse. I loved watching her interact with her patients and take care of them and get to know them. I knew I wanted to help people the same way my mom did, but I also knew I wanted to do something a little different. I was introduced to Optometry at the age of 11 when I had to get glasses. As I grew up, I became passionate about helping people in this way.

My philosophy

I want to get to know my patients. I want to make sure all my patients feel comfortable so they can really relate their needs and concerns to me and we can partner together to overcome them. I also love to educate my patients well so they have every question answered before they leave. I want my patients to know I’m treating them like I would treat my own family.

What I love about practicing at McFarland’s

McFarland’s feels like home to me. I’m from Arkansas and I love being able to stay in my home state doing what I love. I also love the team atmosphere at McFarland’s. When you have Optometrist and Ophthalmologist working together, it’s a really win for the patient. We can take care of our patients from all angles here.

Favorite part of my job

There are so many things I love about practicing Optometry! I think what I enjoy most is the combination of eye health and overall health. So much of the story of someone’s health can be found in the eyes.

Something I would like my patients to know about me

I am a graduate of Bryant High School, where I was a cheerleader. I also have a very rare eye condition called Torpedo Maculopathy and have participated in specialized studies to further what is known about the condition. I have to wear super high prescription glasses and hard contacts.

"Dr. Mills is great! Very thorough. She told me things I've never heard about my eyes before."

– M. Lee

"My experience was phenomenal. Dr. Mills was amazing! It was very evident that she is passionate about her work. Dr. Mills was very thorough and went above and beyond all my expectations. She left no stone unturned and that I truly appreciate! I highly recommend Dr. Mills and her team!"

– O. Marshall

"Dr. Mills was awesome. The staff was friendly, professional, and courteous. I would highly recommend this eye care facility."

– Doreen Baldwin

"Very detailed exam. Very friendly and personable. Used Dr. Mills. She was very thorough. The staff was exceptionally courteous."

– Kim Livingston

"Was living my life in a blurred formless void before my visit. Now life, in all its vibrancy, color, and variation has come into focus with my new prescription. The rain is gone, thanks Dr. Mills!"

– Austin Burton

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