Alan L. French, O.D., F.A.A.O.

Alan French, O.D.,
            F.A.A.O.Dr. French established French Eye Care Center, PLLC in Eleanor, West Virginia in June 1998 with his wife, Jennie.


Dr. French was Salutatorian of the Buffalo (Putnam) High school class of 1983 and went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from Marshall University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education. From 1988 to 1993 he taught band, choir, and general music in the Kanawha County School system. In 1993 Dr. French resigned his teaching position when he was accepted into the Illinois College of Optometry. He graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Visual Science and a Doctorate of Optometry, and was the 1997 recipient of the Cribb Leadership and Service Award, given to the student whose leadership abilities exemplify the goals of the profession of optometry.


During his time in Chicago, Dr. French extensively studied the principles and clinical practice of strabismus (eye turns), amblyopia (lazy eye) and vision therapy. This has given him a clear understanding of the special needs of these patients. Dr. French knows that many people with these conditions can be helped, and often times without surgical intervention. Of course, when surgery is indicated the appropriate referral will be made.


Dr. French was awarded Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry at the 2006 annual meeting. Professionals who become Fellows of the Academy must complete a rigorous candidacy process. Candidates submit extensive written work and must also pass an oral examination. A panel of leading optometrists and vision scientists must approve both the written work and oral examination. Less than ten percent of practicing optometrists are Fellows of the Academy. You want a doctor to treat you who knows the current research and trends. Each optometrist in West Virginia is required to complete 40 hours of Continuing Education every two years. Dr. French regularly completes more than that. He feels it is in his patient’s best interest to keep abreast of the changing standards in the field of vision care.


Dr. French has studied American Sign Language since 1993 and enjoys his interaction with his many deaf and hard-of-hearing patients.


In his spare time Dr. French enjoys home fix-up and remodeling projects, music, and spending time with his wife, Jennie and children, Bryson, Mary, Brandon & Bronson. Dr. French and his family are active in the music ministry of Twin City Bible Church in Nitro, West Virginia.


»  learn more about Dr. French’s medical mission trip to India in 2005.