Meet Dr. McFarland
Board-certified optometric physician, Dr. Michael R. McFarland, is one of the two leading practitioners at the Bentonville and Fayetteville locations of Vold Vision in Northwest Arkansas. With years of experience in research and treatment, particularly in the area of glaucoma care, patients feel safe in his dedicated hands. When Dr. McFarland is not practicing at Vold Vision or working on his Master’s degree, he can be found golfing, fishing, working out, or spending time with his wife and sons. His ongoing education and passion for advancing the field of optometry is clear in the satisfaction of his patients.
Specialties and Skills
Dr. McFarland is particularly skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma, has dedicated his research and expertise to the field. As a committed scientist as well as physician, he is involved in numerous clinical research studies and consistently works towards more effective procedures and treatments. He is also skilled in refractive surgical care as well as the treatment of many other eye diseases.
Education and Training
With an undergraduate degree from Pittsburg State University, Dr. McFarland has remained at the top of his class throughout his education. He completed a Doctorate of Optometry (OD) from the University of Missouri at St. Louis from the College of Optometry with top grades before undergoing a Residency at Vold Vision. Presently, Dr. McFarland is continuing his education while additionally working as one of the lead practitioners at Vold Vision. He is a candidate for a master’s degree in clinical vision research at NOVA Southeastern University in the College of Optometry.
Memberships and Awards
Dr. McFarland is a proud member of the American Optometric Association as well as the Arkansas Optometric Association. As a researcher, his work has gained recognition in the field, and he has been published in the leading professional publication Glaucoma Today. Additionally, he has earned the Norman E. Wallis Excellence Award for achieving the highest optometry board score in America.
"We experienced kindness from the staff and exemplary customer service. The Lasik surgery was emotional for me because I've always had such terrible eye sight that I'd never been able to wake up and SEE. Dr. Vold is literally the best in the nation. He and Dr. McFarland are experts in their field and will give you the best care. My surgery was in February and we are still talking about how impressed we were by Vold Vision!"
"My husband, myself, my mother and grown daughter had back-to-back appointments. Our experience with Vold Vision was exceptional. Wait time was not long. The staff and Dr. McFarland were friendly and prompt. I have recommended Vold Vision to other family members already! Thank-you."
"My husband received lasek here 18 months ago and I just did it last Thursday. At a week out I felt like I had swapped out old eyes for brand new ones! Where you go really matters. I was never one who would consider this type of procedure because of nervousness and I definitely wouldn't have trusted anyone else but our Vold Vision family with my vision! The doctors Vold and McFarland, Christine, the nurses, and the front desk staff are all the best. Knowledgable, Personable, friendly, and will help anyway they can! As someone who has worn glasses since I was 9, almost 20 years I am so grateful to have made this decision! Thank you guys!"
"LASEK A++ - Vold Vision A++!I have been a patient at Vold Vision for one year. I was first introduced to Vold Vision when I suffered a severely scratched eye. Dr. McFarland diagnosed the injury immediately and I was fully healed in a couple days. About 8 months later, I decided to have LASEK done. I knew immediately the doctor I planned to use, Vold Vision. I had total faith in their ability, service and dedication to my procedure. The doctor and staff were 100% accurate on explaining the operation, what to expect and the healing process. All I did was follow their guidance, which was simple, take vitamins and follow the eye drops schedule. I am seeing 20/15 and my eyes continue to get better each day. If you are considering LASEK, I highly recommend attending the after hours event, you get to watch a live procedure and talk to Dr. Vold about the LASEK proedure. So, if you want to get rid of glasses and contacts, call Vold Vision! I could not be happier! I am amazed at the outcome!"
"This office is fantastic. Both myself and my husband had LASIK done the same day; and not one moment went by when we didn't feel that they took a personal interest in helping us see better. Specifically, Dr Vold, Dr McFarland, Nicole, and Christine. From our first contact, Christine was forthcoming with information yet not pushy or demanding (as we've seen from other offices). She freely shared her personal experience during the after hours event and I admire that. We did not have a lot of interaction with Dr Vold; however, we know our sight is a direct reflection of his skill and passion to help others. Dr McFarland was very friendly and patient with our questions and always informative, going above and beyond with his answers insuring we understood. Clearly an expert in his field and I'm thankful he was a part of our care. Nicole was my life saver. She was beyond caring and made us feel completely welcome, as if we were old friends. She was one who held my hand during the experience and talked me through my overwhelming anxiety. I will always be grateful for having been in her care. I've always heard: "The brightest stars are those that shine for the benefit of others." I believe each of them shine in their own way. The team at Vold Vision has given us a gift that we can never repay. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts."