Meet Your Local Optometrist
Dr. Derek Black, OD
Dr. Derek Black attended Young Harris College and finished his degree at the University of West Georgia. In 2008, he graduated Cum Laude and earned his Bachelor of Arts in chemistry with a minor in biology. Throughout college, Dr. Black worked as an optician where he developed his passion for eye care. That passion led him to attend the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN.
During his training, Dr. Black gained valuable experience in retinal, corneal, diabetic, and glaucoma eye diseases at the VA Hospital in Memphis, TN. He then conducted his family practice training at Family Vision Care in Memphis, TN. In 2013, Dr. Black graduated from The Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN where he earned his Doctorate of Optometry.
While attending optometry school, Dr. Black was awarded the Health Professions Scholarship by the U.S. Army. This helped to alleviate the cost of his education, but more importantly, allowed him the honor of serving his country. Shortly after graduation, Dr. Black was commissioned as an officer with the rank of Captain into the United States Army. During his military career, Dr. Black held positions as Staff Optometrist, Director of Optometric Education, and Chief of Optometry at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in Fort Belvoir, VA. For his exemplary performance, Dr. Black received the Joint Service Commendation Medal, The National Defense Medal, The Army Service Medal, and The Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
On April 10th, 2020 Dr. Derek Black founded Eagle View Eye Care to serve all members of the community in the North Georgia Area. When not working, Dr. Black enjoys being an active member of the Georgia Optometric Association and The American Optometric Association. Most importantly he enjoys spending time hiking with his family and raising his two daughters.