Quality eye care for the whole family in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina.

About Us

Appalachian Eye Associates provides full service eye care for the whole family.  We have three doctors providing complete vision care from eye glasses and contact lenses to the treatment of eye diseases and injury. 

Drs. Diane and Marvin Walker


Marvin E. Walker, O.D. grew up in Durham, NC and obtained a Bachelor of Science in physiologic optics at the University of Alabama, Birmingham in 1981.  He continued at UAB, School of Optometry and received his Doctor of Optometry in 1983 graduating with honors.  He began practice of optometry in Burnsville, NC and then moved his practice to Spruce Pine where he has served patients for over 25 years.  He is active in the community of Spruce Pine as a member of Rotary International and Spruce Pine United Methodist Church.  He has served on the Spruce Pine Community Hospital board as well as a host of other community organizations.  He is certainly a familiar face to anyone who has been around Mitchell County for long. 


Diane W. Walker, O.D. grew up in Tuscalossa, AL and attended the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology.  She also obtained a Doctor of Optometry from University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry in 1986, graduating with honors.  She began optometric service in Yancey, Mitchell, and Avery counties with her husband Dr. Marvin Walker in 1986.  She is a member of BSK Optometric Honor Society and the American Optometric Association.  She is also an active member of Spruce Pine United Methodist Church and serves in many aspects there.  She serves on the Toe River Arts Council Executive Board and the Toe River Project Access Board. 

  “Diane and I went to Tuscaloosa in June for a high school class reunion, six weeks after the April 27th EF-5 Tornado. The devastation was more personal to us here having family there and knowing well what was there before the storm. It cut right through the most densely populated parts of town, destroying three schools, two low income housing projects and untold homes and churches. The city has still not located three garbage trucks that it picked up!


  “We came home and gathered together friends in the community through Rotary, church and a couple of just friends, signed on to work with Habitat for Humanity. We were housed in a Presbyterian church downtown and had a great week.


 “ The most compelling moment was hearing the story of the the family next door to the house we were building. One of the few to live through the storm in the neighborhood we worked in. When they stood up after the storm a three foot high ten foot long wall of their brick home was all that was left on the concrete slab they were laying on!”


Marvin Walker, O.D.

Appalachian Eye Associates

Spruce Pine, NC