Meet Our Doctors
Meet the experienced and friendly doctors who lead Vine Vision in being southwest Georgia’s eye care and eyewear specialists.
Kelly Cleary O.D.
Dr. Kelly Cleary is a native of Covington, GA, and moved to Albany in the spring of 2013 after earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of Georgia. She earned her Doctor of Optometry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2017.
Dr. Cleary is married to her high school sweetheart, Ben Cleary, who works at Tyson Foods in Camilla. They have three children and attend Greenbriar Church. Their family enjoys working in the yard, fishing, and cheering on the Dawgs every football season.
The Clearys feel blessed to call Albany their home, and Dr. Cleary is very excited to provide eye care to the wonderful residents of Southwest Georgia.
Matt Harper O.D.
Dr. Matt Harper joined Albany Eye Care in 2009 after earning his Doctor of Optometry at University of Alabama School of Optometry. Before earning his doctorate, Dr. Harper attended Valdosta State University where he received his Bachelor’s of Science in biology. Following completion of the doctorate program at UAB, Dr. Harper received further residency training in ocular disease at W.W. Hastings Indian Hospital in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, before moving home to south Georgia. Dr. Harper concentrates his vision care on ocular disease, contact lens care, and pediatrics. He is an active member of the American Optometric Association and the Georgia Optometric Association.
While attending school in Valdosta Dr. Harper met his wife, Tiffany, who is a registered nurse at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital SICU. When he isn’t caring for southwest Georgians’ vision, Dr. Harper actively spends his time running, biking, playing basketball, and spending time with his wife and four sons Payton, Brady, Cruz, and Steele.
Joseph Taylor Prchal, O.D.
Dr. Taylor Prchal (Per-hall), an Albany native, and graduate of Deerfield-Windsor. After graduation, Dr. Prchal enrolled in Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and spent much of his time volunteering as a Young Life leader at a local high school. Following in his parents footsteps, Dr. Prchal went on to graduate from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee, earning his Doctorate of Optometry, the sixth in his family to do so.
Along with practicing medical eye care, Dr. Prchal has found joy in the challenges that go with fitting specialty contact lenses. When Dr. Prchal is not practicing optometry, he spends time with his wife, Claire, and three children, is a decon at Greenbriar Church, and enjoys cooking and cycling. Dr. Prchal is an active member of the Georgia Optometric Association and American Optometric Association, a supporter of Flint River Habitat for Humanity, Albany Museum of Art and Young Life.
Gerald “Jerry” Prchal, O.D. and Sue Prchal, O.D., Retired
After attending the University of Nebraska, Dr. Jerry Prchal earned his Doctorate of Optometry from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1979. While at SCO, he met his future wife, fellow classmate, Dr. Sue Prchal.
Following graduation, Drs. Jerry and Sue Prchal moved to southwest Georgia where they practiced optometry with Dr. Sue’s father, Dr. Earl Taylor, at the family business in Blakely, which began in 1948. In 1984, the Drs. Prchal established Albany Eye Care. Drs. Prchal raised their two children, Katie and Taylor in Albany. Both eventually retired from optometry and turned the reins over to their son, Dr. Taylor Prchal.
Drs. Prchal spend their time traveling, hiking, and spending time with their grandchildren.
A. Earl Taylor O.D.
Raised in Southwest Georgia, attending Norman Park College after high school and graduating from Northern Illinois’s College of Optometry in 1946, Dr. A Earl Taylor was dedicated to the betterment of all he knew. Practicing first in Columbus Georgia with part-time offices in the back of drug stores in Lumpkin and Blakely Dr. Taylor brought care to those that lacked accessibility. The lifelong commitment to providing eye care spanned 50 years until his passing in 1996.