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Our Eye Doctors

Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision - many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.

Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.

Meet our doctors:

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Samer Arafat O.D.

I was born in Iowa City, Iowa, and grew up in Amman, Jordan. After graduating high school overseas, I moved back to my birthplace and attended the University of Iowa where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry with honors. I received my medical degree from the American University of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon then completed post-doctoral research fellowships from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Schepens Eye Research Institute/MEEI in Boston, Massachusetts in the field of cornea and ocular surface. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from the New England College of Optometry followed by a year-long Ocular Disease Residency at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

My budding passion for eye care began at an early age. As a now third-generation eye doctor, I had the great opportunity to see, firsthand, not only how important eye health and vision are to the lives of many patients spanning generations but also the value that my father and grandfather placed on the quality of care they provided and their unwavering dedication to this rewarding profession. My appreciation for the eye continued to grow and, wanting a career in healthcare, it was the perfect match that set me on this incredible journey. It is great to be back in Iowa where I look forward to providing the best care for my patients.

I am a cinephile. I keep up with current events daily and enjoy talking about sports and movies. In my free time, I enjoy working on a screenplay I started, listening to music, going for long walks, and being in the company of good friends. 

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Ellen Miller, O.D.

Owner/Doctor of Optometry

I grew up in Marion, Iowa and graduated from Marion High School, class of 1982. Go MHS! I attended the University of Iowa and earned an undergraduate degree in Business. Having always wanted to be in healthcare, and needing glasses for the first time at age 23, I decided to enter Optometry School. I loved Optometry School and graduated with honors, as Valedictorian in 1995 from Illinois College of Optometry.

My dream vacation would be Maine or Colorado. Ideally, a remote cabin in the mountains, where I could hike, bike or ski. I love a good snow storm, a great book, and hot soup. My favorite ice cream is Heyn’s Cappuccino or any peanut butter chocolate flavor.

I love that we have created a medical based eyecare clinic that provides quality, stylish, unique eyewear! I want the world to see me as honest, fair, kind, professional, and empathetic.

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Molly Camerer O.D.

Doctor of Optometry

I grew up in Marion and attended Linn Mar. After getting glasses in the second grade, I was interested in all things eyes/optometry related. Following high school, I attended the University of Iowa where I received my Bachelor’s degree in biology. I received my Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee.

For me, there is nothing better than helping people see. It makes me so happy when patients are excited about their new glasses or contact lenses. I love working with like minded people at Miller Family EyeCare. We all want to help our patients see well and look great too!

My favorite ice cream is coffee or raspberry. It has to be in a cone, preferably a 1:1 ratio. I like the crunch of the cone! In my free time, I enjoy quilting, reading, riding my bike, playing with my son Felix and spending time with my husband, Ben. I want to be seen as a kind and caring person who wants only the best for my patients.