Julie Dolven

Owner/Optometric Physician
James Eyecare & Optics Gallery

James Eyecare & Optics Gallery is located in the Promenade at Chenal. We provide a full range of vision services by utilizing the latest examination equipment and a well-trained, experienced staff. We are proud to offer one of the largest selections of quality, fashion-forward frames and sunglasses, coupled with the latest in lens technology. After being an associate optometrist for four years, Dr. Julie Dolven was able to make her dream come true of owning her own optometry practice by purchasing James Eyecare & Optics Gallery.


How did you know this is what you wanted to do?

When I was 15 years old I shadowed an optometrist and was instantly hooked. I loved the medical management of eye diseases and the ability to immediately improve a person’s life through the use of glasses and contact lenses.

Favorite part of living in Little Rock?

My absolute favorite place in Little Rock is the farmers’ market on a Saturday morning, followed by a walk along the river. I never leave without a watermelon!

I wish I knew how to __________.

I wish I knew how to cook as well as my father-in-law.He organizes, plans and makes extravagant five-course meals every Sunday which brings the entire family together.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Success to me is the ability to set goals for yourself and having a passion towards achieving them while being true to who you are and your beliefs. If you are able to do this, then you will be rewarded by making a positive difference in the lives of others.

Best moment of your career so far?

The best moment of my career was when I fit a very young boy in medically necessary rigid contact lenses that gave him 20/20 vision, which wasn’t possible through the use of glasses. It was quite the challenge, but the smile on his face made it worthwhile.


Neighborhood you live in


Where you are from

Northeast Arkansas (Gosnell)

Last good read

The Glass Castle” and “Half Broke Horses,” both by Jeannette Walls

Favorite Food

Huckleberry pie from Montana

Favorite Lunch Spot

Anywhere with an outdoor patio.

First thing you do at the office each morning

Make a to-do list

Last splurge

Wood floors for my living room

2 things you like to do outside of work

1. Take my 1-year-old to her favorite place — the golf course to watch daddy play. 2. Volunteer as a wish granter for Make-A-Wish.

Dream Vacation

Anywhere warm with a gorgeous view where my family can be together


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