Emma-Catherine Ali, O.D.



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Smith Mountain Lake


Dr. Emma-Catherine Ali is an optometrist who focuses on comprehensive eye exams, diseases of the eye, contact lenses, and pediatrics. Ali completed Optometry School at the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Optometry in 2009. She has received clinical training with Dr. M. Steven Satterfield of Primary Eye Care in Asheville, NC, at the Birmingham VAMC and the UAB School of Optometry. 

She joins the Vistar Eye team with clinical experience at The EyeSight and Salem VAMC.


At one time, Dr. Emma Catherine Ali considered becoming a pediatrician. However, in college, her roommate was diagnosed with a rare vision-threatening corneal disease. That experience formed her decision to switch to Optometry. In addition, she volunteered with VOSH (Volunteers for Optometric Services to Humanity). VOSH provides eye care services to underprivileged areas in the US and abroad. Serving with them, she saw first-hand the importance of vision and quality eye care.

Dr. Ali provides primary eye care for the whole family.

“I believe in giving my patients a lot of quality one-on-one time during appointments. It’s important to really listen to them.”

Outside of Work

Married with two children, Dr. Ali enjoys gardening, knitting, and traveling. A former NC State mascot, she remains a die-hard Wolfpack fan.

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