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Doctors & Staff

Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Family Vision Care Optometry a proud provider of vision care products and services in San Diego.

Dr. Melanie Langford, O.D.

Dr. Melanie has worked at Family Vision Care Optometry since 2012. In October 2021, she and her husband, Dr. Matthew Langford, took over ownership of the office.

Dr. Melanie is licensed in the treatment and management of ocular disease with therapeutic pharmaceutical agents, primary open-angle glaucoma, and lacrimal irrigation and dilation. Dr. Melanie practices full-scope optometry and enjoys working with patients of all ages, especially children. She co-manages LASIK and refractive surgery patients, specializes in the fitting of CRT lenses for myopia control and scleral contact lenses for various eye diseases.

In her free time, she enjoys reading, running, and spending time outside with her husband, 2 children, and her 2 dogs.

  • Bachelor of Science: Biology from Indiana University Bloomington
  • Doctorate of Optometry: Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, IL
  • Internships: Illinois Eye Institute in Chicago, the VA Hospital in Brooklyn, NY, Omni Eye in Atlanta, GA, and Highline Vision Center in Centennial, CO
  • Residency: University of California Berkeley at the Palo Alto VA Hospital: specialty in eye disease.

Dr. Matthew Langford, O.D.

Dr. Matt has been practicing in San Diego since 2010. He and Dr. Melanie took over Family Vision Care Optometry in October of 2021.

Dr. Matt is licensed in treating ocular disease with therapeutic pharmaceutical agents, primary open-angle glaucoma, and lacrimal irrigation and dilation. He practices full-scope optometric medicine and emphasizes early detection of ocular diseases such as cataracts, diabetes, glaucoma, dry eye syndrome, and macular degeneration. He also co-manages refractive surgery and fits all types of contact lenses, including specialty contact lenses for keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration, and other corneal diseases. Dr. Matt is also certified for corneal refractive therapy, a non-surgical approach to vision correction comparable to LASIK.

He is a first-degree black belt in Tae-Kwon-Do, is an avid runner, enjoys playing the guitar, and spending time with his wife, kids and their 2 dogs.

  • Bachelor of Science: Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
  • Doctorate of Optometry: Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, IL.
  • Internships: Illinois Eye Institute in Chicago, the Gordon Weiss Vision Institute in La Jolla, and the VA Hospital in Palo Alto, CA.

Dr. Gary Sneag, O.D., F.C.O.V.D

Dr. Gary Sneag has practiced optometry since 1977 and has lectured and presented at various conferences for several years. He specializes in the field of vision therapy and enjoys the challenges of fitting all kinds of contact lenses, diagnosing and treating disease, as well as managing his patients for refractive surgery.

  • Diplomat in Advanced Orthoptics (DOBV):  University of the Witwatersrand, School of Optometry, 1985
  • Residency:  Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation, 1984
  • Fellowship:  College of Optometry and Vision Development

Lori – Office Manager

Lori is a San Diego native. She is our Office Manager and has been with us for over 25 years.

When she is out of the office she enjoys spending time with her husband, Miki, daughter, Salem, and twin sister, Lisa. She also loves reading and is passionate about yoga.

Photo of TorisTori – Front Office

Tori has been with Family Vision Care Optometry for over 5 years, first as a pretesting technician and now as a front office scheduler. She is a UC Santa Barbara graduate, Clairemont native, and the office crazy cat lady.

In her spare time she enjoys watching cartoons with her fiance and searching for the perfect carnitas taco.

Sarina – Front Office

Sarina was born and raised in Clairemont. She started coming to our office for Vision Therapy in 2006 and shortly after became a patient of Dr. Langford.

She loves to spend her weekends with her family and is on the constant hunt for the perfect margarita pairing to Tori’s carnitas taco. Fun fact: Sarina and Tori have been best friends since kindergarten.

Rina – Dispensing Optician

Rina joined our office in 2010 and brings with her over 18 years of experience. She manages our frame inventory and can easily pick out the ideal frame for our patients.

During her free time, she loves watching basketball/football, hiking and trying new restaurants with her husband Craig.

Javier – ABO Certified Optician

Javier is an American Board of Opticianry (ABO) certified optician and possesses over 19 years of experience in the optical field. He assists in laboratory production and with frame selections.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and watching his son play baseball.

Sarah – ABO Certified Optician

Sarah is an American Board of Opticianry (ABO) certified optician and has been in the optical field for over 11 years. She is our care coordinator for refractive surgeries and is our social media manager.

As a transplant from Texas, she enjoys exploring Pacific Beach and all the landmarks of San Diego.

Cristene – ABO Certified Optician

Cristene graduated from California State University of Long Beach with a B.S. in Health Science with focus in Community Health Education. She has been in optical for over 8 years and is an American Board of Opticianry (ABO) certified optician. She loves everything Disney and finding new places to eat.

During her free time you will most likely find her binge watching movies or exploring San Diego with her family.

Christina – Vision Therapist

A San Diego native, Clairemont has been Christina’s home for the last 13 years. Wife and Mother of two boys, her weekends are spent with her family usually on a baseball or soccer field.

Christina’s passion is to empower patients in reaching their fullest potential. She has a strong belief that with understanding, patience and a positive mindset, anything can be accomplished.

Mary – Vision Therapist

Mary started working as a vision therapist for Family Vision Care Optometry in 2004. She loves working with children and their families through the vision therapy program! Mary has a B.S. in Psychology and experience working with children of all ages.

Outside of the office, Mary stays busy as a mother of two girls, ages 5 and 1.

Danielle – Optometric Technician

Danielle joined Family Vision Care Optometry in April of 2021 as our Optometric Technician. She enjoys working directly with patients and is eager to help make sure everyone has the best possible experience while at our office.

Away from work you can find her rollerskating on the beach boardwalk, adventuring with her son and husband, or relaxing at home in Clairemont.

Julia – Dispensing Optician

Julia joined the practice in 2020 and has been in the eyecare industry for over 10 years. She has experience across the board, from working with LASIK surgeons to assisting with clinical studies.

Julia is a born and raised San Diegan that enjoys all things outdoors whether it be riding her horse, yoga in the sunshine, hikes with her two dogs or a good run!

Student Interns

Student Interns from UCSD volunteer in our office to help them decide if optometry is the right profession for them. The interns help the office staff in a variety of ways and often sit in with the doctors during eye examinations and vision therapy sessions.

Schedule an appointment with an experienced eye care provider at our San Diego optometrist office and give your vision the level of care and attention it deserves.