Our Optical Practice in Cornelius, NC

Meet Dr. Lafone


An Eastern North Carolina native, Dr. Lafone grew up "down east" in Kinston. After graduating high school, he attended the University of North Carolina Wilmington where he received a B.A. in Chemistry. Following four years in Wilmington, Dr. Lafone moved to Philadelphia, PA to attend the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. While there, he received a B.S. in Optics and a Doctorate of Optometry. During all clinical rotations while in optometry school, Dr. Lafone was awarded "Clinical Honors." After Philadelphia, Dr. Lafone returned to NC where he completed Clinical Internships at Catawba Valley Eye in Hickory, NC and at the Brenner VA Hospital in Salisbury.

With his education complete, Dr. Lafone joined the staff of Newton Vision Center where he worked as an associate Optometrist for 2 years. However, the calling of owning his own practice combined with the appeal of the Lake Norman area led him to leave Newton, and purchase Carolina Eye Care, OD, PA from the prior owner, Dr. Colvin O'Donnell in 2004.

Dr. Lafone has been married to his wife, Ashlyn, for 14 years, and they have two children, Nicole and Greyson. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, photography, and all things Barbecue.