Dr. Prater joined our staff of ophthalmologist and optometrists on September 1, 2000. A native of Texas, Dr. Prater did his undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University, College Station and in 1976 was granted early acceptance into the University of Houston College of Optometry due to his outstanding academic achievements. He completed his doctor of optometry degree in 1980, graduating Summa Cum Laude and was recognized as the valedictorian of his graduating class. Upon graduation, he remained in the Houston area as a clinical instructor at the University of Houston College of Optometry. In 1981, he joined the Mann Eye clinic and Surgery Center in Humble, Texas as the Optometric Clinical Directory. Dr. Prater served concurrently as an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Houston College of Optometry. In 1986, he completed the rigorous application and exam process for becoming a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. While giving a lecture in Tyler in 1986, he and his wife, Tammy, fell in love with the community. Dr. Prater began practice in Tyler in 1987. In 1994, Dr. Prater began serving for several years as clinical examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. In addition, he has delivered numerous continuing education lectures including ones at the University of Houston College of Optometry, the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, at the American Academy of Optometry meeting in San Antonio, Texas and Anaheim, California and at Fellowship of Christian Optometry meetings in Bloomington, Indiana and Pensacola, Florida. In the early and mid-1980’s, Dr. Prater assisted in the development of an eye clinic in Corozal, Belize that has continued to serve people from Belize, Mexico, and Guatemala. To relax, Dr. Prater enjoys fishing, especially fly fishing. Dr. Prater has a general therapeutic optometry practice and helps provide contact lens and Low Vision services to the patients of EyeCare Associates.