Meet Our Eye Doctors

Philip Y. Paden, MD

Philip Y. Paden, MD

"I was a chemistry teacher at Cornell University when I decided to pursue a career in medicine. As a former professional photographer, I was always interested in the relationship that exists between the eye and the visual system of the camera. This, along with the technological advancements that were being made in eye care, led me to the field of ophthalmology. Being able to diagnose and treat a whole host of eye diseases and abnormalities is both personally and professionally rewarding to me.

When I started practicing over two decades ago, my goal was to provide patients with innovative, proven solutions for their vision needs, along with the utmost friendliness and compassion. Today, I am proud to say that I still uphold these standards on a daily basis for every patient I see.

After making a diagnosis, I will explain any recommended treatment and how it can help improve their vision in simple, easy-to-understand language. I will also take the time to answer my patients’ questions and address any concerns they may have. This interactive approach helps make the whole process a positive one for patients and their families."

  • Board Certified: American Board of Ophthalmology (with Honors)
  • Residency: Ophthalmology, Oregon Health Sciences Center, Portland, OR
  • Internship: Internal Medicine, Waterbury Hospital (affiliated with Yale University), Waterbury, CT
  • MD: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
  • MA: Science Education, Cornell University, Graduate Division, Department of Chemistry and School of Education, Ithaca, NY
  • BA: Mathematics, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
  • BS: Chemistry, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS (with Honors)
  • Member: American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Jackson County Medical Society
  • Former Lecturer and Program Instructor: Department of Chemistry, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • Recipient: DuPont™ Outstanding Teacher Award at Cornell University
  • Consultant: Heidelberg® Engineering, Bio-Logic Aqua® Technologies, Alcon® Corporation
  • Awarded: "Best Doctors® in America" (2003 to present)

Jason K. Bates, OD

Jason K. Bates, OD

"Ever since my first pair of glasses, I have been interested in vision. It’s always been amazing to me that the human eye is capable of sight. As an undergraduate, I found the human body increasingly interesting the more I learned. This, combined with a long history of vision correction, convinced me that optometry was the career for me.

I particularly enjoy the medical aspects of optometric care. As an advanced therapeutics licensed optometrist, I can treat glaucoma and eye infections, remove foreign bodies, monitor diabetic retinopathy, and monitor or treat many other ocular conditions.

One of my favorite aspects of eye care is the interaction with patients. It’s very rewarding when a patient feels like their complaints were addressed and they learned something about their eyes.

I believe in listening carefully to my patients and providing them with excellent care. I spend adequate time with each patient, helping them understand the state of their eye health as well as their treatment options. In my exams, the patient always comes first."

  • OD: University of Houston College of Optometry, Houston, TX, Dean’s Academic List all four years, graduated summa cum laude
  • BS: Human Biology, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT (with Honors)
  • Externships: Coastal Eye Associates, Webster, TX; Advanced Laser Vision and Surgical Institute, Houston, TX; Houston Eye Associates, Houston, TX
  • Member: American Optometric Association, Oregon Optometric Physicians Association
  • Research: Participated in NIH grant research regarding mouse retinal development, University of Houston College of Optometry, 2002