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Our Eye Doctors

Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision – many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.

Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.

Meet our doctors:

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John E. (Jack) Perkins, O.D.

Dr. Perkins was born in Mitchell, South Dakota. He was raised in Fremont, Nebraska and moved back to Mitchell, where he graduated from high school. He completed his pre-optometry work at South Dakota State University and earned his Doctor of Optometry degree, cum laude, from Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago in 1972. He and his wife, Pam, moved to Eugene in 1972. Dr. Perkins is past president of the Lane Optometric Society, Eugene Active 20-30 Club, Oregon Vision Service Plan, Emerald Executive Association, and Oregon Optometric Physicians Association. Dr. Perkins volunteers as an optometrist for White Bird Medical Clinic. He and Pam enjoy golf, fishing, travel and going to the movies.

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Tyler O. Cates, O.D.

Dr. Cates grew up in Eugene and graduated from Churchill High School in 1986. He later graduated cum laude from Washington State University with a degree in Biology. He earned his Doctor of Optometry from Pacific University College of Optometry, graduating with Honors in 1994.

Before joining Family Vision Center in 1997, Dr. Cates served three years as Chief of Optometric Services at Laughlin Air Force Base in South Texas. Dr. Cates is past president of the Lane Optometric Society and is a member of the American Optometric Society, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, and is a Lifetime member of the Eugene Active 20-30 Club.

Dr. Cates and his wife Paula have three daughters. He enjoys fly fishing, long distance trail running, traveling, and time spent with his family exploring the great outdoors.

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Carrie N. Dunks, O.D.

Dr. Dunks was raised in Mt. Shasta, California. She attended Eastern Oregon University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Small Business Management. She received her Doctor of Optometry degree from Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove. She is currently active in the Lane Optometric Society, the Oregon Optometric Physicians Association and the Association of Seventh-day Adventist Optometrists. She and her husband Eric are active in their church. They enjoy drag racing, Oregon Duck Football, and time spent with their sons, Aven and Easton, and their Old English Bulldog, Stella.