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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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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 and their Old English Bulldog, Stella.


Dominic Lemas, O.D.

Dr. Lemas was born and raised in Oregon City. He attended Portland State University where he graduated, summa cum laude, with a BS in General Science and a minor in Psychology. He then attended Pacific University from which he earned a Doctorate of Optometry degree in 2017. Dr. Lemas than undertook an additional year of training doing a residency specializing in Low Vision and Ocular Disease at the VA hospital in White City, OR. Dr. Lemas is the newest doctor at Family Vision Center and is also a member of the Lane Optometric Society, Oregon Optometric Physicians Association, Emerald Executives Association, and Eugene Chambers of Commerce Young Professionals. He enjoys biking, dragon boating, and enjoying the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.