Dr. Joy Bate is an award winning optometrist that is excited to serve her community. She earned her B.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University in 1998, a Doctor of Optometry from University of Houston College of Optometry, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2003, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Physiological Optics from University of Houston College of Optometry in 2006. She is also a Certified Optometric Glaucoma Specialist and is qualified to prescribe therapeutic pharmaceuticals.
Dr. Joy Bate's specialties include contact lenses and glasses, ocular disease management including diabetes mellitus, age related macular degeneration, glaucoma, eye infections and foreign body removal from the front surface of the eye. She also provides multiple treatment plans for those needing treatment for dry eyes or sjogrens related dry eye disease.
Dr. Bate is experienced in specialty contact lens treatments including, soft and hard contact lenses, orthoK, RGP, keratoconus contact lens fittings, and scleral lenses. She has been a public speaker for Johnson and Johnson Acuvue contact lenses and published in Multifocal contact lens research.
She can provide orthoK treatment which allows one to not have to wear contacts or glasses during the day and you wear an orthoK lens that act as a retainer for your eyes while you sleep. This often halts the increases in near sightedness and stabilizes the patients vision with little changes in vision over time.
Dr. Bate also provides myopia management care. Myopia management can slow down the increase in children's near sightedness as they grow older through a thorough treatment plan with specialized contacts for myopia control, orthoK, specialty designed eye glass lenses, or therapeutic eye drops.
She has also performed research in the areas of multifocal contact lens research and adaptive optics retinal imaging, as well as developing a way to measure blood flow non invasively to help further glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy research using an adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscope at the University of Houston and University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Bate has been in practice for 13 years, and she is a proud Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, and member of FAAO, Texas Optometric Association and American Optometric Association. Her numerous awards include the American Optometric Foundation/Cooper Vision Innovative Research Award, and the American Academy of Optometry Julius F. Neumueller Award in Optics. Dr. Bate grew up near Rhome, Tx, in a small Texas Town. She was active in music and played the French horn in Northwest High School bands and at Tulane university bands, and participated in Drum Corps and travelled one year with Sky Ryders Drum and Bugle Corps.
Dr. Joy Bate has always had an interest in medicine and science, and Optometry is a field where one can help many patients see better and have better ocular health. She says that vision is one of the most important senses and optometrists play an important role in helping patients keep healthy vision. When asked for some of her favorite patient stories, Dr. Bate relates, “I remember a time when a patient of mine came back to me and told me that I had detected ocular cancer and that it had not metastasized and that I had saved her life by insisting she have a dilated eye exam. I also remember a young girl telling her mom she could see her mom's eyelashes when she put her contact lenses on that were much stronger than other doctors had prescribed for her in the past and she said this is the best I have ever seen."
In her spare time, Dr. Bate loves to travel with her husband, who is a pilot for American Airlines, and their son and daughter. She loves going to the beach, flying with her family in their small airplane, travelling with her children, walking her 3 dogs, gardening, reading, sewing, and quilting.