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:
Dr. Keator holds a bachelor of science degree from Louisiana Tech University and an Optometric Doctor degree from the University of Houston College of Optometry. Dr. Keator was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force before entering private practice in Natchitoches in 1979. Dr. Keator and his wife Marian are the parents of Amanda, Todd, and Bryan. They are also the proud grandparents of six. They are members of Trinity Episcopal Church where he is a former Vestry member. He is a former director on the board of the Natchitoches Chamber of Commerce and the Natchitoches Country Club. Keator has also spent time as a member of the Louisiana Lions Eye Foundation Board and is a past member of the Louisiana Optometry Board of Examiners.
Dr. Wardell is married to the former Melissa Kay Yocum. They are members of Robeline First Baptist Church. Dr. Wardell is a former board member of the Natchitoches Area Jaycees and the Northwestern State Athletic Association. He is a former president of the Natchitoches Lions Club. Dr. Wardell is a graduate of Northwestern State University where he received a bachelor of science in biology with an emphasis in microbiology. Dr. Wardell was pitcher for the NSU baseball team from 1996 to 2000. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tenn.
Dr. Pham was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He attended at the University of Houston where he received both his Bachelor of Science in Biology and Doctorate of Optometry. His clinical experience included a rotation at a HMO site in San Antonio, Texas, where he was trained in the treatment and management in numerous ocular diseases, concentrating in glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetes. He furthered his training with a completion at a private practice rotation in Carthage, Texas, where he had extensive training in ocular disease, speciality contact lenses, and urgent and emergent care. His biggest passion, however, lies in the field of retinal pathology, with an emphasis of managing microvascular conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension. Dr. Pham is currently a member of the American Optometric Association. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, playing tennis, spending time with his family, and going to plays and musicals.