Dr. Mark Yates
Assistant Director of Optometry
The Arizona Eye Institute & Cosmetic Laser Center is proud to have Mark Yates, O.D., as our Assistant Director of Optometry. He brings three decades of passion for treating and educating patients and ensuring their vision remains strong for their best quality of life. As a Medical Optometrist, he has experience treating vision issues such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, dry eye syndrome, cataracts and routine vision care. Originally from a small town in Missouri, Dr. Yates enjoys helping each patient as a unique individual.
Dr. Yates will oversee routine cases as well as complex medical vision care, and work alongside Founder & Medical Director Emilio M. Justo, M.D., who as the Medical Director and Surgeon will perform surgical procedures including laser eyelid surgery and customized cataract surgery.
"Dr. Yates brings not only an incredible amount of highly skilled experience to the Arizona Eye Institute, but he also brings his kind and caring vision to make a positive difference for our community, and his ability to connect with every patient he sees," Dr. Justo said.
Strong, Reliable Background
“Growing up in small town Missouri, my parents placed an immense value on education and were determined to provide a college education for me as well as my seven siblings. That kind of determination and effort, along with my rural values and ethics, has positively influenced me to become the very best eye care practitioner possible. My greatest professional enjoyment is to clearly understand each patient’s specific needs, thereby allowing me to provide specific solutions to enhance my patients’ lives. Many times the extra effort on my part results in the most rewarding experiences, both for my patient and myself.”
Education and Experience You Can Rely On
“I am very proud that my 30 years of medical optometry experience has allowed me to be a leader in the diagnosis and management of glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and dry eye syndrome, just to name a few. I have extensive experience in the pre-operative diagnosis of cataracts as well as the post-operative care following cataract surgery. It is incredibly satisfying to witness a patient’s eyesight improve tremendously following cataract surgery, and the tremendous positive impact on a patient’s lifestyle.”
Dedication to Be The Best
“It is essential to always remember that there is more to learn. I believe that my passion will help promote the best interests of my patients. The scope of medical optometry has changed drastically over the years. I am very excited about the many new treatment options that are available, and I will continuously strive to improve my education so that my patients will be better served.”
“The key to providing the best patient care has its foundation in listening and honestly addressing the patient’s questions and concerns with compassion and empathy. Patients should be included in their own treatment plan to build a symbiotic long term healthy optometrist-patient relationship that benefits everyone.”
DOCTOR OF OPTOMETRY: University of Missouri - St. Louis School of Optometry
LICENSED: State of Arizona, State of Missouri, State of Illinois
INTERNSHIPS: State University of New York School of Optometry, Kansas City's Veteran's Administration Hospital Eye Clinic, University of Missouri - St. Louis School of Optometry Eye Clinic
COLLEGE: University of Missouri - St. Louis, Bachelor's Degree in General Studies and Pre-Optometry