Jade Coats O.D. is a native of Hot Springs, AR. Her interest in eye care started at a very young age, as she used to have a high prescription herself. Through mentorship of her hometown eye care provider, she decided to pursue a profession as an Optometrist. Her hard work in her early career paid off as an Honors Graduate of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where she received her undergraduate degree in Biology. She then attended the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and received several clinical awards. Dr. Coats has also been recognized on state and national levels for scholarships, academic excellence, and giving back to the community.
Working with Ophthalmologists her entire career, Dr. Coats has experience and training in ocular disease, comprehensive primary care, peri-operative care, contact lenses, and pediatrics. She has numerous published articles in the Review of Optometry, Optometry Times, Modern Optometry, Advanced Ocular Care, Optometric Management, and Re-view of Optometric Business. Dr. Coats has also served as an advisory board member and/or speaker for Novartis (formerly Shire), Bausch & Lomb, Kala Pharmaceuticals, Allergan, Zeiss, and Orasis Pharmaceuticals.
She is an active member of the Intrepid Eye Society, the American Optometric Association, and the Arkansas Optometric Association. In her spare time, she serves on the Board of Directors for Hope Cancer Resources in NWA and has established a non-profit organization known as “Caton’s Cubs” that works in coordination with Arkansas Hospice. As an active member in SVOSH, she has helped to provide over 4,000 patients in Mexico, Honduras, Colombia, and Nicaragua with free eye exams and materials.
What is her favorite part about working with McDonald Eye Associates? She enjoys the family atmosphere and the ability to help patients with a wide range of eye care conditions. Interestingly, Jade is also married to an optometrist, Dr. Jeffrey Coats! You might catch Dr. Coats calling the hogs at a Razorback football game, traveling the world, or volunteering within the local community.