Dr. Thomas Prater, MD

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Ophthalmology

Dr. Thomas Prater, MD is an Ophthalmology Specialist in Springfield, MO and has over 40 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Washington Univ Sch of Med in 1983. His office accepts new patients.

Dr. Thomas Prater, MD

Mattax Neu Prater Eye Center

1265 E Primrose St Springfield, MO 65804
Accepting new patients

Accepting new patients

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Dr. Prater's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Floaters
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Prater treats Floaters more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Prater treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Pinguecula
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Prater treats Pinguecula more than 94% of his peers

Dr. Prater treats this condition more than 94% of his peers

Keratitis
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Prater treats Keratitis more than 93% of his peers

Dr. Prater treats this condition more than 93% of his peers

Dr. Prater's conditions and procedures:

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Allergic Conjunctivitis
  • Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Astigmatism
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • B-Scan Ultrasound
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Benign Tumor
  • Blepharitis
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Blind Hypotensive Eye
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cataract
  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Chalazion
  • Chorioretinal Scars
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Cornea Surgery
  • Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Diplopia
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Drusen
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Ectropion of Eyelid
  • Entropion
  • Esotropia
  • Excision of Chalazion
  • Excision or Destruction of Lesion of Cornea
  • Exotropia
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Infections
  • Eye Melanoma
  • Eye Test
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Eyelid Spasm
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Farnsworth Lantern Test
  • Farsightedness
  • Floaters
  • Foreign Body Removal from Eye
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Headache
  • Hypotony of Eye
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Keratitis
  • Lazy Eye
  • Macular Hole
  • Malignant Neoplasm of Eye
  • Migraine
  • Nearsightedness
  • Nystagmus
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Pinguecula
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Presbyopia
  • Pterygium
  • Removal of Foreign Body from External Eye
  • Repair of Entropion or Ectropion
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Hemorrhage
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Stye
  • Tear Duct Disorders
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Trichiasis
  • Ulcer
  • Ultrasound, Eye
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vision Screening
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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(417) 886-3937

Dr. Prater accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
American Enterprise Group
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Preferred Select
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Commercial Insurance Company
Coventry Health Care
First Health
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
Humana
Medicaid
Medicare
Medico
MultiPlan
National Elevator
Principal Life
Thrivent Financial
UnitedHealthCare
United Healthcare

Dr. Prater's Reviews

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4.9

Based on 33 ratings

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Excells At His Position To Say The Least!
This cataract removal operation turned out to be a very pleasant procedure. Dr Prater really knows the process obviously. I did not even know he had started to remove the cataract when he announced to me that he was finished! It could have not taken more than 15 minutes and I was being wheeled to the door. I highly recommend Dr Prater and the entire staff to anyone looking for an experienced capable eye clinic to do this procedure.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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M. Pace – Dec 04, 2022
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He cares
Very likeable. He and his staff go to Mt. Grove to confer with patients. He was not in a hurry, he asked me about my eyes and answered my questions. I very much appreciated not having to drive to Springfield for the initial meeting.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Jon S. – Oct 18, 2022
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Truly Amazing Doctor!!!
I was legally blind. My vision was considered "count fingers" without glasses or contacts. For those who don't know, that means that my vision was so bad, it wasn't even on the 20/20 scale. From the moment I woke up in the morning, to the minute I went to sleep, I wore contacts. I would not be able to function, or even see ten feet in front of me without those contacts. I've been wearing glasses since middle school. I'd been thinking about LASIK eye surgery for many years but never followed through, until last month after talking about it with a coworker. I scheduled a free consultation at Mattax Neu Prater to see if I was a candidate for LASIK and the experience was so good, I scheduled my surgery date for about a month later. The staff was so friendly and thorough, the process was very efficient, and Dr. Prater was extremely confident with my potential. Well, my LASIK surgery was last Friday. During the procedure, Dr. Prater talked me through each step for maximum comfort and reassu
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Casey – Oct 03, 2022
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22 years a patient
Follow up from cataract surgery, lens implant. Everything was very professional, caring, and thorough. I felt very confident that my eyes were in great hands.
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Roy – Sep 04, 2022
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Organized and Knowledgeable
From the moment of check-in to leaving, I was impressed with how well run this office is…great staff….and Dr. Prater is so knowledgeable. He explains everything very well…..everyone in the office is so caring, friendly….always a great experience.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Aug 07, 2022
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Great service!
Always appreciate Dr Prater’s personal approach during my visits. Answers my questions in a pleasant manner and takes time to listen to whatever concern I might have!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Dee – Aug 07, 2022
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Yearly Checkup
Dr Prater’s office is organized, clean and the staff is very efficient and caring. Dr Prater has an excellent “bedside manner”, he explains what he is doing and why. He follows through and keeps my Primary Care Dr up to speed on my results. He also did procedures on both of my wife's eyes which were very successful with no drama. I highly recommend DrPrater and his establishment.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Aug 05, 2022
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Charlie
Always a pleasure seeing Dr Prater. Very confident with his evaluations. Nice nurses and office staff.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Charles Venable – Apr 01, 2022
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Great visit
Very reassuring and personable. After a full analysis I set up appointment for cataract surgery and am ready to see better.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Chuck H. – Mar 25, 2022
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Dr. Prater excellent
Dr. Prater was very professional, competent and accommodating.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Bill Hart – Feb 25, 2022
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I have been seeing Dr. Prater for the past 22 years. He is very professional and thorough. He takes the time to explain what he finds and leaves you with a comfortable experience.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Darreld Easter – Feb 11, 2022
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Dr. Prater and.his assistants were very detailed and professional. They explained each step of the annual eye exam as they completed the procedure/test. I would recommend this team to anyone searching for an opthamologist. Virginia Meek
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Virginia Meek – Sep 10, 2021
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Having been a patient of Dr. Prater's for over 20 years, I can happily and unequivocally recommend his professionalism, expertise, and personable manner. Not only am I confident that I am getting the best possible care, I always enjoy visiting with him.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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L. Benson – Aug 28, 2021
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His staff was beyond friendly & competent. Dr Prater was professional & made me feel @ ease. Very please with this entire team. Thanks
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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C Stafford – Jul 31, 2021
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I am very satisfied with the service of Dr. Tom Prater and his team.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Jul 19, 2021
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My experience was a lot different than I figured. Had my first cataract removed, which went really great. Getting the second one done soon, which I'm looking forward to. Thank you to all that work there. Really nice staff from the time you walk in till you leave. Thanks for caring!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Linda Gaddis – Apr 14, 2021
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Dr. Prater and his staff do an excellent job with my eye care. He is very knowledgeable and thorough, and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a good ophthalmologist.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Dennis Long – Mar 20, 2021
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Very reassuring and pleasant experience. Dr Prater and his Associates are very competent, friendly and helpful. Thank you
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Carlos A Perez, MD – Jan 24, 2021
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Dr Prater was professional in providing exam and answering questions. He makes his patients feel at ease and I didn't have to wait long to see him.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Jan 21, 2021
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Professional, explains things clearly, answers all questions. A very nice person!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Gloria – Dec 18, 2020
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Biography

Dr. Thomas Prater, MD is an Ophthalmology Specialist in Springfield, MO and has over 40 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Washington...Read more

Specialties

  • Ophthalmology

Board Certifications

Education

Barnes - Jewish Hospital
Residency Hospital
Wash U Sch Med
Residency Hospital
1983
Washington Univ Sch of Med
Medical School

Awards

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Does Dr. Thomas Prater, MD accept new patients?

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What conditions does Dr. Thomas Prater, MD treat?

Dr. Prater frequently treats the following conditions: Floaters, Pinguecula, and Keratitis. See more on Healthgrades.

What is Dr. Thomas Prater, MD's office address?

Dr. Prater's office is located at 1265 E Primrose St, Springfield, MO 65804. You can find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

Is Dr. Thomas Prater, MD a board-certified professional?

Yes, Dr. Thomas Prater, MD holds board certifications in Ophthalmology.

How much experience does Dr. Thomas Prater, MD have?

Dr. Prater has over 39 years of healthcare experience.

Locations

Mattax Neu Prater Eye Center

Mattax Neu Prater Eye Center1265 E Primrose St Springfield, MO 65804
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Mattax Neu Prater Eye Center

Mountain Grove Office2130 N Main Ave Ste 4 Mountain Grove, MO 65711
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Mattax Neu Prater Eye Center

Moore Family Eyecare1902 W 19th St Ste A Mountain Grove, MO 65711
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