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Full Scope Optometric Services

Advanced Eye Care has been a leading provider of optometry services and products in the Texas panhandle since 1940. We treat our patients with a careful and individual approach. We offer stylish eyewear and latest innovations in contact lenses in a relaxed and friendly environment. With optometrists in Amarillo, Canyon, Hereford, and Dumas, we are ready to help you and your family meet your eye care needs.

  • Comprehensive Eye Exams

    We stick to a complete and full ocular examination process with every patient, every time.

  • Complete Optical Services

    Wide range of hand-picked designer frames as well as value-minded options.  Optics tailored to your individual needs.

  • Contact Lenses

    Thousands of trial contact lenses in office for same day vision correction. We also fit specialty custom lenses for hard-to-fit eyes.

  • Medical Eye Care

    Red eye? Vision loss? Family history of glaucoma or macular degeneration? We see everyone and every age.

  • Urgent Care

    Weekend and after-hours emergency care for existing patients.

Welcome to Advanced Eye Care

At Advanced Eye Care, we are fully dedicated to improving and preserving sight. We offer many eye care services, from routine exams to treatment of eye diseases. Our highly skilled team welcomes you to our practice where we strive to make patients feel at home. This personal care and individualized attention is why people throughout the Dumas area come to Advanced Eye Care for all their vision health needs.

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Our Mission

Our commitment is to provide our patients with the best vision and eye health care through personal integrity, a high degree of professional knowledge, and a caring attitude.



At Advanced Eye Care, we believe in utilizing the latest developments in optical technology to deliver quality vision care. We have 10 highly trained and educated doctors with nearly 200 years of combined experience in the field of optometry. Our qualified doctors are ready to serve you and your family from any of our four locations.

    Erin Taylor, OD
    Dr. Taylor sees patients in Amarillo and Dumas

    Dr. Taylor completed her undergraduate degree in her home state of Wyoming before venturing to Oregon to complete her doctorate degree at Pacific University College of Optometry.

    Jack C. Thomas, OD, FAAO
    Dr. Thomas sees patients in Amarillo and Dumas

    Kind and knowledgeable, Dr. Thomas always has a way of putting his patients at ease.  He returned to the Texas Panhandle to join the practice at Advanced Eye Care after completing his training at the University of Houston and Eye Center of Texas.  His interests include specialty contact lenses for irregular and diseased corneas, including keratoconus. 

    Brandon W. Dabney, OD
    Dr. Dabney sees patients in Amarillo and Dumas

    Open, friendly, and full of enthusiasm, Dr. Dabney enjoys a good challenge as well as working with people. He enjoys seeing patients in both the Amarillo and Dumas locations. Dr. Dabney is a gifted clinician who excels at explaining medical problems so patients may have the best understanding of their condition.

    Kevin R. Appel, OD
    Dr. Appel sees patients in Amarillo, Canyon, and Hereford

    Easy-going and congenial, Kevin Appel is a skilled clinician and communicator. He is a man dedicated to knowledge that clearly translates to his patient care. Born in Dumas, Texas, he is an avid outdoorsman, hunter, and fisherman. He and his wife, Carin, are also runners, and have competed in several half marathons. Kevin and Carin, a physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, live in Canyon, TX. They have two children, Aleah and Reade.

    Melanie C. Thompson, OD
    Dr. Thompson sees patients in Amarillo- Special interest in pediatrics

    Dr. Thompson is a gentle doctor who is devoted to providing unconditional care for her patients. From children to parents and grandparents, Dr. Thompson provides wonderful care to everyone in your family.

    Vanessa R. Anderson, OD
    Dr. Anderson sees patients in Amarillo

    Dr. Anderson is a gifted and friendly doctor with enormous energy serving her patient base in both the Dumas and Amarillo offices. She loves seeing patients of all ages, and especially enjoys the challenge of the “hard to fit” contact lens patient.

    Dr. Steve Cowan, OD
    Dr. Cowan sees patients in Amarillo

    Dr. Cowan is a friendly doctor with a keen sense of humor. He spends time doing community work by seeing diabetic patients at J.O. Wyatt Clinic and volunteering his time to help with Habitat for Humanity projects.

    Lauren A. Salazar, OD
    Dr. Salazar sees patients in Canyon and Hereford

    Raised in Amarillo, Dr. Salazar returned to the area to join the Advanced Eye Care team after graduating from the University of Houston College of Optometry.

    Heidi S. Hawkins, OD
    Dr. Hawkins sees patients in Amarillo

    Dr. Hawkins has endless energy and compassion for children with special needs. She presents that same dynamic enthusiasm with her patients of all ages. People are genuinely happy when she enters the room.

    Aaron Stephenson, OD
    Dr. Stephenson sees patients in Canyon and Hereford

    Dr. Stephenson grew up in Lubbock, Texas surrounded by a loving and caring family.  Early in his life, he was influenced by the example of his father, Kenneth Stephenson, M.D., to pursue a career helping the medical needs of others. 

    Mathew P. Parker, OD
    Dr. Parker sees patients in Amarillo and Dumas. - Special interest in pediatrics

    Dr. Parker was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina and completed his undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at East Carolina University.

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  • So appreciative of Dr Thomas and the support staff at Advanced Eye Care. They were incredibly accommodating, considering my busy schedule!! The atmosphere is peaceful and comfortable. 2/4 of us left with glasses 🤓

    - Emily F.
  • As a longtime patient of Dr. Heidi Hawkins I have always appreciated her taking care of my vision. The team has always been top notch.

    - Dave Z.
  • Cowan are wonderful at Advanced Eye Care!

    - Alicia D.
  • Very professional staff, friendly atmosphere, clean and comfortable.

    - Natascha M.
  • We have been seeing Dr. Cowan for over 5 years now.. he has the best personality ever!

    - Lisa P.
  • Everything was explained in detail to us, and nothing but friendly faces all through the office. Thanks for all your help and hard work!

    - Tyler M.
  • They are always very professional and seems to care about there customers. There exams are as good or better than anyone in Amarillo.

    - Rick F.
  • All the staff is great! This is the most elegant eye care clinic I have ever been to. Everything is first class.

    - Robert C.
Open 5-6 Days A Week

See your doctor on your schedule. We have optometrists in Amarillo, Canyon, Hereford, and Dumas.

Immediate Service

Same day appointments for urgent eye issues.

Licensed Specialists

Eye disease, pediatrics, specialty contact lens - we have you covered.

Vision & Medical Insurance

We'll help you navigate the complexities of insurance coverage.

Repairs and Adjustments

Our opticians will always make sure your new glasses are comfortable - or rescue a broken pair.


Our frames and lenses come with a one year scratch and breakage warranty.

Eyewear Gallery

We carry the highest quality frames from today’s top designers; offering a fashion forward mindset with the most up-to-date trends and colors. Helping you focus on your individual style and budget is what we do best. Come in today and let us put personality into your eyewear.


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