Some people always seem to know what they want to do. For others it’s a journey of discovery they take over the course of their lives. Dr. Shawn Prapta of Mansfield Texas State Optical is in the first category. “I’ve always known I wanted to be a doctor,” he said. “For me, it’s always gone hand-in-hand with my passion for helping others; my desire to serve my community and to make a difference in people’s lives.”
On the other hand, Mansfield Texas State Optical’s founder, Dr. Cameron Smith, took a rather unconventional route to optometry—through engineering. With a Bachelors of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Houston, he embarked upon a successful twenty-year engineering career, rising from design engineer to manager of regional marketing. He enjoyed many aspects of these jobs, especially the opportunities for creative problem solving, but something was missing. In 1996, at the age of 42, he returned to the University of Houston ready for a new challenge, this time graduating with a doctorate from their College of Optometry. The field of optometry provides Dr. Smith with chances to use his complex problem solving skills, and also incorporates his interest in biology and physiology.
Though their routes to optometry may differ, Dr. Prapta and Dr. Smith share an evident passion for what they do. Neither of them sees optometry as just a job. “Seeing the smile on a child’s face after I’ve used my skills to give them the gift of sight is one of the most rewarding and humbling aspects of what I do,” says Dr. Prapta.
This personal side of optometry is important to the doctors in many ways. “At Texas State Optical we believe that, since every patient is different, every patient should have a different experience with optometry,” says Dr. Smith. He and Dr. Prapta pride themselves on catering their services to suit their patients in ways that address not just their medical complaints, but also their individual personalities.
Providing highly individualized care to a wide range of clients gives them the chance to connect with their patients personally as well as professionally. They both strive to keep in touch with their patients, staying connected throughout the course of treatment. Whether a patient comes in for a routine eye examination, an eyeglass fitting, treatment for an eye disease, for eye surgery, or for all of the above, Dr. Smith and Prapta are there to educate their patients on the best options and provide exemplary care.
Both doctors remain active in their field and work hard to keep up-to-date on the newest technology. “We have the latest in eye care equipment because we believe you have to be on the forefront of the profession to provide the best care,” says Dr. Prapta. Whatever your optical needs, Dr. Smith and Dr. Prapta will be glad to explain your options and give you the care you need. Call Mansfield Texas State Optical at (682) 518-1177 to schedule your eye exam today.
Texas State Optical offers:
- Comprehensive Eye Exams for Kids and Adults
- Management of Ocular Diseases
- Glaucoma Testing
- Digital Retinal Imaging
- Dry Eye Treatment
- LASIK Surgery and Cataract Surgery Co-Management
- Sports and Specialty Eyewear Fitting
- Glasses and Contacts
Cameron Smith, OD and Shawn Prapta, OD
1650 Hwy 287 N
Mansfield, Texas 76063
(Between Firestone and Hampton Inn)
Text: Meredith Knight
Photo: Lauren Medean