James B. Mattax, Jr., MD, Leo T. Neu, III, MD, Kenneth W. Neu, MD, Thomas G. Prater, MD, and Jacob K. Thomas, MD, are all experienced, board-certified eye surgeons for our Mattax Neu Prater Eye Center. This group of the area's foremost eye surgeons makes the quality of your care their first priority. Giving you your best possible vision is important to them, and to make sure you see results, these surgeons make a habit of using only the latest vision correction technologies. They've removed a total of more than 35,000 cataracts and are determined to bring back the freedom and confidence that limited vision took from you. They are proud to be able to say that our state-of-the-art Springfield surgical center reflects their exceptional quality of care. Our center has again met the high standards for the provision of quality health care set by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.
Mattax Neu Prater's four other facilities make it easy and convenient for you to find quality eye care close to home. Although all surgeries take place at the surgery center, you can also receive screenings and pre- and post-operative care at any of our surrounding Mattax Neu Prater facilities, located in Lebanon, Monett, Mountain Grove, and Branson.
Ready to learn which vision correction options can restore your freedom? Visit our website to take the Cataract Quiz, then call 417.886.EYES (3937) to schedule an evaluation with one of the Mattax Neu Prater surgeons.
To offer you a better chance to achieve your full range of youthful vision, Drs. Mattax, Neu, Neu, Prater, and Thomas will often recommend no-stitch cataract correction procedures using a premium lifestyle replacement lens implant, such as ReSTOR.
In addition to cataract correction, they also provide treatment for glaucoma, oculoplastic, vitreoretinal, and offer bladeless LASIK and other vision correction procedures.Email the Surgeon
"I knew I had to do something about my sight. I wanted someone with experience. I chose Dr. Prater at Mattax Neu Prater for my surgery. From the time I came in the door until I left after my after-surgery checkup, my experience was absolute comfort. I would tell anybody in need of cataract surgery to not be afraid of it, because it is a safe and simple procedure…The most wonderful thing is that it restores your confidence and ability to do what you used to do." Suzy
"It's not an everyday decision. Think very seriously about the fact that these are the only eyes you've got. Go ahead and get it done [and] don't wait until your vision is so poor you just can't stand it." Kay
"Wearing trifocals is a nuisance. With the ReSTOR® lens [implants] my vision now is 20/20. I can read now at a normal distance without the use of glasses anymore. In fact, I can even see at a distance without the use of glasses. I've kind of killed two birds with one stone. I was able to get my vision and the cataract taken care of at one time.
"What I would like people to know about Dr. Mattax and Dr. Prater are that these gentlemen are very professional. They have a great bedside manner. They take a genuine interest in you. They're very, very good to talk to. They make sure you know what is going on. You can feel comfortable asking them any questions and you'll get answers." Virginia
"I noticed a change in my vision immediately when they took the patch off. I could read the chart on the wall, all the way from the large letters down to the smallest. And I've never been able to do that. I can see at close-up and mid-range. I don't even think about it anymore…it's just there." Anita
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Dr. James B. Mattax, Jr. is a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons. He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, and served a residency in ophthalmic surgery there in conjunction with Parkland Hospital. He was also an instructor and fellow in corneal and refractive surgery at Southwestern Medical School.
Dr. Leo T. Neu, III, received his medical degree from the University of Missouri Medical School after his graduation from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and is a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons. He completed a residency in ophthalmology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, and received additional retinal training at Texas Retinal Associates in Dallas.
Dr. Kenneth W. Neu graduated from the University of Missouri Medical School, and is a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons. He completed a residency in ophthalmology and internal medicine at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinic, and then received additional glaucoma training at the Advanced Glaucoma Diagnostic and Treatment Center, located in Ft. Worth, TX.
Dr. Thomas G. Prater received his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis and his Bachelor of Arts from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Dr. Prater is a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons and served his residency in ophthalmology at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes Hospital.
Dr. Jacob K. Thomas graduated from Drury University in Springfield before going on to graduate from University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. He completed his residency training in ophthalmology and a fellowship in cornea and external diseases of the eye at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He is an anterior segment surgeon, specializing in the treatment of corneal diseases.
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