The Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce (RFCC) recognized Rockport Eye Associates as its August Business of the Month Tuesday, Aug. 10.

Rockport Eye Associates 20/20 Optical has been serving the community for 56 years. For the last 21 years, Nicole Q. Soto, O.D. and a compassionate and experienced team has been dedicated to providing a full spectrum of high-quality personalized eye care for families by exceeding every expectation and providing friendly service, professional care, and quality products at affordable prices. Vision care services include complete eye examinations for adults and children, contact lens examinations and fittings and a full array of frame selection and fittings. They have a wide selection of designer frames, sunglasses and sports eyewear.

Soto is well-known for comprehensive eye exams that detect eye disease or other abnormalities early, often before any symptoms are present. Soto graduated in 1995 from West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and minor in Chemistry. During her college years, Dr. Soto pursued her interest in medicine by working five years as an ophthalmic technician for two private practices along with volunteering her time as an emergency room technician. During this time, she also worked for WTAMU in the Offices of Student Affairs Commuter Services. She was an active member of the Pre-Medical Society, Beta-Beta-Beta Biological Honors Society and a community service sorority Beta-Sigma-Phi. During this time Dr. Soto was also involved in the college foreign-exchange program and was the liaison for students studying at WTAMU. She tutored college students in organic chemistry and biochemistry and received the President’s Honor Roll in 1995. Dr. Soto graduated with her Doctor of Optometry from the University of Houston, College of Optometry in May of 2000 with a Glaucoma and Therapeutic License. While in optometry school she was an active member of the American Optometric Student Association, Students Volunteering Optometric Services to Humanity and Fellowship of Christian Optometrists. She continued her work as an ophthalmic technician in a private practice in the Houston area. Dr. Soto received extensive training under two neuro-ophthalmologists studying neurological conditions. In 1999, she completed her externship at the Eye Institute of San Antonio and Sharp Eye Consultants specializing in ocular disease and management under fellowship trained Richard P. Sharp, O.D., and Steven E. Campbell, O.D. This specialization training included diabetes, glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataract, dry eye and refractive surgery. She then traveled back to Houston in 2000 for her externship at the Frost-Montrose Eye Clinic where she received specialty training with HIV/AIDS. After completion of her externship she was accepted into the residency program at the University of Houston in ocular disease. Through this residency program she trained at St. Joseph Hospital, San Jose Eye Clinic, Frost-Montrose Eye Clinic and rotated through various programs in UHCO including neuro-ophthalmology. In February 2001, she left the program to take over the 35-year old private practice here in Rockport.

For more than 10 years, Dr. Soto has traveled to small towns in Mexico providing services for those in need. She is involved in the local Lions Club who supports children in the community by providing eye care and glasses. She sponsors children to attend the Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville, and Young Life Camp in Crooked Creek, CO. She served on the Board of Directors of the Aransas County Medical Services, Inc. for 16 years to help “keep our ambulances rolling.” She is an active member of the American Optometric Association and the Texas Optometric Association. She is a Board Certified Diplomat by the American Board of Optometry.

Dr. Soto is married to her husband, Michael, of 30 years. They have three children, John, Lorraine and James, as well as two dogs, Bella and Boomer. In her spare time, Soto enjoys family activities, playing the guitar and praising the Lord.

For more information on Rockport Eye Associates, visit 101 N. Magnolia Street or call 729-2020.

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