Dr. Kayla Gaddis describes herself as "just aTexas girl." While that is the case, she is much more than that. She has great passion, a clear vision, and a mission to serve the community.
Dr. Gaddis grew up in Texas and loves everything about it. She grew up in Allen and left there after high school to go to college at Texas A&M University where she met her husband. While always interested in learning, she was especially intrigued by science.
As an undergraduate, she was a genetics major on track to become a genetics counselor. Part of her education involved shadowing a variety of professionals that had some involvement in human genetics. One of those sessions had to do with the genetics of the eye, and it was love at first sight. Then and there she decided to change the course of her life to become an optometrist.
She went on to optometry school at the University of Houston and in 2007 earned her Doctor of Optometry. From there, she went on to work in an established practice in Louisiana with a group of optometrists and ophthalmologists. This was where she grew her passion and experience in the medical side of optometry.
After starting a family, her desire to be near her hometown intensified. It was then that she decided to move back to Texas and opened Blink Eyecare in McKinney. The main reason she decided to start her own practice was that she wanted to create an environment where she could ensure her patients had access to the best of everything - use of the best technology, customer service, eyewear, and the most thorough exams possible were at the heart of this new model of practice. She also wanted to educate her patients about the importance of eyecare, which often goes overlook in our society.
"I want people to understand that sight is only part of eye health. Most people think that if they can pass a basic vision test, they are fine. They don't understand that you can have 20/20 vision and still have glaucoma, cataracts, or a number of other eye diseases. Also, the eye is the window to the body. We can tell from eye tests if a person has certain types of diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and certain cancers."
In addition to giving her patients the best possible care, a larger vision she has is to see the general public educated on the importance of comprehensive eye exams and eye health care in general. Her mission is to contribute as much as possible to attain more eye care awareness in our community.
Dr. Gaddis and her husband have a 9-year old son and a 6-year old daughter. The entire family shares a love for animals, the outdoors, and traveling. When not at work or with her family, you will find Dr. Gaddis at the gym, volunteering in the community, or hanging out with friends and family. She especially likes watching football, cheering on the Aggies or the Dallas Cowboys.
Dr. Gaddis can be reached at 214-865-6266 or via email at Info@BlinkMcKinney.com.