Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision - many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.
Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.
Meet our doctors:
Dr. Brett Prate graduated with clinical honors from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He completed his externship in Ocular Disease at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia.
Dr. Prate is an active member of the American Optometric Association and the New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians. He also has a background in research, where he was awarded a state funded grant for his work on “The Effect of Nitric Oxide in Neovascular Glaucoma in Diabetic Rats.”
Dr. Prate has traveled on medical missionaries to third world countries with the group Healing the Children, where he treated eye diseases and provided glasses to impoverished children. He often provides free vision and glaucoma screenings to the local community, in an effort to increase public awareness of eye related health issues.
Dr. Prate frequently gives public presentations on topics such as “Cataract Awareness Month” and “Nutrition for Age-Related Macular Degeneration.”
Dr. James Prate has been practicing in the same location, in Gloucester Township, for over 35 years. Dr. Prate attended Rutgers University and graduated from Pennsylvania College of Optometry. After graduation he attended the Optometric Center of New York, where he completed a residency in Visual Training, working with children.
Dr. Prate is dedicated to providing the highest level of eyecare and has a strong sense of community service. He provides quality eye care to assisted living facilities in the area. He has participated in medical missionary trips to Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Dr. Prate is licensed in the state of New Jersey for the treatment and management of eye disease. He also co-manages laser vision surgery.
Dr. Prate is an active sports enthusiast. This is reflected in his office by having the finest selection of sports and safety frames. He also provides contact lenses for sports. Dr. Prate is an avid golfer and a member of Valleybrook Country Club.
Dr. Michelle Prate is an associate at Prate Family Eye Care. After completing her undergraduate studies in biology at Villanova University, she graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. She completed her externship at Albert Einstein Hospital in Philadelphia. She also completed an externship in Ocular Disease at Burlington County Eye Physicians.
In addition to working at Prate Family Eye Care, she visits nursing homes around the area, to provide care for those who are unable to travel to doctor’s offices. She is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association.
Dr. Mary Ann Hodle is a graduate of The University of Pittsburgh and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University. She graduated with clinical honors in Primary Care and Low Vision. During her studies, Dr. Hodle served as the President of Executive Council advocating and promoting the welfare of the students as well as a professional attitude toward the University.
Dr. Hodle specializes in the treatment and management of a wide variety of eye conditions, including cataracts, diabetes, dry eye, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. She also takes special interest in contact lenses, low vision, geriatrics, and the special needs population.
Dr. Hodle is a member of the American Optometric Association and NJ Society of Optometric Physicians. She also volunteers for the NJ Special Olympics Opening Eyes where she is training to become a Clinical Director.
In her free time Dr. Hodle enjoys traveling as much as possible. While local she enjoys exploring Philadelphia and the surrounding area, attending music concerts (from orchestral to rock), going to beach, and spoiling her two cats (Cinders and Rascal).