About Us – Our Mission
Our Mission Statement defines our objective: “Our doctors and staff are committed to improving quality of life for patients of all ages by compassionately providing superior vision care and eye disease management, plus excellent value in ophthalmic materials, via efficient, convenient service in a comfortable, appealing atmosphere.”
Our Motto sums up our philosophy: “We keep you seeing your best”, by offering the highest quality of patient care and the best ophthalmic materials in the vision care industry. This is reflected in our doctors’ continuing education, and the clinic’s constant updating of instrumentation and technology to pursue the earliest detection of eye disease and most effective treatment of such. Our doctors and staff strive to deliver unbiased recommendations, information and counseling, and live the golden rule in caring for the patients they serve.
Dr. Tom Gilmore established our practice in 1968, initially locating in downtown Yakima. In 1978 he opened Valley Optometry at Valley Eye Centre and Focal Point Optical, adjacent to the Medical Center at 14th and Yakima Avenues. Dr. Donald Shute joined him there in 1985 and in 1992 the doctors built and relocated to Cascade Eye Center, a much larger facility along the 40th Avenue “medical corridor”. Dr. Noble joined them there in 1993 after practicing elsewhere in Yakima for 10 years, and in 2008 Dr. Babin joined the clinic after practicing at the Group Health Vision Center in Yakima for 11 years. In May, 2012 we celebrated 20 years at our current location!