An estimated 61 million adults in the United States are at risk for serious vision loss, but only half visited an eye doctor in the last 12 months.
– Centers for Disease Control

Meet Our optometrists

Our talented team of highly trained Therapeutic Optometrists and Optometric Glaucoma Specialists are absolutely committed to providing the highest standard of eyecare available. From protecting the health of your eyes, to ensuring the best vision possible, our doctors deliver the care you and your eyes deserve.

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Barbara Coldiron, O.D.

About Dr. Coldiron
Dr. Coldiron is the founder of Far West Optical. Far West Optical has been in the Northwest Hills area of Austin since 1984. She has developed a reputation for providing thorough eye exams, finding solutions to patient’s vision and eye health problems.

She sees herself as the Sherlock Holmes of vision; sleuthing out the mystery of a patient’s visual difficulties. She fits even complicated contact lenses, prescribes unique spectacle prescriptions, treats many eye diseases including glaucoma, and co-manages cataract and laser vision surgeries.
When not spending time with her patients and staff, she enjoys photography and participating in church activities.

Garth Weaver, O.D.

About Dr. Weaver
Dr. Weaver joined Far West Optical in 1993. He has known Dr. Coldiron since optometry school; they were classmates at University of Houston College of Optometry graduating in 1981. He enjoys fitting contact lenses and answering patients questions. He spends the time needed to get to know his patients.

When not at Far West Optical, he enjoys wind surfing, building rockets, throwing discus, and participating in Masons.

Pamela Solly, O.D.

About Dr. Solly
Dr. Solly received an Associate Degree in Optometric/Ophthalmic Technologies along with a Registered Optometric Technician certification from Owen Community College in Perrysburg, Ohio.

She obtained a position at The Kellogg Eye Center at The University of Michigan and earned the Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist certification. Working in the university setting, it became apparent she wanted to continue her education and become an optometrist.

Manish Patel, O.D.

About Dr. Patel
Dr. Patel is a board certified therapeutic optometrist and an optometric glaucoma specialist. He is trained to diagnose and manage ocular infections, diseases, and visual conditions. Dr. Patel completed his externships at the Eye Institute of San Antonio and at the Naval Hospital in San Diego. Not only is he fully versed in primary eye care, but he is also trained to fit specialty contact lenses and co-manage eye surgeries. Dr. Patel enjoys providing quality care in a friendly and caring atmosphere.

His specialties include: LASIK, Specialty Contact Lens Fittings, Dry Eye Syndrome, Fashionable Glasses, Eye Disease Treatments

Jill Haven, O.D.

About Dr. Haven
Dr. Haven has worked as a civilian contracted optometrist within the military healthcare system which involved comprehensive vision care, including routine eye examinations, contact lens fittings, treatment of anterior segment ocular conditions, and appropriate consultations with the ophthalmology department for patients requiring more specialized treatment or surgical care.

Brad Dobson, O.D.

About Dr. Dobson

Dr. Dobson is originally from the Kansas City, Kansas area as well as Lake Ozark, Missouri. However, he, his wife Krissy, and their kids have made Austin their home and are excited to be serving this community.

Dr. Dobson graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with his Bachelors of Arts degree in Biology and went on to complete his Doctorate at the University of Houston College of Optometry. He participated in special studies including pediatrics, glaucoma, and complex contact lenses at UHCO. Dr. Dobson interned at Texan Eye Care in Austin, Texas, working primarily with LASIK and cataract surgery management. His second internship was done at Vision Centers and he began practicing in Bee Cave shortly after.

He enjoys pediatric optometry as well as advanced contact lens fitting.

In his free time, Dr. Dobson is very active with his wife and two children. He enjoys traveling, exercising and exploring all the great things about Austin and the Hill Country.


  • Licensed in Texas as Therapeutic Optometrist Licensed in Texas as Optometric Glaucoma Specialist


  • Bachelor of Arts at the University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Doctor of Optometry at the University of Houston College of Optometry


  • Member of the Central Texas Optometric Society
  • Member of the Texas Optometric Association
  • Member of the American Optometric Association
  • Member of the BSK Honors Society
  • Member of the Gold Key International Optometric Honors Society