One unique trait that makes Okaloosa Eye Care stand out is that our highly trained optical staff will sit down with you personally to pick out the perfect eyewear for your face.
Meet our caring and compassionate team committed to providing exceptional eye care for your family.
A life-long resident of Baker, Florida, Dr. Wanda Cook Batson attended Baker School and received her Associate of Arts degree from Okaloosa-Walton College. She then went on to earn her Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University and her Doctorate of Optometry degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Dr. Batson returned to Florida and opened her Crestview practice in 1997. Since opening her practice, Dr. Batson has been very involved in many optometric organizations. She is a member of the American Optometric Association. She served as Secretary and Treasurer for the West Florida Optometric Association for several years. She also served as the AOA PAC representative for all of Florida and has been a frequent guest lecturer at NOVA Southeastern School of Optometry, serving as the representative for private practice optometry in a special panel discussion for fourth-year optometric students.
Dr. Batson has remained active in the local community as well. She is currently an Honorary Commander of Eglin’s 96th Medical Group. She served as the 2009 optometrist for 1st Special Operations Medical Group Aeromedical Squadron at Hurlburt Field. She is a volunteer and donor for the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast located on Eglin Air Force Base. She is also a donor for the USO Freedom Lounge at Northwest Florida Regional Airport and a Life Member of the Florida Lions Foundation for the Blind.
Dr. Batson provides comprehensive eye care including treatment and management of glaucoma, pre- and post-operative cataracts and LASIK, eye infections and the fitting of contact lenses and glasses.
Dr. Amy Riggs grew up in Pensacola, Florida where she attended Washington High School and graduated as valedictorian in 1997. She then completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Florida, where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics. She went on to attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry. While at UAB, Dr. Riggs earned several awards for her academic and clinical excellence, including the Jess Boyd Eskridge Clinical Excellence Award, the Vistakon Eye Health Citizenship Award, and the Walman Optical Company Scholarship. Dr. Riggs graduated Cum Laude with her Doctorate of Optometry from UAB in 2004. She then completed a residency in Ocular Disease at OMNI Eye Services in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Riggs has published articles on ocular disease in Contemporary Optometry and Diagnostic Digest.
Dr. Riggs is a member of the American Optometric Association, the West Florida Optometric Association, and Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society. Dr. Riggs has volunteered on mission trips to Mountain City, TN and to Honduras where she provided eye care in rural areas.
Dr. Riggs has been married to her husband, Stephen, since 2003 and together they have four children: Isabella, Stephen, and twins, Caleb and Hudson.
Dr. Riggs joined Dr. Batson’s practice in November 2005. She provides comprehensive eye care including the treatment and management of glaucoma, diabetic eye care, macular degeneration, eye infections, minor eye injuries, pre- and post-operative cataracts, pediatric eye care, and the fitting of contact lenses and glasses.
Dr. Chelsea R. Evans is a native of Whitley City, Kentucky where she attended McCreary Central High School and graduated as the 2007 Valedictorian. She then achieved her undergraduate degree in 2011 at Eastern Kentucky University where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She went on to attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry and received her Doctorate of Optometry in 2015. While in graduate school she completed internships in primary care, ocular disease, contact lenses, pediatrics, vision training, optical, geriatrics and community eye care.
As a Certified Optometrist, she provides examinations for routine glasses and/or contacts, pediatrics, diabetics, cataract surgery co-management, and ocular diseases, infections and injuries. She is ecstatic to begin serving the Shalimar and Crestview communities with any of their eye care needs.
Dr. Evans is an active member of the American Optometric Association, the Florida Optometric Association and the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society. She has active licenses in the states of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Florida.
She has been married to her husband, Dr. Robby Evans, O.D., since 2015 and they welcomed their first child in February 2016. When she is not working or enjoying time with family she adores golfing, gardening, visiting the beach, cooking and crafting.
She has a special interest in volunteering vision screenings for Special Olympics participants.
Dr. Jane Purdy grew up in Missoula, Montana where she attended Sentinel High School graduating valedictorian in 2004. She then received a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology degree from Seattle University in Washington state where she was granted an athletic scholarship to play collegiate softball. Dr. Purdy went on to graduate with distinction from Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Oregon, with a Doctorate of Optometry degree in 2013. While in optometry school, she was awarded a Health Professions Scholarship and commissioned into the United States Air Force. Upon graduating, Dr. Purdy served as a Captain in the Air Force providing comprehensive eye care for the 1st Special Operations Medical Group Aeromedical Squadron at Hurlburt Field. During her Air Force career, she earned Company Grade Officer of the Year two years in a row and Provider of the Year as well as the Air Force Special Operations Command Biomedical Science Clinician of the Year. After separating from the Air Force with an honorable discharge, she joined Dr. Batson’s team at Okaloosa Eye Care and Shalimar Eye Care. Dr. Purdy will continue serving in the Air Force Reserves stationed at Duke Field, Florida as an optometrist for the unit.
Dr. Purdy is active in the community continuing her third year as a Guardian Ad Litem for the state of Florida advocating for children removed from their homes and placed in foster care. She is active outdoors enjoying paddle boarding and fishing.
Dr. Purdy is excited to provide a full scope of optometric care including pediatrics, management and treatment of ocular diseases, ocular trauma, postoperative care for refractive and cataract surgery, contact lens fittings and glasses prescriptions.