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Your Expert Eye Doctor, in Bee Cave, TX

Caring for Your Vision in Austin

dr bristol exam 2Our friendly optometrist at Bristol Family Eyecare is looking out for your eyes! With a comprehensive understanding of how your visual system works, Dr. Dan Bristol will perform a professional eye exam. This is the most effective way to identify or rule out any signs of abnormality and to determine the most appropriate treatments – in patients of all ages. We want your vision to be the best it can be, and our eye doctor is committed to providing you with first-rate eye exams and advanced treatment.

An open, caring relationship between patient and eye doctor is the basis of our excellent optometry practice. Everyone is treated as a unique individual with their own concerns and personal health situation. In order to serve you with personalized eye care, Dr. Bristol will meet with you and listen to your visual needs and expectations – with compassion and patience. He knows all the ins and outs of vision correction and will explain your options.

With dedication to keeping up with medical progress, our optometrist’s medical knowledge and our office technology is up-to-date. No matter what you require, you’ll benefit from Dr. Bristol’s experience, expertise, and advanced skill in promoting your healthy eyes and lasting vision!


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Meet our Eye Doctors in Bee Cave, TX:


Dr. Dan Bristol


Dr. Dan Bristol earned his Doctorate of Optometry in 1998, graduating from the Southern College of Optometry. While in school he was inducted into the Beta Sigma Kappa academic honor society. During Dr. Bristol's last two years he served as an ambassador for the school. As part of his training he practiced at the prestigious practice of Wood, Lanier, and Bowman in Jacksonville, Florida and at the Corpus Christi Naval Hospital in Texas. He also completed post graduate studies in ocular therapeutics including the management of Glaucoma, attaining the title of Optometric Glaucoma Specialist. He has been in private practice since 1998 and is a member of the American Optometric Society, Texas Optometric Society, Central Texas Optometric Society, American Academy of Optometry, and the Optometric Glaucoma Society. Dr. Bristol also serves on the board of directors for Independent Eye Care Providers of Texas.

Dr. Bristol is licensed by both the Texas Board of Optometry and National Examiners in Optometry. He has lectured as an adjunct instructor for Austin Community College in the areas of Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology.

Dr. Bristol is a member of the Ciba Vision Speakers Bureau and lectures to colleagues in the areas of practice management, coding, glaucoma management, and dry eye syndrome treatment.

Dr. Bristol believes in contributing to the welfare of the community and donates exams for qualifying Austin residents through the Prevent Blindness Texas program. He has also served as a member of the Finance Committee of Sunset Valley, and was an assistant coach of the Lake Travis Wildcats flag football team. Dr. Bristol loves all types of sports and is actively involved in running, sand volleyball, and billiards. When Dr. Bristol has spare time he enjoys playing with his pets, rescue dogs Bismarck and Piper, and his cat Lucy.

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Dr. Dorothy Lea

We would like to take a moment to introduce everyone to our new Associate Optometrist, Dr. Dorothy Lea.

Dr. Lea was born in Silver Spring, Maryland where she later attended the University of Maryland. After graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications she worked in the advertising industry in New York City.

After deciding to switch careers, Dr. Lea received her optometry degree from the Southern California College of Optometry. She then practiced optometry in Los Angeles for five years before moving to Austin with her boyfriend.

Dr. Lea also traveled the country to gain valuable experience in a variety of different optometric environments. These included private practices like ours here at Bristol Family Eyecare as well as Lasik centers and retail optometry. She also had the opportunity to work with Veteran's Affairs including clinical rotations at West Los Angeles VA Health Center as well as gaining experience at remote Indian reservations through the Dzilth-na-o-dith-hle Indian Health Center in New Mexico. Dr. Lea also worked in Washington, DC at Washington Eye Physicians and Surgeons for a time.

Passionate about travel and global vision care, Dr. Lea has participated in vision screenings in El Salvador as well as teaching English in Spain and China. She also speaks Mandarin.

Dr. Lea is currently missing the beach but loves experiencing the live music and warm weather of Austin with her boyfriend and their new puppy.

Call and book an appointment with Dr. Lea today!


Dr. David Z. Gay

Oculofacial Plastic Surgeon

Dr. David Gay decided to become a surgeon at the age of eight. During his high school years, he began doing rotations in hospitals and scrubbing in to observe surgeries first hand. As soon as he was eighteen he trained as an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician). He did his undergraduate training at the University of Utah successfully completing a double major in Exercise Physiology and German Literature.

Dr. Gay spent a couple years during and after college doing research in pancreatic cancer. During medical school at the Medical College of Virginia, Dr. Gay was exposed to a short rotation with an oculoplastic surgeon and he immediately knew that he had found his calling.

He did his ophthalmology training at the Medical College of Georgia and then was selected for a prestigious American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) fellowship at the Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. He was trained by Drs. Hirschbein and Karesh.

Dr. Gay is a board-certified surgeon by the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) and a candidate member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS).


  • Sinai Hospital of Baltimore: Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship
  • Medical College of Georgia (Augusta University): Ophthalmology Residency
  • University of Utah: Intern Department of Medicine
  • Medical College of Virginia (Virginia Commonwealth University): Medical School
  • University of Utah: Bachelor of Science- Exercise Physiology & Bachelor of Arts- German with a Minor in Chemistry
  • Utah Valley State College: Associate of Science- High Honors
  • Ophthalmology: Board Certified in November 2017 (active)
  • Texas Medical Board license #: R8191 (active)
  • DEA license: TX (active)

Professional Societies

  • American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) – Diplomat
  • American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) – Candidate Member
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) – Fellow member


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