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Dr. W. Donner Mizelle


Dr. W. Donner Mizelle is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana. After graduating from Lafayette High he attended Louisiana State University. His strong desire to make a difference in people’s lives directed his decision to pursue optometry and transferred to the University of Houston where he earned his Bachelor of Sciences degree and ultimately his Doctor of Optometry degree in 1982. Dr. Mizelle has been an Adjunct Professor to the University Of Houston College Of Optometry since June of 2012.

“I have such a wonderful group of patients! I have also been blessed to take care of more than 10 patients over the age of 100 in my years of practice, many of whom I have seen since the first month of my career.”

Dr. Mizelle has been practicing optometry in Acadiana since 1982. His specialties include pediatrics, geriatrics, glaucoma diagnosis and treatment, diabetic treatment, contact lenses, cataracts, dry eyes, and YAG laser procedures.

Dr. Mizelle is very active in both professional and civic organizations. He strongly believes in giving back to the community and caring for the eyes of all those in need. Outreach programs represent an opportunity to show the community the level of commitment in making a difference in other’s lives.

Dr. Mizelle is actively involved in the following:

  • VOSH Indiana – Providing eyecare in Honduras (14 years) & Kenya (1 year)
  • Rotary Election Day Food Drive
  • First Baptist Church Choir

Outside of work you’ll find Dr. Mizelle loves to travel, golf, water ski, snow ski, hunt and fish and enjoys photography, gardening and working in the yard. He has been happily married to his wife Cindy (our office administrator) since 1983 and has two wonderful sons.


  • American Optometric Association
  • Optometry Association of Louisiana (Board of Directors 1989-1991, President-Elect 1991-1992, President 1992-1993)
  • Charter Member of the Contact Lens Section of the AOA
  • South Central Louisiana Optometric Society (President 1989-1991)
  • Rotary Club of Lafayette (President 2002-03)
  • Breaux Bridge Chamber of Commerce, One Acadiana (formerly the Lafayette Greater Chamber of Commerce)
  • VOSH Indiana
  • First Baptist Church Choir
  • University of Houston College of Optometry Adjunct Professor (2012-present)


  • OAL 2017 Public Service Award
  • OAL Optometrist of the Year 1991-92 and 1994-95
  • Rotarian of the Year 2005
  • Rotary Vocational Excellence Award 2005
  • Rotary “Service Above Self” Award 2008
  • Rotary Major Donor Level II
  • Rotary Paul Harris Fellow
  • VOSH Indiana Lifetime Achievement Award 2011
  • AOA-PAC Representative 1993-2001
  • Trustee of Southern Council of Optometrists 1993-1996
  • Optometric Representative to the Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee 1993-2017
  • VOSH Indiana Lifetime Achievement Award 2011
  • AOA-PAC Representative 1993-2001
  • Trustee of Southern Council of Optometrists 1993-1996
  • Optometric Representative to the Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee 1993-2017

Dr. Leanne Gilder


Dr. Leanne Gilder is a 2018 graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry and a 2014 graduate of Louisiana State University with a B.S. in biology. Growing up in Lafayette, Dr. Gilder always knew she wanted to be in healthcare, but it was the personal patient care she experienced while working with her uncle, Dr. W. Donner Mizelle, at Acadian Vision Associates throughout her college years that inspired her to pursue optometry.

Dr. Gilder specializes in optometric laser procedures, optometric medicine, and contact lenses, as well as glaucoma management. She is a member of the Optometry Association of Louisiana and the American Optometric Association. Throughout optometry school, Dr. Gilder was actively involved in the Fellowship of Christian Optometrists club and volunteered with the Lighthouse of Houston, a community of blind or visually impaired individuals. She was also a member of the Student Optometric Practice Management Association, as well as the American Optometric Student Association.

Dr. Gilder is the daughter of Danny and Lauri Gilder of Lafayette, LA. She enjoys exercising, playing tennis, bike riding, fishing, and spending time with her family and friends. She is excited to bring her love and enthusiasm for patient ocular health to Acadian Vision Associates, joining her uncle in the practice he created 36 years ago.