UTMB University Eye Center opens in Friendswood

Posted: July 2008

FRIENDSWOOD - UTMB University Eye Center, Friendswood, the first multi-specialty ophthalmology treatment center to serve the Friendswood area, is now open.

The eye center is located at 400 W. Parkwood, Suite 120. More information is available at www.UTMBeyecenter.com.

UTMB University Eye Center, Friendswood, is affiliated with the UTMB Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, one of the nationís leading centers for research and treatment of eye diseases.

To make an appointment during office hours, call the UTMB University Eye Center, Friendswood, at (281) 996-7564. To schedule an appointment after-hours or to reach the on-call ophthalmologist, call the UTMB Access Center at (409) 772-2222 or toll-free (800) 917-8906.

The eye center staff provides expertise in a full range of eye conditions and services including:

  • Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
  • Diabetic-related eye diseases
  • Diseases of the retina
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Pediatric ophthalmology
  • Refractive surgery/LASIK
  • Cosmetic procedures, including eyelid surgery and BOTOX®

Dr. Bernard Godley, chairman for the UTMB Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, and one of the specialists staffing the Friendswood eye center, said, "We are pleased to be able to provide Friendswood area residents with the most advanced ophthalmic treatments and technology in a convenient location.

"The eye center is staffed by the most highly qualified ophthalmologists whose patients benefit from the broad expertise and leading-edge research of the UTMB Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences," he added.

Another specialist at the Friendswood eye center, Dr. Erik van Kuijk, said, "Our AMD imaging technology is the best in the area. It allows us to see changes at the near-microscopic level in advance of when they would be detected with standard equipment."

Dr. van Kuijk also is a professor of Ophthalmology and vice chair of Clinical Services with the UTMB Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.

Dr. Janice Contreras, another experienced ophthalmologist who staffs the eye center, said that patients benefit from the latest, proven treatments, due in part to the eye center's affiliation with The UTMB Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Center and the Ophthalmology Clinical Research Center (OCRC), both located at the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences in Galveston.