Welcome to UTMB Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences!

We appreciate your interest in our department, and your confidence in our vision care for you and your family members. We are working continuously to provide a friendly, competent, careful, and safe experience for every one of our patient encounters. Our staff and technicians are highly trained in preparing you to see our eye doctors. We have assembled a group of eye doctors that can provide routine eye care and vision support, as well as subspecialists in pediatrics, cornea, glaucoma, retina, and oculoplastic conditions. Our goal is to provide excellent patient-care encounters to all of our patients, and to assist you in having the best possible vision.

In addition to clinical care, our department conducts important research that will provide understanding and future treatments for eye diseases. We also train residents and fellows that will insure the future of ophthalmology care for patients in Texas as well as the entire country.

We hope you find our website informative and easy to navigate, and invite you to share your feedback for how we can improve it. We look forward to providing vision care for you and your family.

Kevin Merkley, MD, MBA
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Dorothy Frances Kuhlman Theisinger Distinguished Chair in Ophthalmology


UTMB Health Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

OVS is one of the nation's leading institutions for the research and treatment of eye diseases.

Our patients entrust their eyesight to highly qualified, patient-focused physicians using the most advanced diagnostics and treatments at UTMB Health Eye Centers in Galveston, Friendswood, League City, and Texas City.

Our research faculty and staff strive for the discovery of new and innovative approaches to understand and treat eye-related conditions and diseases. They work in the perfect research environment to take new developments from lab to clinic to care.

Providing a challenging yet nurturing environment, our clinical faculty trains the next generation of ophthalmologists to be leaders in their field.


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Your gift will assure that faculty and researchers at UTMB Health Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences continue to:

  • Give each and every patient quality service, compassionate care and medical excellence.
  • Strive for the discovery of new and innovative approaches to the understanding and treatment of eye-related conditions and diseases.
  • Apply leading-edge advancements in the treatment of our patients.
  • Attract and train outstanding ophthalmologists who treat their patients with the highest standards of compassion, professional integrity and expertise.

Please designate gift to:

  • Support for new treatments
  • Training future eye specialists
  • Purchase state-of-the-art equipment

For more information regarding giving, please contact Shayna Bell at shabell@utmb.edu