Houston Lasik Surgeons
Baylor Vision College of Medicine
About Baylor Vision
For more than 100 years, Baylor College of Medicine has provided quality patient care, and Baylor Vision continues that tradition by providing superior and personalized patient care with excellent outcomes. Patients meet and are meticulously evaluated by their doctor before the day of surgery to ensure he or she receives personal attention. The physicians at Baylor Vision are leaders in clinical practice, education, and research in laser vision surgeries such as LASIK and other refractive procedures as well as cataract surgery. Our goal is to provide the safest and most effective vision correction treatments tailored to individual needs
The refractive and cataract expert surgeons at Baylor Vision have played an important role in several major clinical and scientific advances, including scanning excimer laser technology, devices used to measure and treat the eyes with laser vision correction, intraocular lens implants (IOLs) used in refractive and cataract surgery (such as multifocal IOLs and IOLs to correct astigmatism), methods to treat astigmatism, new surgical instruments, and clinical evaluation and development of devices that are required for measuring the shape of the cornea.
Baylor Vision physicians teach extensively in the United States and throughout the world and remain at the forefront of research and education in refractive surgery.
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7200B Cambridge Street
Houston, Texas 77030
Serving patients seeking to improve their eyesight through LASIK and other laser vision correction surgery, cataract surgery, and other refractive surgery procedures in Houston, Sugarland, Galveston, Pasadena, Spring, The Woodlands, and Baytown throughout Texas and the USA, and for international patients.
Special discount* on LASIK and other elective surgery procedures offered by the refractive surgeons at Baylor Vision to members of U.S. military, local police, and fire departments, and certain family members. Please contact the Baylor Vision office directly and mention Trusted LASIK Surgeons™.
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The Baylor Vision surgeons listed below have qualifications that greatly surpass the minimum standards used by Trusted LASIK Surgeons in its Laser LASIK Eye Surgeon Directory.
For your convenience, we have highlighted and aggregated the professional credentials and qualifications of the Baylor Vision surgeons below. We have also included a brief bio for each Baylor Vision surgeon that follows this summary.
- Dr. Douglas D. Koch, M.D.
- Dr. M. Bowes Hamill, M.D.
- Dr. Stephen C. Pflugfelder, M.D.
- Dr. Mitchell P. Weikert, M.D.
- Dr. Elizabeth Yeu, M.D.
Collectively, the Baylor Vision laser vision correction, refractive and cataract surgeons have the following experience:
- Baylor Vision physicians provide ophthalmic services to the NFL Houston Texans team’s players
- Over 50 total years experience in laser vision surgery, including LASIK and PRK
- Over 80 total years experience in refractive surgery (laser vision, lens implants and RK)
- Over 95 years experience in cataract surgery (including cataract surgery with lens implants)
- Performed over 9000 LASIK and laser vision procedures
- Performed over 24,000 cataract surgery procedures (including cataract surgery with lens implants)
- Principal Investigators for 13 FDA clinical investigative studies for laser manufacturers, and manufacturers of other ophthalmic devices like lens implants
- Includes the initial studies for FDA approval of the laser for phototherapeutic keratectomy and wavefront-guided LASIK
- Co-Investigators for 15 other FDA clinical studies
- Refractive and Cataract Surgery Expert Witness Services: The Baylor Vision surgeons have over 40 years experience providing expert case review and expert witness services on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants, including case review and expert testimony for cases involving the following refractive and cataract eye surgery procedures:
- Expert witness testimony: served on over 60 cases
- Refractive and Cataract Surgery Case review: over 90 cases
Baylor Vision offers:
- “All-Laser” LASIK (bladeless) using the IntraLase laser
- Wavefront Based (“Custom”) LASIK and PRKlaser eye surgery
- Use of iLASIK Procedure- WaveScan Technology, IntraLase, and Visx Advanced CustomVue treatments
- Offers complete refractive surgery care
- LASIK and PRK laser eye surgery
- Intraocular lens implant surgery (IOLs) including Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) (also known as Refractive Lensectomy and Clear Lensectomy (CLE)) using monofocal lenses, multifocal lenses, accommodating lenses, and toric lenses
- Corneal Transplants, including DSEK
- Other vision correction surgery: Visian ICL phakic implants and Limbal Relaxing Incisions
- Phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) to treat corneal scars, dystrophies, and other abnormalities
- Cornea and External Disease expertise: diagnosis and treatment
- Cataract Eye Surgery (including cataract surgery with lens implants) with special emphasis on complex cases and techniques to minimize need for glasses following surgery
- Management of complications of surgery for new patients who had problems and complications from LASIK surgery or another vision correction operation or cataract surgery performed by another eye doctor
- Considered the “doctors’ doctors”: Many eye surgeons, optometrists, opticians, employees of companies that specialize in vision correction surgery devices or products, or as well as their family members have had their LASIK or another vision correction procedure or cataract surgery performed by a Baylor Vision surgeon
Collectively, the surgeons at Baylor Vision have the following experience and professional credentials:
- Current Faculty Appointments: Department of Ophthalmology, Cullen Eye Institute, Baylor College of Medicine
- Hospital Staff Appointments (at least one of the Baylor Vision surgeons has privileges at the following hospitals):
- Train other surgeons in the use of lasers and other devices used in vision correction and cataract surgery; official instructors in the use of the AMO VISX CustomVue STAR excimer laser
- Professional Society and Organizations- one or more of the Baylor Vision Surgeons
is a member of the following professional societies:
- American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
- Refractive Surgery Interest Group
- Maintenance of Certification Education Committee
- American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
- American Medical Association
- Society for Contact Lens Research
- American Medical Association (AMA)
- Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
- International Society of Refractive Surgery
- American Ophthalmological Society
- Houston Ophthalmological Society
- Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
- European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
- Texas Ophthalmological Society
- American Medical Association
- Harris County Medical Society
- Texas Medical Association
- The Cornea Society (formerly the Castroviejo Society)
- Ocular Microbiology and Immunology Group
- International Intra-ocular Implant Club
- Pan American Association of Ophthalmology
- American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
- Certified by American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO)
- Editorial Positions, Board Members, Referees held by the Baylor Vision doctors:
- Over 290 total peer-reviewed scientific journal articles published
- Over 110 text book chapters and/or 10 books published
- Over 350 lectures on research topics at major eye meetings
- Served on over 250 vision correction and other related panels
on eye care at major ophthalmology meetings
- Taught over 300 courses at major eye meetings
Additional Career Highlight
- Baylor Vision was featured in the PBS documentary "20/10 by 2010" hosted by Walter Cronkite
DOUGLAS D. KOCH, M.D. is a Professor and The Allen, Mosbacher, and Law Chair in Ophthalmology at the Cullen Eye Institute, Baylor College of Medicine. He is the Editor of the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Past President of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and Past President of the International Intra-Ocular Implant Club. He has authored over 100 articles and book chapters on the topics of cataract and refractive surgery.
Dr. Koch has given several named lectureships, including the Binkhorst and Barraquer Lectures at the American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, the Lans Lecture at the International Society of Refractive Surgery Annual Meeting, the Ronald G. Michels Memorial Lecture at Johns Hopkins University, the Jules Stein Lecture at UCLA, and the First Gold Medal Lecture, at the Australian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery in Queensland, Australia.
Dr. Koch was named as one of the top 10 refractive surgeons in the United States in a recent survey conducted by Ophthalmology Times. He is also named as one of the Nation's leading medical specialists in America's Top Doctors. Dr Koch graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed his residency training a Baylor College of Medicine and fellowship training in London, Los Angeles, and Seattle.
Dr. Koch was honored with the Kelman Lecture at the 2010 meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the highest honor in cataract surgery accorded by the AAO. He will also be the making the Kelman Innovator’s Lecture at the upcoming annual meeting of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS) in 2012, which is their highest honor as well.
M. BOWES HAMILL, M.D., is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the Cullen Eye Institute, Baylor College of Medicine. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his MD degree at Baylor College of Medicine. He completed his ophthalmology residency at Baylor with two additional years of fellowship training: the first at Baylor College of Medicine in ocular infectious disease/microbiology and the second in The Wilmer Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland in cornea/anterior segment surgery.
He is former President of the Texas Ophthalmological Association and Chairman of the American Academy of Ophthalmology Eye Health & Public Information Task Force. He is also active in International Ophthalmology both independently and with Orbis. His research interest includes corneal transplantation, refractive surgery, and anterior segment surgical techniques. In recent years, he has been named as one of Houston’s Best Doctors by Inside Houston magazine.
STEPHEN C. PFLUGFELDER, M.D. graduated from Colgate University summa cum laude and SUNY Upstate Medical University Syracuse where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. He performed his Ophthalmology residency at Baylor College of Medicine and served as Chief Resident. He performed a Cornea and Refractive Surgery fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami School of Medicine. He was appointed to the faculty of the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in 1985 and was promoted to Professor in 1998. He joined the faculty of the Cullen Eye Institute of Baylor College of Medicine as a Professor and Director of the Ocular Surface Center in July 2000. He was awarded the James and Margaret Elkins Chair in Ophthalmology at the Baylor College of Medicine in 2001.
He has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles and over 45 book chapters and monographs, primarily in the field of cornea diseases and surgery. He served as a co-editor for “Dry Eye and Ocular Surface Disorders” a comprehensive textbook on the subject that was published in 2004. He has been listed as one of the “Best Doctors in America” since 1993. He received the American Academy of Ophthalmology Senior Achievement Award in 2000 and a Research to Prevent Blindness Senior Investigator Award in 2002. He served as the Chairman of the American Academy of Ophthalmology Lifelong Education for Ophthalmologists Committee and the American Academy of Ophthalmology Preferred Practice Pattern Committee on Corneal and Ocular Surface diseases. He is on the Editorial Boards of the journals American Journal of Ophthalmology, Cornea, Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science and The Ocular Surface. His research interests include ocular surface and corneal disease and corneal bioengineering.
Mitchell P. Weikert, M.D., M.S., received his medical degree with honors from Baylor College of Medicine. During his ophthalmology residency, completed at Baylor and the Cullen Eye Institute, he received the Everett L. Goar Award for Best Resident Research and served as Chief Resident during his third year of training. He completed a fellowship in cornea, external disease, cataract and refractive surgery at the University of Utah School of Medicine’s John A. Moran Eye Center and then had appointments at several Salt Lake City hospitals. Prior to pursuing a career in medicine, Dr. Weikert received degrees in both electrical and bio-medical engineering. Dr. Weikert joined the faculty of the Department of Ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine in July 2003.
Dr. Weikert's areas of research interest include ophthalmic applications of wavefront technology, ocular surface rehabilitation and biomedical optics. He has also authored several book chapters, research articles and abstracts in ophthalmic literature. Dr. Weikert is an active lecturer in his specialization of cornea, external disease, cataract and refractive surgery and is a current member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, where he serves as chair of the Online Education Committee.
Houston LASIK Eye Surgeon Dr. Elizabeth Yeu Curriculum Vitae
Elizabeth Yeu, MD is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Cullen Eye Institute, Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology, Houston, TX.
Dr. Yeu received her Doctorate of Medicine with High Honors through an accelerated medical program from the University of Florida College of Medicine in 2003. She completed an ophthalmology residency at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL, where she served as the chief resident. Following residency training, Dr. Yeu completed her fellowship in Cornea, Anterior Segment and Refractive surgery at the Cullen Eye Institute, Baylor College of Medicine, where she is currently an Assistant Professor. During her fellowship year, she received the Kirk R. Wilhelmus Research Award for her project on corneal higher order aberrations and pseudoaccommodation.
Her areas of interest reflect both the cornea and refractive surgery specialties, including advanced options in the treatment of keratoconus and innovations in refractive procedures. In addition to her practice at Baylor, Dr. Yeu also actively serves the local Houston community as an attending surgeon at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and at the Ben Taub General Hospital.
Dr. Yeu has been an active member of various ophthalmology literature peer review panels, serves on the Young Physicians Committee of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the Refractive Surgery program committee for the 2010 American Academy of Ophthalmology annual conference. She lectures both locally and nationally, and regularly presents at the American Academy of Ophthalmology and at ASCRS. Dr. Yeu has authored several numerous research articles and book chapters, including monographs on astigmatism management and novel lens implant options for cataract surgery.
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