Integrated and Affiliated Facilities
The Roy and Lillie Cullen Eye Institute of
The Neurosensory Center of Houston
This facility opened in 1977 and houses the major administrative, educational, and research facilities of the Department. An extensive library provides journals, textbooks, slide collections, and videotapes. Conferences and lectures are held in a 100-seat auditorium equipped with state-of-the-art digital imagery and advanced audio systems. The Ocular Microsurgical Laboratory provides seven workstations with a wet lab bench, operating microscope, equipment console, and microsurgical instruments for development of surgical skills. Three floors are devoted primarily to ophthalmic research, principally in the biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, and neurophysiology of the retina; retinal degenerations; ocular infectious and inflammatory diseases; ocular surface diseases and dry eye; molecular virology; corneal transplantation; refractive surgery; cataract; glaucoma; and optic nerve disorders. Under the direction of Dr. Ramon L. Font, The Sarah Campbell Blaffer Professor of Ophthalmology and Professor of Pathology, the Ophthalmic Pathology Laboratory receives approximately 150 specimens each month for light and electron microscopy. The Lions Eye Bank of Texas is located on the first floor of the Cullen Eye Institute.
Alkek Eye Center
The Alkek Eye Center comprises two floors (54,000 square feet) in the new Baylor College of Medicine Medical Building, which opened on the McNair Campus in November 2008, just across the street from the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The Center has dedicated subspecialty examining rooms and diagnostic units in refractive surgery, cataract and anterior segment surgery, corneal diseases and surgery, surgical retina,medical retina, glaucoma, ophthalmic plastic and orbital surgery, neuro-ophthalmology, and comprehensive ophthalmology. In addition, the Center includes two refractive surgery suites, two laser surgery suites, ophthalmic plastic surgery suite, contact lens clinic, Boston Ocular Surface Prosthesis Clinic and Clinical Research Unit.
The state of the art Ambulatory Surgical Center of Baylor College of Medicine is located on the first floor of the Medical Building and has three dedicated ophthalmology operating suites and two additional operating suites for further expansion. The Retina Research Foundation and conference rooms for meetings and lectures are located on the fourth floor of the Building.
Ben Taub Hospital
The hospital was opened in January 1990 and is adjacent to Baylor College of Medicine. The Ophthalmology Service consists of an outpatient clinic with full-time technicians, photographers, and surgery scheduler, eight fully-equipped exam lanes, fluorescein angiography/fundus photography, optical coherence tomography, visual field systems, Nd:YAG laser, Argon laser, and minor surgery suite. One to two eye rooms are dedicated to eye cases daily. The residency staff comprises two first-year, two second-year, and two senior residents under the direction of Dr. Yvonne I. Chu, Chief of Ophthalmology. The Ophthalmology Service performs more than 1,000 operations and treats an average of 15,000 outpatients and 500 inpatients annually. Members of the full-time and attending faculty assist trainees in surgery and staff subspecialty clinics, which include retina, strabismus and pediatric ophthalmology, cornea and external disease, oculoplastic surgery and oncology, neuro-ophthalmology, glaucoma, and contact lens.
Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center
The Eye Care Line (Ophthalmology Service) consists of an outpatient clinic with full-time technicians, photographers, and surgery scheduler, sixteen fully-equipped exam lanes, fluorescein angiography/fundus photography, optical coherence tomography, visual field systems, Nd:YAG laser, Argon laser, selective laser trabeculoplasty, and minor surgery suite. Two fully-equipped eye operating rooms are in use daily. The residency staff comprises two first-year, three second year, and two senior residents under the direction of full-time faculty members and Dr. Silvia D. Orengo-Nania, Chief of Ophthalmology Services. Full-time and attending faculty supervise medical and surgical retina, strabismus, neuro-ophthalmology, cornea and external disease, glaucoma, and oculoplastic sub-specialty clinics and assist residents in surgery. The ophthalmology service performs more than 1,400 operations and treats an average of 30,000 outpatients annually.
Texas Children's Hospital - Clinical Care Center
These facilities are linked by tunnel with The Neurosensory Center of Houston. The ophthalmology facilities include an outpatient clinic, orthoptics clinic, inpatient areas, and operating rooms. Under the full-time direction of Dr. David K. Coats, Chief of Service, Drs. Evelyn A. Paysee, Paul G. Steinkuller, Kimberly G. Yen, and Jane C. Edmond, the Ophthalmology Service provides care for patients in the Clinical Care Center, Feigin Clinical Research Center, and Leopold L. Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics.