Welcome to the Department of Ophthalmology

Daniel A. Johnson, M.D.
Professor & Chair
Department of Ophthalmology

Welcome to the Department of Ophthalmology of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.  We are committed to serve our patients and our community, to prepare physicians to care for their patients, and to the development and propagation of new concepts to preserve and enhance vision.  Our three missions—clinical service, education and research—are closely intertwined.

Every ophthalmic subspecialty is represented by at least one of our twelve full-time ophthalmologists.  We are the consultants for secondary and tertiary eye care for our community and the South Texas region.  Routine eye care, contact lens fittings and low vision services are offered by our three optometrists.  Our clinicians are experienced, highly qualified experts in their fields.

Our five basic science researchers are currently engaged in a variety of projects which seek to explain mechanisms of ocular diseases and may lead to possible therapies for blinding disorders.  Some of our clinical faculty are involved in treatment trials.  Others are conducting investigations which might permit optimization of vision care resources.  Our research efforts are supported by grants from the government, private industry and philanthropic foundations and through endowments provided by visionary benefactors.

All of our faculty members and residents are active in educating medical students in the field of ophthalmology.  During the first and second years of medical school, students receive lectures and have practical sessions in eye examination techniques and in the identification and treatment of common and serious ocular conditions.  During their third and fourth years, rotations are available during which they can work with our residents and faculty in the clinical setting. 

Our residency program has four residents in each of the three years of specialty training. We graduate ophthalmologists who are ethical, compassionate, competent, confident and well-prepared for fellowship or entry into comprehensive ophthalmology, and success in private practice or academic medicine.  Our program is known for superb educational, clinical and surgical training. In addition to residents, our faculty support the training of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.  We also provide continuing medical education opportunities for practicing physicians via our weekly Grand Rounds and our annual Alamo City Clinical Ophthalmology Conference.

Other areas on this website provide additional information detailing our services and programs.  Whether you are a colleague, prospective patient, student or a resident candidate, we look forward to serving you.


Daniel A. Johnson, M.D.

Professor and Chair

Department of Ophthalmology