Ryan Patel, O.D., FAAOClinical Asst Prof
Dr. Ryan Patel received his Bachelor of Science degree, with high distinction, in Biochemistry at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. As a graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Visual Science and a Doctor of Optometry. Additionally, Dr. Patel completed a Primary Care/Low Vision Residency at the VA Medical Center in Lake City, Florida.
Following his residency, Dr. Patel served as the Director of Optometric Services at a multi-specialty ophthalmology practice in North Carolina. There, he managed pre- and post-operative care for cataract, glaucoma, anterior segment lasers and refractive surgery patients. He developed a dry eye clinic specializing in LipiFlow® technology and managed the practice’s optometric referral network and continuing education programs.
In 2016, Dr. Patel was named the Clinical Director of nJoy Vision at the University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO), as well as, joined the UHCO faculty as a course instructor and attending clinical optometrist. Currently, he is a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Director for the UHCO Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC). As Clinical Director, Dr. Patel provides and supervises the pre- and post-operative education for third- and fourth-year optometry students, residents and fellows. He manages the clinical operations of the ASC, as well as facilitates optometric co-management network programs.
Dr. Patel has conducted several FDA/Clinical Studies in the evaluation of surgical equipment and software, the use of toric IOLs in cataract patients, and corneal cross-linking products. His research interests include intraocular lenses, aphakic aberrometry, and various applications of corneal collagen cross-linking. He has lectured nationally on a variety of topics including surgical procedures, glaucoma, contact lenses and anterior segment disease.
He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and holds memberships with the Texas Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association. In 2019, he was elected as Trustee to the board for the Texas Optometric Association and he is the faculty advisor for the Student Texas Optometric Association.