Dr. Maria K. Walker received her Doctor of Optometry degree from The New England College of Optometry in 2013. She went on to complete a one-year Cornea & Contact Lens Residency at Pacific University in Portland. Throughout her education and early career, Dr. Walker has won several awards including the VSP student clinical excellence award, the Sheldon Wechsler contact lens residency award (2014), and the Founders’ Grant from the International Society of Contact Lens Specialists (2017). She is an active Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry, a Fellow and current President of the Scleral Lens Education Society, as well as an advisory board member of the Gas Permeable Lens Institute. We are pleased to have Dr. Walker join the Department of Clinical sciences as an Assistant Professor (tenure-track).
Dr. Walker’s major research interests include anterior segment physiology, scleral contact lens complications, and contact lens optics - specifically for presbyopia and myopia control modalities. She is currently an investigator in the Bifocal Lenses in Nearsighted Kids (BLINK) study, examining the effects of soft bifocal contact lenses in controlling childhood progression of myopia.
Joe Wheat received his bachelor’s degree in biology from The University of Texas at Austin followed by his Doctor of Optometry from The University of Houston College of Optometry. He completed an optometric residency at the Baltimore VAMC, and returned to the University of Houston College of Optometry to complete a PhD. Prior to his return to UHCO in 2017, he worked at the Michael E. DeBakey VAMC, where he was in charge of the optometric residency program. Past honors include the William C. Ezell fellowship award, the Institutional Ruth Kirschstein National Research Post-Doctorate Award, and the NIH Mentored Clinician K award. He is currently a member of the Optometric Glaucoma Society.
Structure-function relationships in glaucoma, imaging techniques of the optic nerve, retina, and choroid
Ocular disease, primary care optometry
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