Michael Wingard, O.D.

Micheal Wingard, O.D.Gulf Coast Eye Institute
1205 Ed Carey Drive
Harlingen, TX 78550
(956) 320-7510

Education and Training

  • Doctor of Optometry: University of Houston
    College of Optometry
    Houston, Texas
  • Pre-Medicine: University of Kansas Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry
  • Pre-Medicine: Colby Community College Associate of Arts Colby, Kansas

Professional Experience

  • Ophthalmologist Ophthalmic Consultants of Texas, P.A. Harlingen, TX 78550 - 2003 to Present
  • Self-employed, providing Optometric services on a contract basis at both Optometric and Ophthalmologic clinics in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, Western Kansas, and Billings Montana. Duties included all aspects of Optometric care. - 1997 to 2003
  • Optometrist Beardsley & Beardsley, P.C. McAllen, Texas - 1992 to 1997
  • Optometric externship at Crownpoint Indian Health Center, Crpt. NM., and Pueblo Pintada Indian Health Center Outreach Clinic, Pueblo Pintada, NM. Provided eye care to Native Americans on the Navajo Indian Reservation in the Crownpoint service unit. Assisted the clinic director with Administrative duties and patient care quality assurance. Externship included three weeks at Gallup Indian Medical Center, Gallup, NM. Duties included direct patient care, surgical observation, and vision screenings for school children at the rural schools in the Gallup service unit. - Aug. to Dec. 1991
  • Optometric externship at Omni Eye Specialists of Colorado, Denver, CO. A multidisciplinary setting at the Accord Medical Center with intensive anterior segment disease and surgical co-management. Provided direct patient care to more than 400 patients emphasizing management of ocular disease. - May to Aug. 1991
  • Research Assistant to Ronald S. Harworth O.D., Ph.D. and Earl L. Smith O.D., Ph.D. at the University of Houston College of Optometry. Houston, Texas. Learned psychophysical research methods investigating spacial vision in primate and human subjects. Directly involved in studies of amblyopia, binocular vision, chromatic suppression, and glaucoma. - 1989 to 1992
  • Optics I, II and III note service transcriber. Responsible for transcribing optics notes for Optometric classmates. - 1988 to 1990
  • University of Houston Student Services optics tutor to twelve students. Averaged tutoring approximately 3-5 hours per week. - 1988 to 1991
  • Research Assistant to Orley Taylor, Ph.D., Entornology Department, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas. Investigated honey bee mating behavior with an emphasis on controlling the migration of Africanized bees from South America into the United States. Experience included field work with bait hives, gel electrophoresis and chemical analysis - 1987 to 1988

Honors and Awards

  • Garland W. Clay award For Authoring A Most Significant Paper On Clinical Optometry. Presented by the American Academy of Optometry. Published in the American Journal of Optometry and Physiological Optics. - 1992
  • National Eye Institute (National Institutes of Health) NEI Pre-doctoral Research Grant Recipient. - 1990
  • Outstanding College Students of America. Nominated member by the University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. - 1988
  • Community College Transfer Scholarship to the University of Kansas - 1986 to 1987
  • Who’s Who Among American College Students. - 1985 to 1987


  • Vision rehabilitation possibilities presented to the low vision support group at the Harlingen CivicCenter,Harlingen,Texas. - February 14,2004
  • Ocular Toxocara canis: A Case Report. Grand Rounds Presentation. University of Houston College of Optometry. - April 4,1992
  • Smith EL, Harwerth RS, Siderov J, Wingard M, Crawford MLJ, and von Noorden GK. Prior Strabismus protects young monkeys from the effects of monocular deprivation. Invest Ophthalmo Vis Sci Suppl 1991;32(4)1239


  • Smith EL, Harterth RS, Siderov J., Wingard M., Crawford MLJ, and con-Noorden GK. Prior binocular dissociation reduces monocular form deprivation in monkeys. Invest Ophthalmo Vis Sci 1992;33(5): 1804-1810
  • Wick B, Wingard M., Cotter S., Scheiman M. Anisometropic Amblyopia: Is The Patient Ever Too Old To Treat? Optom and Vis Sci 1992;69(11): 866-878