In 2003, when Kansas native Michael Wingard, O.D., relocated to Texas and joined the team at Gulf Coast Eye Institute, it didn’t take him long to know he wasn’t in Kansas anymore. Texas was a great fit for Dr. Wingard. Today, nearly 15 years later, he is deeply embedded in the community of McAllen and Dr. Wingard has served on the board of directors of the South McAllen Rotary Club for many years.
“Working with the Gulf Coast team is by far my favorite job,” said Dr. Wingard, who is a therapeutic optometrist. “I enjoy working with such a prestigious group of talented doctors and being able to provide eye care in a setting where we can take care of almost anything without having to refer patients out.”
Dr. Wingard provides comprehensive vision care at Gulf Coast Eye Institute but also has a special interest in working with vision impaired individuals, helping them to find the best low-vision aid to match their lifestyle and meet their needs. In addition, he works closely with Dr. Gonzalez in providing diabetic eye evaluations and post-implant rehabilitation for patients with macular degeneration.
Dr. Wingard completed his undergraduate work at the University of Kansas and received his Doctor of Optometry from the University of Houston, College of Optometry.
“It is very satisfying to walk away from the office at the end of the day and to know I have played a role in helping to preserve someone’s vision,” said Dr. Wingard.