Your Houston Optometrist
Dr. Randy Charrier – Houston Optometrist
Aside from his career in the United States Navy, Dr. Charrier has lived in southeast Texas his whole life. He holds two bachelors degrees in Music and Biology and earned a Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Houston.
As a naval officer, Dr. Charrier served as Director of the Specialty Contact Lens Clinic at the Naval Hospital in San Diego, California. While there, he served military members and their families in comprehensive and medical eye care as well as fit medically necessary contact lenses on patients with eye disease or trauma from the battle field.
Dr. Charrier’s experience in specialty contact lens fitting is truly impressive. During his time at the Naval Hospital, his success in treating highly complex patients caused his patient base to expand over nine states and the south pacific.
In his time at the Naval hospital, Dr. Charrier routinely treated patients suffering from war injuries, traumatic brain injuries and corneal diseases. Furthermore, he served as optometrist to our nation’s elite war fighters and pilots including SEALS and the famous Blue Angels.
In his career, Dr. Charrier has treated thousands of complicated patients and continues to have one of the largest specialty contact lens practices in the country.
Since leaving the Navy, Dr. Charrier has become an important referral source for Houston area optometrists and ophthalmologists in helping complicated patients see clearly and comfortably.
Additionally, Dr. Charrier served as faculty to the ophthalmology department providing lectures on optics and contact lenses as well as clinical rotations for the residents. Dr. Charrier was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for his work with the residents. He served as voting member of the Naval Medical Center’s Executive Committee of the Medical Staff and was selected as Division Officer for the Optometry Department.
Dr. Charrier has obtained Fellowship status in the American Academy of Optometry and has held Associate Professor positions in optometry at Southern California College of Optometry, Pacific University, and currently at the University of Houston College of Optometry. As such, it is common to see residents and interns training at the practice with Dr. Charrier.
Dr. Karen Ebling – Houston Optometrist
Dr. Karen joined the practice in 2000 when it was under the name Ebling Eye Care. She is the recipent of several awards including the Vistakon Award of Excellence in patient care. Previously part of a sucessful ophthalmology practice, Dr. Karen has extensive experience in ocular pathology and pre and post surgical eye care.
Additionally, Dr. Karen served as Associate Professor at the University of Houston College of Optometry from 2000-2009. As a busy mother of three, she currently sees patients part-time with a concentration on comprehensive routine and medical eye care.
Dr. Sara Brown – Houston Optometrist
Dr. Sara Brown grew up in southern Indiana and graduated with highest distinction from Indiana University with a bachelor of arts in chemistry and a minor in both psychology and Spanish. She also attended Indiana University for optometry school and was valedictorian of her graduating class. As part of her externship program in her final year of school, she worked at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio and also at the prestigious University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.
Following optometry school, Dr. Brown completed a residency, specializing in cornea and contact lenses at the University of Houston College of Optometry. Dr. Brown is trained in fitting lenses for astigmatism, presbyopia, for conditions such as keratoconus and corneal scarring, and for post-surgical eyes. Types of contact lenses she fits include soft spherical and toric, multifocal, gas permeable, and hybrid and scleral lenses.
Dr. Brown is a therapeutic optometrist and an optometric glaucoma specialist. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, which means she has met high standards of professional competence in a broad range of issues related to eye-care. Dr. Brown continues to teach at University of Houston as adjunct faculty.
Dr. Matthew Kauffman – Houston Optometrist
Originally from Katy, Texas, Dr. Matt Kauffman completed his Bachelor’s degree at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas and earned a Doctor of Optometry from the University of Houston College of Optometry. After graduation, Dr. Kauffman completed one of the nation’s most prestigious residencies in Cornea and Contact Lens at the University of Missouri St. Louis. While there, he trained under one of the world’s leading optometric physicians in the field of contact lenses and irregular corneas.
Dr. Kauffman specializes in medically necessary contact lenses and challenging cases including keratoconus, post-LASIK complications, and irregular corneas. Dr. Kauffman is certified in corneal reshaping technology (CRT) as a non-surgical alternative to LASIK. New research is showing exciting support for CRT in slowing the progression of myopia (nearsightedness).
Dr. Kauffman has always had a passion for teaching and currently holds the position of Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Houston College of Optometry.
Dr. Kauffman speaks conversational Spanish. In his free time, he enjoys spending time outdoors, cycling, and playing music, as well as watching football, baseball, and basketball.
All of the doctors at Family Vision Solutions and Specialty Contact Lens Center have obtained the highest level of licensure granted by the Texas Optometry Board. Each doctor is a therapeutic optometrist (diagnoses and treats eye disease) as well as an optometric glaucoma specialist.
Our team consists of passionate individuals who are kind, friendly, and caring. Our staff is here to ensure a smooth process throughout your eye exam.
Our team includes experienced and energetic people whose goal is to provide the best eye care possible.
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