Your Houston Optometrist

Dr. Randy Charrier – Houston Optometrist

dr-charrierAside 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.  He is a Diplomate in the Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies section of the American Academy of Optometry, an earned distinction held by less than 1% of optometrists in the United States.

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-eblingDr. Karen Ebling received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas in Austin.  She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Houston College of Optometry.

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. Kelsea Skidmore  – Houston Optometrist

Dr. Kelsea Skidmore grew up in Greenville, TX.  She attended the University of Arkansas, and was a nationally ranked swimmer for the Razorback swim team.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, a Master’s degree in Vision Science, and graduated summa cum laude with a Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Houston.  Dr. Skidmore was a member of the Gold Key International Honor Society, and a member of the International Optometric Honor Society, Beta Sigma Kappa.

Dr. Skidmore is a therapeutic optometrist and optometric glaucoma specialist.  She is trained in the medical management of a variety of ocular conditions including conditions such as glaucoma, dry eye disease, macular degeneration, and corneal disease.

Dr. Skidmore offers comprehensive vision and medical eye exams for patients 6 months and older .  She specializes in medically necessary contact lenses and challenging cases including keratoconus, post-LASIK complications, and irregular corneas.  She 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 Skidmore is a member and active participant of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), Texas Optometric Association (TOA), and American Optometric Association (AOA).

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.

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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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