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Thomas Henderson, MD

Ophthalmologist Dr. Thomas Henderson was born in Kansas and raised in Texas. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Louisiana State University located in Baton Rouge. In 1973 he earned his Medical Doctorate from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Dr. Henderson went on to Baylor College of Medicine in Houston to complete his residency in Ophthalmology in 1979.

Dr. Henderson became American Board of Ophthalmology Certified in 1980 and has practiced ophthalmology in Texas for over thirty years. In 1982 he founded the Eye Clinic of Austin, currently located at 3410 Far West Blvd.

From 1995 to 2003 he served as Chief of Staff for HealthSouth Surgical Hospital (now Northwest Hills Surgical Hospital). Dr. Henderson was Chief of Ophthalmology from 1988 to 1990 and then from 1997 to 1999 at St. David’s Medical Center.

Dr. Henderson has performed over 11,000 LASIK and cataract procedures.  He is skilled in alternative vision correction technologies such as laser cataract surgery and premium lens replacement, corneal transplant surgery, and surgical treatment of glaucoma with SLT laser or with iStent, Trabectome, Canaloplasty, and ExPRESS mini shunt.

Dr. Henderson is a member of the major national ophthalmology societies including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, and the American College of Eye Surgeons. He attends two to three major educational meetings yearly to stay at the cutting edge of ophthalmology. He has been a speaker for Allergan, Ista and a Phase II and Phase III drug investigator for Ista, Alcon, Allergan and Bausch & Lomb.

Since 1996 Dr. Henderson has annually been awarded the honor of being one of the Best Doctors of America® (only about five percent of doctors in the US are named in any given year).

As featured in Texas Monthly magazine, Dr. Henderson was awarded Texas Super Doctor in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and most recently in 2016. The selection process includes peer nominations from Texas doctors based on who they would trust to provide their own medical care. Only five percent of Texas doctors receive this honor each year. In addition, Dr. Henderson has been voted an Austin Monthly Top Doctor since 2004. Best Doctors highlights the top five percent of doctors voted by impartial peer review.


Farhan A. Irshad, MD

Dr. Farhan A. Irshad completed a double major in undergraduate studies at Washington University and earned his Doctorate of Medicine from University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center.  Dr. Irshad completed his residency and fellowship training at Tulane Medical Center.  He spent several years teaching surgery and supervising residents at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in central Louisiana before joining private practice and becoming a high-volume cataract and corneal surgeon.

Prior to joining Eye Clinic of Austin, Dr. Irshad practiced at Wallace Eye Associates in Alexandria, Louisiana as Director of Cornea and Refractive Laser Surgery and continues to serve as an Associate Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Tulane Medical Center.  He also serves on the medical advisory board at Southern Eye Bank.

Dr. Irshad is board certified by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and fellowship trained in cornea and refractive surgery. He specializes in laser cataract and lens exchange surgery, LASIK refractive surgery, Microinvasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS including iStent, Cypass, Xen Gel Stent), corneal and glaucoma pathology in both adults and children. He also performs the latest breakthroughs in corneal transplants, including the partial thickness corneal transplant procedures.

Dr. Irshad is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons.  He has several publications in peer-reviewed journals and most recently authored a cover story on “The Economics of Laser Cataract Surgery” in the February edition of Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today.

A former Eagle Scout, Dr. Irshad also has a strong interest in local, national and international community service.  He contributes to Habitat for Humanity, volunteers on medical mission trips to Mexico with the World Cataract Foundation and performs vision and glaucoma screenings in underserved communities.  He spent the past three years on the Board of Directors at the Montessori Educational Center and is married with two boys.  Dr. Irshad’s passions include hiking, traveling, and race car driving and instructing.