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Timothy T. Khater, MD, PhD

Cataract, Cornea Specialist, LASIK, Ophthalmologist, Surgeons

Dr. Khater, the esteemed founder of West Texas Eye Institute, has meticulously crafted a legacy of excellence in ophthalmology through a journey marked by outstanding education, specialized fellowship training, and numerous accolades.

His academic odyssey commenced at Johns Hopkins University, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering in 1986, graduating with honors and consistently making the Dean’s List. Dr. Khater continued his pursuit of knowledge, completing a Ph.D. in Physiology at Northwestern University from 1988 to 1991, contributing significantly to basic research in the field.

In 1991, he ventured into clinical science, securing his M.D. from Northwestern University Medicine. Following this, Dr. Khater embarked on a residency in Ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine, a period spanning from 1993 to 1997. The Baylor College of Medicine Cullen Eye Institute, where he received his residency and later fellowship training, was acknowledged as one of the nation’s top 10 programs by Ophthalmology Times in its October 15, 2000 issue.

Determined to specialize further, Dr. Khater pursued fellowship training at Baylor College of Medicine from 1997 to 1998, honing his skills in anterior segment, cataract, cornea, and refractive surgery. His commitment to excellence in eye care is evident as he and Dr. Bradley stand as Lubbock’s only fellowship-trained refractive specialists, specializing in laser vision correction. Dr. Khater further solidifies his expertise as Lubbock’s exclusive fellowship-trained cataract specialist.

In 1998, armed with a wealth of knowledge and specialized training, Dr. Khater founded West Texas Eye Institute, realizing his vision of establishing a center of excellence in eye care. Board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, his certification is a testament to the rigorous evaluation process he underwent, including both written and oral examinations, ensuring the highest standard of competence and professionalism.

Throughout his career, Dr. Khater’s contributions to research have been noteworthy. In 1997, he was awarded the RSVP Instrument Design Contest sponsored by Storz Ophthalmics and secured the second position in the Goar Research Awards at Baylor College of Medicine.

A member of prestigious professional societies including The American Academy of Ophthalmology, The Society for Neuroscience, and Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering Honor Society, Dr. Khater remains at the forefront of his field. His commitment to staying informed about the latest advancements reflects not only in his clinical practice but also in the ongoing success of West Texas Eye Institute.

Dr. Khater’s journey, marked by educational excellence, groundbreaking research, and an unwavering dedication to patient care, positions him as a luminary in the realm of ophthalmology. West Texas Eye Institute stands as a testament to his vision and unwavering commitment to providing exceptional eye care to the Lubbock community.


12210 Quaker Ave
Lubbock, TX 79424


12210 Quaker Ave
Lubbock, TX 79424


805 W. Wadley Ave.
Midland, TX 79705



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Just finished up my 6 month follow up. The front desk was great! Cheery and very helpful. Nurses were on their game. Dr. Khater was on spot as his usual. Complaints are usually the only ones you hear about. No complaints here. Just praises for hard workers in the medical field! ❤️

My experience with Dr. Khater and his staff have been extremely pleasant, efficient and most of all precise in my cataract surgery on both of my eyes. My vision was nearly all gone, I could barely see my hand in front of face. Now, I can see both near and far. Dr. Khater has been a blessing to me! Thank you for your great care.

I would say Dr. Kharter is the best at he does would recommend him over anyone in Lubbock his staff knows what they are doing and take good care of there patients

Curriculum Vitae

1998- West Texas Eye Associates
1997-98 Baylor College of Med Fellow – Anterior Segment, Cataract, Cornea, Refractive Surgery
1993-97 Baylor College of Med Resident – Ophthalmology
1991-92 Northwestern Univ. Medicine – Clinical Science M.D
1988-91 Northwestern Univ. Physiology – Basic Research Ph.D.
1986-88 Northwestern Univ. Medicine – Basic Science
1982-86 Johns Hopkins Univ. Biomedical Engineering B.S.

Winner RSVP Instrument Design Contest – 1997 – Storz Ophthalmics
Second Place Goar Research Awards – 1997 – Baylor College of Medicine
Medical Scientist Training Program – Northwestern University
Graduated with Departmental Honors – Johns Hopkins University
Graduated with General Honors – Johns Hopkins University
Dean’s List at Johns Hopkins University – all semesters

Member of The American Academy of Ophthalmology, 1994 – present
Member of The Society for Neuroscience, 1989 – 1991
Member of Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering Honor Society, 1984 – present

Khater, T.T. Characteristics of Short Term and Long Term Vestibulo-ocular Reflex (VOR) Adaptation in the Human and the Cat. PhD. Thes. Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1991.

Khater, T.T., Peterson, B.W., Baker, J.F. Adaptive changes in VOR direction in humans. Soc Neurosci Abstr, 15, 211.9, 1989.
Peterson, B.W., Khater, T.T., Powell, K.D., Quinn, K.J., Baker, J.F. Timing of vertical eye movements induced by horizontal rotation after cross-axis VOR plasticity. Soc Neurosci Abstr, 15, 206.8, 1989.
Khater, T.T., Baker, J.F. and Peterson, B.W. Horizontal and vertical VOR latency before and after cross-axis VOR plasticity. Soc Neurosci Abstr, 16, 304.12, 1990.
Quinn, K.J., Schmajuk, N., Rude, S.A., Khater, T.T., Baker, J.F., Peterson, B.W. Functional considerations in modeling VOR plasticity. Soc Neurosci Abstr, 16, 304.13, 1990.
Khater, T.T., Baker, J.F. and Peterson, B.W. Dynamics of adaptive change in human vestibulo-ocular reflex direction. J Vestib Res, 1, 23-29, 1990.
Khater, T.T., Quinn, K.J., Baker, J.F. and Peterson, B.W. Latency of adaptive VOR shows responses which are dependent on the length of adaptation. Soc Neurosci Abstr, 17, 127.8, 1991.
Khater, T.T., Quinn, K.J., Pena, J., Baker, J.F., and Peterson, B.W. The latency of the cat vestibulo-ocular reflex before and after short and long term adaptation. Exp Brain Res, 94, 16-32, 1993.
Khater, T.T., Jones, D.B., and Wilhelmus, K.R. Infectious crystalline keratopathy caused by Gram-negative bacteria. Am J Ophthalmol, 124, 19-23, 1997.
Khater T.T., Koch D.D. Pediatric Cataracts. In Press. Current Opinions in Ophthalmology, Thompson Scientific.
Friedman N.J., Khater T.T., Koch, D.D. Secondary Intraocular Lens Implantation In Press. Duane’s Clinical Ophthalmology, Lippincott-Raven.

Khater, T.T., Wilhelmus, K.R., Rhem M.N., Penland, R.L. and Jones D.B . Gram-negative infections crystalline keratopathy. Ocular Microbiology and Immunology Group, Thirtieth Annual Meeting, Oct. 26, 1996, Chicago, IL, USA.

Koch D.D., Khater T.T. New Refractive Surgical Techniques. Submitted to Revista Brasileira de Oftalmologia, 9/97.
Koch, D.D., Friedman N.J., Khater T.T. Transitioning to Phaco Chop. To be submitted to Revista Brasileira de Oftalmologia.
Budak M.K., Khater T.T., Friedman N.J., Koch D.D. Corneal topographic changes induced by excision of perilimbal lesions.
Budak M.K., Khater T.T., Friedman N.J., Koch D.D. Topographic determination of the relationships among spherical equivalent, refractive error, corneal asphericity, and mean keratometric power.
Khater T.T., Koch, D.D. Analysis of excimer photoablation pattern with and without superimposed eye movement.

Khater T.T. Intraocular Marking Pen, with Storz Ophthalmics, St. Louis, MO.
Khater T.T., Koch D.D. Lens insertion/fixation ring, with Storz Ophthalmics, St. Louis, MO.
Khater T.T., Koch D.D. Irrigating spatula, with Hans Geuder GmbH. Heidelberg, Germany.
Khater T.T., Koch D.D. Insertion forceps, with Rhein Medical, Tampa, FL.
Khater T.T., Koch D.D. LASIK Lid speculum, with ASICO, Westmont, IL.
Khater T.T., Koch D.D. Prechopper, with ASICO, Westmont, IL.
Khater T.T., Koch D.D. Capsulorhexis Device, with BCM Technologies, Houston TX.