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Kevin Merkley, MD, MBA
Associate Professor
Departments: Ophthalmology
Specialties: Ophthalmology
Languages: English
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Experienced LASIK specialist and ophthalmologist Dr. Kevin H. Merkley has joined the UTMB Health Eye Center.

Dr. Merkley has more than 17 years of experience in private practice as a cataract, cornea and refractive surgeon. He holds both a medical degree and a master's degree in business administration.

He has performed more than 20,000 ophthalmic procedures including corneal transplants, LASIK, PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) and astigmatic corrections.

"The exciting thing about refractive surgery is that new technologies continue to come forward as older technologies continue to improve," Dr. Merkley said. "This will allow us to treat an increasingly wide spectrum of patients and refractive errors with even more predictable outcomes than we have enjoyed in the past."

Dr. Merkley treats a wide range of eye conditions, including cataracts, glaucoma, cornea/external disease, diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration, and refractive errors.

Dr. Merkley also serves on the faculty of the UTMB Health Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, using his wealth of experience to train UTMB ophthalmology residents.

Department Chairman Dr. Bernard Godley said, "Dr. Merkley's extensive experience, particularly in LASIK and PRK, as well as his patient-focused philosophy, make him a great addition to our team."

Dr. Merkley added, "I look forward to meeting new patients in Southeast Texas and helping them to enjoy better vision. We truly live in a remarkable time!"


Medical/Professional School:

University of Utah Health Sciences Center - Salt Lake City, UT, MD,

Bringham Young University - Provo, UT, MBA,


Saint Luke's Hospital - Cleveland, OH,


University of California - Irvine, CA,


Geisinger Medical Center - Danville, PA,

UTMB Health Eye Center - Galveston
700 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX 77550
Fax: (409) 747-5825

UTMB Health Eye Center - Multispecialty Center
2660 Gulf Freeway South
League City, TX 77573
Fax: (281) 337-0843

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all goodMar 20,2017
First visit to this office. Very satisfied with all staff. Good explanations about upcoming surgery & follow up.Jan 31,2017
Wait time was TWO HOURS, unacceptable! I asked when we were called by the tech how long would the wait be she told us 30 minutes. After 1 hour and 45 mins, I had to leave my grandmother (the patient); I requested that technician make sure notes are left on her mychart as she is NINETY THREE years old and will not retain what the doctor told her. No notes were left in the patients mychart. We asked that detailed information regarding the visit, her condition and provider recommendations be left on the chart; instead 3 conditions were listed with no explanation, and a note saying come back and let me know what you decide, written on her visit summary. Unacceptable! Thank God I have experience with an exceptional surgeon with integrity at BCM with a professional trained staff who performed my PKPs.Sep 21,2016
I have a cataract that is almost mature, he explained all about that he can explain things in 'layman' terms.Aug 17,2016
My experiences have been very good.Aug 15,2016