It's been 12 years in the planning and August 18th, officials held an open house for Texas Tech's new department of ophthalmology. For years, patients have been going to Thompson Hall on the Tech campus for vision care. All that has moved now into a brand new facility on the 2nd floor of the Health Sciences Center.
The vision center alone covers 24 thousand square feet. Everything from eye exams to laser surgery. But this is just the first step in what will be a major added convenience to the patients who go there.
"So, the whole building is actually designed to bring all the specialists and primary care providers together, as many as we can fit in this location. And the ophthalmology is just the first installment of that. The clinic tower building is maybe 14 months away, but it will be connected," says David McCartney, MD, TTUHSC Ophthalmology Chairman.
The clinic tower will be a free standing building for patient appointments just north of the Health Sciences Center, which will have a sky-bridge so patients can walk from the tower across to the eye center. All that should be complete in about 8 months.