Clinical Associate Professor
Dr. Collins was valedictorian of Interamerican University's School of Optometry in 1989. He spent 23 years in the U.S. Air Force where he completed the USAF's hospital-based optometry residency program and was named to a number of awards and honors, including Air Force Optometrist of the Year. He has 16 papers, presentations and published articles on a variety of topics including retinal diseases, contact lenses, refractive error distribution and forensic science application of optical devices. He was named as one of five finalists in the National Berry Prize, which recognizes outstanding contributions to medical science emanating from federal service. Since joining the Rosenberg School of Optometry faculty, Dr. Collins has been the inaugural lead instructor of the courses Basic Contact Lenses and Advanced Contact Lenses. He is the inaugural Residency Coordinator and was primarily responsible for the seven-year, full accreditation of the program, a feat not achieved by any of the other new schools of optometry. In keeping with the UIW mission, he continues to serve actively in church and youth programs in the local and military base communities.